Battle of Ten Kings in Vedic Times

Compiled by London swaminathan

Article No.1903; Dated 1 June 2015.

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The first great war in Indian History is not the Mahabharata war. Nowhere in the ancient history we have wars where many kingdoms participated. As we know from Vyasa’s Mahabharata, over 29 kingdoms are named in the Mahabharata. They took part in the war directly or indirectly. This is unique in the world history. Whether we believe the traditional date, just before Kaliyuga, i.e. 3102 BCE, or the majority of the scholar’s date 1500 BCE, we have no parallel in the world history. But before the Mahabharata war, there was another great war where ten kingdoms participated. It is mentioned in the Vedas several times.

But the foreign translators couldn’t believe that Hindus had ten kingdoms during Vedic times and so they dubbed them as tribal chiefs!!! But immediately after the Vedic Samhitas we read about Asvamedha Yajnas conducted by emperors to win the neighbouring countires/kingdoms. The change couldn’t have happened overnight. So the fact of the matter is Dasa Rajna Yuddha (Ten Kings War) is really a war between ten kingdoms. The reason for this is that the 20 plus foreigners who translated the Vedas into European languages strongly believed that the world was created at 9 am on 23rd October 4004 BCE. All the foreigners who scrutinised the Rig Veda never said a single world about Semetic (Abrahamic ) religions.

All through their translations they translated the Rajna as tribal chief. But till this day the Raja is used only for kings from the Himalayas to the southernmost point of Sri Lanka. Foreigners believed that Egyptians can have kings and big kingdoms from 3100 BCE, Sumerians can have several kingdoms in the Midlle East from 3100 BCE, Chinese can have kingdoms from 3000 BCE but stupid slaves, Hindus, couldn’t have kings until Buddha’s time, sixth century BCE!!!!!. According to them there was no king in India until Buddha’s time, not even in Indus Valley. Even Mayans can have kings in South America. But Indians couldn’t have kings! They have a reason to believe so because a person who was considered a scoundrel in England, Robert Clive, came with a handful of people and established an empire in India. If Indians were that stupid then there couldn’t be any king in ancient times! They believed Greece and Greek literature because they were not able to rule them. And so they commanded respect.

Had they been petty tribal chiefs the story would not have survived for this long period.

Now let us look at the details of the Ten Kings War.

The Dasarajna or the Battle of the Ten Kings, is an important historical event alluded to in various hymns of the Rig Veda.

Sudas was the king of Bharata Kingdom. He belonged to Trstu family. At first Visvamitra was their priest. He led him to victorious campaigns on the banks of Vipas and Sutudri. Later there was some misunderstanding and Vasistha was appointed as the priest and Visvamitra was sacked. Thereupon a long and bitter rivalry ensued between the two priests and, in revenge, Visvamitra led ten kings against the Bharata kingdom.

The ten kings were from the kingdoms of Puru, Yadu, Turvasa, Anu and Drhyu, Alina, Paktha, Bhalanas, Siva and Visvanin. In the bloody and decisive battle on the banks of River Parusni, the Bharats emerged victorious, utterly routing the ten kings. The kings of Anu and Druhyu kingdoms were drowned, while Purukutsa, King of the Puru Kingdom met his death.

There was another battle in which Sudas fought with Ajas, Sigrus and Yaksus who had united under King Bheda; but these new assailants also met the same fate and were defeated, being slaughtered on the River Jamuna.

By the time of this war, the Vedic Hindus covered a vast territory, from the banks of Jamuna to Iran in in the west. In modern terms it covers the North India ,Pakistan ,Afghanistan and Iran! The earliest part of the Rig Veda sings about Ganges. So the ten people can’t be tribal chiefs. When it comes to Chera, Choza and Pandyas of Tamil kingdoms we don’t dub them as tribal chiefs. There were umpteen tribals and chieftains, but yet these three were called kingdoms. In the same way all the ten names gave big dynasties in India. Even Morton Smith’ conservative estimate gives a long list of Yadava (Yadu) kings from 1800 BCE and Puru Kings from 1800 BCE. Even when he placed Krishna around 1000 BCE and Rama around 1060 BCE, other dates are pushed back; the earlier kings from 1800 BCE. If we believe in the traditional dates the Vedic kings must have ruled several thousand years before our time.

All the foreign authors wrote only piece meal histories. If we put all the twenty plus foreigners’ statements together we would know that they were just bluffing. No two clocks agree; no two foreigners agreed! They believed in only one thing, that all of us came from outside, that there was no king in India from Indus valley time! Even at the rate of five kings per century Indus valley alone should have at least 100 kings for 2000 years! As we know the world history now, each “territory” had one king. In the Middle East six or seven kings were ruling different territories at the same time. Indian tradition says there were 56 kingdoms. By the time Buddha 16 emperors were in India. They could not have jumped from heaven. There is a long tradition of kingship which is confirmed by the Sabhas and Samitees in the Rig Veda (corrupted as committee in English). In my earlier article on Sabhas and samitees I have explained they helped the kings to run the administration efficiently.

