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dhṛtarāṣṭra vaicitravīrya (‘Descendant of Vicitra- vīrya’) is mentioned in a passage of the Kāthaka Samhitā, which is, unhappily, far from intelligible. But there is no ground for supposing that he was a Kuru-Pañcāla king; he seems rather to have lived at some distance from the Kuru- Pañcālas. There is no good reason to deny his identity with the Dhrtarāstra of the Satapatha Brāhmana, king of Kāśi, who was defeated, when he attempted to offer a horse sacrifice, by Sātrājita śatānīka. The fact that the latter was a Bharata also points to Dhrtarāstra's not having been a Kuru-Pañcāla at all. In the Kāthaka Samhitā he appears as having a dispute with Vaka Dālbhi; but even assuming that the latter was a Pañcāla, there is nothing to hint that the former was a Kuru or that this dispute is a sign of an early hostility of Kuru and Pañcāla. It is true that in the Epic śantanu and Vicitravīrya and Dhrtarāstra himself are all connected, but this connexion seems to be due, as so often in the Epic, to a confused derange¬ment of great figures of the past.








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