Manu – The Progenitor of Humanity
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Manu, also popularly known Satyavrata Manu or Shraddha Deva Manu, is regarded as the ancestor of all humanity according to Hinduism. or Shraddha Deva Though in Hinduism, Devas are considered Gods, in Jainism they are supernatural beings who are more powerful and happier than humans. They also live longer but are not worshipped. They cannot be seen by humans and can create illusions and can take various forms of loving beingsManu, is regarded as the ancestor of all humanity according to Hinduism. Manu is believed to be a great sage and the king of Dravidian kingdom and the mankind is considered to be his descendant. He is a son of Surya, who is also known as Vaivasvata. Hence, Manu is also widely known by the name of Manu Vaivasvata. He is believed to be the first man on earth created by Brahma. Manu is revered by devotees and worshippers all over the word for his position as the father of mankind.
Manu is usually depicted as a simple man and is portrayed to be in the scene of the great flood. He is generally shown in a boat which is floating over the violent waters of the flood. He is accompanied by the seven great sages and Matsya who is protecting the boat as well as others. In some other depictions, Manu is shown to have a conversation with his master Brihaspati.
According to MatsyaPurana, Manu was the Dravidian king before the great flood arrived. Once he was praying to the gods and offering water to them in a river when he caught a mighty fish in his hands. He looked at the fish and tried to put it back into the waters when suddenly the fish spoke to him. The fish told him not to put it back in the river as the big creatures of the waters would eat it. The fish told Manu to protect it. So, Manu put the fish in a jar and took it with him vowing to protect it. After some days, the fish grew in size and the jar was not big enough for it to live in. So, Manu made a small pond for it and put the fish in it. However, with time, the fish grew even bigger and Manu had to put it in a lake. The fish kept on growing and Manu had to transfer it from one water reservoir to a bigger one. Eventually, the fish became so huge that Manu had no choice but to put it in ocean. But the fish told him that it was afraid of the violent predators of the ocean that would devour it. Manu was totally confused as to what to do at that point of time and requested the fish to reveal its true identity. The fish then assumed its true form and VishnuVishnu
Vishnu is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindus and is a part of Hindu Trinity,.. appeared in front of Manu.
Vishnu then told him that a great flood was about to come after seven days which would submerge the whole world. He instructed Manu to gather the Saptarishi and with their counsel gather all kinds of herbs, seeds, other living beings etc. he told him to load all of them on a boat which would be sent by Vishnu on the day of the great flood. Vishnu told Manu to use Vasuki, the serpent god, as a rope and ties the boat with the fish horn of his MatsyaMatsya
Matsya Avatar was the first Avatar of Vishnu, among the Dashavatara... form. Vishnu then disappeared and Manu proceeded to do as he was instructed by the deity. On the day of the great flood a boat was sent by Vishnu and Manu loaded all the beings and things on it. He tied the boat with vasuki He is one of the king serpents, given high privilege in Hindu mythology. He is depicted with a gem on his head. He is the snake of Lord Shiva and the brother of another snake named Manasa. He is the jewel of Shiva and sits around his neck. He was blessed by Shiva and thus given an important status. He was one of the main participants in the churning of the ocean. He was used as the churning rope and his one end was held by the demons and the other by Gods. His face was at the demons side and thus they were affected by his venom.
to the horn of Matsya and with the huge waves of the flood the boat started to sail. The whole world submerged in water and the boat travelled over the flood waters. During their journey on the boat Matsya educated Manu and provided him knowledge of the Vedas Four ancient texts constituting the oldest layer of Sanskrit literature and the oldest scriptures of Hinduismand other religious scriptures. Thus, Manu was able to receive the supreme knowledge from god himself. It is believed that after the great flood was over the boat settled on the Malaya Mountains and, eventually, Manu populated the earth and engendered mankind.
In other legends stated by the Hindu epic Mahabharata, Manu married Shraddha and the couple had ten children. It is believed that Ikshvaku and Ila further became the progenitors of the Suryavansha and Chandravanshi, respectively. The Suryavansha and Chandravanshi are also popularly known as the Solar and Lunar dynasties, respectively. Other than the aforementioned children Manu procreated fifty more children who are believed to have perished because of indulging themselves in quarrels with each other.
Worship, Beliefs and Significance
Manu is revered all over the world as the father of all humans; however, there are very few temples of him. Nevertheless, the most prominent is the Manu Maharishi Temple at Manali, Himachal Pradesh. The place Manali is believed to have been named after him. Many devotees visit the temple daily and offer prayers to the great sage. Manu is believed to represent wisdom, devotion, knowledge, faith and the creative force of the world.