Thursday, January 21, 2021

Goddess Parvati told Lord Shiva that she needed her own palace

Goddess Parvati told Lord Shiva that she needed her own palace

We all know that Sri Hanuman had set fire to Lanka.  But do you know that all this was due to the curse of Maa Parvati.  So, let us know what happened to the mother Parvati whom to cursed and sat fired to Lanka?


The story goes that once Maa Parvati invited Vishnu and Lakshmi to dine on Kailash.  Then Maa Lakshmi asked her how she lived amidst such cold winds.  That too when she has lived the life of a princess.  This hurt Mata Parvati a lot.  A few days later, Mother Lakshmi invited Goddess Parvati to come to her Baikuntha Dham.

Mother Parvati reached Baikuntha Dham with Shiva on the invitation of Lakshmi.  Seeing the splendor and opulence of Baikuntha Dham, Goddess Parvati ji also felt that she should have a palace too.  She realized that all the gods live in their palaces, so Mahadev, the god of the gods, should also stay in the palace.  Goddess Parvati started stubbornly thinking that Mahadeva should also stay in the palace and our palace should be better and grand than Indra's palace.

Mahadev tried hard to explained Goddess Parvati.  But Goddess Parvati did not listen to him and she stubbornly said that she wanted a palace which should not be anywhere in the three worlds.  Mahadev explained to Goddess Parvati that I am a yogi, I will not be able to stay in the palace for much longer.  There are many rules and criteria of living in the palace.  The palace is not suitable for us.
Goddess Parvati was not affected by the talk of Lord Shiva.  She remained on her head.  Finally, Lord Shiva called Vishwakarma ji after losing it.  He called Vishwakarma Ji and said that he build a palace whose beauty is  greater than to the palace in all worlds and that palace is neither on earth nor in water.
Vishwakarma started searching for a place which was according to Lord Shiva's direction.  While traveling, he found a place which was covered with water from all the sides.  Three beautiful mountains were seen in the middle.  There were different types of flowers and vegetation on that mountain.  It was Lanka.
Vishwakarma ji told Goddess Parvati about that place.  Goddess Parvati was very pleased to hear about the beauty of that place and ordered Vishwakarma to build a huge city.  Vishwakarma Ji, while introducing his art, made a wonderful city of gold there.
After the palace of gold was built, Parvati ji got the auspicious time entrance to the house.  Vishrava Rishi was appointed as Acharya.  Invitations were sent to all the gods and sages.  All the gods praised the palace very much.
After Griha pravesh(home entry) Mahadev told Acharya to ask for Dakshina(fee).  Mahadev, with his maya (illusion), filled the mind of Vishrava with greed for that city.  Due to Mahadev's illusion, Acharya asked for Lanka in Dakshina.  In Dakshina, he asked for Lanka, Goddess Parvati could not stop Mahadeva from donating Lanka.
After donating Lanka, Parvati ji felt very angry at Vishvara's audacity.  She cursed him in anger that by taking advantage of the simplicity of Mahadeva, you have captured my beloved palace.  One day one form of Mahadeva will be burning that palace and with that the destruction of your dynansty will begin.
According to the Ramayana story Lanka got his son Kubera from Vishwa, but Ravana took out Kubera and grabbed Lanka.  Lord Hanuman, an incarnation of Shiva sat fire to that Lanka due to the curse and the destruction of Vishrava's son Ravana, Kumbhakarna and his dynansty was start .  Vibhishan survived by being in the shelter of Shri Ram.

Monday, January 18, 2021

Shiva and Chandra: Why did Lord Shiva place Chandra on his head.


Shiva and Chandra: Why did Lord Shiva place Chandra on his head.


Lord Shiva is also called Shashidhar.  Shashi means moon and dhar means wearerThe Moon is the hegemonic planet of the water . Lord Shiva has embellished the moon on his forehead.  Lord Shiva is also known as Chandrasekhar due to his special affection for the Moon.

Shivling is very ancient.  Actually the oldest.  Through the Shiva linga you go from figurative (real) to formless.


Lord Shiva is considered immense center of power.  For this reason, he has been worshiped in the world for ages.  Beyond life and death, Lord Shiva is revered as a destroyer in the world, while he is also considered a life-giver. In fact, there are many such stories in Shiva Mahapurana, from which we sees his different forms.  One such story is narrated in the Shiv Purana, in which the whole story is contains to protect the life of the moon by Shiva-Shambhoo in his jatas.

Bholenath is such a god who is pleased very soon. His costumes is different from all the gods and goddesses. He neither wear crown on the head nor receive delicious food. The secluded, deserted and wilderness areas are his habitat. On the body of Shiva, there are bhabhuta or bhashma (Ash), snakes and Rudraksha.  Shiva's personality is huge.  He is Mahakal beyond kaal. He is omnipresent and omnipotent. He is not just adorable to devotees but also for the gods and demons.

Monday (Somvar) is related to 'lunar planet', in fact 'Som' means 'mild' and 'mild' means 'Chandra', Som also has a meaning 'Shiva', so the measures taken on Monday are related to the 'lunar planet'.  Relieve from the pain of suffering, that is, provide mental happiness, not only is there a unique relationship between 'Chandra' and 'Shiva', have you ever wondered why 'Chandra' sits on Lord Shiva's head?  If not, then let us tell you the secret of it further today.

