During her youth, Satyavati was a fisherwoman who used to drive a boat. Satyavati (Sanskrit: सत्यवती, Satyavatī) (also spelled Satyawati), or Setyawati was the queen of the Kuru king Shantanu of Hastinapur and the great-grandmother of the Pandava and Kaurava princes (principal characters of the Mahabharata, one of the principal texts in Hindu mythology).She is also the mother of the seer Vyasa, author of the epic. In spite of his spirituality, the great sage could not contain himself and wanted to wed her! By Swati_mann On Jun 10, 2020. He was born on an island in the river Yamuna and was named Krishna Dvaipayana because of his dark complexion and birth place. This girl was Satyavati, the mother of Vyasa and the great-grandmother of the Pandavas and Kauravas. According to their advice, the King returned to his kingdom, and resumed his rule. Sage Parasara recounted to her the events of her previous birth and the future events also! After giving birth to Jamadagni turned into a river named Kaushiki. He then beheld a hawk sitting on the tree and addressed it thus: "O King of the birds. Let one of the queens, dressed in clean clothes and decorated with ornaments; wait for me in her bed room. She directed Vyasa to create progeny and perpetuate the Kuru Vamsa facing extinction! Birth of Krishna Dwaipayana. In due course of time, five sons were born to Uparichara. When the right time came for conceiving a child, Satyavati took Ambika to the bed chamber and told her, Vichitravirya had an older brother who has been, until this time, unknown to you. In this condition the new born son is called of died husband's son and protects his family. Later, when she yielded to the desire of the sage Parasara, he transformed her fish-odor into a divine fragrance, which gave her the name Yojana-Gandha (one who scatters her scent for a Yojana [measure of distance] around). She was of great beauty and when sage Parashar saw her he asked her to embrace him . Last Modified At: Tue Oct 19 20:21:38 2004. Satyavati, there upon, satisfied Sage Parasara and gave birth to Vyasa Maharshi who is described as “Parasaratmajam”! The boy later founded the kingdom of Matsya (Matsya=fish). At her request the sage changed his prediction. The Mahabharata , Harivamsa and Devi Bhagavata Purana assert that Satyavati was the daughter of a cursed apsara (celestial nymph) named … According to the Mahabharata, he was the son of Satyavati, daughter of a fisherman chief and the wandering sage Parashara, who is credited with being the author of the first Purana, Vishnu Purana. This fish was caught by the chief of fishermen, who adopted her as his own daughter, as he had no children. [1][7][8][9] In the Devi Bhagavata Purana, Satyavati's premarital first-born, Vyasa, laments that his mother abandoned him to fate immediately after birth. The renowned Sage Parasara happened to come on his travel and spotted Satyavati and instantly fell in love with her and her bewitching beauty! When the Devas beheld this, they were worried. Satyavati was wonderstruck. He was fond of hunting for sport. Carry my seed to her, so that a child may be born to us.". He was an ascetic, learnt scholar and great follower of sages and Brahmanas. The sage Vyasa was born of this union. Since Satyavati was born inside a fish, she had an odor of fish about her. One Apsarasa (Divine damsel) Adrika by name, cursed by the creator Brahma, was moving about as a fish in Yamuna waters! The seeds for the Mahabharatha and the terrible Kurukshetra War were sown so early!!! She remembered the promise of her son Vyasa and summoned him to solve the problem! She took it up and soon the fish was caught! Veda Vyasa Birth – A Story That Resonates Even Today. Exhibiting her inclination to satisfy Sage Parasara, Satyavati blushed crimson and objected to the presence of many sages on the opposite bank! Since the King of the Gods had marked him with such honor, the fame of Uparichara spread all over the world. My wife Girika is awaiting my embraces in my palace. As the King could not disobey the orders of his Pitris, he set forth immediately on the hunt. Catching her intention immediately, the Sage created dense fog which darkened the entire region. They took the children to their King. They lived happily for a time and planned for the birth of a child when the unexpected thing happened! Satyavati’s life was not smooth! With great effort Ambika was convinced that it was for the good of the world. It was seen by another hawk, which mistakenly assumed that it was carrying a piece of meet. If applicable, further details may be provided. Satyavati and Parashara and birth of Vyasa Satyavati sat at the back of the boat with both hands gripping the single oar. As noted above, she was also known as Matsyagandha or Matsyagandhi in her earlier life – and Gandhakali ("fragrant dark one"), Gandhavati and Yojanagandha in … Through Vyasa’s grace Gandhari gave birth to a hundred children who were the Kauravas. In later course, as a partial incarnation of Lord Vishnu, Parashurama took birth as the son of sage Jamadagni. They promised him eternal friendship and great bliss in heaven, if only he would give up his present way of life. Bhishma performed the marriage of Vichitravirya with the daughters of the king of Kasi, Ambika, and Ambalika. This is an auspicious time for begetting children. He was enchanted by her beauty and wanted a heir from her. Because of that supreme self sacrifice and severe lifetime vow, Devavrata came to be called “Bhishma”! One day, she helped Parashara to cross the river Yamuna. At night under the moonlight he got fascinated to uncontrolled desire of being with wife Ginika. Check Full Background Profile to see if Satyavati has lawsuits, liens, evictions or bankruptcies. According to the Harivamsa, Satyavati in her previous life was Achchhoda, daughter of the Pitrs (ancestors) and cursed to be born on earth. 