Tuesday, January 22, 2013


                      S A G E   K A S H Y A P A 

Sage   Kashyapa
  Kashyap was one of the Saptarshi Brahmins. According to Hindu Mythology, he is the son of Marichi, one of the ten sons (Manasa-putras) of the Creator Brahma. The Prajapati Daksha gave his thirteen daughters: Aditi, Diti, Kadru, Danu, Arishta, Surasa, Surabhi, Vinata, Tamra, Krodhavaśā, Ida, Khasa and Muniin,  for marriage to Kashyap.

His sons from Aditi  were, Aṃśa, Aryaman, Bhaga, Dhatr, Mitra, Pūṣan, a daughter Bhumidevi, Śakra, Savitr, Tvastr, Varuna, Visnu, and Vivasvat or Vivasvan, who went on to start the Solar Dynasty (Suryavansha), which later came to be known as Ikshvaku dynasty, after his great grandson, King Ikshvaku, whose subsequent kings were, Kukshi, Vikukshi, Bana, Anaranya, Prithu, Trishanku, and finally King Raghu, who gave it the name, Raghuvansh (Dynasty of Raghu), and then further leading up to Lord Ram, the son of Dashrath.

His sons from Diti were, Hiranyakashipu and Hiranyaksha and a daughter Sinhika, who later became the wife of Viprachitti. Hiranyakashipu had four sons, Anuhlada, Hlada, Prahlada, and Sanhlada, who further extended the Daityas.

Garuda and Aruna are the sons of Kashyap from his wife, Vinata.

The Nāgas (serpents) are his sons from Kadru.

The Danavas are his sons from Danu.

The Bhagavata Purana states that the Apsaras were born from Kashyap and Muni.

Uttar Ramayana says Diti had a son named Maya who was the lord of Daityas.

In the family line of Kashyap, along with him there are two more discoverers of Mantras, namely, his sons Avatsara and Asita. Two sons of Avatsara, namely, Nidhruva and Rebha, are also Mantra-seers. In the Manvantara period named 'Svarochisha', Kashyap was one of the seven Sages (saptarishi) for that manvantara. The Indian valley of Kashmir in the Himalayas is named after him.

source : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kashyap


Birth And Lineage of Kashyap

Saint Kashyap played an important role in the development of this world. He is also known as Anishtanemi. His mother was Kala who was the daughter of Saint Kardam and sister of Kapil Deva. According to Puranas, Saint Kashyap’s asylum was situated at the top of Meru hill where he resided and offered austerities to Lord Brahma. Saint Kashyap was respected by all Devas, Demons and humans. He wrote various religious and mythological texts.

According to Puranas, Daksha Prajapati was born from Lord Brahma and married Aksini who gave him 66 daughters. Thirteen of these daughters married Saint Kashyap and played an important role in the development of the world. Saint Kashyap’s wives were Aditi, Diti, Danu, Kashta, Arishta, Sursa, Ila, Muni, Krodhvasha, Tamra, Surbhi, Timi, Vinta, Kadru, Patangi and Yamini. Saint Kashyap is one of the Saptrishi who were Vashishta, Kashyap, Atri, Gautam, Vishwamitra, Bhardwaj and Jamadgni.

Saint Kashyap Gotra
A gotra has been named after Saint Kashyap. Any person who does not have knowledge about his Gotra is believed to be of Kashyap Gotra. This is because it is believed that all people ascended from Saint Kashyap. Hence, Saint Kashyap is also regarded as the father of the earth.

Rishi Kashyap And Parshuram
Parshuram won every battle and killed all Kshatriyas on the earth. He then organised an Ashwamedha Yagya in which he donated the whole Earth to Saint Kashyap. Out of the fear of losing all Kshatriyas, Saint Kashyap asks Parshuram to travel to the Mahendra mountain facing the Southern ocean. Parshuram does the same and swears that he would not stay on earth at nights.
source : http://astrobix.com/hinduism/post/kashyapa


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