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When King Sagara passed away owing to the irrefutable virtue of Time, the ministers and subjects of that kingdom are predisposed towards the highly honourable Amshuman to become their king and they enthroned him accordingly." Thus Vishvamitra continued narration about the predecessors of Rama. (1 42 1)

"He that Amshuman turned out to be a very great king, and oh, Rama of Raghu s dynasty, he begot a marvellous son who is renowned as Dilipa. (1 42 2) "Assigning the kingdom to Dilipa, oh, Rama of Raghu s dynasty, Amshuman undertook very stern ascesis on a pleasant peak of Himalayas desiring the descent of River Ganga to earth. (1 42 3) "On practising ascesis in ascetic woods for thirty two thousand years that highly renowned king Amshuman achieved heaven as he acquired only the wealth of practising the ascesis. (1 42 4) "The great resplendent Dilipa on hearing the elimination of his grandfathers, the sixty thousand sons of Sagara at the hand of sage Kapila, and with a mind that is marred by the plight of his father Amshuman in absolving the souls of Sagara s sons, he that Dilipa could not arrive at any decision concerning the descent of Ganga. (1 42 5)

Dilipa" became worried as to how River Ganga is to be alighted onto earth from heaven, how water oblations are to be offered for the souls of Sagara s sons, and how to cross them, the souls, over this mortal world. (1 42 6) "To him who is self mortified and who is always thinking righteously about the alight of Ganga onto earth, to such a Dilipa a most virtuous son is born who is renowned by his name Bhagiratha. (1 42 7) "That great resplendent king Dilipa on his part performed numerous Vedic rituals, and he ruled the kingdom for thirty thousand years to the delight of each of his subjects, but could not find a way to fetch Ganga. (1 42 8)

"Oh, tigerly man Rama, that king Dilipa by not attaining any choice towards the uplifting the souls of his grandparents to heaven by bringing Ganga to earth, he took to illness, and he attained the ultimate virtue of Time, namely the demise. (1 42 9) "That best one among men, namely king Dilipa, on anointing his son Bhagiratha in the kingdom went to the abode of Indra, namely the heaven, only by his self acquired merits of deeds. (1 42 10) "Oh, Rama, the legatee of Raghu, but on his part that self righteous and kingly sage Bhagiratha is childless, and that great king longed for offspring. (1 42 11)

"Interested in the alighting of River Ganga on earth, oh, Rama, the descendent of Raghu, king Bhagiratha delegated his kingdom to the custody of his ministers and people and firmed up himself in sustained asceticism on Mountain Gokarna in Himalayas, and he practise ascesis standing amid five fires, upraising his hands, with a monthly sustenance and with his sense conquered. (1 42 12, 13a) Thousands" of years have rolled by while Bhagiratha stood practising his severe ascesis, oh, dextrous Rama, and then the lord and master of all beings, namely god Brahma, is well pleased with that great souled king s ascesis. (1 42 13b, 14) Forefather" Brahma then arrived along with assemblages of Gods, and spoke this way to the great souled Bhagiratha who is deep in the practise of ascesis. (1 42 15) Oh, great king Bhagiratha, oh, lord of the people, I am delighted with the perfectly conducted ascesis of yours, hence oh, truly committed one, you may beseech for a boon. (1 42 16)

"That great resplendent and highly fortunate king Bhagiratha then remaining with suppliantly adjoined palm fold spoke to him who is the Forefather of all worlds, namely Brahma. (1 42 17) Oh, god, if you are satisfied with my ascesis, and if there is any fruition to the ascesis of mine, let all the sons of Sagara get water oblations through me. (1 42 18) While the ashes of these great souls are drenched with the waters of Ganga, let all of those great grandfathers of mine depart to heaven, eternally. (1 42 19)

Oh, god, I indeed pray for offspring in our Ikshvaku dynasty, let not our dynasty dwindle as I am issueless, and oh, god, let this be the other boon to me. (1 42 20) "The Forefather of all the worlds, Brahma, then replied the king who has spoken in that way, in an auspicious tongue that is sweet sounding and sweetly worded, as well. (1 42 21) Oh, top speeded chariot rider Bhagiratha, this aspiration of yours is sublime, and oh, the furtherer of Ikshvaku dynasty, so be it, let safeness betide you. (1 42 22)

This Ganga is the one with snow broth, the elder daughter of Himavanta, and oh, king Bhagiratha, god Shiva alone is capable to sustain her force in the course of her alighting onto earth, and in fact, he is to be commissioned for that purpose. (1 42 23) Oh, king Bhagiratha, the earth cannot endure the downfall of Ganga and to sustain Ganga, oh, king, indeed I do not behold none other than the Trident wielder, god Shiva. Thus Brahma spoke to Bhagiratha. (1 42 24) Speaking this way to the king Bhagiratha and informally greeting Ganga also, that Creator of Worlds, Brahma, left for heaven along with all the groups of Devas and Maruts." Thus Vishvamitra continued narration about the arrival of River Ganga to earth. (1 42 25)

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