Who are Prachetas and their wife Marisha
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In the vamsham (family) of the Raja Prithu, there was a Raja called Raja Prachinvarhi, whose vivaham (marriage) took place with the putri (daughter) of Samudra Raja (Ocean King), Savarana.
With this vivaham (marriage) ten putras (sons) were born and they were known as Prachetagan (Pratechas).
These ten Prachetas performed ghana-ghora (very very difficult) tapasya / penance for ten thousand years inside the samudram (ocean).
Here we should know why the ten Prachetas performed this type of tapasya / penance for ten thousand years?
Earlier Brahma Deva had informed Raja Prachinvarhi to make this bhoomandalam (earth) with lot of manushyas (people).
So Raja Prachinvarhi passed this kaaryam (work) to his ten putras (sons).
But the ten Prachetas were unaware to how to go ahead with this kaaryam (work).
Also Prachetas’ father told his putras (sons) to pray to Bhagavan Sri Vishnu to initiate the kaaryam (work) as told by Brahma Deva.
Thus after hearing from their father, Prachetas started the ghana-ghora tapasya (very very hard penance) under the samudram (ocean).
When the ten Prachetas completed ten thousand years of ghana-ghora tapasya (very very hard penance), Bhagavan Srimann Narayana (Vishnu) came in front of them on his vahanam (vehicle) Garuda Raja.
Thus the ten Prachetas requested Bhagavan Sri Vishnu to grant them the ashirvadam (blessings) to make this bhoomandalam (earth) with the manushya jeevi (men and women).
Thus granted the varam (boon) to the ten Prachetas by Bhagavan Sri Vishnu.
Soon after the ten Prachetas came outside the Samudram (ocean), they saw the bhoomandalam (earth) was covered with full of vruksham (trees) all over and even the vayu (air) was not able to flow in this bhoomandalam (earth) properly.
With this krodam (angry), the Prachetas started to blow heavy vayu (air) and agni (fire) all over to make naashanam (destroy) of the unwanted vruksham (trees).
On seeing the huge naashanam (destruction) of the vruksham (trees), Chandra Deva, who is the Raja of the vruksham (trees), was in dukham (sad) and immediately came in front of the Prachetas and tried to make samaadhanam (solace) to the Prachetas.
Also Chandra Deva informed to Prachetas in turn he will marry the Prachetas with a baalika (young girl) nanam (named) Marisha who the Chandra Deva had brought up.
(It also said that Brahma Deva informed to Prachetas that Marisha can make vivaham with the Prachetas).
Also Chandra Deva told the story of the Marisha to the ten Prachetas:
Many years before there lived a Rishi Kandu on the nadi teeram (river side) of Gomati.
Rishi Kandu was performing a ghana-ghora tapasya (very very penance).
But Indra Deva didn’t like this and tried to stop the tapasya / penance.
Indra Deva sent one apsara (divine lady) namam (named) Pramalocha.
After reaching near to Rishi Kandu, Pramalocha started to dance with different positions to attract Rishi Kandu and the same thing happened.
Rishi Kandu fell in premam (love) of the Pramalocha and both got vivaham (married).
Both started to live with santosham (happiness) for many many years.
Thus one hundred years passed by and Pramalocha requested the Rishi Kandu to return back to swargalokam (Divine Heaven).
But Rishi Kandu said that it is yet a very short time since you have come and please stay back for some more time.
Thus again one more hundred years passed by and again Pramalocha explained her desire to return back to swargalokam (Divine Heaven).
But the answer from the Rishi Kandu was the same to stay back by Pramalocha.
Thus, this went on and on and thus of total of nine hundred & eighty seven years, six months and three days had passed.
After this, one evening Rishi Kandu called upon his apsara patni (wife) Pramalocha and told her to leave right now since it was already a day has passed and it is almost evening now.
But Pramalocha told that it is already nine hundred & eighty seven years, six months and three days had passed.
Hearing this Rishi Kandu was surprised and told Pramalocha to leave immediately and informed her go back to her place.
On the way to swargalokam (Divine Heaven), Pramalocha had got little sweat and thus this sweat was wiped up by Pramalocha and a drop of this sweat had fallen on the vruksham (tree) in which the baby carried out by Pramalocha also came out of the sweat and it fell on the leaf of a tree.
With this a stree shishu (baby girl) was born and her nanam (name) was Marisha.
In an earlier life Marisha had been married to a Raja when she was very young.
But unfortunately she lost her pati (husband) at her very young age.
Thus Marisha had prayed to Bhagavan Sri Vishnu to get her good and healthy husbands who can live with her for long times in her next janmas (lives).
Thus Bhagavan Sri Vishnu had given the ashirvadam (blessings) to Marisha that in this janma (life) she will get good and healthy patis (husbands) who would live with her for a very long-long time.
Thus Marisha got vivaham (married) with the ten Prachetas at a same time and she lived with lot of santosham (happiness) with her ten patis (husband).
A son named Daksha had born (he is the same Daksha who in the earlier janma / life had born to Brahma Deva as Daksha and had all the qualities of a Brahma Deva).
Daksha had sixty putris (daughters).
Of these sixty putris (daughters), ten were married to Dharma (Yama), thirteen got married to Brahmarshi Kashyapa, twenty seven were married to Chandra Deva, four to Arishtanemi, two to Angirasa, two to Krishasha and two to others.
The thirteen who got vivaham to Maharshi Kashyapa were Aditi, Diti, Danu, Kala, Arishta, Surasa, Surabhi, Vinata, Tamra, Krodhavasha, Ira, Kadru and Muni.
These thirteen were the most important to bhoomandalam (earth) because of these thirteen baalikas (ladies) the jana sankyam (population) of the living beings of the prithvi (earth) is directly correlated.
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