Story of Bhumanyu & Bharata – First emperors of India

Bhumanyu means Emperor. He was the successor of first emperor of India, Bharata. Emperor Bharata, one of the greatest kings of ancient India, and founder of the eponymous dynasty, had nine sons from three wives. None of Bharata’s sons were worthy enough to become the next Emperor. Bharata was not pleased with his sons and so their mothers became angry and slew them all. Bharata then performed a great sacrifice for obtaining an heir to the throne Bhumanyu was born out of that great sacrifice performed by the Sage Bharadwaja at the behest of Bharata. Bhumanyu was adopted by Bharata as his son. Bhumanyu was made the next emperor. Bhumanyu’s lineage is the story of the Mahabharat. Bharata, the first Indian dynastic emperor recorded, had a son named Bhúmanyu. The Mahabaratha, in the Adi Parvan, tells two different stories about Bhúmanyu’s birth. The first story says that Bharata married Sunanda the daughter of Sarvasena, the King of Kasi Kingdom, and begot upon her the son named Bhumanyu. According to the second story, Bhumanyu was born out of a great sacrifice that Bharata performed for the sage Bharadwaja.

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