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10 Jun, 25 tweets, 7 min read
#BrahmarshiVashishtha
Often the Puranic lores associate Brahmarshi Vashishtha with the Solar Dynasty (Surya Vamsha) than any other clans. This is not incorrect, as there are probably maximum number of lores that associate him with various kings from the Solar Dynasty.
However, there are some pivotal moments in the history of the Lunar Dynasty as well, where Rishi Vashishtha came at the right juncture, and made things happen - things that enabled the flow of events all the way down to the birth of his great-grandson Vishnu-avatara Krishna.
Confused? I meant Krishna Dwaipayana Veda Vyasa. 😇

And not just that, but also Shree Krishna (Vaasudeva) was also born in the same Lunar Dynasty.

And finally that dynasty was the royal line that carried forth into the next yuga (lineage of Abhimanyu).
So what were some of those pivotal moments? Moments when Rishi Vashishtha's involvement saved the day for them?

I will tell 2 of the lores that can claim to be absolutely pivotal: [1] The very creation of the Lunar Dynasty, & [2] The creation of the Kuru clan.

[1] Ila/Sudyumna
If you look closely enough into the genealogy of these 2 famous dynasties - Solar and Lunar - in the landscape of ancient Bharata, you will actually see no real difference, and you will see that both actually originated from Surya-dev Vivasana, and from his son Vaivasvata Manu.
One of Vaivasvata Manu’s son, from his wife Shraddha, was Ila, a brother of Ikshvaku (whose lineage was known, subsequently, as the Solar Dynasty). But being a boy for this boy did not happen in a straight-forward way.
Originally, king Vaivasvata Manu wanted a boy, and requested his guru, Rishi Vashishtha, to arrange for a yajna for the same. At the same time, his wife, queen Shraddha, wanted a girl, and requested another priest to carry out another yajna in secrecy for that.
Finally, a girl was born. And the king was surprised. When he enquired with Guru Vashishtha, he found out the reason through accessing the knowledge of the past through his divine powers.
Subsequently, again prayers offered to Shree Vishnu by him turned the girl into a boy. But maybe fate was not altogether pleased, neither settled, with this transformation.
The boy was named Ila, a.k.a., Sudyumna, a.k.a., Bahlika, and grew up to be a great prince. And one fateful day, he was out touring the world with his entourage, and by accident, entered the famed secret divine garden Kumaravana for hunting.
Nestled under the Sahya mountain near Kailasha, Kumaravana (sometimes called Sharavana) was special. It was the place private to Mahadeva and Parvati. It was here that while alone and engaged in an intimate play, They were disturbed by the unannounced visit of the Sanatkumaras.
Devi Parvati, upset, had thus placed an enchantment on this garden, which had the power to transform any masculine being entering place turning into its feminine form. And it was a permanent transformation.
The enchantment acted upon the entourage of Ila, and transformed him and his company into females. Even the animal - the horses and others - did not escape the clutches of this curse. Ila became Ilaa - the beautiful princess.
Why did Ila enter this particular garden? Some say the deer he was hunting was a female yakshini who purposely led him into this garden. Its reason is perhaps a story for another time.
Some say that Mahadev intended it to happen this way, so that the Lunar Dynasty can find its origin from this event. We will pursue this line.
Ilaa was crestfallen, and desperately wanted to get his masculine form back. She sought help from Guru Vashishtha. He prayed to Mahadeva and Devi Parvati earnestly, and Their blessings were received.
Ilaa was told that she will live the alternate lives of a man and a woman at the interval of one month - a month of manhood and a month of womanhood, on and on. Moreover, during her time as a man, he would not remember the experiences of being a woman.
Accepting the fate, Ilaa was returning back to her kingdom, while he came in contact with Budha, son of Chandra-dev. Budha’s austerities were disturbed as his eyes fell on her ethereal beauty.
Understanding her plight, Budha transformed Ilaa’s all-female entourage into Kimpurushas, and asked them to go from there and settle down in a hidden place in the Himalayas.
Marrying Ilaa, Budha spent a most beautiful time of his life for the first one month in his palace. However, one fine morning, the transformed prince Sudyumna woke up and found himself in a strange place.
Budha explained to him that all his retinue was killed in a rain of stones, and requested him to stay in his palace for a year. Sudyumna agreed. Thus started a strange dual life of Ila/Ilaa.
Every month, as a man, he would spend his time in pious ways, and performing austerities under the guidance of Budha.

While during the alternate months, Ilaa and Budha will have a beautiful union and enjoy the pleasures of togetherness.
Finally, on the ninth month, in the feminine phase, Ilaa finally gave birth to prince Pururava, who, subsequently, founded the Lunar Dynasty.
Next month, upon arrival of the Sudyumna form, Budha advised him, along with his other nine brothers, to perform an Ashvamedha yajna to please Bhagavan Shiva, and seek His blessings to obtain his masculine form permanently.
As the deed that was destined, the seed of the Chandra Vamsha that was destined, was now realised, Shiva-Parvati told him to take a deep at the sacred pool near Kumaravana, and regain his masculine form permanently.

And that’s the end of story #1.

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