Dhata and Vidhata

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#Vidhata
He is a son born to Bhrgu. By his wife Khyati two sons Dhata and Vidhata and a daughter named Laksmi were born to Bhrgu. Laksmi was given in marriage to Visnu. The daughter of Meru, Ayati, was married by Dhata and Niyati by Vidhata. The son Mrkandu was born to Vidhata by Niyati. This #Mrkandu was the father of Markandeya. (Visnu Purana, Amsa 1, Chapter 10).

The following statements occur about Dhata and Vidhata in Mahabharata.

(i) At Nakaloka (heaven) Dhata and Vidhata took the form of women and allowed hermit Uttanka to see them. (Maha-bharata Adi Parva, Chapter 3, Stanza 166).

(ii) Dhata and Vidhata stood above the city of Virata to see the battle between Arjuna and Krpa.
(Maha-bharata Virata Parva, Chapter 56, Stanza 11).

(iii) Dhata and Vidhata lived with Manu.
(Maha-bharata Adi Parva, Chapter 65, Stanza 42) .

(iv) Dhata and Vidhata gave to Subrahmanya two followers named Suvrata and Sukarma.
(Maha-bharata galya Parva, Chapter 45, Stanza 42 ).

 

#Dhata (or #dhatri)
1) General information. One of the twelve Adityas.
(See Dvadasadityas and Aditya) .

2) Other details:

(1 ) At the burning of Khandava forest among the gods who came against Sri Krsna and Arjuna, there was Dhata also.
(Maha-bharata Adi Parva, Chapter 266, Stanza 34).

(2) Dhata gave Subrahmanya five followers named Kunda, Kusuma, Kumuda, Darhbara and Adarhbara as gift.
(Maha-bharata Salya Parva, Chapter 45 Stanza 39).

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