Sagara was King of the Solar Race whose ambition offended Indra, who in turn klilled his 60,000 sons. He was challenged to make the Heavenly ganges flow. His son Ansumat failed grandsons dilIpa failed Bhagiratha succeeded on 14 January: Makara Sakranti Cologne Sanskrit Dictionary. sagara 2 mfn. (fr. 7. {sa} + {gara} , poison {gRR} ; for 1. {sa-gara} see above) containing poison , poisonous (n. ` poisonous food m. provided with moisture , the atmosphere , air N. of a king of the solar race , sovereign of Ayodhya (son of Bahu ; he is said to have been called Sa-gara , as born together with a poison given to his mother by the other wife of his father ; he was father of Asamanja by Kesini and of sixty thousand sons by Su-mati ; the latter were turned into a heap of ashes by the sage Kapila [see {bhagIratha}] , and their funeral ceremonies could only be performed by the waters of Ganga to be brought from heaven for the purpose of purifying their remains [1125,2] ; this was finally accomplished by the devotion of Bhagiratha , who having led the river to the sea , called it Sagara in honour of his ancestor: Sagara is described as having subdued the Sakas , Yavanas , and other barbarous tribes the sons of Sagara N. of a partic. Arhat