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'? Much later, the five sons founded kingdoms named after themselves and established their dynasty. Indra gave him his own garland, which was made of lotuses that were ever-blooming as a mark of his friendship and favor. She is also known as Matsyagandha (one who has the smell of fish). One fine spring day, Girika and Uparichara were together in a garden in his palace. Later, king Santanu fell in love with Satyavati and she married him on condition that her children should be the heirs to the throne. The fished swallowed this seed and became pregnant as a consequence. Initially Satyavati did not agree, telling that if others would see them, then her purity would be questioned. This is a classic western painting that has become symbolic of … They are secrets that are let out as confessions with anonymous names and faces. The river sought the protection of the King. Desire struck them both. Since she was born inside a fish, she had an odor of fish about her. 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. 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. Birth. The fisherman immediately gave Satyavati to Devavrata, who was henceforth called Bhishma ("the terrible"). Satyavati The Birth of Dhritarastra, Pandu and Vidura After the last funeral rites were performed for Vichitravirya, Satyavati wept and lamented for her deceased son. The Birth of Pandavas. The woman was given away to a fisherman to be adopted as his daughter! Intent on performing tapas, he took leave of his mother Satyavati and left her! On one occasion, river Sukthimati presented two children, a male and a female to the king! The king wanted to test Sage Ṛcīka. Thus her name associated with fish-- Matsya Gandhi became “Yojana Gandhi" whose sweet fragrance could be felt from thousands of miles! Satyavati then approached Ambika, explaining to her things. Satyavati was still disappointed and told Vyasa that after Ambika gives birth to the child that he should return and impregnate her once more so that she will also have a son with eyesight.Vyasa agreed and then left for the forest. Shantanu (Sanskrit शंतनु, śaṁtanu, also शांतनु , śāṁtanu or śāntanu) was a Kuru king of Hastinapura in the epic Mahabharata. “Birth of Satyavati” For quite some time now, my favorite painting has been “The Birth of Venus” by Sandro Botticelli. Most of us are familiar with the story of the Mahabharatha and how the great sage Vyasa was born. Bhishma presented Satyavati to Shantanu, who married her. Discreet and wise Satyavati felt that she would lose her virginity if she satisfied the Maharishi! He will soon come here and conceive a child by you that will perpetuate our dynasty. Once, a neighboring mountain range called Kolahala was maddened by lust and attacked this river. Satyavati is the great-grandmother of the Pandava and Kaurava princes, principal characters of the Mahabharata, one of the principal texts in Hindu mythology. Some time later, some fisherman belonging to Uparichara's kingdom caught this fish. “ “Beauty provoketh thieves sooner than gold”. Their king Indra became afraid that Uparichara was performing this penance to obtain his post. Later, King Shantanu met her at her father's house and married her. As soon as the boy took birth, he transformed into a full-grown Rishi. She was as good as gold and as gentle as lamb. of extreme sensation he ejected! If they can perform these austerities, then they will give birth to noble children. Her birth name, Kali (the dark one), indicates her dark complexion. The Apsarasa was released of the curse and left for heaven! She assisted her father by running a … There was a divine fragrance in the air. Their names were Vrihadratha (who founded the kingdom of Magadha and was called Maharatha), Pratyagraha, Kusamva (called Manivahana), Mavella and Yadu. With a last kiss, Parashara went to bathe in the river. Arjuna's Genealogy Maharaja Shantanu and Satyavati Shantanu Family Pratipa (father) Sunanda (mother) Devapi (brother) Bahlika (brother) Spouse Ganga and Satyavati Children Bhishma, Chitrangada and Vichitravirya In the epic Mahabharata, Shantanu was … At this moment, the Pitris (dead ancestors) of Uparichara came there and asked the King to slay deer, to be used in their monthly remembrance ceremony. Share Via Email. According to the Harivamsa, Satyavati in her previous life was Achchhoda, daughter of the Pitrs (ancestors) and cursed to be born on earth. After a while, he decided to give up his royal way of living, and gave up the use of weapons. While wandering in the forest, he came upon an alcove of Asoka trees. 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