List of Manus and Manvantaras names (Sudharma story)

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In very manvantara, a new Indra Deva is been appointed. This is just like a new PM is appointed to our nation in every 5 years.

Once, Sri Indra Deva went to his Guru Sri Brishaspati, the teacher of the Devatas / Demigods, and asked:

“I have heard that the Devatas / Demigods change from manvantara (era) to manvantara. Can you please tell me the names of the Devatas / Demigods and Sri Indra Devas who have ruled earlier?”

“I am not that old,” replied the Guru of Devatas / Demigods Sri Brihaspati. “I do not know the answer to your question. But there is a holy man named Sudharma. He knows everything and is bound to know the answer to your question. Let us go up to him and ask.”

Accompanied by the other Devatas / Demigods, Sri Indra Deva and Sri Brihaspati went to visit Sudharma. 

After they had worshipped the learned man, Sri Indra Deva asked:

“Tell me, what is the secret of your knowledge? Have you donated a lot of alms or performing many yajnas? Or does the secret lies in visiting tirthas and performing tapasya? Please also tell us about the various manvantaras.”

“I will first tell you about the manvantaras,” replied Sudharma.

There are fourteen such manvantaras in one of Sri Chatur Mukha Brahma Deva’s days. Each such manvantara is ruled over by a Manu. 

And the Devatas / Demigods also change from one manvantara to another. In addition, the title of Sri Indra Deva changes hands time to time:

1. The first Manu was Svayambhuva. The Devatas / Demigods were then the yamas and the Sri Indra Deva was Shachipati.

2. The second Manu was Svarochisha. The Devatas / Demigods were the paravatas and tushitas and the Sri Indra Deva was Vipashchita.

3. The third Manu was Uttama. The Devatas / Demigods were the sudhamas, satyas, shivas and pratardanas and the Sri Indra Deva was Sushanti.

4. The fourth Manu was Tamasa. The Devatas / Demigods were the surupas, haris, suptas and sudhis and the Sri Indra Deva was Shibi.

5. The fifth Manu was Raivata. The Devatas / Demigods were the amitabhas and the Sri Indra Deva was Ribhu.

6. The sixth Manu was Chakshusha. The Devatas / Demigods were the adyas and the Sri Indra Deva was Manojava.

7. The seventh manu was Vaivasvata. This is the manvantara that is now currently present. The Devatas / Demigods are the adityas, vasus and rudras and the Sri Indra Deva is Purandara.

There will be seven more manvantaras before the manvantara destruction.

8. The eighth Manu will be Suryasavarni. The Devatas / Demigods will be the sutapas and the Sri Indra Deva will be Balichakravarti (same Balichakravarti who comes in the story of Bhagavan’s avatar Sri Vamana Deva).

9. The ninth manu will be Dakshasavarni. The Devatas / Demigods will be the paravatas and the Sri Indra Deva will be Adbhuta.

10. The tenth manu will be Brahmasavarni. The Devatas / Demigods will be the vamanas and the Sri Indra Deva will be Shanti.

11. The eleventh Manu will be Dharmasavarni. The Devatas / Demigods will be the vihangamas and the Sri Indra Deva will be Vrisha.

12. The twelfth manu will be Rudrasavarni. The Devatas / Demigods will be the haritas and the Sri Indra Deva will be Ritadhama.

13. The thirteenth Manu will be Rouchya. The Devatas / Demigods will be the sutramas and the Sri Indra Deva will be Divaspati.

14. The fourteenth Manu will be Bhoutya. The Devatas / Demigods will be the chakshushas and the Sri Indra Deva will be Shuchi.

(All the Puranas agree that there are fourteen manvantaras. They also agree that the Devatas / Demigods and the name of the person who holds the title of Sri Indra Deva change from one manvantara to another.)

(But the names of the fourteen manvantaras often vary from one Purana to another. So do the names of the Devatas / Demigods and the name of Sri Indra Deva.) 

(Thus the list from the Narada Purana given above will not necessarily tally with the list given in another Purana. This is because one same Devata / Demigod will be having different names, that is one Devata / Demigod will have more than one names).

“You also asked about the source of my punya,” continued Sudharma. 

“I used to be a vulture and lived on carrion. Once I was sitting on a wall that surrounded a temple of Vishnu. Suddenly a hunter arrived and shot me dead with his arrow.” 

“My dead body fell down on the ground and a dog picked it up in the mouth. Pursued by other dogs, the dog circled the temple. This act of piety freed me and the dog of all illusions and gave us a lot of punya. It is my secret.”

Sri Indra Deva wondered at this story and himself became a bhakta / devotee of Bhagavan Sri Vishnu for ever.

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