Jai Sriman Narayana !!
The great epic Mahabharath was composed by Maharishi Veda Vyasa/Krishna Dwaipayana, son of Sage Parasara and Sathyavati, a woman from fishermen clan. Mahabharath describes the legend of Bharatha Dynasty. It was written in 18 Parva such as Adhi Parva, Sabha Parva, Vana Parva, Virada Parva, Udhyoga Parva, Bhishma Parva, Drona Parva, Karna Parva, Shalya Parva, Soupthika Parva, Stri Parva, Shanthi Parva, Anushasana Parva, Ashwamedha Parva, Ashramavasika Parva, Musala Parva, Mahaprasthanika Parva and Swargarohana Parva and each Parva has divided into many Upaparva and has chapters in detail. Adhi Parva depicts the life of King Dushyantha and his wife Shakunthala and their son Sarvadhamanan, who was famously known as Bharatha, a righteous ruler of Bharatha Empior.
Lord Brahma created deities, Sages and Prajapathis. It was the beginning of the growth of human race from the sixty daughters of Daksha Prajapathi. Pururavass, Yayathi, Puru, Dushyantha, Bharatha, Shanthanu were born in the family of Dithi, one of the daughters of Daksha Prajapathi.
King Janamejaya, son of King Pareekshit conducted a grand Yagna to please the serpent Gods. There were a huge number of Rishis & Sages were present in the magnificent Yagna, Maharishi Veda Vyasa along with his disciple Rishi Vaishampayana and Sage Ugrasrava Sauti was also amongst them. Rishi Vaishampayana narrated the stories of Kuru Dynasty to King Janamejaya at the time of Naga Yagna. Later, this anecdote was described to the Sages and Rishis assembled in Naimisharanya by Sage Sauti, son of Sage Romaharshana/Lomaharshana, disciple of Maharishi Veda Vyasa.
Rishi Vaishampayana narrated the conversation between Pandu & Kanthi during their stay at woodland. Kunthi was traumatized after listening to Pandu’s command to have a child from a Brahmin or someone superior to Pandu as Niyoga. She heartily desired to have a child from her husband and her willingness to die with him. Kunthi was determined to remain unblemished in her life and refused to approach anyone for a child other than her husband. She narrated the story of a righteous King Viyushithsva and his chaste wife Badra.
There was an honorable ruler King Vyushithasva, he ruled his kingdom wisely for several years and the people of his Kingdom were happy. He conducted a grand Yagna to please the deities, Lord Indra and scholarly Brahmins were present in the Yagna. King Vyushithasva attained highly meritorious rewards from the Yagna. In order to expand the Kingdom and its resources, he performed an Ashwamedha Yaga, eventually he defeated all the neighboring Kingdoms and took good control over them, the countries came under the rule of King Vyushithasva was obliged to pay tax. Thus, he ruled the Kingdom judiciously for several years and conducted several Yagnas and Yagas to please the deities, the scholarly Brahmins were presented with abundance of alms as charity during the fire sacrifices. In this way, he attained highly commendable rewards and his Kingom flourished with rich resources. He continued to perform admirable Yagnas like Agnisthoma and significant Yagnas and Yagas mentioned in the Veda Sastra.
King Vyushithasva had a gorgeous wife Bhadra, she was the most beautiful woman in the Universe. This loveliest couple has found plentiful time in the company of each other and found immense pleasure in the physical relationship with each other. King Vyushithasva’s excessive physical attraction towards his wife caused severe breathlessness consequently he passed away. Bhadra was devastated at the death of her beloved husband. Kunthi narrated the miseries of a widow; it was wretched life for Bhadra after the death of her husband, she desired to embrace death and follow her husband. She pleaded her husband to allow her to follow him after death too, revealed her helplessness to live in the absence of him, a woman without a husband serve no purpose to the society; Bhadra cried her heart out at the separation from her husband, she experienced the agonies of hellish torture while she was alive. Bhadra discarded all the comforts and adopted sacred grass as her bed, treated herself as the sinner with tears teeming all over she waited to hear command from her deceased husband. Bhadra wept with mounted pain and closely embraced the lifeless body of her husband, soon she could hear a mysterious voice informed Bhadra that she would be blessed with children, further advised Bhadra to leave the place and remain with the lifeless body of her husband in her bed on the eighth or fourteenth day of full moon that would provide her progeny. In this way, Bhadra attained seven children from the lifeless body of her husband. Kunthi praised the virtues of Pandu and consoled him that the meritorious rewards attained would help them to have children.
Jai Sriman Narayana !!