High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Yayati was a Puranic king and the son of king Nahusha. HE was a great scholar of Vedas. HE had five brothers, Yati, Samyati, Ayati, Viyati and Kriti. HE had two wives, Devyani and Sharmishtha. DEvyani was the daughter of Shukracharya, the priest of Asuras (the demons). SHarmishtha was the daughter of the Demon King Vrishparva. SHarmishthe was a friend and servant of Devyani. ONe day as Devyani and Sharmishtha along with the hoard of servants were amusing themselves in a park, King Yayati happened to pass by. DEvyani had been secretly in love with Yayati as he had once rescued her from a dry well. DEvyani and Sharmishtha introduced themselves to him and Devyani confessed to being in love with him and asked him to marry her. YAyati said, "Unless your father gives you to me in marriage I will not accept you as my wife." Shukracharya gave in to his daughter's request and agreed to give her away in marriage to King Yayati. AS dowry he gave away Sharmishtha. HE however warned Yayati that he should never let Sharmishtha share his bed.