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Satyavati enters Santanu’s life.

Ever an admirer of rivers, Santanu was this time walking on the banks of the river Yamuna. A sweet fragrance floating in the air captivated him. Looking for its source, he found a lovely maiden negotiating the waters with her boat. He learnt from her that she was the daughter of a fisherman chief, engaged in transporting passengers across the river. Santanu was instantly ensnared by her beauty and decided to have her as his wife. He approached the maiden’s father and asked for her hand in marriage.
The wise fisherman chief told the king, “I would certainly like to get a good husband for my daughter. But you already have a son who has a claim on your throne. Given in marriage to you, my daughter’s children cannot dream of becoming your heir. I could, however, consider making her your wife if you give a solemn commitment that only descendents of Satyavati would occupy the throne, and that your son Devavrata would be disinherited.”

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