Shantanu

Hindu - A king. Half-brother of Vyasa. Husband of Ganga and Satyavati. Father of Bhishma by Ganga. Father of Vichitravirya. His first wife, Ganga, bore him eight sons and then reverted to her normal form as the river Ganges. He said he would marry the young Satyavati on condition that any son of the union should inherit the throne instead of Bhishma, one of his sons by Ganga. Bhishma renounced his claim to the throne and the marriage went ahead, producing two sons, both of whom died childless. In some accounts, referred to as Shantanu, Santanu or Santanu.

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