Shiva tattva is that element which is beyond the mind.  Moon signifies mind.  How can one express the nirgun(formless) state beyond the mind?  How can one understand this inexplicable situation?  It is necessary to use some intellect to understand, experience and express.  Some mind is required to express the latent, infinite, subconscious state in the visible world.  Therefore, to express the undefined , it is a thin moon on the crest of Shiva, which signifies the mind.


Brahmgyan is beyond the mind, but it requires a little intellect to express it - this is the symbol of Chandrasekhar.


By many names like Chandrama, Chaand, Chandra, Sudhakar, Sudhanshu, we know about a planet which appears closest to us after the Sun.  The brightest appears.  Even if he takes the light from the sun, but after tolerating the heat of the sun on his chest, he cooling and send to us that light and illuminates our nights with the milky moonlight.


☆ The mythological story of Chandra.


The story of the birth of the Chandra(moon) is also found in different Puranas.  According to the story of Agni Purana, when Lord Brahma thought of creating the creation, he first created Manas Putra(psychic progeny).  Rishi Atri was one of these manas putra.  Atri was married to Anusuiya, the daughter of Maharishi Kardam.  Goddess Anusuiya had three sons who came to be known as Durvasa, Dattatreya and Som.  It is believed that Som also one name of Chandra .

According to another Purana story, Brahma ji entrusted the work of expansion of the universe to his manas putra Atri. He started an ascetic called Anutara for this.  While doing penance, one day some very bright drops of water dripped from his eyes, all the directions took the form of a woman and took these bright drops in their womb to wish for a son, but for a long time the directions could not kept this in their womb and abandoned them.  Then this abandoned womb was given a male form by Brahma ji which got fame in the name of Chandradeva.  It is believed that many life-giving herbs originated on this earth by the glory of Chandra.  Brahma ji gave him the lordship of the constellations, vegetation, Brahmins, ascetics etc.


There is also a belief that when the gods and asuras together churned the sea, one of the 14 gems received during that time was the moon which Lord Shiva held on his forehead.  However, it is also believed that the presence of the moon as a planet preceded the churning.  Because when the auspicious time of the churning was try to knowing, then the auspicious situation of the moon and the guru was said.  Thus it is also believed that the different kala(in sense of quality) of the Moon were born at different times.


The moon is adorned on his head in every picture and idol of Lord Shiva.  Have you ever wondered what is the relation of Shiva with him? Bholenath has placed Chandra on his head, that is why he is also known as Shashidhar, Chandra adorns his yogi form.


Lord Shiva whose friends are ghosts and who wear garlands of heads around the neck.  Shivji is seen wearing a moon on the head.  Shiva is the symbol of destruction and the moon is of infinite coolness.  Both are opposite of each other.  Why did Mahadev, who is complete in himself, need to wear the moon on his head.  In this post we will explain why Mahadev Shiva wears a moon on his head.

In fact, there are two reasons for Shiva to wear the moon.

☆ Shiva, Daksha and Chandra.


An interesting story is also told about Lord Bholenath's wearing of the moon on the head.  According to the Shiv Purana, Daksha Prajapati married 27 of his daughters to the moon because the moon was very beautiful and these girls started loving him.  These girls are 27 nakshatras (constellations), these girls were extremely beautiful but Rohini's beauty was amazing among them.  That is why all the affection of the moon was always towards Rohini.  All of the other wives began to worried and they told their grief to the father.


Daksha Prajapati explained Chandra Dev in many ways for this.  But it had no effect on him.  Eventually Daksha got angry and cursed Chandradeva (moon) to decay.  Due to this curse, Chandradev immediately decayed and his body began to weak daily.  Chandradev tried hard to get rid of it but to no avail.


As soon as he was decayed, all their work of coolness-precipitation on the earth stopped.  There was a chaos in every place.  The deities went to the Lord Brahma for the salvation of Chandra Dev and told him the whole thing.  Then Brahmaji told the moon that worshiping Lord Shiva would only welfare him.  The Moon did severe penance to Lord Shiva.  Pleased with his austerity, Shivaji conferred the boon of immortality to the moon and placed it on his head.  It is believed that due to the curse of Daksh and the boon of Shiva, the moon keeps on decreasing and increasing.


After the boon of Lord Shiva, Chandra slowly started recovering and appeared as a full form on the full moon.  The place where the Moon did penance to Lord Shiva is called Somnath.

According to beliefs, even today, due to that curse of Daksha, the size of the moon keeps decreasing and increasing, but even today, on the full moon day, the moon is seen in its full size.

☆ Shiva, Chandra and the story of Samudra Manthan.


Another story is also said in this regard  when the sea was churned by the gods and asuras(demons), then 14 gems appeared from the churning.  The poison was first came from this sea churning.


According to the first mythology described in the Shiva Purana, Lord Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesha created leela to expand the earth and create a variety of life on it, and they used the power of Dev and his brother Asuras to churn the sea.  They first created reason for churning the sea. Durvasa Rishi cursed Devaraja Indra to be inferior to Sri (Lakshmi) due to his insult.  Lord Vishnu asked Indra to churn the sea with Asuras for curse salvation and lured the demons with nectar.  This is how the sea churning started.


When the gods and asuras started churning the sea, then Lord Vishnu took part in the churning with the Kachhap avatar.  He remained stationary in the middle of the sea and the Madaranchal Mountains were placed over him.  Then by making rope to Vasuki Nag, the gods from one side and the demons from the other side started churning the sea.

During this Amrit Manthan in Sagar, not only the nectar but also many other things came out of the sea, which were distributed equally among the gods and asuras.

Apart from nectar from the Samudra Manthan, Dhanvantari, Kalpavriksha, Kaustubh Mani, Divine Conch, Varuni or Madira(liqueur),Airavat, Parijat tree, Chandra(Moon), Apsara, Uchai Shrava Ashva(Horse), Hallahal or poison and Kamadhenu cow were also obtained.  But there was a war between the gods and the demons for Necter.

With the help of Lord Vishnu, the gods won this battle and eventually the gods were able to get the nectar. When the sea was churned, the poison also came out.  The poison was so severe that its effect was spreading on the whole creation, but it was not under the control of any deity or demon.  At this time, Lord Shiva drank that very poisonous poison to save the world.

[Lord Shiva put that Kalkuta poison in his throat to protect the world.  Due to the effect of poison, his throat became blue and for this reason Lord Shiva got a name Neelkanth.]

But after drinking the poison, his body started heating up due to the effect of the poison.  The moon we see in the sky today was born during the sea churning.  Seeing this, Chandradeva (the moon) prayed to Lord Shiva and told put me on the forehead and provide coolness to his body.  The effect of such poison will also be reduced.

For this,  Lord Shiva do not consider first, because the moon being white and cold, cannot bear the intensity of that poison.  But Shiva agreed to it after the request of other gods and he put the moon on his head.  Such is the popular belief that since then the Moon is seated on the forehead of Lord Shiva and is giving its coolness to the whole creation. By holding the moon, Shivji gives the message that your mind should always remain calm.

No matter how angry our nature is, but our mind should always be as cool as the moon.  Just as the moon provides coolness to us by taking heat from the sun, similarly we should also make our nature.



Monday, January 11, 2021

Astavakra Rishi: Who proved that disability is not curse.


Astavakra Rishi: Who proved that disability is not curse.


In today's blog, we will discuss about Astavakra who proved that disability is not a curse.
India has been a country of many great men and scholars.  Who have given a new direction to the society from time to time through their knowledge, devotion and philosophy.  Rishi Ashtavakra is one of those great personalities who said that the truth is as it should be same to accepted. He considered the knowledge described in the scriptures to be only about defining life style and related to rules.  His invaluable deed to human society is the 'Ashtavakra Gita', a book based on the principle of Advaita Vedanta.  It is mainly described as a conversation of sages Ashtavakra and King Janaka.  Like the Bhagavad Gita, the Upanishads and the Brahmasutra, the Ashtavakra Gita is also an invaluable book.  This book describes in detail the knowledge, Vairagya(disinterest), Moksha(Salvation) and samadhistha yoga and their conditions.

Disability is not a curse.  A person with disability can do whatever he wants on his own strength, ability and scholarship.  The sage Ashtavakra proved this centuries ago.  The body of sage Ashtavakra was crooked in eight places.  That is why his name was also named as Ashtavakra. People used to make fun of him by seeing his crooked body, but the sage Ashtavakra did not consider the crooke of his body as weakness.  Nor was he frustrated for this reason.  He continued on his path.  As a result, today, even after centuries, we remember him reverently.

In the present times too, all our focus is on external progress.  Today we pay more attention to outdoor appearance(external form).  Many people are worried about their body texture or appearance(form).  Many people also fall prey to depression.  The story of Ashtavakra gives them the message that if you develop your qualities, you can get respect despite physical shortcomings.

When we are surrounded by external problems, we get very frustrated.  This frustration gradually turns into hopeless.  Instead of fighting them, we start blaming others and get sadness.
However, there have also been people who have made the state of utter despair so positive that even after thousands of years, people give precedent.  We are talking about Ashtavakra, the author of the Ashtavakra Gita, the important text of Advaita Vedanta.
It would be surprising to know that his body was crooked from eight places!
In fact,he got the name 'Ashtavakra' on this basis.  In spite of having such a crooked body, he did not give up and became a respected scholar, while presenting the ultimate talent.
It is said that when he was in the womb, he had to become a part of the anger of the father and he took birth with a cursed body.
Why did the father curse his own son in the womb??
This is a very interesting but surprising topic!  Uddālaka sage was extremely pleased with the talent of his disciple Kahod.  When Kahod succeeded in acquiring knowledge of the entire Vedas, he got married to his beautiful and quality girl Sujatha.
Time passed and a new couple was about to give birth to a new child.  One day, at that time, they were studying vedas.  Then the child in Sujatha's womb spoke - 'Father!  You are misreading the Veda. '
On hearing this, Kahod turned red with anger and said, 'From the womb, your intellect is mischivousness and you have insulted me.  Therefore you will be curved (crooked) from eight places. '
A few days after this incident, Kahod went to the court of King Janak of Mithila to debate with a scholar named Bandi, where he was get defeated.  According to the rule, Kahod had to immersed in water.  Just after few day this incident, Ashtavakra was born.
The boy with crooked body could not see the father, so maternal grandfather Uddālaka considered him as his father and his maternal uncle Shvetketu as elder brother.  One day he was in his maternal grandfather's lap, when Shvetketu told him that Uddālaka was not his father.  Ashtavakra was shocked and asked to mother about his father.  Mother told him the whole truth.
After this Ashtavakra left for Mithila with his  maternal uncle Shvetketu without delay.  He went directly to King Janaka's Yagyashala to offer a talk to a prisoner scholar.  If the gatekeepers stopped him as a child, he said that no one becomes a big man only his hair turns white or gets older.  Anyone who has knowledge of Vedas and who is intelligent, he grows up.
Saying this, he entered the meeting of King Janak and challenged Bandi for debate.  But seeing the child Ashtavakra, all the members started laughing loudly. 
Surprised everyone with his intelligence.
Seeing Ashtavakra, the laughter of the member of Raja Janaka's meeting was not stopping.  In fact, seeing the crooked from eight place while Ashtavakra was walking, all members of meeting included Raja Janak also started laughing.  On seeing people laughing, Ashtavakra also started laughing.  In fact, he did not mind at all on his disability.  He had acquired such scholarship(in sense of knowledge)that thinking and unhappiness did not suit him.
The members was laughing at Ashtavakra and then Ashtavakra on the members.  In such a strange situation, King Janaka asked Ashtavakra - "O child!  The laughter of the members is understandable, but why are you laughing?
Just twelve years old, all were stunned to hear Ashtavakra's answer.  Ashtavakra said - 'I laugh at the weicked intelligence of those who laugh at the crooked of my body.  All these people are suffering from mental conditions and they cannot be scholars at all.  That's why I'm laughing!
King Janaka patiently said to Astavakra, "O rude child!  What do you mean ...
Ashtavakra replied, 'All these are connoisseurs of leather, not of wisdom.  The sky does not become crooked due to the crooked temple and the sky does not burst due to the bursting of the pitcher.
It is formless and knowledgeable men also formless like as sky.  All the members were surprised and even ashamed to hear this knowledgeable thing from the child's mouth.  They deeply regretted their stupidity.

Rajarshi Janak himself took the his test.

After this incident, King Janak took the test of Ashtavakra himself.  Ashtavakra responded to all questions very cleverly.  Not only this, Bandi was also surprised by his scholarship (in sense of knowledge) and bowed down.
Ashtavakra requested to immerse Bandi in water due to the defeat of Bandi in the debate .
Bandi laughingly said that he is the son of Varuna and he has sent all the defeated Brahmins to the father.  Will call them back now.  This happened and all the defeated Brahmins came back.  Ashtavakra's father was also among them.
Ashtavakra was very happy to find his father.

 He was angry at  Shankha's son Agha

Shankh's son Aagha was beautiful like Kamadeva and he had a lot of pride in this.  Once he was traveling on the Malayachala mountain.  Just then, his eyes turned on Ashtavakra.  He started laughing after laughing.  When Ashtavakra glanced at him, he explained him, but his laughter was not taking the rest of stopping.
Ashtavakra, having conquered the anger, cursed him to correct Agha's wisdom.  He cursed him to become the most curvy and sharpened of crooked species.  As soon as he heard the curse, Agha fell at the feet of Ashtavakra.
Ashtavakra felt pity.  He told Agha that soon Lord Vishnu is about to take an avatar and he will enter your stomach and gave salvation to you.  This Agha becomes Aghasura in Dwapar and swallows Krishna with friends and cows.
Lord Krishna tears his stomach and frees own friends and cows and gave salvation to Agha.
 Ashtavakra's father Kahod is very pleased and advises him to bathe in the Samanga River.  To get rid of his father's curse, he bathes in the Samanga River and all his curved parts become erect.
 The story of Ashtavakra teaches us to be patient as well as virtuous.
Knowledge is not bound by age limits, it is independent.  Therefore, the attachment of body, mind and intellect also has no effect on it.  Its biggest example is the sage Ashtavakra. He has said that the truth is as it should be same to accepted, his biggest gift is the Ashtavakra Gita to the society, in which he has expressed the truth and its different forms, which are relevant even today.

Sage Ashtavakra is known to tell the truth.  He used to reveal the truth as he experienced it.  Sage Ashtavakra preferred the truth derived from personal experiences.  He used to say that the truth is not in any book.  There may be rules and principles in a book, but it is not true.  Nor is there knowledge in the texts.  The light of knowledge remains inside a human being.

The sage Ashtavakra composed the book called Ashtavakra Gita, which contains his similar thoughts.  He came to know the truth of dharma by his own specific style and defined it in this way.  The sage Ashtavakra did not accept to follow the traditions.  He started new traditions.  His entire life is a source of inspiration.

It is a very special idea to call the disabled as Divyanga(in sense of some special quality or God gifted).  In fact, the human being whom God deprives him of any part and sends to this earth, he is a human being who undergoes something with a unique talent.  In the Puranas, history and modern society, there have been many such persons who were handicapped but proved to be Divyanga due to some or the other special organs.
Many scholars, many wise persons  have left their indelible mark on this earth through their special parts, despite not being a part.
Divyang are physically weak in body but none the less in terms of knowledge, intelligence, argumentive power and sharpness, examples of which are mentioned in Puranas and history.  It will be expedient to remember Ashtavakra in this context.  'Ashtavakra Gita and Ashtavakra Samhita' is related to the famous divyanga named Ashtavakra.
Surdas, despite having no eyes, has set a record with his unique talent.  His saga will remain entrenched on every human's memory till the ages.
The blind scholar Shri Giridhar Mishra who is known by the name of Rambhadracharya is possessed with such a genius of Shruti-Smriti that by listening to his grandfather only at the age of five years, Gita and at the age of seven learned the whole Ramcharitmanasa. He speak 22 languages.  Many languages ​​have poetical poets. He is counted among the best experts of Tulsidas in India.  While neither he can read, nor write nor use Braille script, he learn by listening and write compositions by speaking.  He has written more than eighty books.
Arunima Sinha is one such talented.  Who has the distinction of being the first woman to reach Mount Everest with the help of artificial legs.  How can someone call them handicapped?  In reality, she is a Divyang.  How can we forget Sudha Chandran, who dances with artificial legs, then mesmerises the audience.
Look at Ira Singhal, she has shocked everyone with her talent.  Famous scientist 'Hawkins' listened, studied with the help of artificial instruments, but is considered the world's best scientist in the field of physics.
Prime Minister Modiji had said - "When someone is introduced as a disabled person, then the eye goes to the organ which does not work properly , whereas the reality is that the disabled also have the power that the common people do not have.  There is a divine specialty. I see the special power inside them as Divyang. "
The real handicapped is the one who despite being physically complete is lackrated without karma, blind without knowledge, heartless without love and inactive without intellect.
Seeing the divine qualities in them by Prime Minister Modiji, embellishing them with words like Divyang is highly appreciated.  Just as the water dropped from the sky reaches the sea through some way, so it is an honor to them all by the name of Divyang.  But is this name enough?  Will changing the human mind just by giving the name of Divyang?  Even today, they do not get the appropriate respect for which they are entitled.  Some people take advantage of their disabilities, even family members use to beg them and make their own means of earning.
By recognizing the extra talent and extra qualities hidden in the Divyang, if we can pay attention to the development of such skills, then perhaps we will be able to do some justice to them.  Every divyanga person has a special part and how the talent hidden in them can be highlighted and can be decorated and provide better conditions , if the government arranges  some special for them, then it will definitely scenry come in the life of those people. 
This was the story related to Ashtavakra .... Later through this blog, I will present the story of the great Ashtavakra Rishi to all of you in detail. So wait till all of you. 


Thursday, December 31, 2020

Story of Indra & Vritrasura


Story of Indra & Vritrasura.


Once upon a time - a beautiful program of music & dancing was going on in the assembly of Devraj Indra.  Devguru Brihaspati reached in the during of the program.  Indra thought - such good music is going on, if I wake up in the middle, then there will be an obstacle in the music, if I do not wake up, Guruji will get annoyed. What should I do?
Thinking this, Indra ignored him and started looking at the other side.  He acted as if he had not seen Guruji.
Due to such behavior of Indra, Guruji got angry and left the gods.  Here when the demons came to know that  Devguru of the gods were angry with them, the demons attacked and defeated the gods and took away heaven from them.
Gods pray to Brahma Ji .
The deity became an orphan without a guru.  They could not see any support.  Then they went to Brahma ji.  Brahma ji rebuked then and said - You all have done this very wrong thing. The biggest crime is to annoy the Guru. Now, until you find a Guru, you accept "Vishwaroop" as guru, who is the same as Devguru Brihaspati in virtue, make him a Guru.  But his mother is of Asura dynasty, so sometimes he can favor Asuras - if you ignore this thing and walk it will become your job.These sutras(theory) are also for our life - which has many qualities and if there are one or two defects then we should learn to ignore them, only then you will be successful in life.

Gods reachieve the kingdom of heaven .

The gods made "Vishwaroop" a guru.  Vishwaroop performed the ritual of "Narayana Kavach" by Indra.  Now the Dev-Asura War took place. The gods emerged victorious due to the "Narayan Kavach".  The kingdom of heaven was again gotten to Indra. Now Indra started a yajna to protect the kingdom.  At the time of the yajna, Indra saw that Guru Vishwaroop was offering Ahuti(sacrifice) in favor of the gods in a manifest form and also in favor of the asuras in a covert form.  Indra got angry.  He raised the Vajra and cut Vishwaroop's head.
Ritual done by Vishwaroop's father for wishing to kill Indra.
Vishwaroop's father "Tavashtha" became angry when Vishwaroop died.  He started performing rituals to kill Indra.  He was vow to have receive a son by Havan(yajna) , who can kill to Indra. But due to inaccuracy of mantra's pronunciation, yagna produced a son.  But he was not to kill Indra, probably he was born to die at the hands of Indra.
Here it can be understood - the subject of ritual is difficult but devotion is simple.  If anything goes wrong in devotion, God takes care of us, but if there is something wrong in the ritual, it is our responsibility.
This son of Tvashtha, who was born from the yajna, surrounded all the worlds with his huge body, hence his name was "Vritrasura".  When Vritrasura roared, all the gods attacked on him.  Vritrasura grabbed those weapons which was used by gods and finally broke and ate them.
Now the Gods panic - he break the weapon and eat it, who will kill him?  The gods ran away and started praising God.

Lord Vishnu tells the gods to solution of Vritrasura slaughter.

Lord Vishnu appeared and said - Listen, Indra!  There is a solution but it is difficult to do.
Indra said- You just tell me the solution, it is my job to do it.
 God said - If Vajra is made from the bone of Dadichi Rishi, then Vritrasura will be killed.  But Dadichi Rishi is alive, bone will be found when he sacrifices.
 Indra said - God!  You have told the solution, now it is my job to ask for bone from Dadhichi sage.
Now Indra reached Dadhichi Rishi, bowed and said - Rishivar !  I want your bone.
Dadhichi said - Indra, didn't you consider it?  If God asks for the bone of the person who wants to survive, then he can refuse to give it.
 Indra said- I understand that it is unfair for me to ask for your bone, but the problem is so severe that I am forced to ask for it.  If you give your bone, then the life of all the gods will be saved.
 The Dadhichi sage meditated on the Lord Shiva and renounced his body through yoga.  After that Indra made a Vajra from the bone of the Dadhichi sage.
The war between  Indra And Vritrasura.
After attaining Vajra, the gods were filled with enthusiasm.  All the demons who come with Vritrasura started running due to fear.  Here Vritrasura shouted loudly and moved towards Indra. Indra used his gada(mace).  Vritrasura strikes the forehead of Airavat, the elephant of Indra with his left hand.  Due to which Airavat's forehead exploded.
Indra was afraid.  There is Vajra in his hand, which is made from the bone of the Dadhichi sage, yet he is afraid that,what happen if it will be wasted like mace.
Vritrasura says- Indra!  Why are you not using Vajra?  Don't think that mace like Vajra will be wasted.  There are three powers in the Vajra - 1. Lord Narayana 2. The penance of Sage Dadhichi 3. The destiny of Indra.  You strike!  You will surely get success.
Indra, I am happy in both situations - even if victorious, I will avenge my brother.  Happy even if defeated because after dying this my physical body will be used by animals-birds  and I will leave this body and go to Vaikuntha dham.
Indra panicked after hearing this. Now he unable to attack with Vajra.
Vritrasura says- As long as you are not striking Vajra,then I meditate on my God.  Vritrasura closes his eyes and reaches Bhava Samadhi(spiritual stage). Talks to God- Lord!  After some time, leaving this body, I am going to come at your feet, I am going to come to your abode.  I know the outcome of this war, what will happen?  Indra will win, I will be defeated in this war.
God said - But I never let my devotee be defeated.  How did you think that you will be defeated?
Vritrasura smiles- Lord!  I know, whoever wins, he will get heaven and who will be defeated, he will get Baikunth.  You will not give small things to your devotee!  Therefore, I know that I will be defeated in this war.
Slaughter Of Vritrasura
When Vritrasura came out of Bhav Samadhi(spiritual stage), he sees that Indra is standing with Vajra in his hand.  Vritrasura said- "Indra!  Have you come to war, or come to see me?  Strike with Vajra at me ! "
Indra says- O Demon king Vritrasura!  We gods call you demon, but you look like a perfect mahatma(great soul).  Even in this adverse situation, so much loyalty, so much love for God, so much love is not seen in the great siddhas mahatma(great soul).  You are a proven great divine soul.
After this, Indra attacked Vajra on Vritrasura.  Vritrasura's head was severed from the torso.  A divine light came out and went to the abode of God.
Lessons from the story
(a) ● One should always respect the gurus and respectable people, otherwise our age, strength, intelligence, sharpness are diminished.
(b) ● If you do some puja, yagya with some wishes and if there is some mistake in the pronunciation in mantras, then its reverse results  happens, but if you do devotion with the utmost sense then God forgives all the mistake.

(c) ● The devotee has so much faith in God that even under adverse circumstances he is not afraid.  Vritrasura has so much love for God that he was not afraid at all.

This is a short story of Vritrasura… which is also mentioned in the Shri Bhagwat Purana, Ramayana, Shivmahapurana, Mahabharata…. It is also necessary to know why Vritrasura was a devotee of God even when he was a demon….  I will definitely write this topic in future . Currently, you all to know that Vritrasura was cursed by Mother Parvati.

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Story of Jalandhar birth and death .

Story of Jalandhar birth and death .

Once, the gods including Indra wanted to test Lord Shiva.  They arrived at Mount Kailash with Brihaspati, the guru of the gods.  Shiva came to know this matter by own spiritual power. That these gods are coming to take my test. So he took himself as Avadhoot's form and stood in their way.  Indra signaled him to move out of the way.  But Avadhoota's form of Shiva, stood in his place.  Indra got angry after seeing this.  He said - "Hey move out of the my way, you don't know , who am I?"  Go away, otherwise I will tear you into pieces by Vajra.
Avadhuta's form of Shiva got angry after hearing the threat.  He shouted loudly and all four directions trembled.  Guru Brihaspati immediately realized that Avadhoota is none other than he Lord Shiva himself. He hinted at Indra and said- “What are you doing, Surendra!  You are not recognizing Lord Shiva.  This is Lord Shiva. "
Indra realized his mistake.  He immediately fell at the feet of Lord Shiva and asked for forgiveness - "forgive me Lord!  I did mistake to recognize you. "
Guru Brihaspati said- Yes Lord!  Forgive Devendra.  He did not recognize you.  Unknowingly, he called you abusive words. Please forgive him. "
["Accepting the request of Guru Brihaspati,Lord Shiva turned his eyes towards the sea.  And thus Shiva ji forgave Indra.  Then departed back towards Kailash.  Indra and Brihaspati also returned to their place. Mahadev poured his anger into the sea.  It was a place where the sea and the Ganges merge.  Presently it is called Gangasagar.  A child was born from the sea due to Shiva's anger".]
A unique miracle happened a few days after this incident.  On the beach, a boy was lying on the sand and loudly weeping.
Such a devastating weeping was coming from his neck that all four directions started shivering from this.  Gods, demons, monster ,human etc. all panic. The bewildered deity, along with Devraj Indra to reached Pitamah Brahma and said to him - “Pitamah!  At the beach , a wonderful child is crying on the sand. He is crying so loud that there is fear in the gods.  Please remove this crisis . "
Pitamah Brahma, Indra etc. reached to beach with the gods.  Samudradeva(gods of sea) left his place as soon as when Pitamah Brahma ji arrived.  He worshiped Brahmaji along with Indra.  Brahma asked to Samudradeva - "Who is this boy lying on the sand in the water?"  Hearing its cry, the whole world is suffering. "
Samudradeva said - I do not know God!  One day a strong divine energy had came into the sea's water.  This child has originated from that divine energy . "
Saying this, Samudradeva raised the child in his lap and gave it to Brahma's lap.  The child stopped crying as soon as when he came on Brahma's lap, and suddenly the child's arms moved forward, his two arms caught the throat of Brahma. Seeing this, other gods were shocked.  Brahma tried to free his throat but the grip of the child's hands became stronger.  Then suddenly the child left his throat and started smiling.  Brahma said while rubbing his throat - O Sagardeva "What is the name of this child?"
Samudradeva said - "He has not got any name till now. So Pitamah ! You have to give him any name. "
Brahma said - I give him a name Jalandhar.  From today it will be called your son. "

["Jalandhar was married to Vrinda, the daughter of a demon named Kalanemi.  Vrinda was a great devotee of Lord Vishnu.  Then after some years Jalandhar became the ruler of demons.  It is said that the secret of the power of Jalandhar was his pious wife. Due to Vrinda's pativrata dharma(virtous qualities), Jalandhar could not defeated by even the Gods and Goddesses.  Due to which Jalandhar was very proud.  He felt that no one could conquer him.  Jalandhar made many mistakes throughout his life. But his biggest mistake was to disregard Vrinda's pativrata dharma(virtous qualities).  He started torturing the wives of the gods.  Not only the deity, even once he attacked Baikunth and tried to get Lakshmiji also.

Then Laxmi Ji told Jalandhar that both of us originated from water.  That is why we have a relationship between brother and sister. Jalandhar went back from Baikunth after listening to Lakshmi.  After this, he reached Kailash and wanted to subdue Parvati ji. Seeing this, Parvati became enraged and due to this the war between Shiva and Jalandhar started.  But due to the power of Jalandhar, Mahadev failed in every attack."]

Naming the child and handing him over to Samudradeva, all the gods including the Pitamah Brahmaji returned to their respective dhams(abode).  When the child grew up, then on the orders of Pitamah, Acharya Shukra started teaching him. On seeing this, the child became a young .  Shukracharya made him the emperor of the demons and married a girl named Vrinda,who was daughter of a demon named Kalnami. Jalandhar proved himself to be a mighty and great warrior . On seeing this, he established his rule over all the islands of the ocean.  His wife Vrinda cooperated with him in every matter.  Vrinda was a sati(virtous) woman.  She had got the blessing of Lord Vishnu that as long as her satitva(dignity) would be safe, no one would be able to hurt her husband's life.
One day Acharya Shukra visits Jalandhar's court.  Jalandhar worshiped Acharya and seated him on a high seat and asked - “Acharya!  We have a warrior named Rahu.  I want to know why his head is chopped off. "
Acharya Shukra said - “ Demon King!  Rahu was beheaded by Lord Vishnu with his Sudarshan Chakra. "
 Jalandhar said - "But why Acharya!  What did Rahu do the fault? ”
In response, Shukracharya told him the whole story of Sagar Manthan(churning of sea) and said - "His crime was that he had fraudly drink Amrit(necter) by sitting in the line of the gods."
Jalandhar said - "So what a crime in this, Acharya!  After all, even the nectar came out, it was only through the combined efforts of the demons and the gods.  Then how did the gods alone become entitled to drink that nectar? "
Shukracharya said - “In this too there was the deceit of Vishnu!  All the gems from the sea were taken by Devraj Indra. "
Hearing this, Jalandhar was angry and said - "I will not let this happen at all." Indra is not to entitled of my father's gems, I himself entitled for this.  The gods have to return the gems of Samudradeva. "
After that Shukracharya went back to his place and Jalandhar summoned a monster named Ghasmar and sent him to Indrapuri to give a message to Indra that he should hand over all the gems received from Sagar Manthan.  Ghasmar reached Indrapuri. He said to Indra - Devraj!  I have come with a message from the demon king Jalandhar.  Daityaraj has said that during the churning of the sea, which gems you had taken from his father , immediately return those gems ”.  Indra said with astonishment - "Gem!  which gem!  Say to the demon king that those gems were the results of the hard work of the gods. "
Ghasmar said - "But both Gods and Demon had worked hard.  Then how did the gems become part of gods alone?  Return the gems in a straight way or else the result will be terrible. ”
Hearing this, Indra said indignantly - "Your courage so much, threaten me in my Puri(city)."  Wait sinner, I make punish you  right now. "
Saying this, Indra took out his Vajra but then Acharya Brihaspati stopped him and said while explaining to him - "Don't come in anger, Surraj!  He is messenger and messenger is not deserving death . So forgive him. "
Ghasmar came back to Jalandhar and told him the answer given by Indra.  Hearing this, Jalandhar became angry.  He immediately sent message to the demons located in all four directions to immediately attack Indrapuri.  Along with his generals he attacked on Indraloka. Soon the army of demons reached the Nandanvan of Indra and the soldiers started fighting with the gods.  Groups of demons began to destroy and damage Amaravati.  The dead bodies of the soldiers on both sides started falling on the ground.
Both Acharya Brihaspati and Shukracharya own sides started treating the wounded and dead soldiers on behalf of gods and demons and they resurrected and started fighting.  The war was continuing on. But neither side was able to win.  On this Jalandhar got angry and reached Shukracharya and said, "Gurudev!  Only you know Sanjeevani Vidya, then how are these gods living after death ? "
Shukracharya said - "Demons king!  Acharya Brihaspati also knows how to use Sanjeevani Booti(herb).  He has put many gods on this task so that they keep bringing Sanjeevani herbs from Dronagiri.  If somehow the gods stop bringing the booti from Dronagiri, then Acharya Brihaspati will not be able to revive the gods. "
Jalandhar said - "But in this way we will have to take a large part of our army towards Dronagiri mountain and here the war is going on at a rapid pace."
Shukracharya said - "If you immerse Dronagiri mountain in the ocean". Then this problem will solve.
On hearing Shukracharya, Jalandhar left Amravati and went to Mount Dronagiri and with his divine arrows dipped it in the sea.  This caused the gods to stop getting Sanjeevani Booti.  Panic spread among the gods. Nervous Indra approached Acharya Brihaspati.  Said - "Our brave soldiers are getting a large number of casualties Acharya!  what will happen now?  In this way all the gods will be destroyed. "
Acharya Brihaspati said - “Follow my advice, Devendra!  Stop this war immediately and run away with your army and save your life.  Jalandhar is born with the glory of Lord Shiva.  He has immense power of Lord Shiva.  You save your life, later some solution will come out to kill Jalandhar. "
Following the advice of Acharya Brihaspati, the gods left the battle and escaped and hid themselves in the shrines of Mount Meru.  The army of demons chased them, but the gods reached the mountain caves and became invisible. After exhausted, the army of the demons returned.  Jalandhar destroyed all the Amravati and sat on the throne of Indra himself.  Indra descended from the cave of Mount Meru and reached Lord Vishnu with his companions.
He prayed to Lord Vishnu - "Protect God!  Jalandhar has destroyed all Amravati.  Thousands of gods have been killed, I myself have come here to save my life.
Lord Vishnu assured Indra and said - "Don't panic, Surraj!  I go to your aid myself.  Jalandhar will not be able to survive for long.
Then Lord Vishnu went to Amravati.  As soon as Lord Vishnu reached there, there was a new energy in the gods.  They started attacking the enemy army.  Jalandhar came in front of Vishnu with great speed.  Whatever weapons and arms Vishnu used on him, Jalandhar would immediately make them resultless.  Finally, Vishnu gave up.  Said - "You are really brave Jalandhar!"  You have also made so many of my weapons useless.  Now stop this war. "
Jalandhar said - "This war can now be stopped on one condition only God.  If you accept my hospitality on my islands including my sister Lakshmi. "
 Vishnu accepted the condition of Jalandhar.  The war came to an end on Jalandhar's orders.  Lord Vishnu reached Sagar islands including Lakshmi.  Jalandhar brought all the wealth of Amravati to his capital and started serving Lord Vishnu with great love.
One day Devarshi Narada visited his assembly.  Jalandhar welcomed him.  Narada ji said - "Demon king!  At this time all the opulence is available to you.  But one thing is lacking. "
 Jalandhar said - "Lacking, what is lacking, Devarshi!  I have everything. "
 Narada said - "There is a lack of such a beauty, which despite being beautiful, is always full of virtues."  Though your wife Vrinda herself is also very beautiful, but there is something more about Shiva's wife Parvati. "
Jalandhar said - "If it is so, I will definitely make Parvati my wife.  Today I order my army to attack Kailash. "
Weicked Jalandhar attacked on Mount Kailash with his army.  Fierce war broke out between his army and Shiva's gana.  At last, Shiva's gana escaped from the battlefield.  Lord Shiva was forced to go to the battle ground.  In the presence of his lord, the enthusiasm of the Shiva's gana increased.  They rapidly attacked on the demon's army at a rapid speed and started killing them.  Shiva stood in front of Jalandhar.  A fierce war broke out in both.
["Then Lord Vishnu took the form of Jalandhar and reached Vrinda.  Vrinda thought that Jalandhar had come to him.  She began to treat Lord Vishnu like as her husband .  Due to which her wife's dharma  broke and Shiva succeeded in killing Jalandhar on Kailash.  Vrinda committed self-immolation to embrace due to the breakdown of her Satitava(dignity).  As her body was consumed, the Tulsi plant grew at that place.  That is, Tulsi is the form of Vrinda which is very dear to Lord Vishnu".]
On the other hand, Lord Vishnu was creating his own maya.  Jalandhar's wife Vrinda was a great virtuous woman.  Vishnu disguised as Jalandhar and went to his room.  He embraced Vrinda.  But Vrinda realizes that this person took form as her husband is not her husband.  So loudly said - "Who are you?"
Vishnu appeared in his real form and laughingly said - "I am very sorry Vrinda!  But it was necessary to do so.  Your husband was invincible because of you.  Now Lord Shiva will have no problem in killing him. "
Vrinda said while crying - "Why have you betrayed me like this, Lord!  My husband did not leave any lacking in your hospitality. "
Lord Vishnu while blessing her said - “You are truly a venerated woman Vrinda!  But every terror ends one day.  The pot of your husband's sins is full.  Its end time has come to a close.  I give you a boon that from today onwards you will be worshiped in the whole world.  Women will worship you. "
Vrinda, burning in the fire of repentance, jumped into the fire and was consumed on sight.  The glow of her body came out and entered Parvati's body.  Gods shower flowers.
Jalandhar's intensity decreased as Vrinda was consumed in the fire.  Lord Shiva cut his head with his trident.  As soon as Jalandhar died, his glory, which he was invincible till today, entered Shiva's body.  The demon army fled in panic.
The Gods praised and worshiped to lord Shiva.  Indra regained his throne and after some time, peace and tranquility spread everywhere.

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