Maharishi Veda Vyas Biography: Author of Mahabharata, Facts and More

Maharishi Veda Vyas Biography

Who was Maharishi Ved Vyas?

Maharishi Veda Vyasa author of the Mahabharata, one of the most important epics in Hinduism. Along with this, he also composed the Shrimad Bhagavat Gita and 18 Puranas. He also compiled the Vedas.

Maharishi Ved Vyas is considered one of the seven Chiranjeevi ( immortal ) according to Hindu tradition, he is still alive.

Maharishi Ved Vyas

Real Name – Krishna Dvaipayana
Religion – Hinduism
Wife – Vatika
Father – Parashara
Mother – Satyavati
Children’s – Shuka (son), Dhritarashtra, Pandu
and Vidura (Niyoga sons)
Know for – Mahabharata, Bhagavat Gita and 18 Purana
Honors – The festival of Guru Purnima is dedicated to Ved Vyas,
Therefore Guru Purnima is also known as Vyas Purnima.
Maharishi Veda Vyas Biography

Maharishi Veda Vyas Biography

Story of the birth of Maharishi Vyas

Vyasa’s mother was Satyavati, the daughter of a fisherman, one day Parashar Rishi passed by, he had to cross the Yamuna river, so he sought help from Satyavati. Parashar was fascinated by the beauty of Satyavati, and Parashar wanted an heir from Satyavati, but Satyavati refused, saying that if people came to know about this, people would question her character and purity.

Parashar created a secret spot and a blanket of thick fog in the bushes of the nearby island to persuade Satyavati. Then Satyavati also agreed but Satyavati put a condition in front of Parashar that you will keep this thing secret.

Then Satyavati gave birth to a child named Krishna Dvaipayana. After the birth of Dvaipayana, Parashara returned Satyavati’s virginity, gifted her with a wonderful smell, and left her with her son. Satyavati kept this incident hidden from her future husband Maharaj Shantanu. When Krishna Dvaipayana grew up, he promised his mother that he would come to her when needed.

Vyasa married Vatika, the daughter of sage Jabali. He also had a son named Shuka who succeeded him.  

He also had four disciples named Paila, Jaimini, Vaishampayana, and Sumantu. The four disciples each had the responsibility to spread the knowledge of the Vedas. 

The truth behind his name

It is believed that the name “Veda Vyasa” is a title rather than an actual name because Dvaipayana compiled four Vedas.

Vyasa and Kauravas Connection

We are all familiar with the story of Mahabharata that Dhritarashtra was married to Gandhari. Gandhari had the boon that he would get a hundred sons but it took a long time in his pregnancy. After two years of pregnancy, Gandhari miscarried her developing fetus, giving rise to a hard mass that looked like an iron sphere.

This problem was solved by Maharshi Vyas, who divided this mass into 100 pieces and put them in pots for incubation, 1 year later hundred sons were born, which we know as Kauravas in Mahabharata.

Work 

Veda Vyasa is the author of Mahabharata, Bhagavad Gita and 18 Puranas. He also compiled the Vedas.

It is said that Maharishi Veda Vyasa sought help from Lord Ganesha in writing Mahabharata and Puranas, Maharishi Veda Vyasa narrated the entire Mahabharata and 18 Puranas, during which time Lord Ganesha wrote everything.

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