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Maharishi Vedavyas

Maharishi Vedavyas




  • Vyasa appears for the first time as the compiler of, and an important character in, the Mahabharata.
  • It is said that he was the expansion of the god Vishnu who came in Dwaparayuga to make all the Vedic knowledge available in written form which was available in spoken form at that time.
  • He was the son of Satyavati, adopted daughter of the fisherman Dusharaj and the wandering sage Parashar.
  • According to the Vishnu Purana, Vyasa was born in an island on Yamuna at Kalpi.


  • He was a devotee of Lord Vishnu. Since birth, he already possessed the knowledge of the Vedas, the Dharmashastras and the Upanishads.
  • Sage Parashara was the father of Vyasa. Parashara begot Vyasa with Satyavati. She conceived and immediately gave birth to Vyasa. Vyasa turned into an adult and left, promising his mother that he would come to her when needed.
  • Vyasa acquired his knowledge from the four Kumaras, Narada and Lord Brahma himself.Vyasa is believed to have lived on the banks of Ganga in modern-day Uttarakhand.



  • Vedanga are six auxiliary disciplines of Hinduism that developed in ancient times, and have been connected with the study of the Vedas. These are:
  1. Shiksha (śikṣā): phonetics, phonology
  2. Chandas (chandas): prosody. This auxiliary discipline has focussed on the poetic meters, including those based on fixed number of syllables per verse.
  3. Vyakarana (vyākaraṇa): grammar and linguistic analysis. This auxiliary discipline has focussed on the rules of grammar and linguistic analysis to establish the exact form of words and sentences
  4. Nirukta (nirukta): etymology, explanation of words, particularly those that are archaic and have ancient uses with unclear meaning.
  5. Kalpa (kalpa): ritual instructions. This field focussed on standardizing procedures for Vedic rituals
  6. Jyotisha (jyotiṣa): Auspicious time for rituals, astrology and astronomy. This auxiliary Vedic discipline focussed on time keeping.