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Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Story of Parshurama


Story of Parshurama

Parashurama was the son of King Prasenjit's daughter Renuka and Bhriguvanshi Jamadagni. He was an avatar of Vishnu and an ardent devotee of Shiva. He received a divine Parshu from Shiva. His name was Rama, but he was called Parashurama due to his always holding the powerful Parshu provided by Shankar. Parashurama was the sixth avatar of the ten avatar of Lord Vishnu, which is counted between Vamana and Ramachandra.  He is also known as Jamadagnya, being the son of Jamadagni. Parashurama was born in the dynasty of Maharishi Bhrigu, which is why he also has a name Bhargava. He was born on Akshaya Tritiya (Vaisakh Shukla Tritiya).  Hence, it is a custom to fast and celebrate on this day.  According to the story, he destroyed the Kshatriyas many times.  He was born to liberate the world from the egoistic repression of the Kshatriyas…

Bhrigu was very happy to know about his son's marriage and asked his daughter-in-law to ask for a boon.  Satyavati wished him a son for own and her mother.
Bhrigu gave them both Kheer for eat and said that after taking bath , if Satyavati embraces the sycamore tree and her mother Peepal tree, then both will get sons.  The mother-daughter's Kheer changed .

Seeing all incident by divine eyes Bhrigu rishi knew all things, Bhrigu again visit there and he said to Satyavati that your mother's son would behave as Brahmin despite being a Kshatriya, and your son would be behave a Kshatriya even after being Brahmin.

After much request , Bhrigu agreed that Satyavati's son would be as Brahmin's nature, but the grandson would act like a Kshatriya.  Satyavati's son was Jamadagni Muni.  He married Renuka, daughter of King Prasenjit.  Renuka had five sons: Rukamavan, Sushen, Vasu, Vishvavasu and the fifth son's name was Parashurama.  The fifth son Parashuram was that son whose behavior like as Kshatriya .

The entire life of Lord Parashuram is full of unique inspirations and achievements.  He was not only well versed in the operation of various divine weapon including Brahmastra, but he also composed the Shiva Panchavatarshinam Stotra.

It is not possible to describe the glory of Lord Parshuram, the armed and the scholar, who is received greeting and respected by Maryada Purushottam Shrirama. He was a master of Yoga, Veda and Niti(morality,ethics), was also proficient in the operation of various divinas weapon including Brahmastra and also in tantra-karma ,that is, the master of all disciplines of life and spirituality.

Parashurama, the sixth avatar of Vishnu, meditated on Pashupati and became a Parshu Dhari and used the weapon to suppress the evil forces. Some people say that Parashuram always opposed the particular caste, but this is not a logical truth.The fact is that Parshuram, skilled in both destruction and construction, was not to oppose any caste but anti in weicked chracter.

Parashurama took up arms to restore the honor of the sages. His purpose was not to destroy the caste. If that were the case,he would not only have completely destroyed the Haihaya dynasty but can also many thing.  He paid proper respect to the kings like Janaka, Dasharatha etc.

In Sita Swayamvar, after knowing the reality of Shri Ram,he greeted Prabhu Rama.And also Parasurama did not hesitate to support Krishna in the Kaurava-Sabha. He cursed Karna because Kuntiputra belonged to a specific caste that is no true reason. But in reallity he cursed Karna for forgetting all knowledge as a punishment for telling lies .

Parshuram, who had deep affection for Kausalya's son Rama and Devakinandan Krishna, not only trained Gangaputra Devavrata (Bhishma Pitamah) in war's skill, but also blessed him saying that no any Guru in the world would ever receive such a disciple again!

According to mythological belief, Treta Yuga started on Akshaya Tritiya.  On the same day, i.e., on the date of Vaishakh Shukla Tritiya Parshurama was born in Pradoshkal's at the house of sage Jamadagni and Mata Renuka who lived on the banks of river Saraswati.  Parashurama's anger is discussed repeatedly, but the reasons for the his anger has been little discussed.

