Biographies | Rishi
There are three Kashyap.
(1) A traditional doctor was also named Kashyap who was going to cure Pareekshit when he was destined to be bitten by Takshak, but Takshak sent him back by bribing him lots of money. Read his story here - MBH, G-0-Prolog/10.
(3) The third Kashyap is the son of Maharshi Mareechi. Maharshi Mareechi is one of the ten Maanas Putra (brainchildren) of Brahmaa Jee - Mareechi, Atri, Angiraa, Pulastya, Pulah, Kratu, Bhrigu, Vashishth, Daksh and Naarad. Mareechi was married to one of the 9 daughters of Kardam Rishi - Kalaa. They had a son named Maharshi Kashyap. Kashyap Jee was married to 13 daughters of Prajaapati Daksh. Their names were - (1) Aditi, (2) Diti, (3) Danu, (4) Vinataa, (5) Kadroo, (6) Taamraa, (7) Khasaa, (8) Arishtaa, (9) Iraa, (10) Surabhi, (11) Krodhvashaa, (12) Surasaa, and (13) Muni.
Once Kashyap and Aditi did a lot of Tap to get a son. Pleased their Tap when Bhagavaan appeared before them, He asked them to ask for a boon. Both asked for a son like Him three times. So Bhagavaan appeared in their house three times as their son - (1) once as Vaaman Avataar, (2) another time as Raam to Dasharath and Kaushalyaa, and (3) the third time as Krishn to Vasudev and Devakee.
She kept the fast diligently but once she made a mistake and as Indra was looking for an opportunity to destroy that child, he entered her stomach and cut her embryo into seven pieces. But that embryo did not die, rather it was divided in seven children. Seeing this Indra again cut each piece in seven. Still those seven pieces did not die rather they now became 49. Then they said to Indra - "Why are you killing us, we are your brothers?" So Indra stopped cutting them. Later they joined Indra and they became 50.
When Diti woke up, she found that her 49 sons were with Indra. She got very happy to see them and asked Indra - "I wanted a son who could kill you, but how this son became 49. Tell me if you know it." Indra also told her everything that he was looking for an opportunity to destroy her child and as he got that he cut the child in seven pieces and then again the each piece in seven pieces. But because of the effect of her Vrat, they did not die and all the 49 pieces remained alive. They had joined him now and asked for her forgiveness. These 49 sons of Diti were called Marut Gan.
(2) Aditi had 12 Aaditya. Later she had Vaaman Avataar in her house. Naarad Puraan, Poorv/6 says that "when Vaaman Avataar appeared, he told Aditi, "I have been born as your son in your two previous lives. Now also I will give you joy being your son."
But surprisingly we have not come across this information anywhere else and who were those two Avataar He appeared two times as their son - Raam and Krishn were after Vaaman Avataar.
(3) Danu gave birth to many great Daanav like
Where the Kashyap Name Appears
Created by Sushma Gupta on 5/27/03
Updated on 10/12/13