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The Ikshvaku dynasty, in Puranic literature, was a mythical dynasty founded by Ikshvaku. Ikshvaku, literally means "sugar cane". The dynasty is also known as Sūryavaṁśa (the Solar dynasty). Rama, hero of the Ramayana belonged to this dynasty. Twenty-two out of the twenty-four Jain Tirthankara belonged to this dynasty.
The important personalities belonging to this royal house are Harishchandra, Dilīpa, Sagara, Raghu, Rama and Prasenajit. Although, both the Hindu Puranas and the Buddhist texts include Shuddodhana, Gautama Buddha and Rahula in their accounts of the Ikshvaku dynasty, but according to the Buddhist texts, Mahasammata, an ancestor of Ikshvaku was the founder of this dynasty, who was elected by the people as the first king of the present era. According to the Puranas, supreme preceptor of the Ikshvaku dynasty was sage Vashishta.
In Hinduism, Ikshvaku, is the grandson of Vivasvan or Surya and son of Vaivasvata Manu. They ruled from the Kosala Kingdom, today known as Oudh in the state of Uttar Pradesh along the banks of river Sarayu with saketa, Ayodhya today as their capital. Ikshvaku is the first king who executed the Manusmrti or religious rules of Hindu living which were composed by his father Manu. Ikshvaku, ruled as Monarch at the beginning of the Treta Yuga or second yuga, had hundred sons. His estates descended to his eldest son Vikukshi.
Ikshvaku dynasty lineage
The lists of kings of Ikṣvāku or Aikṣvāka dynasty are found in the Ramayana, the Mahabharata, the Harivamsha and the Puranas. The Raghuvamsha of Kalidasa also mentions the names of the kings of this dynasty.
The genealogy of the Ikshvaku dynasty to Rama is mentioned in the Ramayana in two lists . The only difference between the two lists is that, Kukshi is mentioned only in the second list . In the first list, Vikukshi is mentioned as the son of Ikshvaku. The genealogy is as follows:
Vivasvan or Surya
- Vaivasvata Manu
The begin Of Ikshwaku Dynasty
- Vivasvan Manu (wife:- Shraddha)
- Kukshi :- Kukshi is the son of King Ikshvaku, the first king of the Ikshvaku dynasty and founder of the Sun Dynasty (Suryavansha). Among the hundred sons of king Ikshvaku, Kukshi is the eldest one. Because he has very broad chest of a warrior, he was called as Kukshi.
- Vikukshi (Shashad) (he who eats the meat of a rabbit so he named Shashad) (contemporary to King Pururava who was founder of Chandravansh)
- Baan (contemporary to 2nd Chandravanshi King Aayu & Vijaya-1)
- Kakutstha (Puranjaya or Indrahomi or Indravahu) ruled 10,900 years (contemporary to 2nd Chandravanshi King Aayu)
- Anena (Anaranya or Suyodhana) (contemporary to 3rd Chandravanshi King Nahusha)
- Prithu (contemporary to 4th Chandravanshi King Yayati and demon king Vrushaparva)
- Vishvarandhri (Vishvagandhi or Vishvamshaha) (contemporary to 5th Chndravanshi King Yadu, Puru, Suhotra)
- Chandra (Aayu in Agni Puran or Indu in Matsya Puran or Aadra in Vishnu Puran)
- Shashvat (Shravant of Vishnu Puran, Harivansh Puran, Agni Puran) who built town Saraswati
- Kuvalayasva (or) Dubdhunara (21,000 sons and Here time duration is many thousands years long)
- Dridhasva, Kapilashva, Bhadrashva (Dand in Agni Puran & Matsya Puran, Chandrashva in Vishnu Puran & Harivansh Puran)
- Haryasva (Pramodak or Vayarshvah in Vishnu Puran)
- Baharnashva (Shanhatashva in Agni Puran, Matsya Puran, Harivasnh Puran)
- Krisasva (Akrutashva in Agni Puran, Matsya Puran)
- Prasenajit-1 (Seinya Jeet, Ranashva in Agni Puran)
- Yuvanashva(2) (who was contemporary to Chandravanshi King Gandhara who was founder of Gandhara Kingdom, Shakuni born 95 generation after King Gandhara)
- Mandhata (Chakravarti Samrat) killed by Lavanasura in Mathura (He was defeated by Ravana)
