(My Explanation for use of future tense: Vyasa created a place-holder called the Bhavishyat Puranam where his son Suka and their decendants could append historical events as they occured. The later writers never felt like adding their names in just for adding a little bit to a huge itihasa. So they continued the story in future tense in the words of the ancient rishis. The Bhavishyat Puranam was last updated at the time of Qutb-ud-din Aybak. – Satya
My Explanation about their data sources : When they started interacting with foreigners like the greeks, chinese and muslims, their legends were incorporated into the Bhavishyat Purana also. For example the story of Adama and Havyavati (Adam and Eve), Mohammad, Nyuha’s (Noah’s) ark. Nyuha’s ark of the Bhavishyat Puranam should not be confused with the Matsya Avatar of the Mahabharatam. It is possible that there were floods and fleeing people in more than one place. – Satya)
The following are the Historical (and geographical) Clues from the Bhavishyat Puranam : (I’m working backwards..)
- The yadava king Bhapasena, the grandson of Virasena ruled Kol (Aligarh) at the time Kutubbudin attacked it from Delhi with a large force. (1194 CE by modern accounts.) It was subsequently sacked by Shahoddina a mleccha (Muslim) and many palces of worship were destroyed and desecrated. The Muslims were expected to rule for another 100 years at that time. Then the rishis moved from Naimsaranyam which they had occupied at the beginning of Kaliyuga and went to Badarikayana Asramam in Visala.
- Jayadeva of Gita Govinda fame lived at the time of King Dharmapala.
- The state of Tailanga is on the banks of the Narmada River which flows on the southern side of Meru. It was a place of Devarshis.
- King Madraka (a worshipper of the Ashwinis), gave his daughter Kantimati to Mahiraja Suryavarna of Hastinapura. Vibhishana’s son Karbura abducted Kanthimati and hid her in the Sahyadri mountains. Mahiraja sought the help of Krshnamsa who defeated Karbura and recued Kanthimati and went to Pramadvana.
- King Purnamala (a worshipper of the Vasus), gave his daughter Vidyunmala in marriage to Bhima, the son of Mahiraja of Hastinapura . Sahoda, the mleccha king of Paisaca Desa, attacked Kurukshetra, broke images and descratated places of worship. Sahoda was sent by Bali, the grandson of Prahlada. Sahoda wrote to Mahiraja asking for Vidyunmala and Mahiraja declined. There was a battle which Mahiraja was losing. Then Krishnamsa came to the rescue. In victory, he stipulated that the mlecchas leave and never come back as long as he was alive. They left for rasatala.
- In a place called Chitartha, “where grahas (planets) played in autumn”, an Apsara called Manjughosha proposed to Suka (Vyasa’s son) and married him. Their son Muni did tapas for 12 years and then married the daughter of Svarnadeva. Muni’s daughter was Kinnari. With Siva’s blessing, she married Makaranda rishi and all of then went live in happily in Madhya Desa for 30 years. Then there was a battle when Bauddha the lord of the Nyuhas attacked the city of Netrapala and was defeated by Yoga Simha, Bhoga Simha and Vijaya. More Bauddhas (Buddhists) from Shyama and Japaka attacked Netrapala and were repelled by Netrasimha. The Buddhists were driven back to China, to the Huha river. Krishnamsa, Deva, Netrapala, Mandalika, Dhanyapada, Lallasimha, Talana and Jana nayaka fought and defeated the Buddhists. The buddhists retaliated with an army of wooden and iron war animals and soldiers. These were destroyed by Krishnamsa’s side. When Bhogasimha and Yogasimha were killed in battle, their nephew, Jayanta, the son of Swarnavati, went into battle. He destroyed the enemy forces, and drove Bauddhasimha back to his palace. Bauddhasimha gave his daughter Padmaja to Jayanta in marriage and the Buddhists swore never to attack Aryavarata again.
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