Story of the birth of Maharishi Ved Vyas ~ Mahabharata
Story of the birth of Maharishi Ved Vyas -In ancient times there was a king named Sudhanwa. He went to the forest for hunting one day. It was only after he left that his wife became menstruated. He sent this news to the king through his bird of prey.
After receiving the news, Maharaj Sudhanwa took out his semen in one and gave it to the bird. The bird flew into the sky to bring the two to the king’s wife. On the way, that predatory bird was attacked by another predatory bird. There was a war between the two birds. During the war, he got rid of both bird’s claws and fell into the Yamuna. In the Yamuna, a nymph made of fish lived by the curse of Brahma. The nymph of fish swallowed semen flowing in both and due to its effect, she became pregnant.
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A Nishad trapped the fish in his net upon completion of the pregnancy. When Nishaad made an incision in the belly of the fish, a boy and a girl came out of his stomach. That Nishad took those babies to Maharaj Sudhanwa. Due to not being the son of Maharaj Sudhanwa, he kept the child with him, which was named ‘Matsyaraj’. The girl remained close to Nishad and was named ‘Matsyagandha’ because of the smell of fish emitted from her organs. The girl was also known as ‘Satyavati’.
When she was older, she started working as a girl boat. Once, Parashar Muni had to sit on his boat and cross the Yamuna. Parashar Muni became enamored with the beauty of Satyavati and said – “Devi! We are willing to cohabit with you.” Satyavati said- “Munivar! You are a cosmologist and I am a Nishad girl. Our cohabitation is not possible.” Then Parashar Muni said – “Do not worry. You will remain a virgin even after being pregnant.” Having said this, he created a thick net of fog with his yoga force and indulged with Satyavati. After that, while blessing him, he said, “The smell of fish coming out of your body, it will turn into fragrant.”
When the time came, there was a son from the Vedas and Vedangs from the womb of Satyavati. As soon as he was born, the child grew up and said to his mother – “Mother! Whenever you remember me in adversity, I will be present.” Having said this, he went to the island of Dwaipayan to do penance. Due to doing penance in Dwaipayan island and his body color being black, he came to be called “Krishna Dwaipayan”. Later on, he became famous by the name of Ved Vyasa because of his commentary on the Vedas.