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Story of Sage Mahodaya

Sage Mahodaya was the son of Sage Vasishta as per many scholars. However, there are some scholars who are not willing accept this. Such scholars consider him as another Rishi. His name is mentioned in the Ramayana.

Legend has it that Trishanku, the king of Ayodhya, once conducted a yajna. The main priest of the yajna was Sage Vishwamitra. The king invited Sage Vasishta and Mahodaya.

But there was a deep distrust and fight between Vishwamitra and Vasishta.

Therefore, Mahodaya refused the invitation and wrote a message picturing both Vishwamitra and King Trishanku as sinners.

This enraged the short-tempered Sage Vishwamitra who cursed him that he would lose his saintly status and become a beggar on earth.

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