9-Story of Raajaa Bhageerath
Jee said - "Hey Pareekshit, Anshumaan did very intense Tap to bring Gangaa
River on Prithvi, but he could not succeed. His son was Dileep, he also did
similar efforts but he also could not succeed. Dileep's son was Raajaa Bhageerath.
He also did Tap. Pleased with his Tap, Gangaa Jee gave him Darshan and asked him
to ask for any Var. Bhageerath explained everything to her politely and requested
to come to Mrityu Lok.
Jee said - "Yes, I can come, but when I will fall down then somebody should
be there who can bear my force, otherwise I will break Prithvi and will go to
Rasaatal. Besides I will not go to Prithvi only, because people should wash their
sins in my water, then where will I wash my sins? So think carefully and tell me."
Bhageerath said - "Hey Maa, Who have no desire of Lok-Par-Lok, wealth, women and
sons etc who are always indulged in others welfare, only they will destroy your sins
with their touch, because Bhagavaan always lives in their heart. And Rudra Dev will
bear your force."
saying this to Gangaa, Bhageerath pleased Bhagavaan Shankar Jee with his Tap.
Then Shiv Jee bore Gangaa
on his head. First of all Bhageerath took her to Kapil Muni's Aashram where his
Pitar's ashes were lying. Thus at the Gangaa Saagar Sangam Gangaa covered the ashes
and Bhageerath's all Pitar went to Swarg. Hey Preekshit, Just think when only her
touch can send the ashes to Swarg, then nothing to say about who drink its water,
or who bathe in her waters with great Shraddhaa and Bhakti.
son was Shrut and his son was Naabh (this Naabh is different from the previous
Naabh), his son was Sindhudweep, and his son was Ayutaaryu, and his son was
Rituparn. He was the friend of Raajaa Nal and he taught how to throw dice and
learnt the knowledge of horses in return of that. Rituparn's son was Sarvkaam, his
son was Saudaas. Saudaas's wife's name was Madayantee. Saudaas was known as
Mitrasaha as well as Kalmaashpaad. He became Raakshas because of Vashishth's
Shaap and then became childless because of his own Karm."
Story of Saudaas
Jee said - "If it is possible we want to know that why Vashishth Jee gave
Shaap to Saudaas Jee?" Shuk Dev Jee said - "Pareekshit, Once Raajaa
Saudaas went on a hunting trip. There he killed some Raakshas but left his brother.
The brother considered the act of killing his brother unjust and went to the palace
of Raajaa to take revenge of his brother in the form of a cook. One day when Guru
Vashishth Jee came to Raajaa's palace, he offered him food. The cook offered him
human flesh in the food. When Vashishth Jee found the food completely uneatable,
he gave Shaap to Raajaa in a great anger - "You will become a Raakshas because
of this act." When later Vashishth Jee came to know that this was the act of a
Raakshas not of Raajaa, then he lessened the duration of Shaap only for 12 years. At
that time Saudaas also got ready to give Shaap to Vashishth Jee, but his wife Madayantee
stopped him to do so. Then Saudaas asked - "Directions, sky, Prithvi all are living
beings, then where I should drop this
Abhimantrit Jal?" At last he dropped it on his own feet - that is why he was
called as Mitrasaha. His feet became black because of that Jal - that is why he was named
of the Shaap he had become Raakshas. One day he saw a Braahman couple together,
he was hungry, so he caught the Braahman. Braahman's wife's desire was still not
fulfilled. She said - "Raajan, You are not a Raakshas, you are the
husband of Madayantee and come from the respectable Ikshwaaku family. You should
not behave in such unreligious way. We want to have a child, so please leave my
husband and give him to me. This human body makes Dharm, Arth, Kaam, and Moksh all the
four available to a human being, that is why to kill this body is called to kill
all Purushaarth (efforts). And this Braahman is very learned. You are very
mighty and know the secrets of Dharm. As it is not good for a father to kill his
son, it is not good for you to kill my good Braahman husband. If you still want
to eat my husband, then eat me first, because I will not be alive without him
even for a moment." And Braahman's wife started crying.
Saudaas did not pay any attention to her request and ate the Braahman. Then
Satee Braahmanee gave Shaap to Raajaa - "You have eaten my husband in this
situation (when we wanted to have a child), you will also die whenever you
will want to have a child." After giving Shaap to Saudaas she became Satee
with her husband's bones.
12 years, Raajaa got freed from the Shaap. He could not produce a child because
of the Braahmanee's Shaap, so he remained childless. Then Vashishth Jee arranged
his wife's pregnancy on his request. She was pregnant for seven years but the
child did not born. (MBH,
3-Youth/7 says that she remained pregnant for 12 years) Then Vashishth Jee hit a stone on her stomach then the child
was born. Because he was born with the help of Ashm (stone), he was called Ashmak.
Ashmak's son was Moolak. When Parashuraam Jee was killing Kshatriya then women hid
him from Him. That is why his another name was Naaree-Kavach (Naree = woman,
and Kavach = guarded, means who has been guarded by women). And he was called
Moolak because then he became the Mool (root) of that lineage after Prithvi
became without Kshatriya.
son was Dasharath, his son was Edvid, and his son was Raajaa Vishwasaha.
Vishwasaha's son was Khatwaang. He became a Chakravartee Samraat (emperor).
Nobody could win him in war, He killed Daitya on the request of Devtaa. When he
came to know through Devtaa that his life was only for two Ghadee more, then he
returned to his capital and sat in meditation. He started thinking - "I
love Braahman more than my own life. I have never thought of A-Dharm. Devtaa
asked me to ask for Var but I did not desire for any kind of worldly pleasures.
That is why now I am taking shelter in Bhagavaan's feet."