Episode # 88 – Raakshasas who were born in the “Chandra-Vamsa” – Sage Vaishampayana explains!!!

In the previous episode, we had continued our discussion on the “Chandra-Vamsa” and witnessed the key point on how the Paandavas and Bhagawan Krishna were related to each other. We’ve seen the ancestors to Bhagawan Krishna and one of them was Yadhu. Similarly, the ancestor of the Kauravas and the Paandavas, who was Kuru. Kuru was the last son and Yadhu was the eldest son to Yayaati, who had married Devayani and Sharmishta. Thus, we can see here that Yadhu and Kuru were brothers. This is why the Paandavas and Bhagawan Krishna are cousins to each other.  This is an important point that all of us should understand and perhaps this is one reason why Bhagawan Krishna had a soft corner everytime towards the Paandavas, especially Arjuna in particular. As Sage Vaishampayana briefs King Janame-Jaya thus, it triggered more questions and interest in his mind. Now he’s going to ask Sage Vaishampayana an important question. What is that question? Let us witness today. 

As Sage Vaishampayana continues narrating thus, King Janame-Jaya intervenes and asks, “Oh Sage! All these stories are nice to hear. But I have a doubt – Why did Yayati marry two women? Who are Devayani and Sharmishta? Why did both of them marry Yayati? Moreover, who is Yayati?” As King Janame-Jaya asks thus, Sage Vaishampayana gives a prompt reply – “Oh Janame-Jaya! Yayati was a great king and Devayani was Sage Shukraachaarya’s daughter!” As Sage Vaishampayana says thus, King Janame-Jaya is confused even more! He quips again thus, “Oh Sage! Isn’t Sage Shukraachaarya a “Brahmana-Rishi”? He’s the “Guru” for all the Raakshasas isn’t it? So Devayani should be a Brahmin by birth, isn’t it? Yet, how did she end up marrying Yayati, who is a Kshatrya by birth? Please explain this in detail and clear off this confusion in my mind!” 

As King Janame-Jaya asks thus, Sage Vaishampayana thought within himself for a moment – “Oh wow! If I’ve to clear this confusion, I’ve to narrate the entire story to Janame-Jaya!” Thinking thus, Sage Vaishampayana commences narrating the entire set of events. There is a huge description about this in the “Sambhava Parva”, and readers can refer and understand. We shall move on further from here and witness who others were born as part of the “Chandra Vamsa”. There was a “Dhaanava” by the name “Viprachiti”. This Viprachiti was born as Jaraasantha in this world. Further, Hiranya-Kashibu who was killed by Bhagawan Narasimha took birth again during the Dvaapara Yuga amidst the “Chandra-Vamsa” as Bhagawan Krishna’s cousin! Now who is this another cousin for Bhagawan Krishna apart from the Paandava brothers? He was none other than Sishupaala! So we can see here that Sage Vaishampayana is describing not only the “Amsas” of the Devas who were born in the “Chandra Vamsa”. He is also describing the “Amsas” of the Raakshasas who also took birth as part of the same “Chandra Vamsa”. 

We might be knowing this story – As Sages Sanaka and Sanatkumara wanted to meet Bhagawan Vishnu at Vaikunta, the security guards of Jaya and Vijaya stopped both of them from entering into Bhagawan Vishnu’s abode. Irked by this, the sages cursed Jaya and Vijaya that they would be born in this world as Raakshasas thrice. This third birth of these two were none other than Sishupaala and Dantavaktra. Prior to this were Ravana and Kumbakarna during the Ramayana period. Even prior to this were Hiranyaksha and Kiranya-Kashibu. Thus, this same Hiranya-Kashibu who is none other than Vijaya, was born as Sishupaala in the Dvaapara Yuga alongside Bhagawan Krishna. 

Further to this, there was a brother who was born alongside Prahlaada by name “Samhlaada”. This Samhlaada was born as Shalya during the Mahabharata time as part of the “Chandra Vamsa”. Shalya was the king of Madra Desha, and the brother of Maadri Devi, who was King Paandu’s wife. We should remember that Maadri Devi was the mother of Nakula and Sahadeva who are the fourth and fifth Paandava brothers respectively. Thus, King Shalya was an uncle to the Paandava brothers. So for today, let us understand upto this point with regards to the “Chandra-Vamsa”, and let us continue this discussion in the next episode as well! Stay tuned! 🙂 

Published by Dr. Jeayaram

Holds a PhD in Management Psychology from Universite Paris Saclay, Paris, France. Also an Asst. Professor of Human Resources management at Bharatidhasan Institute of Management (BIM) Trichy, India A professional South Indian classical musician (singer) performing concerts. Through this blog, I'm trying to bring out the richness of Indian culture & values and I request your support and feedbacks in making this humble effort a success!!

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