The Vishnu Purana affirms that Shaunaka was the son of Gritsamada, and invented the system of the four levels of human life. Shaunaka wrote Rigveda-Pratisakhya and taught it to others in the Satra-Yajna, a twelve day long Yajna.
In the epic Mahabharata, Shaunaka had an important role. The epic Mahabharata was narrated by story teller Ugrasrava Sauti to Shaunaka during a gathering of sages headed by Shaunaka in a forest named Naimisha.
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