The Mahabharata, Harivamsa and Devi Bhagavata Purana assert that Satyavati was the daughter of a cursed apsara (celestial nymph) named Adrika. (The story of her birth is told in more detail here.) According to the Harivamsa, Satyavati in her previous life was Achchhoda, daughter of the Pitrs (ancestors) and cursed to be born on earth. While wandering in the forest, he came upon an alcove of Asoka trees. They are secrets that are let out as confessions with anonymous names and faces. With great effort Ambika was convinced that it was for the good of the world. Uparichara chased the mountain away, kicking it with his foot. The daughter, named Girika (daughter-of-the-mountain), became his wife. Long ago, there was a king named Uparichara, also known as Vasu. It attacked this hawk, and they started fighting each other with their beaks. Thus her name associated with fish-- Matsya Gandhi became “Yojana Gandhi" whose sweet fragrance could be felt from thousands of miles! As noted above, she was also known as Matsyagandha or Matsyagandhi in her earlier life – and Gandhakali ("fragrant dark one"), Gandhavati and Yojanagandha in … Satyavati was in a dilemma and didn't know how to prevent the extinction of the dynasty or clan. He first son, Chitrangada was killed by a Gandharva soon after he came to throne! After a while, he decided to give up his royal way of living, and gave up the use of weapons. The king made the boy the chief of his army and married the girl Girika whom he loved very dearly. Because of that supreme self sacrifice and severe lifetime vow, Devavrata came to be called “Bhishma”! dynasty, and was also known as Vasu. Most of us are familiar with the story of the Mahabharatha and how the great sage Vyasa was born. After giving birth to Jamadagni turned into a river named Kaushiki. As soon as the boy took birth, he transformed into a full-grown Rishi. Birth of Krishna Dwaipayana. Share Via Email. In later course, as a partial incarnation of Lord Vishnu, Parashurama took birth as the son of sage Jamadagni. At night under the moonlight he got fascinated to uncontrolled desire of being with wife Ginika. He was enchanted by her beauty and wanted a heir from her. They lived happily for a time and planned for the birth of a child when the unexpected thing happened! The Pitrus approached Uparichara Vasu and wanted him to drive away the wild beasts from the forest! Since she was born inside a fish, she had an odor of fish about her. Later, king Santanu fell in love with Satyavati and she married him on condition that her children should be the heirs to the throne. At her request the sage changed his prediction. The strange birth of Satyavati. One day, she helped Parashara to cross the river Yamuna. He was a very valorous and virtues king. All five Pandavas are incarnation of five out of seven Indra. The sage Vyasa was born of this union. The Mahabharata, Harivamsa and Devi Bhagavata Purana assert that Satyavati was the daughter of a cursed apsara (celestial nymph) named Adrika. She is also known as Matsyagandha (one who has the smell of fish). Birth. The river gave them to the King in gratitude for his protection. Birth and early life According to the Harivamsa, Satyavati in her previous life was Achchhoda, daughter of the Pitrs (ancestors) and cursed to be born on earth. Satyavati asked what is 'Niyog'? Their names were Vrihadratha (who founded the kingdom of Magadha and was called Maharatha), Pratyagraha, Kusamva (called Manivahana), Mavella and Yadu. The king wanted to test Sage Ṛcīka. Vyasa was born in an island of Yamuna and hence called “Dwaipayana”. She remembered the promise of her son Vyasa and summoned him to solve the problem! Satyavati was born inside a fish. In the “Amsavatarana parva” of the Adi parva of the Mahabharatha, sage Vaisampayana narrates to Janamejaya the story of the origin of Kuru clan and the birth of the Pandavas and the Kauravas. Discreet and wise Satyavati felt that she would lose her virginity if she satisfied the Maharishi! He chose the boy to be brought up in his household and gave the girl to be brought up by the chief of the fishermen. Initially Satyavati did not agree, telling that if others would see them, then her purity would be questioned. He then beheld a hawk sitting