Indian Mythology (by ApamNapat)

Sudyumna - King of Solar Dynasty


Sudyumna was a king of the solar dynasty. Once, he went hunting in the forest, and was separated from his retinue. Tired, and exhausted, he waded into a pool in the forest along with his stallion and quenched his thirst. Unfortunately, that pool had been enchanted by Lord Shiva, so that any male who enters it would become a female. Sudyumna was turned into a woman called Ila and his stallion became a mare.

He (she) took refuge at the hermitage of Budha, that was nearby. The sage became infatuated with her, and she reciprocated his affection. They had a son named Puroorava. Ultimately, the King was freed from his curse and returned to his kingdom, along with his son Puroorava, who is the first king of the Chandra dynasty.

There are two conflicting accounts of how the curse was lifted. 1. The curse was for a limited time only. After a year, it was automatically lifted. 2. Vasishta, the perceptor of Sudyumna prayed to Lord Shiva, who alleviated the curse, making it such that the King would be woman for a month and man for another in alternation. This version is given by the Bhagavata Purana and Devi Bhagavata.

According to the Bhagavata Purana, Sudyumna had three more sons named Utkala, Gaya and Vimala. These sons inherited the southern part of his kingdom. His son Puroorava inherited the major portion of the empire.

Last Modified At: Wed Nov 17 22:54:09 2004