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Raajaa Dushyant (from Chandra Vansh) had his son Bharat who ruled for many thousand years. He did not find his own children worthy to rule, so his three wives killed their children. Bharat did a Yagya to get a son and Marut Dev gave him Bharadwaaj (Brihaspati and Mamataa's son). Bharadwaaj's son was Manyu. Manyu had five sons - Brihatkshatra, Jaya, Mahaaveerya, Nar and Garg. Nar's son was Sankriti. Sankriti had two sons - Guru and Rantidev. Rantidev's glory is told everywhere in this world. (See his genealogy here)
Rantidev used only those things which he got without any labor, he did not touch anything belonging to the kingdom, and thus day by day his own capital was decreasing. Above this whatever he got, he used to give it to anybody and remained himself hungry. He did not collect anything, he was not in love with anything and he was very patient. His family was suffering because of this.
Once 48 days passed and he did not get even water to drink. His family was in great trouble. They were trembling with hunger and thirst. On the 49th day he got some Ghee, Halavaa, Kheer and water in the morning. As soon as they sat to eat it, a Braahman came as a guest. Rantidev used to see Bhagavaan in everything, so he offered some food to him. He went away after being satisfied.
Now Rantidev started distributing remaining food among themselves and wanted to eat it, that a Shoodra came. Rantidev offered some food to him also. After Shoodra had left, one other man came with his dogs. He said - "Raajan, My dogs and I are very hungry, kindly give us some food." Rantidev offered the remaining food to him and bowed to Bhagavaan in his heart. Now only water remained with him, and that was also for one person only. They wanted to distribute it among themselves, that a Chaandaal came and said - "I am a very low level person, please give me some water only."
Rantidev said - "I do not want Param Gati which includes eight Siddhi, I do not even wish for Moksh, I only desire that I should bear all people's sorrows so that they can live in joy and happiness. This man wants to drink water. By giving water to him I will give him life. Now my sorrows, hunger, thirst, weakness, everything is gone. I have become joyful." and he gave the remaining water to him.
After he drank water, Brahmaa, Vishnu, Mahesh all three appeared before him and blessed him. Rantidev fell on the feet of Bhagavaan. He had no desire so he did not ask for anything. He put all desires in Bhagavaan's feet, so everything got disappeared as a dream. All his followers also got the same Gati as he got.
Created by Sushma Gupta on 5/27/03
Updated on 05/15/13