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Virata was the first great king of the Vairaja Dynasty. Later it got bifurcated with his two grandsons Priyavrata and Uttanapada. The first section was from Virata to Visvagjyoti. In the chain there were about twenty-eight rulers who ruled for about 700 years from 2950 BC onwards.
Earlier Brahmavarta which was between the Sarasvati River and Drishadvati River was ruled by Virata. This tract extended upto hundred miles to the north-west of Delhi
and stretched about sixty-five miles long and twenty to forty miles broad. Apart from Brahmavarta, Virata also ruled over other tribal lords. Virata was a glorious ruler having conquered many regions framing a strong army. His kingdom was rich in culture, arts and crafts as he encouraged learning, trade and arts. He had great scholars, learned men and sages in his kingdom and with their aid he had refined the whole society. The Sarasvata Brahmans has the reputation of being counted as the best of the five Gaurian Brahmans of north India. Apart from cultural developments, Virata had also maintained a powerful navy to protect his land from sea-pirates from damaging or raiding the country. Later after the death of Virata, his son Manu
ascended the throne around 2930 BC.
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