Indian Mythology (by ApamNapat)

Vibhandaka - Father of Rishyashringa


Vibhandaka was a son of sage Kashyapa. Once, while at the river, he beheld the celestial nymph Urvashi and his seminal fluid came out. It impregnated a nearby female deer (who in reality was another celestial nymph, cursed to be born as a deer), who gave birth to his son Rishyashringa. He tried to bring his son up to be pure of mind, trying to keep him a celibate by making sure that he did not even knew that females existed in the world.

However, when a famine occurred in the Kingdom of Anga, its King Romapada contrived to bring Rishyashringa to his kingdom, for his advisers had told him that only that the drought would only end when the pure-souled Rishi would set foot on his territory. True enough, the rains came when the sage entered the kingdom. In gratitude, the King gave his daughter Shanta in marriage to Rishyashringa.

Last Modified At: Sun Oct 10 10:51:38 2004