* Parashurama had done 21 times destruction of Kartavirya Arjuna's dynasty of Haihayavans in retaliation. Because sage Jamadagni was killed by Arjuna's sons to kidnap Kamadhenu cow. Kartavirya Arjun, who received a thousand arms by the grace of Lord Dattatreya, was full of arrogance. For him there was Brahmin's slaughte as a game,which was punished by Parashurama. It is also mentioned in the texts that Sahastrabahu insulted Parashurama's family 21 times. For Parshuram, the news of his father's murder was full of harm.For him, the sage Jamadagni was not only a father but also a god.
** History is proof that after getting the order of  father Parashurama killed his mother Renuka, because Renuka was attracted on Gandharvas King Chitraratha.Jamadagni cursed the sons  Rukmavan, Sukhen, Vasu and Viswanas to be unconscious who were disobey the father's order .  But later on Parshuram's request, he mercifully revived his wife and sons.

* & ** The story of the above two will be told in detail after some paragraph below.

*** Pashupati devotee Parashurama also expressed anger over Shrirama because the Lord Rama broke the Shiva bow.There is a reference in the Balkand of Valmiki Ramayana that Lord Parashurama told Sri Rama to strech the string of the Vaishnava bow. When he succeeded in this, Parashurama also understood that Lord Vishnu was taking Sri Rama's form.

After the marriage of the four sons, King Dasharatha left Mithila for Ayodhya Puri with his huge army and sons.  On the way, the extremely enraged Mahatma Parashuram was meet.  He told Rama that he had heard his mighty saga, but Rama should show him to raised the bow of his hand.

Dasharatha could not calm Parashurama even after many attempts.  Parashurama stated that ‘Vishwakarma had created two bows of very superior quality.  One of them was offered by the gods to Shiva and the other to Vishnu.  Once Gods asked who is strong between Shiva and Vishnu, who is weak, Brahma created differences.

As a result, the bow of Shiva had fallen loosely in front of the bow of Vishnu, so the real test of might can be done with this bow.  When calm, Shiva gave his bow to the Videha descendant Devrat and Vishnu gave his bow to Bhriguvanshi Ritchik as a heritage, which is safe with me. '

Rama got angry and took bow - arrow from his hand & applied and said, 'Vishnubana cannot go in vain.  Now where to use it. ”Parashurama's force immediately disappeared.  According to his statement, Rama used arrow on many worlds, won from Parashuram's Tapobal, which were destroyed. Parashurama said, "O Rama, you are certainly Vishnu." After this Parashurama left for Mahendra Parvat. Rama moved towards Ayodhya.

In Ramavatar, he came in anger when Ram Chandra broke the bow of Shiva.  He gave his bow to Ramachandra for test.  When Rama raised the bow and strech the bow's string, Parashuram understood that Ramchandra is avatar of Vishnu.  Therefore, after praising him, he went to do penance.

*** After his mastery in the field of war skills, Shivji challenged him to battle for the purpose of taking Parashurama's test.  During the war that lasted for several days, Parshuram attacked Shiva's head with a rash while defend the trident.  Proud of the war skills of the disciple, Guru Shankar embraced Parashurama.  After this, a name Khandparashu was also added in the eternal names of Shiva.

***** Ganapati had to face the anger of Parashurama as well.  Mangalamurthy had stopped Parashurama from seeing Shiva, the angry Parashurama attacked him, which destroyed one of Ganesha's teeth and after that Ganesha got another name Ekadanta.Like Ashwatthama, Hanuman and Vibhishana, it is also considered in relation to  Parashurama that he is cheeranjeevi.

Lord Parshuram is remembered for his obstinate nature, anger and raising his voice against injustice.  Lord Parashuram is a real example in front of us that anger can ruin a person, but if we can overcome our anger and other senses then we can also fall into the category of greatest people.

Lord Parshuram, the sixth avatar of Lord Vishnu, had his own rules for his life.

