Back into history, a great King there lived,
Bharata the name , his stories to this day relived,
Long after he was gone, his aura survived,
On the banks of Ganga his dynasty thrived!
Shantanu wore Bharata’s blood like a diadem prized,
He ensured peace, with pride the clan brimmed
Father Pratipa and Goddess ganga had a pact long contrived
Of a Shantanu-Ganga alliance when the moment right arrived
Ganga met Shantanu on the river bank, as contrived,
Shantanu spellbound with her allure, asked her, surprised
‘Did you fall from the heavens straight when they rived’
Marry me O dearest he said, with glee his heart jived
She said yes, his joy though was shortlived
On listening her condition , his elation nosedived!
Who was Shantanu?
Shantanu was a great kind , a descendant of Bharata. Shantanu was perhaps the start and the cause of the epic that came to be – the Mahabharata and thats why this above passage is quite important.