Chandravansh which is also known as Somavansh is another major clan of the Kshatriya order in the Vedic society Varna system. Also commonly referred to as the lunar line it claimed its descent from “Chandra” or the Moon God. In the Vedic age the Aryans performed various Yagna’s in order to please the Vedic gods to provide them with rain, sunlight, pure air and harvest etc and in turn the gods were provided with “Aahuti” or sacrifice which would increase their powers and sustain their strength to fight the “Asura” or the demons . In the Vedic age, the elemental form of worship was popular than worshipping a particular deity in the form of an idol or so.
In order to perform this Yagna and please the gods, it was mandatory for a sage to perform it along with his wife thus Guru Brihaspati who was the god of the planet ‘Saturn’ and also the teacher of the gods performed it along with his wife Tara. Tara was unhappy with her marriage as she felt that she was being used by her husband for the Yagna rituals and he did not love her, she secretly yearned for Chandra the handsome Moon-god who reciprocated her feelings and the two of them eloped.
When Brihaspati discovers that Chandra and Tara have eloped he is furious and commands all the other gods to get Tara back as without her he wouldn’t be able to perform any Yagna’s and this would weaken the gods and the Asura’s or the demons will overpower them. The gods request Chandra to return Tara but he refuses to do so thus a war is fought between all the other gods and Chandra where the demons support Chandra in order to defeat and overpower Indra the king of gods and usurp his throne in heaven or “Swarga”. Lord Brahma intervenes and a truce is called between Brihaspati and Chandra and Tara is returned to her husband but she is found to be pregnant with a son.
When Brihaspati discovers this he refuses to accept the child as his own and curses the child to be born as a ‘Gender queer’ or a child who is born genderless. Tara request Brihaspati to take back the curse but he refuses to do so she reasons with him that even though the child is born from Chandra and her union, Brihaspati will still be the father as she was lawfully married to him, this makes him realise his mistake and since he is unable to revoke the curse given, the child is blessed to be the most knowledgeable and intelligent god and the child is named Buddha.
Buddha commonly known as the god of the planet ‘Mercury’ grows up and is an exceptionally charismatic and intelligent person but who would marry a genderless person?
The other part of this story lies in the Suryavansh or the solar dynasty; Sudyumna who was the youngest son of Manu the progenitor of the Suryavansh was made the king of Bahklika a vassal state of the Kosala kingdom. One day Sudyumna was hunting in the forest and separated from his men he entered the “Shravana Forest” or the forest of reed which was a sacred grove of goddess Parvati.
The forest had a spell that is upon entering Shravana all male beings except Lord Shiva would be cursed to turn into females thus Sudyumna turns into Ella. Ella then requests Lord Shiva and goddess Parvati to help her, though they are unable to revoke the curse Parvati lessens it thus Ella would be able to change gender monthly which meant one month she would be a man and the other month a women, as a female she would not remember her life as a male and vice versa.
Unable to return to her kingdom in this state Ella roams around the forests where she meets Buddha and her beauty makes him fall in love with her and the two of them get married thus Buddha the genderless child of Chandra and Tara gets married to Ella who is cursed to be of both the gender and originally the son of Manu of the Suryavansh.
From their marriage, a son was born who was named ‘Pururavas’ who grew up to be the founder of the lunar dynasty or Chandravansh.
The Mahabharata can be also called as a Chandravanshi epic since all the major characters of the story are the descendants of the lunar line; The Pandavas, Kauravas, Krishna and his Yadavas all are the descendants of the lunar line.
Pururavas who was the son of Buddha and Ella and the founder of the Chandravansh married Urvashi a celestial nymph and the two of them had five sons; Ayus, Srutayus, Satyayus, Raya, Vijaya. The grandson of Ayus who was called Yayati is regarded as the chief progenitor of the Yadavas and the Kuravansh. He had two wives the first one Devyani from her he had two sons Yadu and Turvasu, Yadu founded the Yaduvansh and all the Yadavas were his descendants. Sarmistha was Yayti’s second wife and with her, he had three sons Druhya, Anu and Puru, Puru is regarded as the forefather of the Kuravansh or the clan of the Kauravas and The Pandavas.
Thus the two chief sub-clans of the Kshatriya race had an interconnection between them when Ella who was from Suryavansh married Buddha who was the chief progenitor of the Chandravansh and thus the two fiercest clans were tied together in one of the purest union. The presence of these two clans is also seen in two of the most major epics of our country The Ramayana and The Mahabharata where the Ramayana is entirely about the solar line and its descendants, the Mahabharata is completely focussed on the lunar line and its descendants.