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Story of Sage Mahodaya - Even Curse Cannot Take Away Your Knowledge

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.

Even though Mahodaya Rishi became a beggar in materialistic sense, Sage Vishwamitra's curse had no effect on the knowledge of Mahodaya.

He roamed around the earth and those students who were able to see the greatness of the Rishi approached him for knowledge. He shared his knowledge with such students. These students were not bothered about his beggarly appearance.

We might lose our external beauty, wealth, power and relatives but true knowledge will always stand with us.

Knowledge alone can help us in this world.