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Maharshi Paraashar was the son of Maharshi Vashishth Jee's son Shakti. His mother's name was Adrishyanti.
Once Shakti was coming from somewhere, that he met a King named Saudaas (Kalmaashpaad) coming in his chariot. The King was very proud, so when he saw a Braahman coming on the way, he did not respect him, he did not give way to him to pass, rather he said - "You are coming on this way, don't you see that a King is coming on this road. You should have given way to me." Shakti said - "You are telling me otherwise. I am a Braahman and a pedestrian, it is you who should have given me the way, not me." But Kalmaashpaad stuck to his statement. At this Shakti gave him Shaap of being a Raakshas.
Vishwaamitra Jee was seeing all this from a distance. At that time he was very angry with Vashishth and was always looking for an opportunity to lower him down. On that day he got an good opportunity to show his anger to Vashishth (as he was his greatest enemy at that time). He saw a Raakshas named Kinkar. He asked him to enter the King's body. He entered the King's body, so the King started behaving like a Raakshas. In this process, the King insulted another Braahman too, so he also gave him Shaap to be a Raakshas. Now he fully got converted into Raakshas.
Now he went to Shakti and said - "Let me start my Raakshas career with eating you." And he ate him. He killed his brother too. When Vashishth Jee heard this. He became very sad and started towards forest. There he met Shakti's wife Adrishyanti who was pregnant at that time. He got pitied on her and brought her in his Aashram. After some time she gave birth to a son. Vashishth Jee named him Paraashar.
Paraashar and Raakshas Yagya
He was the Ved Vyaas of 26th Dwaapar Yug (the present Chatur-Yug is the 28th Chatur-Yug of the 7th Manvantar and in this Chatur-Yug Krishn Dwaipaayan Jee divided Ved - see the list of Ved Vyaas) and a teacher of a branch of Rig Ved and of the Saam Ved.
Paraashar and Satyavatee
Paraashar said - "Don't worry, you will still remain unmarried." And saying this with his mystic powers, he created a dense smoke around them and gave her a son. He was born on an island that is why he was named Krishn Dwaipaayan. Krishn because because he was black in complexion; Dwaipaayan because he was born on an island (Dweep); and he is known as Ved Vyaas because later he divided Ved. Vyaas means the splitter. It is said that Krishn Dwaipaayan (their son) also used to smell foul and was very ugly. Besides the son, Paraashar gave Satyavatee a sweet divine scent also which used to go miles together. So after this she was called Yojan-gandhaa as her smell used to spread up to a Yojan around. Raajaa Shaantanu came to her because of that smell only.
Paraashar was three generations earlier of the Mahaabhaarat war - his son Ved Vyaas was the father of Dhritraashtra, Paandu and Vidur and Kaurav and Paandav were the sons of Dhritraashtra and Paandav respectively. Thus he was the great grandfather of Kaurav and Paandav.
Disciples of Paraashar
Works of Paraashar
Created by Sushma Gupta On 5/27/04
Modified on 04/08/13