Daksha - The Prajapati

दक्ष् Daksha is another of the many Mansaputras (wish-born-sons) of Brahma, though according to some sources he is born to Brahma and Aditi. (Aditi is the wife of Kashyapa according to most traditions.) According to the Rig Veda, Daksha is one of the Adityas.

With his wife Prasuti (the grand-daughter of the sage Manu) , he is the father of the twenty-seven plaiedes, all of whom were married to Chandra. He cursed his son-in-law when he found that despite his promise of equal treatment, he had continued to favor Rohini over all the others. According to this curse, Chandra (moon) goes through periodic waxing and waning of his lusture, of which he was inordinately proud. This is the popular explanation for the phases of the moon.

He is also the father of Sati, who married Shiva against his wishes. Daksha attempted to insult Shiva by performing a sacrifice and omitting to invite Shiva. His daughter wanted very much to attend the sacrifice. Ignoring the advice of her husband, she went uninvited to the sacrifice, where she had to endure many insults. At last, when Daksha started insulting her husband, she could not bear it any longer and immolated herself in the sacrificial fire.

When Shiva heard of his wife's death, he became exceedingly wroth and attacked the guests at this sacrifice. He danced his dance of vengence and destruction, wearing the dead body of his wife as his ornament, and ended up by decapitating Daksha. Some say that he later forgave Daksha and brought him back to life, although he gave him a goat's head instead of his own. This story can be found here.

Rati, the wife of Kama (the god of love) is also one his daughters.

Notable Kumhars in history

  • Raja Shalivahan (Satvahan) - A Marathi King who conquered ruled for many years. He started the 'Shak' calendar by his name which is used at present also in Deccan, Karnataka and many regions of India.

  • King Wodeyar - The ruler of Mysore.

  • Professor Sut Jhally, Professor of Communication Famous wrotter in University of Massachusetts Amherst

  • Saint Gora Kumbhar, one of the very first Saints in Maharastra and India.

  • Saint Raka Kumbhar, Famous saint from pandharpur at the time of Shri Sant Gora Kumbhar

  • Waman Kumbhar, one of Sai Baba's first few devotees.

  • Mahaprajapati Gotami, one of first Buddhishts.

  • Saint Kuba Kumbhar, a famous poet from Bengal.

  • Kallu Kumhar, maker of sculptors of a famous story (Kallu Kumhar Ki unnakoti)

  • Bhai Himmat Singh, one of the first Khalsa Sikhs (Panj Piare)

  • Asa Singh Mastana, Punjabi Folk Singer/Artist

  • Surinder Kaur, Punjabi Folk Singer/Artist

  • Dolly Guleria, Punjabi Folk Singer/Artist

  • Roshan Prince, singer

  • Shreebai Mataji : Gurumata of Bhakt Prahlad.

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  • Khurshid mehmood kasuri ex foreign minister of pakistan