Sunita – The Daughter Of Lord Yama In Hinduism

Very little information is available about Lord Yama’s daughter in Hindu mythology. However, two significant Puranas, the Padma Purana and the Bhagavata Purana, mention her as the eldest daughter of Mrityu. It’s important to note that Lord Yama is sometimes addressed as Mrityu (death) in various Hindu texts.

According to these Puranas, Lord Yama’s daughter is named Sunita (or Sunitha). She is described as an unattractive woman who, from her childhood, took pleasure in causing harm and torment to people and other living beings. As the legend goes, her notorious behavior led to a curse inflicted by a Gandharva kumar (unmarried celestial being) named Sushankha.

Sunita Got Cursed By Sushankha (a Gandharva Kumar)

The story unfolds as Sunita, accompanied by her friends, ventured into a forest and stumbled upon a handsome man engrossed in penance beneath a tree. She was captivated by his appearance and began to disrupt and tease him.

Despite her persistent attempts to distract him through teasing and dancing, the man remained undeterred in his meditation. Frustrated by her inability to disrupt his focus, Sunita resorted to hitting him from behind in frustration.

In response to these unprovoked disturbances, the man, Sudhankha, had no choice but to curse Sunita for her mischievous behavior. His curse decreed that any son she bore would inherit her notorious and misguided nature. This son would become a scofflaw, disrespecting deities and Brahmins, and eventually rise as an evil and tyrannical king, causing suffering and turmoil in the world.

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Everyone Refused To Marry Sunita

Upon hearing the curse from Sudhankha, Sunita experienced fear for the first time and immediately reported the entire incident to her father, Mrityu, also known as Lord Yama. News of her curse quickly spread throughout the land, and when the time came for her marriage, prospective suitors refused her hand.

Kings and saints alike declined the proposal, expressing their reluctance to become fathers to a son destined to bring trouble into their lives. In response, Lord Yama advised Sunita to embark on a path of profound repentance and penance, seeking the intervention of Lord Vishnu.

Following her father’s counsel, Sunita dedicated years to appeasing Lord Vishnu through rigorous penance. One day, while in the forest, she caught the attention of Apsara Rambha. Intrigued, Rambha approached Sunita, who then recounted her past events and the circumstances leading to her present situation.

Apsara Rambha Came To Rescue Sunita

Rambha offered Sunita reassurance, urging her not to worry excessively. She told Sunita that she could assist her by teaching her secret techniques to captivate any man’s heart. Rambha also emphasized the importance of nurturing certain inherent qualities that Sunita had naturally inherited from her family.

Encouraged by Rambha’s guidance, Sunita decided to put these newfound skills to use. She successfully employed these techniques to captivate the heart of a king named Anga, who happened to be the great-grandson of Manu. Their mutual attraction culminated in marriage through the custom of Gandharva Vivah.

Birth Of The Evil King – Vena (Son Of Sunita)

King Anga, known for his piety and devotion, unfortunately, bore the consequences of Sunita’s curse. Their son, named Vena, inherited none of his father’s virtuous qualities. Instead, Vena embodied the very curse that Sunita had carried with her all her life.

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From a young age, Vena displayed unrighteous behavior, resembling a wild beast who tormented innocent people. Observing his malevolent conduct, King Anga and his mother Sunita aptly named him ‘Vena,’ which means ‘The Tormentor.’

As Vena grew older, his demonic tendencies only intensified. His actions compelled his father to abandon his kingdom and seek refuge in a forest. However, Sunita continued to stay with him for a considerable time. Eventually, when Vena ascended the throne, he prohibited all Vedic sacrifices and declared himself the sole deity worthy of all prayers and offerings.

Sunita Realized Her Mistake But Was Helpless

Sunita came to realize that the turmoil caused by her son Vena was a direct consequence of her impulsive actions in the past, yet she found herself powerless to rectify the situation. As Vena’s atrocities reached their zenith, a group of hermits banded together and ultimately killed him.

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Shiba Prasad

Shiba Prasad

I've been captivated by India's ancient history and Vedic culture. What began as a hobby, reading books on Hinduism, has now turned into my full-time commitment, researching and writing for this blog. When not working, I enjoy spending time with friends.

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