of righteous men, viz
., the Rishi Bhrigu, penetrated
with compassion, replied by saying,—There
is no Kshatriya in this retreat. They that are
here are all Brahmanas. Hearing these words of
Bhrigu that must accord he thought with truth, Pratarddana
touched the Rishi’s feet slowly and, filled
with delight, said,—By this, O holy one,
I am without doubt, crowned with success, since this
king becomes abandoned by the very order of his birth
in consequence of my prowess. Give me thy permission,
O Brahmana, to leave thee, and let me solicit thee
to pray for my welfare. This king, O founder of
the race that goes by the name, has been compelled
to leave of the very community of his birth, in consequence
of my might. Dismissed by the Rishi Bhrigu, king
Pratarddana then departed from that retreat, having
even as a snake vomits forth its real poison and repaired
to the place he had come from. Meanwhile, king
Vitahavya attained to the status of a Brahmana sage
by virtue of the words only of Bhrigu. And he
acquired also a complete mastery over all the Vedas
through the same cause. Vitahavya had a son named
Gritsamada who in beauty of person was a second Indra.
Once on a time the Daityas afflicted him much, believing
him to be none else than Indra. With regard to
that high-souled Rishi, one foremost of Srutis in
the Richs goes like this viz
., He with whom Gritsamada
stays, O Brahmana, is held in high respect by all
Brahmanas. Endued with great intelligence, Gritsamada
become a regenerate Rishi in the observance of Brahmacharyya.
Gritsamada had a regenerate son of the name of Sutejas.
Sutejas had a son of the name of Varchas, and the
son of Varchas was known by the name of Vihavya.
Vihavya had a son of his loins who was named Vitatya
and Vitatya had a son of name Satya. Satya had
a son of name Santa. Santa had a son, viz
the Rishi Sravas. Sravas begot a son named Tama.
Tama begot a son named Prakasa, who was a very superior
Brahmana. Prakasa had a son named Vagindra who
was the foremost of all silent reciters of sacred Mantras.
Vagindra begot a son named Pramati who was a complete
master of all the Vedas and their branches. Pramati
begot upon the Apsara Ghritachi a son who was named
Ruru. Ruru begot a son upon his spouse Pramadvara.
That son was the regenerate Rishi Sunaka. Sunaka
begot a son who is named Saunaka. It was even
thus, O foremost of monarchs, that king Vitahavya,
though a Kshatriya by the order of his birth, obtained
the status of a Brahmana, O chief of Kshatriyas, through
the grace of Bhrigu. I have also told thee the
genealogy of the race that sprung from Gritsamada.
What else wouldst thou ask?’
“Yudhishthira said, ’What men, O chief
of Bharata’s race, are worthy of reverent homage
in the three worlds? Tell me this in detail verily.
I am never satiated with hearing thee discourse on