Maharishi ‘Ved Vyas’ son of Nepali soil

N. P. Upadhyaya

The habit of reading literature and novels of all sorts definitely enriches one’s brain.

Though a delayed affair with me but thanks finally I too have begun reading books penned by different eminent Indian and European scholars.
To be honest, these days I am reading narratives by some Indian writers and I must admit that I have gained comfortable knowledge for my personal satisfaction to which at times I share with my intimate friends.
In the course of such reading, I have come across some tantalizing revelations which force me to share with the larger audience.
Definitely, such stories have some connections with a Nepal which has ever remained as an independent nation. This soil has also given births to several saints who commanded respect and honor from even the Almighty-the prime source of the existence of the universe.  
Let me come to the point.
Only recently I could learn that Maharishi VED VYAS, the great saint who penned the voluminous epic, “The Maha Bharat” wherein Lord Krishna is the main actor to provide twists and turns to the events contained in the legendary epic, was himself a Nepali first and later only a Brahmin by birth.
Religious books have it that Saint Ved Vyas somehow or the other convinced Lord Ganesha for recording his verses on Maha Bharata in the written form. Lord accepted but with some conditions. Lord said to Vyas that he would pen down his verses but can’t wait for long and suggested Vyas to recite the script in Sanskrit as fast as he could make it.
That was the agreement in between the Lord and saint Vyas. 
Precisely speaking Ved Vyas was born somewhere in the vicinity of today’s Lamjung-Tanahun (North-West of Kathmandu) district which are close to Pokhara, Kaski district.
The environment and the location that we find in several religious books on Ved Vyas birth is still prevalent in the area mentioned above. Locals beamingly claim that Vyas was a Nepali by birth.
As mentioned in the books, albeit penned by the Indian writers, a river flows there as of now even and the men around the river were fishermen. The locals there, as mentioned in several Indian books about Ved Vyas, even today use boats to carry the locals of the area from this bank to the other. Naturally, the fishermen possess somewhat unfriendly smell because of their long association with the river fishes.
Exactly, this is the story one could find in the Indian narratives as regards the birth of Ved Vyas.
One Nepali scholar very freshly announced that he would well within a few years of time authentically prove that Ved Vyas was a Nepali national.
Moreover, the river that still flows in the said area gets engulfed by sudden clouds as stated by the Indian scholars.
It was in this river, Matsyagandha, later known as Yojan Gandha and finally who became the great grandmother of the Pandavas, that Saint Parasar while crossing the river wished to copulate with the girl who was ferrying the saint from one bank to the other.
She was Satyavati finally. This also proves that the Pandavas too had linkages with Nepal through Satyavati. 
It was this copulation between the two “special” hearts which made the birth of this great Nepali Brahmin, Ved Vyas, possible in the Nepali soil.
Satyavati later married King Santanu of Hastinapur.
The area wherein this great saint was born is talked have a huge cave named after Ved Vyas. Locals believe that when Vyas came of his age, he purified himself with penance right being inside this cave.
Not so many people in Nepal know about this truth. Neither the government nor the luxurious scholars have taken the birth of this great saint in the Nepalese soil in a manner that it surely demands.
But someone has come to the forefront who has vowed that sooner than later he will prove that Ved Vyas was the son of this soil.
I would remain ever obliged if some kind hearted brains collect some more details, if they have any, as regards this hidden truth.
I have just floated this half baked truth but certainly this has to be backed by more authentic logics.
Comments are thus eagerly awaited from learned quarters. I will remain ever obliged.
Isn't it a pride for us all?

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  • Posted on - 2014-08-13    by     Deep Kiran Khadka
  • I would like to be really thank you for bringing the truth outside. Although it is hidden but it is sure like Buddha we'll feel proud to say as ved vas born in Nepali soil.our religious books,the locality of that region truly claims the birth place of ved vas. But the indeed thing is that we Nepalese must unite together to get result soon but the fact is that truth can never be hidden.we have proof that are really supportive. But we need to work in time for this.
  • Posted on - 2013-03-16    by     Sakar
  • I am really impressed by this quote. Actually one of my friend told me the same thing and we are soon planing to visit the place. It's not surprising for me to hear that Saint ( Lord ) Vyas was borne here for Nepal is a Tapo Bhumi where demi Gods are meditating on a form of Himalayas, Hills Rivers and lakes... Even Krishi Balmiki wrote Ramayan in Changu Narayan, outskirt of Kathmandu....King Janak was Nepali who had all the Knowledge of Vedas and Geeta......Blah blah blah..... Any ways.... Appreciated your job. Bye. I'll comment more after visiting the place.
  • Posted on - 2012-10-08    by     Bishnu Neplai
  • The ancient literature say that the Great Sage Vyasa was born at the confleunce of Sati and Mati Rivers which is present day Seti aand Madi River near Damauli, Tanahu. I agree with Girish that there is no need to mention or prove that he is a Nepali, but people dewerve to know the truth that Vayasa was born at present day Seti and Madi River confluence in Damauli, Nepal. Vaysa Gufa is the place Vaysa mediated and lived.
  • Posted on - 2012-04-10    by     ram bahadur
  • This is in response to Girish. I agree with his idea where he states that in the time of saint vyas and gautam buddha there existed no nepal which gives us no right to claim that these figures were infact nepali citizen. Very well said. But why do we then in out nepali history class have to study about the kirats, licchavis, gopals and mallas since nepal was only united by the shah dynasty, and there existed no nepal before it. Since everything before that was bharatbarsa. Why do we not study about hastinapur and asoka and magadh. Since nepal came into existence only 200-300 why dont we study about the indian kings and their history since we were all the same at that time. Instead why study about the great architect arniko as a nepali. and why dont the indians study about arniko .
  • Posted on - 2011-07-12    by     Girish
  • First of all I would like to thank you for this interesting insight into this historical figure. Secondly I'd like to tell you that I do not agree with some of your views here. I don't think Ved Vyaas was a Nepali. He was born in the age when such country as Nepal or India did not exist. I guess the whole of this sub-continental region was described as Bharatbarsa. I believe that the scholar who is trying to prove that Vyaas was Nepali will never succeed. Proof of citizenship of Nepal of that time is next to impossible. This only does not apply to Vyaas but to more modern figures as Gautam Buddha. My view is that this type of debate or doubt could be more clearly resolved if we agreed on the point that Vyaas was born in Tanahun, which at the present is part of modern Nepal.Likewise..Budha was born in Lumbini which at present is part of modern Nepal. It does not mean that they were born in India either. I'd like to repeat that there was no such clear cut boundaries or nation states as Nepal and India when Vyaas and Buddha walked the Earth. Being proud of one's heritage is a very good thing but being truthful is also equally important. Thank you.