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From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Devāpi, Elder brother of King Śantanu[edit]

Devāpi was the elder brother of the king Śantanu.[1] He was the eldest son of the king Pratīpa of Candravamśa[2] by his queen Sunandā.

Though Devāpi succeeded his father to the kingdom, he was forced to be abdicated by the people in favor of Śantanu, since he became afflicted with leprosy.[3] Devāpi then took sanyāsa (monastic orders) and started living independently.

During Śantanu’s rule, the country faced a severe famine. Then Śantanu went to Devāpi and offered his apology. He requested for his blessings. Soon afterwards, there were heavy rains and people were saved from the calamity of starvation.

Devāpi, a Kṣattriya[edit]

Devāpi is also the name of another person who was a kṣattriya by birth. He attained brāhmaṇhood through tapas or austerity.

Devāpi, a Cedi King[edit]

Devāpi as a king of the Cedi country fought on behalf of the Pāṇdavas in the Kurukṣetra war. He was killed by Karṇa.


  1. Śantanu was the father of Bhiṣma and greatgrandfather of the Pāṇḍavas.
  2. Candravamśa is called as the Lunar dynasty
  3. This incident shows the power that the people of a country exerted on the royal house even in the ancient days.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore