2. Budh and Ila – Made for Each Other

How many women would be glad to have a child who is neither male nor female? Tara was one unfortunate woman who had this destiny. She wondered whether the curse of Brihaspati was a punishment for her or her child? How would her child of neutral gender get married and enjoy the pleasures of household? Had there been no curse, her son would have had a normal happy life. Was her son being punished for her karma or was it some blessing in disguise.

It was, indeed, blessing in disguise. But for Ila, who was a king named Sudyumna and had actually been turned into a woman.

(Once Sudyumna had accidentally entered a forest that was under the spell of Shiva. The spell would turn every male in the forest (except for Shiva) into a female. Shiva had caste the spell on the forest upon Shakti’s request as the Goddess of Power wanted no male creature to witness her union with her Lord.

Sudyumna, deeply horrified by the realization of a masculine soul in a feminine body, requested Shakti to free him from the spell. Shakti modified the spell in a way that Sudyumna would experience both masculinity and femininity in sync with the waxing and waning of the moon.)

A human being with such unique sexual characteristics would definitely have been left alone had the world not complemented him/(her) with an equally unfortunate Budh.

Budh and Ila

Budh and Ila

The equation finally became:

Unfortunate + Unfortunate = Super-Fortunate

Budh and Ila got married and not much to the reader’s surprise ended with a proud list of progeny. It was the progeny of this unique pair that would later rule the Indian Mainland for many generations.

This story enhances a modern Indian’s belief in Madhuri’s dialogue from “Dil Toh Pagal Hai” – Someone somewhere is made for you.

1. Tara – The Unchaste Wife

Tara was the wife of Brihaspati, the guru of Devas, who used to mentor them and perform all kinds of yagnas for them. Being the chief consultant of Devas Ltd. was no ordinary thing though. It required extra-ordinarily long hours of working (sometimes even 25 hours a day), chanting of mantras and  developing strategies to combat the Asuras. The work-load always kept Brihaspati busy with his professional life and away from his wife.

We very well know what happens when the professional life is not balanced with personal life. Don’t we? Still, many of us are not able┬áto do that. Brihaspati was no different. His continued indifference towards Tara’s needs and her growing exasperation pushed her to the other side of the line of fidelity, the side where there was Chandra waiting for her with open arms.

Chandra-TaraChandra, the prince of the night that he was, didn’t leave Tara with a reason to complain. Tara left with Chandra leaving Brihaspati alone.

Brihaspati, obviously, did not like what was happening. He went on a strike and refused to performed any services for the Devas unless Chandra Deva returned his wife. Chandra had to surrender and Tara came back to Brihaspati, but pregnant. When questioned about the father of her child, she was initially reluctant to reveal.

Then something happened. Something that in the 21st century can only happen in Krishh 5. The child in the womb asked his mother, “Mother, please tell me who’s my father? I mean my biological father.”

On seeing the unborn child’s inquisitiveness, Devas persisted Tara again to reveal the truth. She admitted that it was Chandra.

Brihaspati was so enraged at this revelation that he cursed the unborn child to be born of neutral gender. Devas were shocked to see Brihaspati’s sudden loss of temper and that his rage was pointed at an innocent unborn child. They declared that the child would always be known as Brihaspati’s son. Culture always considers the husband of the woman as the father of her child.

This child of neutral gender was named Budh.