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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

King Bharat Was Born as Garhwali and Shakuntala was Garhwali

Uttarakhand Branding -4         
                  King Bharat Was Born as Garhwali and Shakuntala was Garhwali

Notes on Uttarakhand Branding in historical perspective, Kumaun Branding in historical perspective, Garhwal Branding in historical perspective (Place Branding)

                             Bhishma Kukreti

Bharat is one of the greatest legends of India. Jamboodweep (now India) was named Bharat after the glory of king Bharat.
    Bharat was son of king Dushyant and Shakuntala.
   Shakuntala was daughter of great sage Vishwamitra and nymph Menka. Neither menka nor Vishwamitra were ready to take responsibility of their girl child. Mahrshi Kanva took Shakuntala to his Ashram Kavashram which is in Bhabhar /Kotwara at the bank of Malini. There are ample of proofs that Kanvashram was in Bhabhar. Knavshram is below the Shivalik shrines as stated in Mahabharat . When king Dusyant visited Bhabhar and met Shakuntala in Kanvashram he fell in love with her so she too.
           Bharat was born in Kanvashram, Bhabhar and studies there. Under the guidance of Maharshi Kanva .
   Later on Dushyant accepted Bharat as his successor or crowned king and named him Bharat. King Bharat won many battles and ruled all over Jamboodweep including Cambodia, Burma, Vietnam and Thailand. Bharat was called Chakrvarti samrat or who won all the corners.
 There is description about Vishwamitra, Kanvashram, Dusyant, and king Bharat in Mahabharata in Adiparv- 68 to 74/140
A couple of examples about the Greatest King of all time Bharat and Himalayan shrine – Malini etc :  
त्वां रितेअपी दुस्य्न्त ! शैलराजवर्तसकाम
चतुरंतमिमां उर्वी पुत्रो में पालयिष्यति - आदिपर्व ७४/१०८
(आदिपर्व-74/108)
  भरताद् भारती कीर्तिर्येनेदं भारत कुलम्
अपरे ये पूर्वे वै भारता इति विश्रुता:
(आदिपर्व ७४/१३१)
There is good details of Bhabhar, malni bank, Kanvashram, Dusyant, Shakuntala and Bharat in Shatpath Brahman too.
For historical details, please refer ‘Uttarakhand ka Itihas part-3 ‘ by Dr.Shiv Prasad Dabral
  
Notes on Uttarakhand Branding in historical perspective, Kumaun Branding in historical perspective, Garhwal Branding in historical perspective (Place Branding) to be continued….
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