Stories from our scriptures and epics are so well thought out and narrated that they contain historical, philosophical, and social values. They make our children not only the best ones to meet the challenges of life but also groom them to be leaders with many traits that are taught in the best of schools today. The parents were able to ensure that their wards acquire these good qualities effortlessly. No doubt the western fables are also fashioned like these but they fall short of certain aspects like spiritual well being, holistic lifestyle etc. The story of Satyavan and Savitri is one such great story from our epic Mahabharata. The chapter Vanaparva of this great epic elaborates the life history of this great women! We talk about women empowerment and gender equality today. This story is all about an indomitable spirit of women and her independent thinking and her resolve to meet the challenges in life. In the western side of present day India now known as Pakistan’s Punjab province was the Kingdom of Madra. One of the wives of the King Pandu the father of the five Pandavas was from this region and she is called “Madri” . Nakula and Sahadeva were the sons of this princess. Their capital was Shagala the modern day Sialkot. The story finds mention through a conversation between Sage Markandeya and Yudishtira while the suitability of Draupathi as the daughter in law was being discussed . In that kingdom there lived a famous King called Aswapathi who had a daughter called Savitri. Since Aswapathi did not have progeny for a long time and as he was a worshiper of Sun God, he used to meditate upon goddess Gayathri and his prayers fructified and the goddess appeared before him and granted his wish to have a child. A daughter was born to him of unparalleled beauty and the King aptly names her after the goddess Savitri. When she reached her marriageable age she laid strict conditions to the prospective husband that discouraged many kings of the surrounding Kingdoms. Finding this task to be very tough the King asked his daughter to find a suitable prince herself! Accordingly she went on an expedition to many kingdoms and after quite some time she reached a forest near her own kingdom where an erstwhile King Dyumatsena who was blind himself with his wife and son had camped. She watched them from close quarters, and soon found that their son called Sathyavan was their only solace and support. He was a dedicated son serving his old parents in the forest. She also observed that his parents loved him so much, the kind of which was not found in all the kingdoms she had traveled! He was also very handsome and learned. Then and there she decided that she would marry him only. With this determination she went back to her kingdom and informed her father about what she had decided and observed. The King too thought about it and had consulted his council of ministers to gather more information about the choice she had made. His ministers told him that the King Dyumatsena had lost his Kingdom to a rival even though he ruled his country in a just manner due to the might of his aggressor he was eventually driven away from his kingdom; due to travails of harsh living conditions he lost his eyesight too. His dedicated wife and his son are the only life support he has. contd..