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Mandhatri in the Vishnu Puranas
is said to be the king, son of Yuvanaswa, of the race of Ikshvaku, and author of a hymn in the Rig-Veda.
It is believed Mandhatri was born in a natural way from his mother Gauri, but the Vishnu
and Bhagavata Puranas
tell an astonishing story about his birth. Yuvanaswa had no son so he was very upset. Some holy sages near whom he lived instituted a religious ritual to procure descendant for him.
One night all the sages positioned a consecrated vessel of water upon an altar as part of their ceremony, and the water became endowed with prolific energy.
Yuvanaswa woke up in the night feeling very thirsty. He drank the water of the vessel and was pregnant. He gave birth to the baby boy from his right side.
Lord Indra appeared and gave his finger in the child's mouth so that he could suck milk from there. The child was then named Mandhatri.
Mandhatri grew up and became a mighty monarch. He had three sons and fifty daughters. All his daughters were married to an old sage Saubhari.
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