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By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Mandhatr, MAndhAtR, Maandhaatrri

Māndhātṛ was a great king. He was the son of the king Yavanāśva. He got this name because as the new born baby he was sustained by drinking nectar oozing out of Indra’s thumb.[1]

His wife was Bindumati. Purukutsa, Ambarīṣa and Mucukunda[2] were his sons. He successfully performed one hundred Aśvamedha and Rājasuya sacrifices. He is said to have fought Lavaṇāsura and was killed by him.


  1. Indra is said to have remarked, ‘mām dhāsyati,’ ‘He will suck my thumb’.
  2. All of whom proved to be great kings and devotees of God.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore