Satyaki and Krishna were Yadavas and Satyaki fought for Pandavas. All I know is that Satyaki is a student and friend of Arjuna and partial incarnation of Maruts.

Satyaki was partial incarnation of Maruts , he was also committed to truthfulness .

सात्यकि: सत्यसन्धच्य योSसौ वृष्णिकुलोद्वह : |
पक्षात् स जज्ञ्ने मरुतां देवानामरिमर्दन: | | MB 1.67 ||

P. 142 - And he who was Satyaki of sure aim, that upholder of the pride of Vrishni race, that oppressor of foes, begotten of the portion of gods called the Maruts.

[Mahabharata -Book 1: Adi Parva - Sambhava Parva -SECTION LXVII ][5]

My exact question is, how was Satyaki related to Krishna? Like was he his brother, cousin, how exactly was he related with Krishna? Please do not say that both of them are Yadavas. I know that but how exactly are they related?


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Kroṣṭā (son of Yadu) had two wives - Gāndhārī & Mādrī. Gāndhārī's son was Anamitra. And Mādrī had two sons- Yudhājit and Devamīḍhuṣa (Harivaṁśa 1.34.1-2). Anamitra's son was Śini & Śini's son was Satyaka, who had Śaineya as upanāma. Satyaka's son was Sātyaki, who had upanāma Yuyudhāna. (Harivaṁśa 1.34.29-30). Devamīḍhuṣa (who was the son of Kroṣṭā & Mādrī) had a son named Śūra. Among the many children of Śūra with Bhojarājakumārī, the eldest son was Vasudeva, who had upanāma Ānakadundubhi. (Harivaṁśa 1.34.17-18).
With his wife Devakī, Vasudeva borne Kṛṣṇa. (Harivaṁśa 1.35.7).

Therefore, Sātyaki was a third cousin of Kṛṣṇa, and both of their closest common ancestor was their great-great grandfather Kroṣṭā, one of the many sons of Yadu. (Harivaṁśa 1.33.1).

Above is the list from Harivaṁśa, which is pretty small compared to say list from Bhāgavata. Below list from Yadu to Kṛṣṇa & Sātyaki would be detailed from Bhāgavata Purāṇa (9.23-24).

Yadu had 4 sons - Sahasrajit, Kroṣṭā, Nala, & Ripu. Since both Kṛṣṇa and Sātyaki are descended from Kroṣṭā, so only his lineage would be mentioned here, this would be followed later too.
Kroṣṭā → Vṛjinavān → Śvāhi → Ruśeku, Citraratha → Śaśabindu → Pṛthuśravas → Dharma → Uśanas → Rucaka → Jyāmagha → Vidarbha → Kratha → Kunti → Dhṛṣṭi → Nivṛti → Darśāha → Vyoma → Jīmūta → Vikṛti → Bhīmaratha → Navaratha → Daśaratha → Śakuni → Karambhi → Devarāta → Devakṣatra → Madhu → Kuruvaśa → Anu → Puruhotra → Āyu → Sātvata → Vṛṣṇi I → Yudhājit → Anamitra (sibling of Śini I)

Anamitra had three sons, two of which are important to us viz. Śini II and Vṛṣṇi II.

Anamitra → Śini II → Satyaka → Yuyudhāna (Sātyaki)
Anamitra → Vṛṣṇi II → Citraratha → Vidūratha → Śūra I → Bhajamāna → Śini III → Syayambhoja → Hṛdīka → Devamīḍha → Śūra II → Vasudeva → Kṛṣṇa

Based on this Yādava lineage mentioned in Bhāgavata Purāṇa (9.23-24), Sātyaki is grand-grand..... uncle of Kṛṣṇa, both of their closest common ancestor being Anamitra.

  • Isn't that illegal or frowned up as per Manu isn't it 9th generation only?
    – Haridasa
    Commented Mar 10 at 0:00
  • I don't understand, what you're trying to ask. Could you please make your question clearer? Is it related to this answer or a random question? Harivaṁśa is an authentic khilabhāga of Mahābhārata by Vyāsa, if you were asking about that. So, I haven't cited any unreliable śāstra, in this answer. @Haridasa
    – Bingming
    Commented Mar 10 at 0:31
  • Sure, so I need look at the verse, but I believe Manu doesn't recommend marrying a girl 9 generations of her maternal or paternal side of the family, so isn't this breaking the law.
    – Haridasa
    Commented Mar 10 at 0:54
  • @Haridasa Well, this is not relevant to the OP's question or the answer. The question (posted by OP) is about the blood-relationship of Sātyaki & Kṛṣṇa. Sātyaki wasn't a female, he was the brother of Kṛṣṇa. Neither of them were women nor they had any intermarriage with one another. If you have another question, you have the option of posting it.
    – Bingming
    Commented Mar 10 at 0:56
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    @Kanthri I have added the list from Bhāgavata in the answer too.
    – Bingming
    Commented Mar 22 at 4:05

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