Ved Vyas: The author of Mahabharata, the Eighteenth Purana, the Shrimad Bhagwat and the ‘Ved Vyas’, who gave the storehouse of countless compositions to mankind, is considered to be the form of God. The full name of Ved Vyas is Krishnadvaipayana, but after composing the Vedas, he came to be known as Ved Vyas in the Vedas. The Shrimad Bhagwat composed by him is also a part of his great book Mahabharata.
Maharishi Ved Vyas, who has been given the status of God, was not only the author of Mahabharata, but he had a deep connection with a special person present in the Mahabharata era and that person was none other than ‘Satyavati’, the princess of Hastinapur herself. Very few people know this fact that Ved Vyas and Satyavati had a sacred relationship, and that relationship is that of ‘mother and child’. Satyavati was the mother of Maharishi Ved Vyas.
Who is Satyavati
According to Puranas, she was the daughter of a fish in the form of a nymph. It is a matter of ancient times when a king named Sudhanva had gone away from his wife towards the forest when he got the news of his wife getting menstruated. On hearing this, the king decided to take out his semen and take it to the palace by a bird of prey.
The bird moved from the forest to the palace, but on the way, while fighting with another bird, the semen from its claws fell into the sea, where there was a beautiful nymph-like fish. That fish swallowed that semen, as a result of which she became pregnant. One day suddenly a Nishad caught that pregnant fish in his net and when he cut the fish, two children came out of it, a son and a daughter.
Nishad immediately went to the king with both of them and on seeing them, the king kept the son with him and handed the daughter back to Nishad. This daughter was later known as Satyavati, whose body smelled of fish due to her birth from the womb of a fish.
When Sage Parashar met with Satyavati
When Satyavati grew up, she started helping people to cross the river by boating. During this, one day the great sage Parashar came there and requested Satyavati to cross the Yamuna. The sage was enamored of Satyavati’s beautiful form and said, I want to have intercourse with you. Hearing this, Satyavati was astonished and said, “Munivar! You are a great sage and I am an ordinary girl, it is not possible.”
Eventually, Satyavati accepted Parashar’s proposal but put three conditions, the first condition being that if no one sees both of them getting engrossed in love affairs, Parashar created a deep fog around him with his divine power. The second condition is that even after giving birth, Satyavati should remain a virgin and the third is that the smell of fish should end from Satyavati’s body forever. Parashar accepted all the conditions and changed the smell of fish into fragrant flowers.
Birth of Ved vyas
After some time a son was born from Satyavati’s womb and as soon as the child was born, the child grew up and said to his mother, “Mother! Whenever you remember me in calamity, I will be present.” Saying this the boy went to Dwaipayan Island to do penance.
During penance, the color of Satyavati’s son turned black in Dwaipayana Island and hence he was also called Krishna Dvaipayana. This son later described the great texts and Vedas, due to which he became famous in the Puranas as Vedvyas.
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