Kalayavana, an Asur(Asura means one who is mighty) who wanted to kill Lord Krishna, was killed by Mucukunda, because of the machinations of Krishna.
Muchukunda turned Kalayavana into ashes by looking at him.
Story given towards the end of the Post.
Muchukunda belongs to the Ikshvaku dynasty.
The Iksvahu Dynasty was founded by Ikshvaku at Kosala.
He is the son of Satyavrata Manu, who migrated from the South because of a Tsunami.
Please read my Post Rama’s ancestor Dravida.
Muchukunda was the son of Mandhata.
- Vivasvan or Surya
- Vaivasvata Manu
Muchukunda went to sleep and woke up during Dwapara Yuga, when he killed Kalayavana.
Now let us look at the time factor involved.
If Muchukunda was the ancestor of Rama,who was 37th in Line, while Mandhata was the 15th in the Treta Yuga.
This means that Muchukunda was hibernating between 1.2 Million and 2.59 Million Years because he went to sleep in the Treat Yuga and woke up in the Dwapara Yuga.
Life in the universe is created and destroyed once every 4.1 to 8.2 billion years, which is one full day (day and night) for Brahma. The lifetime of a Brahma is believed to be 311 trillion and 40 billion years-Hindu Cosmology.
‘Eighty million years ago, India was approximately 6400 km (3968 miles) south of the Eurasian plate. Separating the two was the Tethys Sea. The Indo-Australian tectonic plate – containing the continent of Australia, the Indian subcontinent, and surrounding ocean – was pushed northward by the convection currents generated in the inner mantle. For millions of years, India made its way across the sea toward the Eurasian plate. As India approached Asia, around 40 million years ago, the Tethys Sea began to shrink and its seabed slowly pushed upwards. The Tethys Sea disappeared completely around 20 million years ago and sediments rising from its seabed formed a mountain range. When India and Tibet collided, instead of descending with the plate, the relatively light sedimentary and metamorphic rock that makes up the subcontinent of India pushed against Tibet, forcing it upwards, and created a massive mountain fold. ‘
The Great flood happened much before Muchukunda’s time.
The four yugas make up a cycle called divya-yuga, which lasts 4,320,000 years. One thousand of these yugas equal one day of Brahma, which is called a kalpa. Brahma’s lifespan is 100 years of his time.
That is 432 Million years
Day for Brahma happens for 216 million years.
At the end of the day Pralaya, dissolution of the Universe by Flood happens.
Naimittika Pralaya, which is of 4,320,000,000 earth years, occurs just after the end of a Kalpa. Also, known as the Night of Brahma, it signifies the end of living world.
This implies that The Tamils were in existence in Treta Yuga itself as Muchukunda was alive then.
‘He is remembered in Hindu scriptures as a righteous and glorious king. In some versions, he is the son of Vaivasvata Manu (formerly the Emperor Satyavrata of Dravida), one of the two central characters along with the Lord Matsya incarnation of Lord Vishnu in the Matsya Purana. He is born to Manu after the deluge which sends the King’s ship to the top of the Malaya Mountains in the Dravida country.”
The Malaya Mountains were a range of mountains that were mentioned in the Hindu sacred texts like Matsya Purana, the Kurma Purana, the Vishnu Purana, and the epics of the Ramayana and the Mahabharata.
The Vishnu Purana specifically mentions it amongst the seven main chains of mountains in Bharata (ancient name of India), namely Mahendra, Malaya, Sahya, Śuktimat, Riksha,Vindhya, and Páripátra.According to the Matsya Purana, during the Great flood, the giant of boat of King Manu was perched after the deluge on the top of the Malaya Mountains.
These mountains are believed to have formed the southernmost part (Southwards starting from the Mangalore region) of the Western Ghats, modern day Kerala while the Northern part of the same was called the Sahya Mountains. . The peaks of these Malaya mountains were said to be higher than those of the Sahya Mountains. The Anaimalaiand Nilgiri form some of its higher ranges. Believably in the Ramayana and Mahabharata ages, and later in the period of recorded History, it might have been the junction of theChera and Pandya Kingdoms. Sangam Literature calls these mountains Pothigai.
Seeing him, KAlyavana came out filled with happiness. Seeing Krishna before him, the strong one followed him.
39. The lord of the Yavanas followed Govinda with the desire of capturing him, but he could not seize that great yoga-adept.
40. The celebrated and powerful king, Muchukunda, son of MAndhAtA, achieved great success in the battle between Devas and Asuras in the ancient times.
41. When the gods requested him to ask for a boon, he accepted sleep. He was extremely tired, and so the following words emerged from his mouth.
42. O gods! I will burn the person who wakes me up, with my eyes blazing with anger,” and he kept saying it again and again.
43. So, Shakra and the other gods said, So be it. Then he took permission of the gods and came to the king of the mountains.
44. The very tired king entered one of the caves and kept sleeping till the time he saw Krishna.
45. O king! NArada had told VAsudeva all about the boon he had received from the gods and his power.
46. Krishna, followed by that mleccha enemy, entered Muchukunda’s cave like a very humble person.
47. The intelligent Keshava stood near the head of the royal sage, Muchukunda, carefully avoiding the path of his vision.
48. The Yavana entered and saw the lord of the earth, sleeping and radiant like KritAnta (death). Then that most wicked one went towards him.
49. He, assuming the king to be VAsudeva, spurned him with his feet, just as the insect jumps into fire, bringing his own destruction.
50. The royal sage, Muchukunda, woke up on being kicked. He was very angry for being woken up and also for being touched by the feet.
51. Then, remembering the boon given by Shakra, he looked at him standing before him. As soon as he looked at him angrily, he burnt up entirely.
52. The fire erupting from the eyes of Muchukunda burned KAlayavana in a moment, just as lightning burns down a dry tree.