Indian Mythology (by ApamNapat)

Puru - An Ancestor of the Pandavas


Puru was the youngest son of King Yayati of the Chandra dynasty and Sharmishta, the daughter of King Vrishaparva of the Asuras. Shukra had cursed Yayati to attain premature old age. Yayati wanted to still enjoy his life, so he tried to get his sons to give him their youth in exchange. The elder brothers and half-brothers (Yayati's first wife was Devayani, the daughter of Shukra) refused to do it, but Puru was willing to make the exchange. In return, Yayati made him his heir.

Ultimately Yayati realized that desire could not be conquered by yielding to it, so he returned his Puru's youth back to him, and went away to spend the rest of his life in the forest.

Last Modified At: Tue Oct 19 20:39:30 2004