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BY

THE LATE

HORACE HAYMAN WILSON,
M.A.,F.R.S.,

MEMBER OF THE ROYAL ASIATIC SOCIETY, OF THE ABIATIO socIE'rIEs 0E
cALcuTTA AND PARIs, AND OF THE oRIEN'rAL SOCIETY OF GERMANY;
FOREIGN MEMBER OF THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF FRANCE;
MEMBER OF THE IMPERIAL AcADEMIEs OF 8T. PETERSBURGH AND VIENNA,
AND OF THE ROYAL AcADEMIEs OF MUNIOR AND BERLIN;

PH. D. BREsLAU; M. D. MARBURG, E'Ic.;

AND BODEN PROFESSOR OF SANSKRIT IN THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD.

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T HE

VISHNU PURANA:

A SYSTEM

HINDU MYTHOLOGY AND TRADITION.

TR ANSLATED

FROM THE ORIGINAL SANSKRIT,

AND
ILLUSTRATED BY NOTES
DERIVED CHIEFLY FROM OTHER PURA'N'AS,

BY THE LATE

H. H. WILSON, M.A., F.R.S.,

30mm PROFESSOR OF SANSKRIT IN THE UNIVERSITY oF oxFmm,
1:10., ETC-

EDITED BY

FITZEDWARD HALL.
VOL. “7.

LONDON:
TRUBNER & 00., 60, PATERNOSTER ROW.
1868.

VISHNU PURANA.

B O O K 1V. (continued).

CHAPTER VI.

Kings of the lunar dynasty. Origin of Soma or the Moon: he carries off Tara, the wife of Brihaspati: war between the gods 'and Asuras, in consequence: appeased by Brahma. Birth of Budha: married to 1125., daughter of Vaivaswata. Legend of his son Pururavas and the nymph Urvas'i: the former institutes offerings with fire: ascends to the sphere of the Gandharvas.

MAITREYA.—You have given me, reverend (preceptor), an account of (the kings of) the dynasty of the Sun. I am now desirous to hear a description of the princes who trace their lineage from the Moon, and whose race is still celebrated for glorious deeds. Thou art able to relate it to me, Brahman, if thou Wilt so favour me. ,

PARAsARA.—You shall hear from me, Maitreya,* an account of the illustrious family of the Moon, which has produced (many celebrated) rulers of the earth,— a race adorned by (the regal qualities of) strength, valour, magnificence, prudencefl' and activity, and enumerating, amongst its monarchs, Nahusha, Yayati,

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“‘ Literally, “tiger of a sage,” muni-éa'rdu'la. See Vol. III., p. 118, note §. ' 1and #1711.

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