- Purukutsha (married with Narmada), Ambarisha (adopted by Yuvanashva), Muchukanda (helped Deva in Deva-Asur War & latter he killed Kaal Yavan by fire from his eyes at the time of Sri Krishna Avatara in end of Dwaparayuga) (Contemporary to Chandravanshi King Shibi who was founder of Keikaya & Madra Kingdom)
- Trayadasyu (Sambhuti in Agni Puran)
- Sambhrut (Vishnu Puran, Agni Puran, Matsya Puran)
- Anaranya-1 (killed by Ravana, Anaranya cursed Ravana that one day one king of Ikshvaku line age will kill Ravana & Sri Rama killed Ravana)
- Pushadashva (Vishnu Puran)
- Sumana (Sudhanava in Harivansh Puran, Vasuman, Paarjitar)
- Tridhanva (Vishvamitra was chief minister in his court, contemporary to God Parashurama)
- Satyavrata (or) Trishanku
- Harishchandra (contemporary to Shahashtra Bahu Kartivirya Arjuna)
- Rohit (Rohitashva) (Kanyakubj or Kannauj dynasty ended during Rohitashva's reigned)
- Harita (Haritashva) (Contemporary to Chandravanshi King Dushyant)
- Champ (Chunchu) (Conntemporary of Chakravarti Samrat Bharata of Chandravansh in line age of Puru)
- Sudeva (Chakshu in Vishnu Puran, Agni Puran)
- Vijaya (Ramayana was written by Valmiki during reign of this king) (contemporary to Maharshi Bharadwaja)
- Bharuk (Ruruk in Vishnu Puran, Harivansh Puran)
- Bharat (Ramayana)
- Asit (Kalinda in Ramayana)
- Sagara (Chakravartin Samrat) he ended Haihaya Dynasty. Sagar had 60,000 sons but only Asamanjash live (Contemporary to Chandravanshi King Hasti who founded Hatinapura)
- Asamanjash (Contemporary to Chandravanshi King Ajaamidha who was founder of Panchala Kingdom)
- Bhagiratha (He brought river Ganga on earth)
- Naabh (Nabhag in Matsya Puran, Harivansh Puran)
- Ambarisha(2) (great devotee of God Maha Vishnu)
- Avyutayu (Shrutayu in Agni Puran)
- Sarvakama (Sarvakarma, Aartupani in Harivansha Puran)
- Sudas (contemporary to King Kuru-1 of Chandravansh who founded Magadha Kingdom)
- Saudasa (or) Kalmashapada (married to Madayanti)
- Mulaka (Naari Kavacha) (Contemporary to Yadava King Shakuni who was father of Rashasha "Bhasmasura")
- Adwil (Ilabil in Vishnu Puran)
- Dululaha (Harivansh Puran)
- Dilipa(2) (or) Khatvanga (in Vishnu Puran, Harivansh Puran)
- Raghu-2 (Chakravartin Samrat) (Raghuvansh, Raghava, Raghuvir word use in honour of this king)
- Aja (married to Indumati)
- Dasaratha was of age 60,000 years when Sri Rama born mentioned in Valmiki Ramayana (contemporary to Videha King Siradwaja (Janaka-2) father of Seeta)
- Rama ruled 11,000 years mentioned in Valmiki Ramayana, Vishnu Purana, Harivansha Puran, Agni Puran, Sbhagavat Maha Puran (Lakshmana, Bharata & Shatrughna are his siblings and he is also avatar of lord Vishnu)
Average lifespan of Ikshvakuvanshi Kings in Satyayuga and Tretayuga was 37,333 years.
Kusha to Brihadbala
Sri Ram had two son Lava, Kusha. Lava was founded Lavapuri (Lahore) Bharata had two son Taksha, Pushakal Taksha was founder of Takshashila (Modern Islamabad) Pushkal was founder of Pushkalatirtha (Modern Peshavar) Laxmana had two son Angada, Chitraketu. Shtrugnya had two son Subahu, Shrutasena. The Puranas provide a genealogical list from Kusha to Brihadbala, who was killed by Abhimanyu in the Mahabharata war. This list is corroborated by the Raghuvamsha till Agnivarna:
83. Atithi, the son of Kusha (Srimad Bhagavat Puran)
84. Nishadha, the son of Atithi
85. Nala, the son of Nishadha (Matsya Puran, Agni Puran, Harivansha Puran)
86. Nabhas, the son of Nala
87. Pundarika, the son Nabhas
88. Kshemadhanvan, the son of Pundarika (Sudhanava)
89. Devanika, the son of Kshemadhanvan
90. Ahinagu, the son of Davanika (Ahinaag)
91. Rup,the son of Ahinagu
92. Ruru,the son of Rup
93. Pariyaatra, the son of Ruru
94. Balasthala, the son of Ruru
95. Chhal, the son of Balashthala
96. Ukya, the son of Chaal
97. Vrajanabha, the son of Ukya
98. Khagana, the son of Vrajanabh
99. Vighruti, the son of Khagana
100. Vishvashaha-2, the son of Vighruti
101. Hiranyanaabh, the son of Vishvashaha
102. Pushpa, the son of Hiranyanabh