 Lord Parshuram incarnated on the auspicious day of Akshaya Tritiya.  On this day any person can achieve the heights of success in his life by remembering and following his character.

Lord Parashurama incarnated on this land is one such immortal gems whose propounded principles still have their relevance.  Lord Parshuram, the leader of the biggest religious revolution of his era, believed that the co-ordination of both Brahmashakti and Shastrashakti is necessary for the structure of a healthy society. Maharishi Parashurama is considered to be the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu, who is counted among the Asht Chiranjeevis (Ashwatthama, Raja Bali, Maharishi Ved Vyas, Hanuman, Vibhishana, Kripacharya, Lord Parashurama and Maharishi Markandeya) of mythological legends .

Bhrigukul Shiromani Parshuram is considered to be a wonderful confluence of both the spiritual's force of the sages and the glory of the Kshatriyas. Both his parents Rishi Jamadagni and Renuka were endowed with unique qualities. While Jamadagni had the blessing of getting control of the fire, Mata Renuka got control of the water.
It is said that for the attainment of his fifth son, Jamadagni performed Putreshthi yajna in front of Devraj Indra and on the request  of Indra, Srihari himself took birth as Rama.  

As a result of the boon of Devraj Indra, Parshuram ji was born as Tritiya of Baisakh month as the fifth child of the sage couple, whose initial name was 'Rama' which later became Parshuram after receiving parshu  from the lord Mahadev. Ram was very courageous, mighty, renounced and ascetic from childhood.

By the age of 8, he acquired most of the knowledge from his mother Renuka.  Being a Brahmin, Parashurama was taught all the Vedas and scriptures.  He first received knowledge from his father Jamadagni.  Because he was brilliant, he soon became the scholar of all the scriptures.

After a full study of scripture, Parashurama expressed his desire to receive knowledge of arms-weapon from his father.  Jamadagni explained to him that he is a Brahmin and it is his dharma to teach the diciple with his knowledge, but Parashurama wanted to become successful in war skill and he decided to do it.  Seeing this, his father understood that due to the blessings of Maharishi Bhrigu, Parashurama was a Kshatriya, despite being a Brahmin, so he did not think it appropriate to stop Parashurama and allowed him to get weapons.

He sent Parashurama to his maternal uncle Rajarshi Vishwamitra, who was a great scholar of shastravidya at that time.  Vishwamitra was one of the few gurus who had all kinds of divyastra and he was superior to anyone in the knowledge of war skill. When Parashurama reached Rajarshi Vishwamitra, he express his desire to learn shastravidya.  He said that when you can achieve Brahmanism despite being Kshatriya, then why cannot Parashurama learn knowledge of war despite being a Brahmin?  He happily started giving Parashurama knowledge of war skill. Soon Parshuram got knowledge of all kinds of war skill from Vishwamitra.  Knowing him to be a good disciple, Vishwamitra also gave him complete knowledge of all types of divine weapons. Parshuram became the best invincible warrior in the world after gaining knowledge of those great weapons.

But Parashuram's desire to attain his  war skill's education was not yet over.  He told Vishwamitra - "I am blessed to have received the knowledge you gave me but I want to get more knowledge of war skill. I do not want anyone to defeat me in Trilok." Then Vishwamitra said - "Son! I have given you all the knowledge and divyastra . But if you want to get more knowledge, then only Lord Shankar can give it to you.  Mahadev is the knower of all the weapons of the world including Brahmastra, Narayanastra and Pashupastra.  So pleased him. "

With the inspiration of Vishwamitra, Parashurama decided that he would get the distinction of becoming a disciple of Lord Shankar.  He then proceeded to do penance to please Mahadev by taking orders from his guru.  Parashurama went towards Chakratirth in the east direction for Mahadev's penance. In the north eastern border of Arunachal Pradesh, India, where the Brahmaputra river meets the Lohit river, Parashuram did penance.  Even today Parshuram Kunda is situated in which taking bath takes away all sins.  This Kund is also the most visited tourist center of Lohit, where a large number of people visit every year on the occasion of Makar Sankranti.

