From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Kardama is one of the nine mind-born sons of Brahmā. He was an ardent devotee of Viṣṇu. He pleased Viṣṇu by his austerities and got two boons:

  • A worthy wife
  • Lord Viṣṇu himself to incarnate as his son.

Soon thereafter, Manu, came to his hermitage and offered Devahuti, his daughter, in marriage to him.

Kardama had nine daughters and a son named Kapila. Anasuyā[1], Arundhatī[2] and Khyāti[3] were among his nine daughters.

After completing his duties as a householder, Kardama advised his wife Devahuti to get spiritual wisdom from their son Kapila. Kardama retired to the forest for austerities after this.


  1. Anasuyā is the wife of the sage Atri.
  2. Arundhatī was the wife of the sage Vasiṣṭha.
  3. Khyāti was the wife of the sage Bhṛgu.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore