Bharathari was the youngest son of king Gandharva Sen had
two wives. Bharathari was born from the first wife and the second wife gave
birth to Vikramaditya .
After the death of his father, Bharathari became the king since he was
the eldest son. Later, he put his stepbrother Vikramaditya on the throne
and lost interest in the welfare of the kingdom. He devoted his time to
music, books, and the arts. He was also a great poet and a scholar of
Sanskrit. When Vikramaditya saw Bharathari losing interest in the welfare
of the people and the country, he urged him not to neglect his duties.
Bharathari was furious and banished his stepbrother from the kingdom .
One day Bharathari found out that his wife was in love with the stable
keeper. He became disillusioned and form that day onwards the king gave
up all the pleasures of life. He began leading a holy life and chanting
the name of Shiva. He realised that he had been selfish in thinking only
about himself, and not about others.
In due course, he became free of worldly desires and attained Shiva
tatta or complete self -knowledge. He followed the truth established
in the Vedas.
Bharathari is regarded as one of the most respected sages ancient India. He has always been praised by many sages and ascetics of India in
different languages for his discipline and purity.