Andhra dynasties have their own predominance in the space of Indian history. While Satavahanas are well known through the generations, there is another dynasty that has set its impression in the pages of Andhra’s rich past. The great Ikshvaku Dynasty.
There are many astounding facts surrounding the Ikshvaku Dynasty. One of the earliest known ruling dynasties that prevailed in the Krishna Guntur regions of Andhra, the mighty Ikshvakus etched their prominence during the 2nd Century CE.
Here are four things that you should know about the great Ikshvaku dynasty at large.
The Actual Meaning of ‘Ikshvaku’
The name Ikshvaku has a meaning, and it literally means sugar cane! While there is no concrete reason known behind the formation of this name, the splendid Ikshvaku Dynasty is also known as Suryavamsam or the solar dynasty. Founded by Rishabha, Ikshvaku dynasty flaunted some of the history changing names representing its lineage.
Lord Rama was an Ikshvaku
The great Lord Rama belonged to the Ikshvaku Dynasty. Going back in time, some of the great kings who were mentioned in the epics such as Ramayana, Mahabharata, Harivamsha and other Puranas are said to have hailed from the Ikshvaku dynasty. Some of the names include Bharata, Dilipa, Harischandra, Prasenajit and Sagar.
The Ikshvaku Connect with the Jain Tirthankara
The great Ikshvaku dynasty has an ancient connect with the Jain Tirthankaras. It is said that 22 out of the 24 Tirthankaras belonged to the Ikshvaku Dynasty. There is also a theory stating that Rishaba has the connect with both Hinduism and Jainism.
Buddhist Texts Confirm a different founder for Ikshvakus
While Rishaba is considered as the founder in the Puranic literature, the Buddhist texts affirm that it was the Mahasammata who was the true founder and ancestor of this dynasty. The Hindu Puranas also proclaim the great sage Vashishta to be the supreme preceptor of the dynasty.