Rishi /Muni Who Married Kings’ Daughters
There are many Rishi who married kings’ daughters. In all cases the kings did not want to marry their daughters to Rishi, but they had to marry them. Rishi married them and pleased them in strange ways and had children from them.
(1) Agastya Rishi
When Agastya Rishi wanted to marry, he could not get a woman of his choice, so he created one through his mind and kept her in the palace of Vidarbh Desh King. When she became of marriageable age he asked King her hand. The King hesitated to marry his beautiful daughter to a sage, but Agastya Jee threatened him of his curse, so the Princess Lopaamudraa herself offered to her father to marry Agastya Jee. Both started living happily. Lopaamudraa had left all her royal living and lived like a hermit’s wife. She served him with all her true heart, speech and actions. Pleased with her services, Agastya Rishi told her that he wanted to give her a child. At this Lopaamudraa recollected her royal living. She told Muni, that if he wanted to to come to her, he had to give her good clothes and jewelry and he himself also had to wear good clothes, otherwise their meeting was not possible.
Agastya Jee said – “I am a Rishi, where from I can bring jewelry and good clothes?” Lopaamudraa said – “You have lots of powers, you can do any thing.” At this Agastya Jee went to several kings but according to him none had enough money to give to him. One king then suggested him to go to Ilval and Vaataapi Daitya as they had lots of money. Agastya Jee went there and asked them some wealth. They were cannibals, they planned to eat him, but Agastya Jee was had guessed it before so he ate one of them and took wealth from the other one and came back. He then adorned his wife, met her and had a son named Dridhasyu.
(2) Kardam Rishi
Kardam Rishi married Manu’s daughter Devahooti at the order of Brahmaa Jee. Devahooti lived with him like a hermit’s wife. She served him so well that Rishi got very pleased with her services and gave her all his powers. She then requested him to give her children. At this Kardam Rishi created a Vimaan (air plane), gave her beautiful Roop (look) and wandered in that Vimaan for many long years enjoying lie. Then they came home and Kardam Rishi enjoyed with her in nine forms and had nine daughters during this period.
(3) Saubhari Rishi
Saubhari Rishi was engaged in his Tapsyaa that one day while taking bath in a river, he saw a fish playing with his wife and children, so he also longed for the family life. he went to the then king of Ayodhyaa – Maandhaataa. Maandhaataa had 50 daughters and Rishi asked him to marry his any one daughter whoever liked him, to him. Maandhaataa could not apparently refused the Muni, so he said – “If any of my daughters is ready to marry you I will surely marry her to you.” And he sent him to his daughters’ palace. Muni changed his form into a young handsome man and entered the princesses’ palace. All Princesses got ready to marry him. His people reported him that his all daughters got ready to marry him. Hearing this the King got very surprised but could not do anything except to marry his all daughters to him with heavy heart. Saubhari Rishi, with the effect of his Yog, built 50 palaces for his 50 princess wives with all kinds of comforts and luxuries and enjoyed with them.
After a while King got restless and wished to see his daughters, so he came to Rishi’s Aashram. he got stunned to see Rishi’s Aashram. He entered one of the palaces and met his one daughter. The daughter told him all whatever had happened after he married her to Rishi. King asked her whether she was happy? She said – “Very much, but she was worried about her other sisters who might be thinking that I have taken their husband.” The King asked – “Why do you think so?” “Because Rishi always lives with me and I don’t see him going anywhere leaving me alone.” Hearing this the King got sad for his other daughters. So he went to his second daughter. He had the same experience there also, and in the third daughter’s house also. Then he understood everything that Rishi was enjoying with them in as many forms as his wives were. He went to Rishi, greeted him, expressed his gratitude and came back to his city. Saubhari Rishi many children from those 50 daughters.
(4) Richeek Rishi
When Richeek Rishi wanted to marry, he went to King Gaadhi and asked the hand of his beautiful daughter Maandhaataa. Gaadhi did not want to give his daughter to him, so he said – “Ours is Kushik Vansh and our daughters are difficult to marry. Richeek Muni understood, he asked him – “What do you want?” Gaadhi asked him to give him 1,000 white horses with one of their ears black. Richeek Muni went to Varun Dev, brought 1,000 such horses, gave them to the King and married Satyavatee.
Once both Satyavatee and her mother requested him to give them a son. So Muni prepared two Charu, one for each, and instructed them how to take it. Satyvatee’s mother thought that Muni must have prepared a better Charu for his own wife so she took her daughter’s Charu herself, and gave her own Charu to her daughter. Muni came to know about this and he said to Satyavatee – “Now you will have a king-like son who will kill many people and your mother will have a saintly son.” Hearing this Satyavatee got frightened, fell on Muni’s feet and told that she did not want such a son, she wanted only a saintly son. Then Muni said – “All right, Then your grandson will be like this.” After this Gaadhi had Vishwaamitra as his son, and Satyavatee had Rishi Jamadagni as her son
Once Raajaa Sharyaati, Manu’s son, came out for hunting along with his family and camped near Chyavan Rishi’s Aashram. His daughter Sukanyaa, while wandering around with her friends, came towards Rishi’s Aashram. At that time he was busy in his Tapasyaa. He was there for quite some time so even ants had built their house around him. Sukanyaa could not understand it, she saw only two holes in that anthill, so out of curiosity sake she picked up a straw and inserted it in both the holes. They were the holes for Muni’s eyes, so his eyes got pierced and blood started oozing out from them. She got frightened and came back to her camp. Chyavan Rishi got angry and with his Yog power, he stopped King’s army’s excretion system. When Sharyaati came to know about this, he understood that somebody had done something to the Muni, so he asked everybody who had done what to the Muni. Sukanyaa said – “Perhaps I have done something.” and told him everything. The King immediately went to Chayavan Rishi’s place, asked for his forgiveness and asked him what he could do for him to make him pleased. He told him to marry his daughter to him. The King was not ready for this but seeing the delicacy of the situation, both the King and Sukanyaa got ready; and the King married his daughter to Muni. Now Sukanyaa started serving Muni very sincerely and faithfully.
Once Muni asked Sukanyaa to give him a son. At this Sukanyaa asked him to be young, finely dressed with jewelry. Chayavan Roshi said – “I am a Rishi from where I will bring these things?” Sukanyaa said – You are a great Tapaswee, you can get anything you want.” Chyavan Rishi said – “I do not want to waste my Tap on such trivial things.”
Once when she was taking bath in a pond, Ashwinee Kumaar were passing from skyway. They saw beautiful Sukanyaa, came down and asked her who was she and why she was there alone in that forest? Sukanyaa said – “I am the daughter of King Sharyaati and the wife of Muni Chyavan. Who are you?” Ashwinee Kumaar said – “That Muni is old and blind, why don’t you choose one of us and live comfortably. We are Ashwinee Kumaar, we will give you everything what you deserve for.” Sukanyaa said – ” I am a Pativrataa woman and serve my husband faithfully. It does not look nice from you being Devtaa.” At this Ashwinee Kumaar said – “We are very happy with your faithfulness, so if you wish we can give youth and eyesight to your husband.” “Let me ask him.” Sukanyaa went home and told everything to Chyavan Rishi. Chyavan Rishi agreed. Ashwinee Kumaar took him to take a dip in the pond, and when they came out all look alike – young and beautiful. Sukanyaa could not recognize her husband. She meditated on Ashwinee Kumaar and Ashwinee Kumaar gave her power to recognize her husband.