In the epic Mahabharata
, Santanu was the king of Hastinapura. He was the father of
, born to him by the Goddess Ganga
(river). After the birth of Bhishma, Ganga leaves him. Later Santanu meets a ferry man’s daughter,
, and falls in love with her. She agrees to marry him on a condition that the children she bears him will be crowned. He was then married to Satyavati and she gave birth to two sons, Chitrangada
. After the death of Santanu, Satyavati continued to rule the kingdom with her three children.