13. Test Tube Babies
In the year 1978-80, modern medical knowledge had claimed that it had achieved a miracle in the history of human race. Female ovum and male semen had been fertilized in a test tube and was transferred into uterus. Thus, the first test tube baby was born.
Is this for the first time in the history of mankind such miracles have happened? No, ages ago, many such instances had occurred on Indian soil.
Let us first refer to Rig Veda; Sage Agastaya's birth is not from the mother's womb. He had been fertilized in a pot.
In Mahabharata, there are a few instances of childbirth similar to today's test tube babies:
1. Let us look into the episode of Drona, the guru of Pandavas and Kauravas. He was said to have been born only from the semen of male, without the female ovum in a vessel called "Droni" under the technical guidance and supervision of sage Bharadwaj. Hence he had become famous by the name Dronacharya.
All these frequent references are not figs of imagination, but were the instances of the prevailing knowledge about the birth of babies, that are not from the mother's womb.