|Boat in Scriptures|
Boat in Hindu Scriptures
Boat has been the most ancient and most initial means of water transport. When there was nothing, there was a boat. How it came to existence, it is difficult to say. Maybe somebody might have seen the wood pieces floating on the water and got the idea to use such wooden pieces to go around in the water, then he might have build a boat to go around. Many references of boat are found in our scriptures too.
Matsya Avataar and Boat
Bhaagvat Puraan, reports, that once Brahmaa Jee yawned accidentally and the Ved came out of his mouth. Meanwhile, Hayagreev Daitya in making efforts to gain immortality, a prerogative of the Devtaa, was wandering nearby. He instantly stole the Ved and devoured them. This precipitated a crisis. Vishnu saw the entire event so He started thinking on how to retrieve the Ved. He located the pious King Satyavrat, offering prayers to Vishnu. He immediately assumed the shape of a tiny fish and swam into Satyavrat's hands. Seeing that that fish he tried to return it to the river, but that fish requested him to save it from being eaten by big fish in the river. The kind King brought the fish home and put it inside a vessel, full of water. Overnight, the fish outgrew on a surprising scale. Manu had to shift him from the vessel into a bigger tank. But the fish continued growing abnormally. It requested Manu for a larger space to live, and Manu accordingly kept it in a pond, then transferring it in a large lake and then he brought it to sea. But the fish urged the King not to leave him in the ocean otherwise, the gigantic ocean-beings would swallow him. The king Satyavrat, amazed by the extraordinary growth-speed of the magical fish, requested it to disclose its actual identity.
Vishnu made His identity and purpose of assuming the form of fish. He warned him about the forthcoming Pralaya or the Great Deluge - "I have manifested for the protection of this universe and for the destruction of the wicked. Just a week from now, the ocean will rise and inundate the entire Universe. At that time you will see a spacious boat approaching you. Do collect all the seeds , plants and animals required for the next spell of creation in the meantime and get into the boat and wait for me. Make Vaasuki Naag as the rope to tie it in my one horn. Sapt Rishi will also be with you." After having instructed like this the fish disappeared. As had been predicted by the Divine Fish, a flood came on the 7th day and the whole Earth was covered with water. Meanwhile, a boat appeared and the King Satyavrat boarded the boat with the seeds, plants and animals, and the Sapt Rishi, to take refuge in the boat. When everybody had boarded the boat, a fish with a horn appeared on the scene and the boat was fastened to the fish's horn with Vaasuki Naag as rope. They sailed in the turbulent water through Brahmaa's whole night.
Nishaad's Boat in Raamaayan
Satyavatee's Boat in Mahaabhaarat
(2) Next time, because of this fragrance, Hastinaapur King Shaantanu got attracted to her and when he saw her, he got lost in her beauty. He wanted to marry her but Daash Raaj put a condition that he would marry Satyavatee to whom only who will give her children the kingdom. Unfortunately by then Shaantanu had already declared Gangaa's son Devadatt his heir. He could not do injustice with his first-born son, so he could not agree with Daash Raaj. As he was love stricken with Satyavatee's love, he became very sad. Devadatt noticed this and found out the reason of this sadness. As he knew it, he went to Daash Raaj's house and took a vow not to claim the kingdom for his whole life and requested him to marry Satyavatee to his father. But Daash Raaj was still satisfied, he said - "If your children asked for the kingdom then...?" At this Devavrat took another vow not to marry his whole life. Since that day he came to be known as Bheeshm. After this vow Daash Raaj married his daughter Satyavatee to King Shaantanu.
Vidur's Boat in Mahaabhaarat
Created by Sushma Gupta on 5/9/09
Updated on 10/03/13