At Chakratirtha, Parashurama venerated Mahadev.  Pleased with his severe penance, Lord Shiva commanded him through Akashvani to destroy the demons from the land of Kailash.  On receiving his orders, Parashurama single-handedly fought the demons and destroyed them completely.  But in this war, his body was deformed. He was nearing death that Mahadev finally appeared to him with his devotion.  He restored Parashurama's body as before and increased his physical strength by a thousand times.  Parashuram then requested Mahadev to be his disciple.  Pleased with his penance, Mahadev accepted him as his disciple and taught him such a war skill which was rare in Trilok.

With the blessings of Mahadev, he received many Divyastras, the most prominent of which was the divine parshu named "Vidyudabhi".  Because of this Parshu, Jamadagni's son Rama was called Parasurama.  It has been written about Parshu that it was one of the most lethal weapons in the world.  It could not be destroyed in any way, nor could it be operated by anyone other than Parashurama. The weapon of comparison was only Vajra of Indra, Sudarshan of Narayana, Trishula of Shiva and Brahmastra of Brahma.  Apart from this, he also received Narayana's Trialokya Vijay Kavach, Stavaraja Strotra and Kalpataru Mantra from Lord Shiva.  Then, praising the Lord Shiva, Parashurama composed the "Shiva Panchtavarinshnam Stotra" in his honor.

After this Lord Shiva ordered him to do penance of Lord Vishnu.  By obeying Mahadev, Parashurama worshiped Srihari Vishnu at Chakratirtha.  Pleased with his penance, Srihari gave him darshan and gave him the great Narayanastra and Sudarshan Chakra.  Apart from this, he gave Parashurama an indestructible Vaishnav mantra, by whose grace Parashurama became immortal.  After that Lord Vishnu blessed him to survive till the end of Kalpa.

After that Lord Vishnu asked him to please Brahmadev too. On receiving his permission, Parashuram also worshiped the Shree Brahma and upon his delight, received the most deadly weapon Brahmastra from him.  With this, Parashuram, like Vashishtha, Vishwamitra, etc., were among the few warriors who had knowledge of Brahmastra.  After pleasing the Tridevas, Devaraja Indra bestowed upon him a divine bow called "Vijay" which was composed by Vishwakarma himself.  Thus Parashurama became invincible in Trilok after receiving a boon from the trideva and his fame spread all over the world.

  He learned archery from his father at a very young age. It is said that due to special reverence towards Mahadev Shiva, once the child Ram went to Kailash to worship Lord Shankar.  There, Devadhidev, pleased with his devotion and dedication, bestowed him with divine parshu including many weapons. After holding this divine parshu, the boy Ram became famous by the name of 'Parashurama'. Lord Parshuram was very angry as well as extremely sane, welfare and righteous.  There is a phenomenon very popular in this subject which is something like this

* Parashurama was very loyal to his father .
 Renuka was a virtous woman. Her pativrata dharma was such that she used to go to the banks of the river every day, fill water in a pitcher made of wet clay and bring it to the ashram. Due to her pativrata dharma, that pitcher neither broke nor dissolved in water.  One day, like every day, she was filling water from the river that at the same time Gandharva named Chitraratha came on his chariot.  Renuka was impressed by seeing him only for a moment.  At the same time, their pot of wet soil dissolved in water.  Seeing this, Renuka got very nervous and did not go back to the ashram and sat on the banks of the river.

When Renuka did not come to the ashram for a long time, Jamadagni knew the truth with the help of meditation's power.  When the sage Jamdagni came to know of his wife's disrespectful conduct, he got angry and ordered his sons to cut the mother's head. In anger, he told his eldest son Rukmwan to kill his mother, but he was not ready to become a mother's killer.  Then Jamadagni asked his other sons to do the same, but none of them could dare to kill own mother.  Then Jamadagni cursed them all to become unconscious.
Finally, he told Parashurama to cut off his mother's head, while following father's orders, Parashurama cut his mother's head from own parshu.  Jamadagni was pleased to see such dedication of his son and told him to ask for  boons.

