By Swami Harshananda
Tārksya literally means ‘descendant of Tṛkṣi’.
Tārksya, Name of Garuḍa
This is one of the names of Garuḍa the mount of Viṣṇu. It is difficult to say whether he was a descendant of Tṛkṣi, a prince of an earlier generation.
Tārksya, a Sage
It is also the name of a sage who is supposed to have been taught by goddess Sarasvatī herself once. A king, Dundhumāra by name, accidentally killed the son of the sage Tārkṣya. When he apologized profusely to the sage, the latter called his son by name and he rose up alive. The sage explained that he and his hermitage had acquired that power due to good and pure conduct.
- Mahābhārata, Vanaparva 186
- Mahābhārata, Vanaparva, 184
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore