So now, when Shantanu was informed of all this, he was unhappy about his son’s vow, in that his son was foregoing his right for his sake, but even he – in his pledged position of a king who is responsible for the well being of the nation, did not stop to think about the possible future repurcussions of this folly. He was unhappy for his son’s rightful position being disturbed, but not worried about the national good. While he did make a token gesture of showing that he was against Devavrata leaving his right, he nonetheless went ahead and married the lovely maiden who had ensnared him in her attractions, and not even opposed her father’s insistent demand for what was clearly a case of greed.
Satyavati went on to bear two sons for Shantanu. They were named Vichitraverya and Chitrangada ( see part 3 of this series for the family tree – link – http://ret-ke-mahal.blogspot.com/2011/02/mahabharata-3.html )
We will continue from here in the next part.