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Manu is the earliest Prajapati (Lit. 'Lord-of-all-creatures') and the son of Vivasvant, the sun God. He is the father of Ikshvaku, the first King of Ayodhya and the ancestor of Rama, the hero of the epic Ramayana. See [Rama:1.70.21].
According to B.P., he obtained nine sons by performing a sacrifice. Those sons are: Ikshvaku, Nabhaga, Dhrishta, Sharyati, Narishyanta, Pramashu, Rishta, Karusha and Prishadhara. A daughter named Ila was also born to him when he prayed to the gods Mitra and Varuna. In another place, the B.P. says that Ikshvaku was born from the nostril of his father Manu.
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