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, Arundhatī and Khyāti 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.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore