In the Vedic writings and epics mentioned a large number of ancient dynasties and names of the oldest states in the valley of the Ganges, but the question of the historical reality of this data is very controversial, and in most cases is not confirmed by the materials of archeology. The epic contains various dynastic lists, outlines the events differently, making it difficult to restore indologists political history of the period.
The religious ideas of the Vedic and epic periods contributed to the origin of kings and royal dynasties explained will of the gods. According to the most common tradition, the major dynasties in the valley of the Ganges in the epic period was Sun and Moon, the founders of which are considered descendants of the gods of the sun and the moon. With the solar dynasty contacted hero Ramayana Rama, and from the Moon – known genus of the Kauravas. Descendants of this kind was traditionally the king Bharata, whose name is mentioned in the Rig Veda. Read the rest of this entry »