103. Dhruvashandhi, the son of Pushpa
104. Sudas, the son Dhruvashandhi
105. Sudarshana, the son of Sudas
106. Agnivarna,the son of Sudarshana
107. Shighra, the son of Agnivarna
108. Maru-2, the son of Shighra
109. Prashushrut, the son of Maru-2
110. Shandhi, the son of Prashushrut
111. Amarshana, the son of Shandhi
112. Mahasvan, the son of Amarshana
113. Vishvashaha, the son of Mahasvan
114. Prasenjeet, the son of Vishvashaha
115. Takshaka, the son of Prasenjeet
116. Brihadbalam, the son of Takshaka
Brihadbalam was contemporary of Chandravanshi King Dritarashtra of Mahabharat. Abhimanyu killed him in Mahabharata war at age 125 in BCE 3138.Sri Ram to Brihadbalam 35 generation passed in Ikshavakuvansh during time period of 8,64,000 years. (So,average life span of Ikshvakuvanshi Kings in Dwaparyuga was 24,685 years)
Brihadbala to Sumitra
The Puranas also provide the list of the kings from Brihadbala to the last ruler Sumitra. But these lists mention Shakya as an individual, and incorporate the names of Shakya, Shuddodhana, Siddhartha (Gautama Buddha) and Rahula between Sanjaya and Prasenajit. The names of the kings are:
127. Bhanuratha (Bhanumaan)
132. Pushkar (Kinnara of Vishnu Purana)
134. Sutapa (Suvarna of Vishnu Puran)
135. Sumitra Amitrajit
136. Bruhada Raaj
140. Sanjaya Mahakoshala
141. Shakya Suddhod (father of Shiddharth Gautam Buddha)
142. Langul (Siddharth) or Gautama Buddha (BCE 563 - BCE 483)
143. * Prasenajit (c. 6th century BCE) (Rahul in Vishnu Puran)
146. Suratha147. Sumitra, defeated by Mahapadma Nanda in BCE 362
From Brihadbalam to Saumitra 30 generation passed in Ikshwakuvansh in 2776 years. So,average life span of Ikshvakuvanshi King in Kaliyuga is 93 years.
In Buddhist tradition
The Buddhist text, Mahavamsa (II, 1-24) traces the origin of the Shakyas to king Okkaka (Pali equivalent to Sanskrit Ikshvaku) and gives their genealogy from Mahasammata, an ancestor of Okkaka. This list comprises the names of a number of prominent kings of the Ikshvaku dynasty, namely, Mandhata and Sagara. The genealogy according to the Mahavamsa is as follows:
- Siddhartha (Gautama Buddha)
The Ikshvaku dynasty has a significant place in Jainism, as twenty-two Tirthankaras were born in this dynasty.
- Rishabha (son of King Nabhi), the founder of Jainism in the present Avasarpani era (descending half time cycle as per Jain cosmology) is said to have founded the Ikshvaku dynasty. Ikshvaku is considered to be his another name. He is said to have taught the people how to extract sugarcane juice. Hence, name for the Ikshvaku dynasty comes from the word ikhsu (sugarcane) because of this event.
- Bharata (first Chakravartin) and Bahubali (first Kamadeva), sons of Rishabha
- Arkakirti and Marichi, son of Bharata
- at the time of Ajitanatha
- Jitashatru (father of Ajitanatha) and his younger brother Sumitra (father of Sagara)
- Ajitanatha (the 2nd Tirthankara) and Sagara (2nd Chakravartin)
- Janhu (eldest son of Sagara), the one who flooded village of Nagas with waters of Ganga leading to turning of sixty thousand sons of Sagara into ashes by Jawalanprabha (emperor of Nagas)
- Bhagiratha (eldest grandson of Sagara)
- at the time of Sambhavanatha
- at the time of Abhinandananatha
- at the time of Sumatinatha
- at the time of Padmaprabha
- at the time of Suparshvanatha
- at the time of Chandraprabha
- at the time of Pushpadanta
- at the time of Shitalanatha
- at the time of Shreyanasanatha
- at the time of Vasupujya
- at the time of Vimalanatha
- at the time of Anantanatha
- at the time of Dharmanatha
- at the time of Shantinatha
- at the time of Kunthunatha
- at the time of Aranatha
- at the time of Mallinatha
- at the time of Munisuvrata (Munisuvrata himself was not from Ikshvaku, but Harivamsa)
- at the time of Naminatha
- at the time of Parshvanatha
- at the time of Mahavira
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