Indian Mythology (by ApamNapat)

Shakuntala - Mother of Bharata


Shakuntala was the daughter of Menaka, the Apsara. Her father was the great sage Vishwamitra. When her immortal mother returned to her heavenly abode, she was entrusted to the sage Kanva, who adopted her as his daughter.

She met King Dushyanta of the Chandra dynasty, who visited her father's hermitage when her father was away. They both fell immediately in love and married according to the Gandharva Vivaha rites (marriage incognito). He went away to his kingdom, promising to return later to claim her. Due to a curse of the sage Durvasa, he forgot all about her, even refusing to acknowledge her, when in desperation, she visited his court. Later, the curse was lifted and she was reunited to him, along with their son Bharata, who had been born in the meantime.

The story of Dushyanta and Shakuntala is told here.

Last Modified At: Thu Oct 21 20:55:09 2004