Parashuram then asked  boon with full intelligence.  In which he asked for three boons - first, to give life to his mother again and mother to not remember the whole incident of death.  Second, he asked for a boon to return the consciousness of his four ill-treated brothers.  The third boon is sought for himself according to which he is not defeated by any enemy or in war and also he get a long life. In this way, with his intelligence, Parashuram also brought his mother alive, obeyed the father's order and also supported his brothers. Parashuram not only showed the greatness of his heart, but also made his father aware of mistake by asking for a revival of his mother and his four brothers in a boon from the father. We all remember Shri Ram for his one patnivrata dharma but Parashurama kept this tradition long before him.

The entire life of Lord Parashuram is full of unique inspirations and achievements.  He was not only well versed in the operation of various divine weapon including Brahmastra, but he also composed the Shiva Panchavatarshinam Stotra.
It is said that he understood the language of animals-birds and could speak to them, the savage wildlife became his friend only by his touch. He has been regarded as the eminence of the values ​​of superior politics which favored the supremacy of human dignity in governance. Due to the characteristic quality of passionate aggression against injustice, he has been called the 'Aveshaavatar of the Lord Vishnu.
His dedication to justice was so much that he always punished the unjust himself.  Lord Parshuram, known worldwide as the Great Guru of shastravidya , had given knowledge of war skill to many maharatis in the Mahabharata era.
In the Mahabharata, it is described that he kept fighting with the shalva while sitting on a Viman named Saubha for a hundred years, but on hearing from the mouths of the  girls singing that the Shalva would be slaughtered by lord Vishnu's avatar Shri Krishna, then he left the war and do penance in waiting for Krishnavatar.
When Lord Krishna took avatar, Lord Parashuram met him in the ashram of Maharishi Sandipani and gave him the Sudarshan Chakra received from Srihari for world welfare.  By the help of this Sudarshan, in the Mahabharata period Shalva and other evildoers were destroyed by Shree Krishna.
Disciples of Parasurama: The names of Bhishma, Drona and Karna are among the three major disciples of Parasurama.  All three were great warriors and were among the who had Brahmastra whose knowledge they had received from Lord Parashurama.
Bhishma: Parashurama used to teach only Brahmins. His only Kshatriya disciple became Maharathi Bhishma (Karna was also a Kshatriya but Parashurama did not know this).  Despite being a Kshatriya, Parshuram accepted him as his disciple because he was of true character like the Brahmins. When Bhishma abducted the three sisters in Amba Swayamvar, Amba prayed to Parashurama that he force Bhishma to marry her.  But Bhishma was Brahmachari and that's why there was war between Parashurama and Bhishma, but even after fighting continuously for 23 days, Parashurama could not defeat Bhishma. Then Bhishma used Prasvapatra, which was sure to defeat Parashurama, but at the behest of the gods, that this would insult his guru, he did not use it and returned with the blessing of Parashurama.

Dronacharya: When Drona came to know that Parashurama was donating all his wealth, Dronacharya reached out to Parashurama with the desire of taking some donations, but by that time he had donated everything.  Drona then pleaded with him to enlighten his remaining archery.  Parashurama then gave Drona the knowledge of archery and provided him with all types of divine weapon including Brahmastra. Arjuna received this education from Dronacharya and he became a great warrior just like him.

Karna: After being rejected by Dronacharya, Karna went to Parashurama to get education.  Parashurama then asked him is he Kshatriya. Then Karna say no (because he did not even know himself), but Karna said he is Brahmin's son. Then Parashuram provided him with all the divine weapon including the Brahmastra and also gave him his Vijay bow. Once he was sleeping with head on Karna's thigh, then a worm ripped Karna's thigh and entered it. Karna remained sitting motionless without disturbing the sleep of the Guru. When Parashurama got up, seeing this, he said that no Brahmin can have so much stamina. For this reason, Parashuram cursed him that he would forget the knowledge he had received from him at the time of need.  For this reason Karna could not use Brahmastra on Arjuna because he had forgotten his knowledge. Before the decisive battle with Arjuna, Karna prayed to Parashurama that he return his knowledge for only one day.  Parshuram then explained to him that the victory of the Pandavas is necessary in this war and for this reason Karna did not ask for his knowledge again and died.

