Kach-Devyani Story – When Daityaguru’s Daughter Fell in Love with Devguru’s Son
There are great many stories in the great epic Mahabharat, which have not been shown on television. One among these stories is the story of Devyani. Story of Devyani is mentioned in the Adi Parva of Mahabharat. This story is connected to Yayati, an ancestor of Kaurav and Pandav.
In this first part of the story, we tell you about the one-sided love story of Devyani, daughter of Daityaguru Shukracharya.
Before churning of ocean, Gods had not yet drunk the nectar and were still not immortal. Dev and Danav were constantly fighting for universal domination. At that time Vrishaparva, Son of Rishi Kashyap and his wife Danu, was the king of Danav clan. Danav had appointed Shukrachaya as their preceptor, while Dev had chosen guru Brihaspati.
Whenever there was a battle between Dev and Danav, Guru Shukra will bring all the fallen demon warriors to life using his knowledge of Mrita Sanjeevani. Guru Brihaspati did not have this knowledge. This gave Danav advantage in Devasur Sangram. Danav were fighting without the fear of death. On one hand number of Dev warriors was declining while Demon army numbers remained completely intact.
Gods went to their preceptor Brihaspati and requested him to find a solution to this. Guru Brihaspati called his son Kach and instructed him to go and study under Shukracharya and somehow learn Mrita Sanjeevani from him. Once Dev have the knowledge of Mrita Sanjeevani, Danav will no longer have the unfair advantage in the war. Despite the risk of getting killed by the Danav warriors, Kach agreed to do this task.
Shukrachaya along with his daughter Devyani, used to live in his ashram near the palace of Danav king Vrishaparva. Kach presented himself in front of Guru Shukra and said,” Gurudeva! I am Kach, son of Devguru Brihaspati and grandson of Prajapati Angiras. I wish to be educated under your guidance.”
Such words from Kach made Shukracharya proud about himself, thinking the son of Devguru has come to him for education. He agreed to take Kach as his student and said,” I have immense respect for Devguru. It is an honour for me, that his son wants to be my student.”
He made Kach take vow of celibacy till his education under him is complete and allowed him to live in his hermitage as a student.
Kach was a model student and his behaviour made him favourite student of Guru Shukra. Shukrachaya’s daughter Devyani also started liking him with time.
When Danav soldiers found out that son of guru Brihaspati is living in the hermitage of Shukracharya and being educated under his guidance, they got worried. They figured if somehow Kach learned the Sanjeevani Vidya from Guru Shukra, they will lose the only edge they had against Devtas.
One day when Kach was out in the jungle feeding the cows of the hermitage, Danav soldiers cornered him and killed him.
In the evening when all the cows returned to the hermitage without Kach, Devyani insisted that her father should go and look for him. Shukracharya found Kach lying lifeless in the jungle. He used his knowledge of Mrita Sanjeevani to bring Kach back to life.
When Danav soldiers saw Kach alive, they came up with a different plan. This time they killed Kach, cut his body into pieces and fed the pieces to wild wolves. This time when guru Shukra used Mrita Sanjeevani Vidya and called for Kach, his body parts burst out of the wolves and Kach came back to life again.
Third time Danav soldiers came up with a different plan. This time they burnt Kach’s body, mixed his ash into wine and made Shukracharya drink it. When Devyani didn’t see Kach around for a while, she got worried and insisted his father does something about it.
Shukrachaya said, “My child! Every time Danav kill Kach, I bring him back to life. This cycle can stop only if I stop reviving him.”
Devyani said, “Father! I love Kach and I cannot live without him. If you do not bring him back to life, I will die.”
Using his mind power Guru Shukracharya figured out that Kach is in fact inside him and if he calls him out, he will come out of his stomach killing him in the process. However, he loved his daughter a lot and could not see her sad. So, he came up with a plan. He revived Kach inside his stomach and taught him Mrita Sanjeevani before calling him out.
कच गुरु शुक्र का पेट फाड़कर बाहर आ गया और फिर गुरुदेव की सिखाई विद्या से उसने शुक्राचार्य को जीवित कर दिया।
इस प्रकार कच का मृत संजीवनी विद्या सीखने का उद्देश्य पूरा हुआ और दानव जो नहीं चाहते थे उनकी ही वजह से वही हुआ।
अब जब कच ने गुरुदेव से विदा मांगी तो देवयानी ने कच से कहा,"ऋषिकुमार! तुम हमेशा ही एक आदर्श शिष्य की तरह यहाँ रहे। अब तुम्हारी शिक्षा पूरी हुई और तुम्हारे ब्रह्मचर्य का प्रण भी पूरा हुआ। मैं तुमसे प्रेम करती हूँ। तुम मुझसे विवाह कर लो।"
कच ने देवयानी से कहा,"गुरुपुत्री! मैंने तुम्हारे पिता के पेट में वास किया है और उनके ही अंदर से मेरा पुनर्जन्म हुआ है। इस प्रकार वो मेरा पिता हुए और तुम मेरी बहन। मैं तुमसे विवाह नहीं कर सकता।"
देवयानी को कच की बात सुनकर बहुत क्रोध आया और वो बोली,"इस प्रकार तुम मेरा तिरस्कार करोगे तो तुम्हारी सीखी हुई विद्या कभी सिद्ध नहीं होगी।"
कच को देवयानी का ऐसे शाप देना अनुचित लगा और उसने कहा,"तुम्हारा तिरस्कार मेरे लिए धर्म के अनुरूप था, लेकिन तुमने काम के वशीभूत होकर मुझे शाप दिया है, इसलिए अब मैं भी तुम्हे शाप देता हूँ कि कोई भी ब्राह्मणकुमार तुमसे विवाह नहीं करेगा।"
इसके बाद कच कभी खुद मृत संजीवनी विद्या का उपयोग नहीं कर पाए लेकिन उन्होंने अपने शिष्यों को वह विद्या सिखा दी जिससे देवताओं को भी मृत संजीवनी का लाभ मिलने लगा।
उसके बाद देवयानी का क्या हुआ? किससे हुआ देवयानी का विवाह? इन प्रश्नों के उत्तर जानने के लिए सुनिए शर्मिष्ठा-देवयानी की कथा।