By Swami Harshananda
Satyavati, Daughter of Uparicara Vasu
Satyavati was the daughter of a king Uparicara Vasu of Cedi but was brought up by a chieftain of fishermen. The sage Parāśara was once infatuated with her beauty and Kṛṣṇa-dvaipāyana Vyāsa was born of their union. She was later married to the king Śantanu from whom she got two sons:
Both these princes however died young. Since Bhīṣma was not willing to beget children in the widows of Vicitravirya by niyoga. Satyavati ordered Vyāsa to do so. Later on, she is said to have retired into a forest along with her two daughters- in-law, Ambikā and Ambālikā.
Satyavati, Daughter of Viśvāmitra
Viśvāmitra’s sister and the mother of the sage Jamadagni was also a Satyavati. The queen of the king Triśaṅku of the solar race was another Satyavati.
- Cedi is a kingdom.
- Bhīṣma was Śantanu’s first son.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore