Mahabharata : Unknown Stories of the Mahabharata Characters (Part 7)


Today I am going to tell the story of the birth of Shantanu’s second queen Satyavati.

According to Harivamsa, in her previous birth, Satyavati was the daughter of Pitras (ancestors), Achhoda and cursed to be born on earth.

The Mahabharata, Harivamsa and the Goddess Bhagavata Purana state that Satyavati was the daughter of a cursed Apsara (celestial Apsara) named Adika. Adrika was transformed into a fish by a curse, and lived in the Yamuna River.

According to legend, Vasu (also known as Uparikara Vasu), a Chedi king, was on a hunting expedition when he had a nighttime emission while dreaming of his wife. Using an eagle, he sent his semen to his queen, but due to a mid-air battle with another eagle, the semen fell into the river and was swallowed by the cursed Adika-fish. As a result, the fish became pregnant. Soon, a fisherman caught the pregnant fish and cut it to find two infants in the womb of the fish, a male and a female. The fisherman presented the children to the king, who kept the male child. The child grew up to become king of Matsya, the founder of Matsya kingdom. The king gave back to the fisherman, naming the fisherman his fish-gandha (“he who sniffs like a fish”). The fisherman raised the girl as his daughter and named her Kali (“the dark one”) because of her complexities. Over time, Kali earned the name Satyavati (“Satyavadi”). The fisherman was also a sailor, crossing the river in his boat. Satyavati helped her father, a fisherman, and grew up as a beautiful young woman.

Meeting Parashar and Vyas Birth

The Goddess Bhagavata Purana states that when Kali (Satyavati) was ferried to the sage (sage) Parashar across the river Yamuna, the sage realized that the time period was too amazing to produce a very meritorious heir, Who would have become a great sage, if he is coitus within minutes. He wanted Kali to satisfy his lust and hold his right hand. He tried to dissuade Parashar by saying that a learned Brahmin of his stature should not desire a woman who smelled fish. She finally realizes the sage’s desperation and persistence, fearing that if she does not heed to his request, she may drop the boat in the middle. Kali agreed, and told Parashar to be patient until the boat reached the bank. On reaching the other side, the sage captures him again, but he declares that his body stinging and caressing should be blissful for both of them. In these words, Matsyagandha was transformed (by the powers of the sage) into Yojnagandha (“the one whose fragrance can be scented by a yojana”). He now smelled musk, and was therefore called Kasturi-Gandhi (“musk-scented”). Parashar, agonized at will, approached him again, insisting that the task was not justified in broad daylight, as his father and others would see him in s * x from another bank; They should wait till night. The sage, with his powers, shielded the entire region in fog. Before Parashar can enjoy her, Satyavati interrupts him again to say that she will enjoy and take him away, rob him of his virginity and leave him ashamed of society. Then the sage gave him the blessings of virgin Akshat. He asked Parashar to promise that cohabitation would be a secret and that his virginity would remain intact; The son born of their union would be famous as the great sage; And his fragrance and youth will be eternal. Parashar told him these wishes and was satisfied by Sundar Satyavati. After the act, the sage took a bath in the river and left, never to meet her again. The Mahabharata annihilates the story keeping in mind only two wishes for Satyavati: her virgin and intact fragrance.

Pleased with his blessings, Satyavati gave birth to her baby on the same day on an island in Yamuna. The son immediately grew up as a youth and promised his mother that he would come to her aid every time, who would call him; He then stopped doing penance in the forest. Because of his complexion, the son was called Krishna (“the dark one”), or Dwaipayana (“born on an island”) and later known as the Vedas – compilers of the Vedas and authors of the Puranas and the Mahabharata, complete. Prediction of the Parashar. After this, Satyavati returned home to help her father.


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