Virochana (Sanskrit: विरोचन), in Hindu mythology, was an asura, grandson of Hiranyakashipu, son of Prahlada (Sanskrit: प्रह्लाद) and father of Bali. In the Atharvaveda (VIII.10.22) he was mentioned as the son of Prahlada. According to the Chandogya Upanishad (VIII.7.2-8.5), he and Indra went to Prajapati to learn about the atman (self) and lived there, practising brahmacharya for thirty-two years. But at the end, he misunderstood Prajapati's teachings and preached the asuras to worship the sharira (body) as the atman. Thus, asuras started adorning the body of a deceased with perfumes, garlands and ornaments. The son of Virochana was Mahabali.
According to Vishnu Puranam Virochan was son of Prahlada good follower of his father. Once he went to forest for hunting and he saw a girl but due to his father decision he had left that girl. He obeyed his father decision by that we could know his obedience towards his father. He is good devotee of Lord Vishnu which was preached by his father from his young age. He felt very sad of his missing love. At that time his grand mother Kayadhu is in death bed asked Virochan to marry then he married. Kayadhu asked Prahlada to Crown Virochan then at that moment it self Virochan was Crowned as new king. After that Prahlada went to forest for meditation. After Crowning Virochan he first took decision to pray only one god that is Vishnu and no other is god. After his decision lndra got very angry and planned to kill him. When his son Bali completed his gurukul, Virochan and his wife thought to bring him home. While he is going home, suddenly sun heat increased due to that reason they two got thirsty, they saw an ashram and asked for water, saint gave some water to them. After drinking that water they both fell in sleep. Then Indra cut him into pieces and burned him that his remains could not be found since if remains their Daythyacharya Shukracharya use his Mrutha Sanjeevani Vidhya and make him alive so, they did it.
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