Who is Maharshi Kashyap, his wives and their children names
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Kashyapa Maharshi’s father name is Marichi and mother name is Kalā.
Marichi is the son of Sri Brahma Deva. Marichi was one among the Brahma Manasa putras (born from mind of Sri Brahma Deva). Maharshi Kashyapa is the one among the greatest Sapta Maharshis.
Maharshi Kashyapa (कश्यप) is a highly revered Vedic sage of Hindu Sanatana Dharma. He is well known for his numerous Sanskrit texts and Indian Dharmic grantas (Hindu divine books).
Maharshi Kashypa is the most ancient Maharshi listed in the colophon verse in the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad.
Kashyapa married thirteen of Daksha Prajapati’s daughters. Their names are:
Aditi, Diti, Danu, Arishta, Surasa, Khasa, Surabhi, Vinata, Tamra, Krodhavasha, Ira, Kadru, Muni Aditi’s sons were the twelve gods known as the adityas. Their names are:
Vishnu, Shakra, Aryama, Dhata, Vidhata, Tvashta, Pusha, Vivasvana, Savita, Mitravaruna, Amsha, Bhaga Diti’s sons were the daityas (demons).
They were named Hiranyaksha and Hiranyakshipu, and amongst their descendants were several other powerful daityas like Vali and Vanasura.
Diti also had a daughter named Simhika who was married to a danava (demon) named Viprachitti. Their offsprings were terrible demons like Vatapi, Namuchi, Ilvala, Maricha and the nivatakavachas.
The hundred sons of Danu came to be known as danavas. The danavas were thus cousins to the daityas and also to the adityas. In the danava line were born demons like the poulamas and kalakeyas.
Arishta’s sons were the gandharvas (singers of Svarga Loka / Heaven).
Surasa gave birth to the snakes (sarpa).
Khasa’s children were the yakshas (demi-gods who were the companions of Kubera, the god of wealth) and the rakshasas (demons).
Surabhi’s descendants were cows and buffaloes.
Vinata had two sons named Aruna and Garuda. Garuda became the king of the birds.
Krodhavasha had fourteen thousand children known as nagas (snakes).
Ila gave birth to trees, creepers, shrubs and bushes.
Kadru’s sons were also known as nagas or snakes. Among the more important of Kadru’s sons were Ananta, Vasuki, Takshaka and Nahusha.
Muni gave birth to the apsaras (dancers of heaven).
Diti’s children (daityas) and Aditi’s children (adityas) continually fought amongst themselves.
On one particular occasion, the gods succeeded in killing many of the demons.
Thirsting for revenge, Diti began to pray to her husband, Kashyapa that she might give birth to a son who would kill Indra, the king of the gods.
Kashyapa found it difficult to refuse his wife outright. All right, he said. You will have to bear the son in your womb for a hundred years. And throughout this period, you will have to observe various rites of cleanliness.
If you can successfully do this, your son will indeed kill Indra. But if you do not observe these instructions to the letter, your desire will not be satisfied.
Diti resolved to do as her husband had bidden her. But Indra had got to know about Diti’s resolve and was waiting for an opportuniy to save himself.
There was an occasion when, tired after her prayers. Diti went to sleep without first washing her feet.
This was an unclean act and it gave Indra the required opportunity. He adopted a minuscule form and entered Diti’s womb.
With his weapon vajra, he sliced up the baby inside the womb into seven parts. The baby naturally began to cry at the pain.
Indra kept on saying, ma ruda, that is, don’t cry. But the baby, or rather its seven parts, would not listen.
Indra thereupon sliced up each of the seven parts into seven more sections, so that there were forty-nine sections in all.
When these forty-nine sections in all.
When these forty-nine sections were born, they came to be known as the Maruts, from the words that Indra had addressed them.
Since Diti had not been able to adhere to the conditions her husband had set, the Maruts did not kill Indra.
They instead became Indra’s followers or companions, and were treated as gods.
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