In the era of Satyug, there lived a king and queen who had no children. After several efforts, they came across a very powerful Sage. He blessed them with the boon of having a son but later discovered that the couple was cursed by a God in their previous life. To neutralize his blessings he modified his boon! The son would be born; but then would live for a very short span.
Sad and broken the King and the queen returned to their palace. After a few days, the queen gave birth to a very handsome and intelligent son whose name was ‘Satyavan’. Fate defeated the king and the queen again and they lost their kingdom to their enemy. They started living in a forest.
Once a beautiful princess named Savitri had come to the forests for a visit and discovered a handsome man cutting wood. She fell in love with him and inquired about his whereabouts. Although she was aware of his short life span, She immediately returned back to the palace and insisted her parents to make her marry him. The day came when the two souls came together and Savitri and Satyavan got married.
Savitri left all the luxuries and started living with Satyavan in the forests. Being aware of the early death of her husband, she used to pray with a lot of dedication to Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva. Days passed by, and the day came when Satyvan had to leave. Savitri always used to accompany her husband to the woods for his work in the fear that he would die. One fine day, when Satyavan was chopping a tree, he had a deep pain in his heart and died. Savitri broke down when he saw a dark shadow coming near and realized that it was Lord Yama. She pleaded him to give back the life of Satyavan. She said, “Take my life along with him, else I’ll not let you take him.”. This impressed Lord Yama and he offered her 3 wishes. Savitri was known for her witty nature since childhood. She was smart and intelligent enough to always take the right decisions. Below are her three wishes!
- First – She asked for the eyesight of her mother and father in law. They had gone blind after they started residing in the woods.
- Second – She asked back for the lost kingdom of Satyavan
- Third – She wished to have 100 sons in the upcoming days.
Lord Yama was already impressed and hence he did not hesitate in granting the three wishes. Then he said, “Now, dear lady, let me take your husband’s soul with me”.
She smiled back and said; ” Oh Lord, you have granted me the wish of giving birth to 100 sons. Now, how is it possible without the presence of my husband?”
Lord Yama got confused, but in reply granted them the boon of living for 400 years happily. He said that “In future, the married ladies who keep fast on this day, and pray a banyan tree, will get the boon of longer life for their husbands.“
So what do we learn from this? Savitri’s dedication and love for her husband did something which was impossible. Similarly, we can achieve anything when we dedicate a lot of hard work and wit to it.