on the tree and addressed it thus: "O King of the birds. He will soon come here and conceive a child by you that will perpetuate our dynasty. The seeds for the Mahabharatha and the terrible Kurukshetra War were sown so early!!! Sage Parasara recounted to her the events of her previous birth and the future events also! That story is told here. She assisted her father by running a … Thus were born three sons Dhritarashtra, Pandu and Vidura! The King could not conquer the desire for his beautiful wife, which was burning in his heart. She was the daughter of a great king called Uparichara Vasu who ruled the country righteously. Once she became pregnant, the Apsara was freed from the curse and her spirit left the body of the fish. According to the Harivamsa, Satyavati in her previous life was Achchhoda, daughter of the Pitrs (ancestors) and cursed to be born on earth. He was a descendant of the Bharata race, of the Lunar dynasty and great-grandfather of the Pandavas and Kauravas.He was the youngest son of King Pratipa of Hastinapura and had been born in the latter's old age. Her other birth name, Satyavati, means "truthful"; satya means "veracity". He retreated to a secluded forest and indulged in severe penances and austerities. Let one of the queens, dressed in clean clothes and decorated with ornaments; wait for me in her bed room. Vasu made the boy the commander-in-chief of his army. “Birth of Satyavati” For quite some time now, my favorite painting has been “The Birth of Venus” by Sandro Botticelli. The King was in a dilemma. Satyavati and Parashara and birth of Vyasa Satyavati sat at the back of the boat with both hands gripping the single oar. Sage Ṛcīka asked the king for beautiful Satyavati in marriage. The Apsarasa was released of the curse and left for heaven! All rights reserved, On the Auspicious Occasion of Gita Jayanti, The four MahaVakyas of the Upanishads in English, Being human is the first step toward spirituality: Micro-poems in Hindi, SANKARA'S SURRENDER (Soundarya Lahari 100), Failures and success are part of our life. There was a fish in this water, which was really an Apsara named Adrika, who had been transformed into a fish by a Brahmana's curse. ... Satyavati: Journey from Fisherwoman to Queen. Miraculous, the child was born instantaneously. The elder one Chitrangada was killed in his early age by a Gandharva. Since the King of the Gods had marked him with such honor, the fame of Uparichara spread all over the world. She directed Vyasa to create progeny and perpetuate the Kuru Vamsa facing extinction! The seed fell in to the waters of the river Yamuna. … Her other birth name, Satyavati, means "truthful". Catching her intention immediately, the Sage created dense fog which darkened the entire region. When the Devas beheld this, they were worried. My wife Girika is awaiting my embraces in my palace. Vyasa was born in an island of Yamuna and hence called “Dwaipayana”. So the Devas led by Indra approached the king, and by soft speeches, succeeded in turning his heart away from ascetism. Once he was out in the forest on hunt. The river sought the protection of the King. The Mahabharata, Harivamsa and Devi Bhagavata Purana assert that Satyavati was the daughter of a cursed apsara (celestial nymph) named Adrika. Satyavati, there upon, satisfied Sage Parasara and gave birth to Vyasa Maharshi who is described as “Parasaratmajam”! She took it up and soon the fish was caught! This fish was caught by the chief of fishermen, who adopted her as his own daughter, as he had no children. (Since he wandered in high places, he got the name of Uparichara). She assisted her father by running a … It was seen by another hawk, which mistakenly assumed that it was carrying a piece of meet. Strangely, on cutting it, they found a man and woman to their shock and amazement! Story of Parashuram’s Birth As per Bhagavata Purana, King Gadhi of the Kusa dynasty had a daughter named Satyavati. He belonged to the Paurava (is it the same as Kuru?) He was an ascetic, learnt scholar and great follower of sages and Brahmanas. The renowned Sage Parasara happened to come on his travel and spotted Satyavati and instantly fell in love with her and her bewitching beauty! 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