Unnatural births in Adi Parva
Adi parva is the first of eighteen parvas of the great epic of Mahabharata. It is also the first book in Mahabharata that is considered to be the book of beginning. Mahabharata, ancient Indian epic is full of miracles, unnatural at the same time unbelievable and unquestionable things taking place, in the sense that there are specifically no satisfying explanation and justification on their occurrence. Mahabharata is an epic which even consists of things that we see in today’s world. It doesn’t give a picture of very idealistic society unlike Ramayana, though it has examples of Purushottam Purush and existence of god. In fact it is told that Mahabharata consists of all the things that ever happened and is every going to happen. There are evidences of everything in Mahabharata that has ever happened to our civilizations and is happening in out today’s modern world. Be it shift is sexuality, family division over inheritance, sharing husbands and wives, dowry, remarriage, widow remarriage, also gay sex with things that don’t exist in even today’s world e.g. unnatural birth, be it from a pot or fire or test tube babies. Mahabharata talks about different kind of unnatural processes in bearing a child and the child birth, beginning from the short term pregnancy (as short as a boat ride) to long one (more than two years with no child), or getting pregnant invoking Gods, fish bearing a human child after consuming human semen or a child fertilizing or getting a life in pot of ghee with flash or from just a semen. Also abandoned kids of nymphs and sages are all over the forest with some coming out from the (spiritual) fire as gifts from god.
Some examples of unnatural births in Mahabharata
Ghandhari’s 101 children: Kauravas
Ghandhari who once pleased Rishi Vyas on his visit to Hastinapur, earned a boon to be the mother of 100 very power full children in return of taking good care of the Vyasa, and looking after his comforts during his stay in Hastinapur. After the boon Gandhari soon became pregnant, though her pregnancy lasted for almost two years there were no signs of babies and she gave birth to a hard piece of lifeless flesh leaving her shattered against her expectation of hundred sons. When She was about to throw away the piece of flesh, Rishi Vyas appeared saying that his blessings could not go in vain and to make his boon come true, He suggested Gandhari to arrange for one hundred jars(pots) of Ghee each with one piece of flash. He said these jars will turn into 100 sons after 2 years from now. But later Gandhari told Vyas about her desire to also have a daughter for which the sage agreed and asked to follow the same procedure but to cut the flash into101 pieces this time. Finally after two more years of waiting, the jars were ready to be opened. First jar which was of Duryodhana, the eldest of son bought a bad omen and also was suggested to be killed by elders, to which Ghandhari did not agree and she became mother of one hundred powerfull sons and a daughter called Duhshala. This way kauravas got their actual shape in the pot full of ghee symbolizing the significance of ghee as a holy object. The pot still is considered a sacred object in Indian tradition and symbolizes mother’s womb. The story of miraculous birth of Ghandhari’s children can also be taken as a record of occult secrets known to ancient sages. It also hints at the idea of miscarriage and transferring it into live children by incubating them in magically charged pot of ghee.
Birth of Guru Dhrona
Dronacharya is the son of Rishi Bharadwaja and an Apasara name Krithaji. Rishi Bharadwaja was a powerful and self controlled sage. One evening he went to River Ganga to take bath to get ready for his evening prayers. But there he finds a beautiful woman bathing at his usual spot in the river. She was an apsara name Krithaji, who got out of the Ganga River on arrival of Rishi, wearing just a single loin cloth.
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