Page1 Author - Dharamsey M. Khatau
Parasara was a
great rishi. One day he had to cross the Yamuna River. The river was in flood. He saw a
fisherman on the river- bank. He asked him, "Will you row me across in your
boat?" The fisherman said, :"I will." He called his young daughter. He said
to her, "My child, Matsya-gandhi, row this rishi across the river safely."
The rishi got into the boat. He liked the girl. He asked her, "Will you
marry me?" The girl said, " I will." Parasara married her.A son was born to
them on a dwipa or island. So they called the child Dwaipayana. He had dark
skin.Dwaipayana grew to be a very learned rishi.He wrote the eighteen Puranas. You have
heard of the MAHA- BHARATA. He wrote that also.