There are references in the Puranas, Hindu Texts,I would not call them figments of Imagination for most of them have been proved by Modern(?) Science to be true, about Stem Cell Birth,IVF.
‘”No woman can give birth to 100 children in her lifetime, that too all males and of the same age,” B G Matapurkar, a surgeon with the Maulana Azad Medical College in New Delhi told the conference organised by the southern chapter of the All India Biotech Association.
Matapurkar, who holds a US patent on organ regeneration technique that he developed 10 years ago, said that he was thrilled when he stumbled on a verse in Mahabharata under the chapterAdiparva that actually describes how the Kauravas were created from a single embryo from Gandhari.
He said that according to the description in Mahabharata, the Kauravas were created by splitting the single embryo into 100 parts and growing each part in a separate kund or container.
“In other words,” Matapurkar said, “they not only knew about test-tube babies and embryo spliting but also had the technology to grow human foetuses outside the body of a woman-someting that is not known to modern science,” he aded.
Sage Agasthya was born in a Vessel.
He is called Kumbha Muni, a Person born out of a Vessel.
He is also called Kuda Muni, a Vessel
Mandhata was born in a Vessel.
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One day Gandhari entertained with respectful attention the great Dwaipayana who came to her abode, exhausted with hunger and fatigue. Gratified with Gandhari’s hospitality, the Rishi gave her the boon she asked for, viz., that she should have a century of sons each equal unto her lord in strength and accomplishments. Some time after Gandhari conceived and she bore the burden in her womb for two long years without being delivered. And she was greatly afflicted at this. It was then that she heard that Kunti had brought forth a son whose splendour was like unto the morning sun. Impatient of the period of gestation which had prolonged so long, and deprived of reason by grief, she struck her womb with great violence without the knowledge of her husband. And thereupon came out of her womb, after two years’ growth, a hard mass of flesh like unto an iron ball…
Vaisampayana continued, ‘That ball of flesh then, sprinkled over with
water, became, in time, divided into a hundred and one parts, each about the size of the thumb. These were then put into those pots full of clarified butter that had been placed at a concealed spot and were watched with care. The illustrious Vyasa then said unto the daughter of Suvala that she should open the covers of the pots after full two years. And having said this and made these arrangements, the wise Dwaipayana went to the Himavat mountains for devoting himself to asceticism.
“Then in time, king Duryodhana was born from among those pieces of the ball of flesh that had been deposited in those pots.
Vyasa carefully ‘loaded ‘ them into small pots or modern day test tubes, preserved/safely held in place by closing them with a piece of cloth and they were carefully attended to by some trained parichaarakas symbolic of ‘incubating’ these test tubes under supervision.The cells from broken pieces of foetus because of totipotential nature of embryonic cells could be ‘cultured ‘ into compete human forms.Even Dronacharya was ‘KUMBHASAMBHAVA’, from a pot and signifies earlier test tube technology of a single sperm and ovum.