The first test tube baby was born in India, 7600 years ago, and he was known as Dronacharya, more popularly referred to as Guru Drona from the Mahabharata. While most of us are quite cynical about the birth of most of our assumed ancestors (ancestors) and think that all the great legends like the pandavas and their parents were born out of ‘niyog’, there might be some scientific approach attached to these occurrences. The only difference that might be seen by a post-modern critic is that these scientific practices were masked by a religious and spiritual process. However, there are some people out there who would like to believe that ancient sages divined a long time back, the leaps in technology that we witness today.
Who is Dronacharya and how is he the first test tube baby?
For those of you who have no idea who is Dronacharya- He was the royal guru of the Kauravas and Pandavas from the Mahabharata. He is regarded as a reverent master of advanced military arts, including the Celestial weapons a.k.a. Divya Astras.
The birth of Dronacharya, the Guru of the Pandavas and Kauravas in the Mahabharata, is very interesting. It would not be wrong to say that Dronacharya is the first test tube baby in the world. Rishi Bharadwaja is the father of Dronacharya and mother is an Apasara name Krithaji.
The story of Drona’s birth is recounted dramatically in Mahābhārata, Book I: Adi Parva, Sambhava Parva, Section CXXXI. One evening Rishi Bharadwaja was getting ready to do his evening prayers. He went to the Ganga River to take his usual bath but was amazed to find a beautiful woman bathing at his usual spot in the river.On seeing Rishi Bharadwaja, the beautiful Apsara Krithaji got out of the Ganga River wearing a single loin cloth.Rishi Bharadwaja was moved by the heavenly beauty of the Apsara. Suddenly the most unthinkable happened – Apsara Krithaji slipped on the banks of the river and the loin cloth slipped from her body.Rishi Bharadwaja was overpowered by the moment and he involuntarily emitted his semen. The Rishi collected this sperm in a clay pot and stored it in a dark place in his Ashram. Drona was born in this pot.
‘Dronam’ means pot and ‘Dronar’ is one who was born from the pot.
If someone has a problem in getting pregnant, you don’t need to feel bad. Science is always there to solve your problem. You can have faith in science, since the success rates of IVF have considerably increased.
India is the country of myriad inventions. Guru Drona can be thus regarded as the I test tube baby. The believers would believe, while, the ones who consider all this as a myth, will go on questioning this ‘mythical’ fact. But, the ones who are too sceptical to believe all this should open their minds and think that there ‘might’ be a scientific grounds attached to the birth of Dronacharya. If you don’t believe in this at all, then you have to know that Dr. Subhash Mukhopadaya was the first man to discover the IVF technique. However, because the Indians always had no faith in the Indian Sciences (since time immemorial), he had to face dejection.
Both Dr Mukhopadhyay and British scientists Robert G Edwards and Patrick Steptoe — creators of the world’s first test-tube baby — started work at the same time. The Indian baby was born on October 3, 1978, just 67 days after Marie Louise Brown was born. Facing social bureaucratic negligence and insult instead of recognition, he committed suicide in his Calcutta residence in 1981.
His feat has been given belated recognition as the Indian physician who in 1986 was “officially” regarded as being the first doctor to perform in-vitro fertilization in India.
Thus, Indians have always been quite scientific in their approach. What people need to do is think about it and question their own beliefs- both spiritual and scientific.