What are the names of Matanga rushi's father and mother? Were children of Matanga rushi Brahmins? how did Matanga rushi change his caste? Was Jambavanta a Chandala?

  • What is the connection between Jambavanta and Matanga Rushi?
    – Rickross
    Jan 9, 2021 at 6:25
  • Many says matanga rushi is chandala and jambavanta is chandala . Jan 9, 2021 at 6:31
  • So both being Chandal is the only connection? Or they are relatives too?
    – Rickross
    Jan 9, 2021 at 6:43
  • Some say that jambavanta belong to matanga rushi family Jan 9, 2021 at 7:49
  • Oh okay ........
    – Rickross
    Jan 9, 2021 at 10:12

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A story of Matanga attaining Brahmanahood is present in Skanda Purana.

His father's name is Sugati. The names of his mother and biological father are not mentioned.

There was an eminent Brahmana named Sugati in Dvapara Yuga. He had control over his sense-organs. He was truthful always and engaged in the study of the Vedas. Matanga was his son who was excessively terrible ever since his childhood.

[Chapter 60: Matangesvara, Section 2: Caturasiti-Linga-Mahatmya,Book 5: Avantyakhanda, Skanda Purana]

After realizing that he is a Chandala, Matanga performs intensive penance and attains Brahmanahood. He may be unmarried. Scriptures do not contain any statement related to his marriage and offspring. Finally, he reaches Brahma Loka.

A brief story about Matanga is as follows

As a child Matanga hit a young one of a donkey. The mother-donkey consoled her child telling that Matanga was born of a rape of his mother by a barber and was a Candala. When Matanga heard it, he determined to be a Brahmana by performing penance. Indra dissuaded him and at last sent him to Mahakalavana where, by the sight of this Linga, he became a Brahmana and went to Brahmaloka. Hence the Linga came to be known as Matangesvara.

Although there is a similar story in Mahabharata, some details of the story are different, including the ending. He does not become Brahman in the end.

  • Do chanadala are aryans Jan 10, 2021 at 3:27
  • @PashamVishnuVardhanGoud What do you mean by Aryan?
    – hanugm
    Jan 10, 2021 at 9:32
  • Dvaparayuga? Is it the dvapara before Ramji took an avatar or after that? And the story means that he was the son of the wife of Sugati by a barber?
    – Adiyarkku
    Jan 12, 2021 at 14:08
  • @Archit Yeah, after Rama only. And yes, the son of Sugati's wife by the barber.
    – hanugm
    Jan 12, 2021 at 14:37
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    @Archit ha. In the Mahabharata story, he became a flying being and the time is not mentioned.
    – hanugm
    Jan 13, 2021 at 23:25

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