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Balaka (बालक) was a Kuru king descendant of the Bharata race, of the lunar dynasty and the ancestor of the Pandavas and the Kauravas. Also mentioned as Bahlika, devoted his life to conquer the old Aryan territories near Balkh.

According to James Todd[1] Kuru had two sons, Sudhanush and Parikhshita. The descendants of the former terminated with Jarasandha, whose capital was Rajagriha on the Ganges, in the province of Bihar. From Parikhshita descended the monarchs Santanu and Balaka : the first producing the rivals of the Great War, Yudhishthira and Duryodhana ; the other the Balakaputras.

The sons of Balaka founded two kingdoms : Palibothra, on the lower Ganges ; and Aror, on the eastern bank of the Indus, founded by Sahl.

In Mahabharata

Balaka (बलाक) (Tirtha) in Mahabharata (XIII.26.18)

Anusasana Parva/Book XIII Chapter 26 mentions the sacred waters on the earth. Balaka (बलाक) (Tirtha) in Mahabharata (XIII.26.18). [2]....By bathing in Kanyakupa and performing one's ablutions in Balaka, one acquires great fame among even the deities and shines in glory.


  1. James Todd Annals/Chapter 4 Foundations of States and Cities by the different tribes, p.51
  2. कन्या कूप उपस्पृश्य बलाकायां कृतॊदकः, देवेषु कीर्तिं लभते यशसा च विराजते (XIII.26.18)

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