In olden days of Mahabharat, there used to live Paru's family. After passing great many generations, a powerful emperor by the name of 'Dush Yant' (Dushyant) emerged on the throne of Great Bharat.
He had married to Shakuntla, one of the most famous love stories of its time. Dush Yant had happened to see Shakuntla while he was out for hunting. In the jungle there was an ashram of a saint called Rishi Kanv and he was Shakuntla's foster father, who brought her up.
Dush Yant fell in love with Shakuntla and so did she. They accepted themselves as husband and wife within their hearts and exchanged garlands with each other in a small temple of Lord Shiva they got married.
After their garland wedding ceremony, they stayed in the jungle for about two weeks, where Dush Yant had installed his camp for hunting. Shakuntla used to come over for about a week and they used to enjoy as husband and wife.
Time came when Dush Yant was to go back to his kingdom. He explained his helplessness not to her along with him immediately and convinced her to stay with the Rishi Ji's Ashram for some time more.
However, he promised to take her back to his hometown with proper honor as may be desired by his relatives, who should give a befitting welcome to their would be queen with all formalities of a royal marriage.
Time went on but Dush Yant did not turn up, nor any information came from him. Shakuntla felt that she was pregnant. Her anxieties grew beyond control.
She narrated the whole event to Rishi Kanv, who became worried and advised Shakuntla to go to the kingdom of Dush Yant as soon as possible since to hide the news of her pregnancy could complicate the situation, since Dush Yant did not know whether she had conceived.
In fact, Shakuntla was once awfully busy in her thoughts of Rishi Kanv immediately after departing from her. On the very day of his departure from her, one saint came there at her door to seek charity, but she did not listen to him.
In fact, she was so much absorbed in her thoughts like an absentminded soul that she failed to realize whether any Saint had come at her door to seek for charity.
On seeing Shakuntla's stupidity of not caring for his presence, he grew into rage and cursed her:
"O lady, the person in whose thoughts you are so much absorbed, will forget about you and you will suffer due to him."
The curse of the Rishi proved correct. Shakuntla went to meet Dush Yant's kingdom but due to curse he forgot about the meeting with Shakuntla. She also lost the ring in the river while bathing that the Emperor had given to her as his engagement gesture.
When Shakuntla met Dush Yant, he showed his ignorance whether he knew her, it was all due to the saint's curse to her. Cutting short, Shakuntla left the kingdom to an unknown place. A son was born to Shakuntla, who was later named Bharat and India was privileged to get this name after him.
Swamy Raj Baldev