Biographies | Men
Uparichar Vasu's story comes in Mahaabhaarat, G-0-Prolog/13 in the reference of Satyavatee's birth.
There was a king named Uparichar and was called Vasu also. He was born on Paurav family and loved hunting. he had won Chedi Desh by the order of Indra. After some time he left everything started doing Tapasyaa. Idra got scared seeing his Tapasyaa. he went to him - "You are my friend, I am in Indra Lok, you are on Prithvi, you take care of Prithvi. Go to Chedi Desh and be prosperous there. I will give you a crystal airplane which is like Devtaa's plane and only Devtaa have it. You will be able to go in that plane with your mortal body wherever you like. I give you a garland of unfading lotus also. And this garland, known as Indra's Garland, will be your distinctive mark. Indra gave him a bamboo pole also to protect the honesty and maintain peace. Now Uparichar started living in pleasure and peace.
There flowed a River Sooktimatee near Uparichar's kingdom Chedi Desh. Once Kolaahal Parvat embraced that River with lust by blocking the flow of that River, so he kicked the Mountain. As a result that River had a twin children. She gave those children to the King to show her gratitude. Vasu appointed the boy as his Military general and he married the girl Girikaa.
This is hidden language to say that he diverted the flow of the river for irrigation by cutting the hills. Incidentally Uparicharís wife was named Girikaa meaning "the daughter of hills", or say Miss Hills. The story goes that he was born in the river. Actual meaning of Girikaa is that she was a tribal woman with local knowledge.
The hawk flew and took his seed to his wife, but met another bird of his species on the way. The other bird thought he was carrying a piece of meat so he tried to snatch it. When they were fighting for it in the sky, the seed fell in Yamunaa River. In Yamunaa River lived an Apsaraa named Adrikaa in fish form (through a Braahman's Shaap). As soon as the seed fell in the water, Adrikaa swallowed it at once. After some time some a fisherman caught that fish. It was her 10th month since she swallowed the King's seed. Two children came out of her stomach, one boy and one girl. After the birth of children, the Apsaraa became free from the curse and went away to Swarg.
The fisherman informed this to King Uparichar. The male child was taken by the King. Later he became the king of Matsya Desh. The girl was given back to the fisherman saying - "She is your daughter. Bring her up." This girl was named Satyavatee. Since she lived with fishermen, she used to smell like a fish and was called Matsyagandhaa too. When she grew up she started rowing boat in Yamunaa to carry passengers across the River..
Created by Sushma Gupta On 5/27/04
Modified on 04/23/13