Migration from India after the Ten Kings War

All the names of these people were found in Iran, Afghanistan, Turkey, Albania, Greece and many more countries. They all migrated after the defeat at hands of Sudas. Shrikant talgeri gives the following list in his book  The Rig Veda- A Historical Analysis:–


Prthus or Parthavas (RV 7-83-1) Parthians

Parsus or Parsvas (7-83-1) Persians

Pakthas (7-18-7) Paktoons

Bhalanas (7-18-7) Baluchis

Sivas (7-18-7) Kivas

Visanins  (7-18-7) Pisachas/Dards

Simyus (718-5) Sarmatians(ancient Albanians)

Alinas (7-18-7) Alans /Hellennes/ Ancient Greeks

Bhrgus (7-18-6) Phyrgians

In Tamil, the people of Pandya country are called Pandyas and Choza country as Chozas. In the same way these people were called after the country of their origin. For instance Brahmins who migrated from Saraswati River are called Sarasvats even today. Brahmins from Telugu Desa are called Dhillons, Dravida desas are called Dravids, Brahmins from Pandya desa are called Pandyas (in Gujarat), Choza Desa are called Chozias. These are few examples to show that they are the names of territories but not tribal names.

Amazing History in one Rig Vedic Hymn! 38 Names at one go!!

Rig Veda images

Research paper written by London Swaminathan
Research article No.1415; Dated 16th November 2014.

One of the most interesting Rig Vedic hymns is 7-18.
It is the 18th hymn in the Seventh Mandala of the Rig Veda.
There are twenty five verses/riks in it.

Seventh Mandala belongs to the family of Vasistha, author of one of the early Mandalas of the RV.
This is very interesting because of a simile about a lion, tricky numbers and various tribes. Scholars find it very difficult to understand the full hymn. Another puzzle is that it explodes some false notions. Suddenly River Jamuna is mentioned in the earliest parts of the Veda. Foreign “scholars” differ in interpretation which is not uncommon.

Puzzle 1
In the 14th verse of the hymn a number comes – sastih sataa sata sahasraa sastir adhi sat, literally six hundreds, six thousands, sixty, with six more.
Sayana and Wilson say sixty six thousand six hundred six 66606
Ludwig says 6666
Griffith says it is obscurely expressed
Whatever be the interpretation, look at the number 6 repeated several times! Does it really mean a particular number in a hymn like this or a symbolic hidden message or poetic style?


Puzzle 2
Yudhyaamadhi – is thought to be king’s name. But we don’t know the details!
Puzzle 3
Yamuna – Griffith says it is not east to see how the expedition reached so far.
Scholars, who blabber about “Aryan expansion” towards east, struggle hard to explain this River Yamuna! Scholars like Shrikant Talageri and others argue that the expansion was from East to West which is confirmed by this verse.

Puzzle 4
Griffith says – the Ajas, Sigrus and Yaksus were perhaps subject to Bheda, but nothing is known regarding them. Mysterious Bheda!!!

Puzzle 5
Sudaas, Divodaasa :– all Dasas are Indra’s friends!!! Vasishta’s men!! Foreign propaganda about Dasas is exploded in this and several other hymns where Dasyus and Dasas are supported by Indra!!!

Puzzle 6
In verse six there is a reference to “fishes urged by hunger”. Some scholars say they are not fishes. They are the Matsya tribe! (Matsya in Sanskrit means fish). So the scholars are not sure whether they are people or fishes!!


Puzzle 7
Verse number 6 refers to Turvasa Purodaasa. Scholars don’t know whether it is two people or one man with a surname; three different scholars interpret it in three different ways!!! In Vedic interpretation, scholarship means confusion!

One must be careful, when people quote the Vedas! They don’t know what they are talking about! No two clocks agree. No two “scholars” agree! They don’t believe in the Vedic culture. They have never lived in India! They don’t know how Hindus live! They don’t know why the Tamil Kings and North Indian kings donated huge quantity of gold and lands to Brahmins to pass this knowledge from generation to generation and never allowed the Vedas to put it in writing!!

Now look at the 38 words in the hymn:–
18.Kavas a
38.Matsyas (Fishes)


History behind the hymn:
The hymn glorifies Indra as the protector of Sudaas, the king of the Trstus and praises the liberality of the prince.

Vasistha, the Rsi/ sage of the hymn and the chief priest accompanied the war like expedition of Sudaas (note that Dasa has a priest, that too Vasistha! Is he a Dravidian Dasa? Or an Aryan Dasa?)

Ralph T H Griffith says,
“The poet begins to recount the events of Sudaas’s victorious expedition. These are not always intelligible partly on account of the obscure phraseology employed and partly on account of our ignorance of details which are vaguely alluded to. In this stanza Sudaas, king or chief of the Trstus tribe, has, with the aid of Indra crossed a deep river – the Parusni which is now called Ravi – and put the Simyus to fight, some of the fugitives being drowned in its waters. The Simyus are mentioned together with the Dasyus, in 1-100-18 as hostile barbarians slain by Indra. The second half of the stanza is difficult, the meaning of two of the words being uncertain”

At least Griiffith was honest enough to admit here “our ignorance”. So if anyone says anything against the Vedas, you don’t need to believe them. Nobody has understood it fully. No two scholars agreed on controversial matters. Just because some foreigners wrote something in English, don think they are all Scholars.


( I have read several books where they dub some as Demons and some as Dravidians and some as invaders and some others as non-Aryans. If you read the Rig Veda translated by three or four different authors you will enjoy the Aryan –Dravidian Jokes!! You can enjoy a hearty Laugh!!! Particularly the talk about Dravidian Indus Valley and the Aryan Vedic society!!!)