THE THREE CELEBRATED BHARATAS OF VEDIC HISTORY

By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda

Maharaja Bharat, the son  of Rishabhadeva, after whom this planet earth is called Bharatvarsha

Maharaja Bharat, the son of Rishabhadeva, after whom this planet earth is called Bharatvarsha

There are three Bharatas in the history of Vedic literature. One Bharata is Lord Rāmacandra’s brother, younger brother. His mother, Bharata’s mother, wanted to make Bharata king. Therefore, by palace diplomacy, Rāmacandra was sent to the forest. But His brother Bharata declined, “No.”

His mother wanted that “My son should be king.” There were three wives of Mahārāja Daśaratha. So this is one Bharata. He was faithful to His brother, but by His mother’s diplomacy Lord Rāmacandra was sent to the forest. So this is one celebrated Bharata.

Another Bharata is the forefather of the Kuru dynasty. His name is also Bharata.

And another Bharata was the son of King Rishabhadeva, by whose name this planet is called Bhāratavarsha. This whole planet is called Bhāratavarsha.

[An excerpt from a lecture delivered on the SB 2.1.1-5 in Boston on December 22, 1969]

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