death). And the son of thy son, with a view to
purifying the sons of Sagara, will obtain the favour
of the great god Siva, (by means of practising great
austerities), and will (thus) bring (to this world)
the river that floweth in three (separate) streams,
Ganga, O chief of men! May good luck be thine!
Take thou with thee the sacrificial horse. Finish,
my lad! the sacrificial rites of the magnanimous Sagara.’
Thus addressed by the illustrious Kapila, Ansuman
took the horse with him, and came back to the sacrificial
yard of the mighty-minded Sagara. Then he fell
prostrate at the feet of the high-souled Sagara, who
smelt him on the head and narrated all the events
to him, all that had been seen and heard by him, and
likewise the destruction of Sagara’s sons.
He also announced that the horse had been brought
back to the sacrificial yard. And when king Sagara
heard of this, he no more grieved on account of his
sons. And he praised and honoured Ansuman, and
finished those same sacrificial rites. His sacrifice
finished, Sagara was greeted honourably by all the
gods; and he converted the sea, Varuna’s dwelling
place, into a son of himself. And the lotus-eyed
(King Sagara) having ruled his kingdom for a period
of exceeding length, placed his grandson on the throne,
(full of) responsibilities and then ascended to heaven.
And Ansuman likewise, O great king! virtuous in soul,
ruled over the world as far as the edge of the sea,
following the foot-prints of his father’s father.
His son was named Dilipa, versed in virtue. Upon
him placing the duties of his sovereign post, Ansuman
like-wise departed this life. And then when Dilipa
heard what an awful fate had overtaken his forefathers,
he was sorely grieved and thought of the means of
raising them. And the ruler of men made every
great effort towards the descent of Ganga (to the mortal
world). But although trying to the utmost of his
power, he could not bring about what he so much wished.
And a son was born to him, known by the name of Bhagiratha
beauteous, and devoted to a virtuous life, and truthful,
and free from feelings of malice. And Dilipa appointed
him as king, and betook himself to the forest life.
And, O best of all the scions of Bharata’s race!
that same king (Dilipa), devoted himself to a successful
course of austerities, and at the end of (sufficient)
period, from the forest departed to heaven.”
“Lomasa said, ’That same king, of a powerful
bow, standing at the head of the surrounding, (i.e.,
the occupant of an imperial throne) of a powerful
car, (i.e., possessing every great fighting power)
became the delight of the eyes and the soul of all
the world. And he of the powerful arm came to
learn how his forefathers had met an awful end from
Kapila of mighty soul, and how they had been unable
to attain the region of gods. And he with a sorrowful
heart made over his kingly duties to his minister,
and, O lord of men! for practising austerities, went