How India Was Named Bharat

The History Behind the name Bharat

Discovering Bharat

6/7/20232 min read

According to the Historians the name "Bharat" is derived form the legendary King Bharat, Son of King Dushyanta and Shakuntala in ancient Indian literature, the term "Bharatvarsha" or "Bharata Varsha" was used to refer to the entire Indian subcontinent.King Bharata was a renowned ruler mentioned in the Indian epic, the Mahabharata. King Bharata was a descendant of the lunar dynasty (Chandravansha) and is considered an ancestor of the Kuru dynasty, which played a significant role in the Mahabharata.

King Bharat was known for his noble qualities, courage, righteous rule, and devotion to his subjects. He ruled over a vast territory that covered the Indian subcontinent. His kingdom, known as "Bharata Varsha" or "Bharatvarsha," extended from the Himalayas in the north to the seas in the south.

In some versions of the story, after ruling for several years, King Bharat renounced his kingdom and embraced an ascetic life in the forest. He handed over the reins of his empire to his sons and dedicated himself to spiritual pursuits.

We are proud of our King Bharat and we are proud for our country Bharatvarsha.

The Story of King Bharat and his parents King Dushyanta and Shakuntala is described by great ancient poet Kalidasa in his Book "Abhigyanam sakuntalam", which is a must read book.

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