Just as the credit of bringing the Devanadi Ganga to the earth goes to King Bhagiratha, In the same way, the credit of bringing the fiery Mahanad(river) like Brahmaputra to the earth by cutting the Himalayas first from Brahmakund (Parashuram Kund) and after then at Lohkund (Prabhu Kuthar), goes to Parashurama. The place where he did penance is today famous as Thiruvananthapuram.  Even today, in Kerala, the Brahmins declares the area of ​​Parashurama in the prononciations of mantra and recognizes the entire area as the land of Parashurama.

Parashuramji's anger at Shri Ram when he broke Shiva's bow during Sita Swayamvara in the Rajya Sabha of Videharaja Janaka and his conversation with younger brother Lakshmana of Rama is well known in Sanatan Dharma's followers. But his greatness lies in the fact that as soon as he realized the valor, mighty and piety of Avtari Shri Rama and found the deserving Kshatriya Kulbhushan, he automatically surrendered all his weapons including the divine Parshu to Rama and went to the on Mahendra mountain for doing meditation.
After that Parashuram remained engaged in austerity for a yearand finally regained his glory by bathing at a piligram of the Vadhusar river .

Parshuram ji started the Kavad yatra.  The foundation of Antyodaya was also laid by Parashurama.  Parshuram has also had an important role in social reform and in teaching the lesson of self-reliance to the exploited and afflicted sections of the society by connecting them with agriculture.

**It is well known that Parshuram ji's  raised weapon against the Kshatriyas was a strong reaction against the injustice that the Haihayavanshi Kshatriya rulers of the Mahishmati kingdom were doing to the common people, the killing of innocent father Jamdagni further added to his anger.
Jamadagni was known among the great social reformers of his time. He tried a lot for the welfare of the Brahmin society.  He also befriended the Haihayavanshi Emperor Kartavirya, which also brought him social security. After the death of his friend Kartavirya, his son Arjuna ascended the throne. He became a great king and, like his father, he befriended Jamadagni.

Once he came to Jamadagni's ashram with his army.  Jamadagni then arranged for food for Sahastrajun and his army with the help of his cow Kamadhenu.  On seeing such a wonderful cow, Kartavirya Arjuna asked for it for himself, but Jamadagni refused.  On this, Sahastrajun took forcibly Kamadhenu with him. When Parshuram came to the ashram, Jamadagni told him everything. On this, Parashuram challenged Sahastrajun to fight on the way.  There was a fierce war between them. Both were great warriors of their time, but eventually Parashuram killed Kartavirya Arjuna in that war and returned back to the ashram with Kamadhenu.

When the sons of Sahastrajun heard this, they reached the ashram of Jamadagni to take vengeance.  Unable to find Parshuram there, they all killed Jamadagni and returned.  Seeing her husband dead, Renuka too gave up her life.  When Parashurama came back and saw his parents dead, he retaliated by destroying the entire Haihayavansa and did tarpana of Jamadagni with their blood.  But even if his anger did not calm, he made this earth void of Kshatriyas 21 times and filled five ponds with his blood in Samyak Panchak.  Finally the bloodshed was stopped by Maharishi Kashyap and Parashurama went to Mount Mahendra.

But even after the complete destruction of the sons of Sahastrajun, he did not get peace.  He was so angry that he found and killed each of the Haihayvanshi.  It is said that he wandered throughout the Aryavarta and made a total of 21 campaigns and in his campaigns he completely destroyed the 64 clans of the Haihayavans. At that time, Haihayavanshi used to lead the Kshatriyas all over the world.  For this reason, it is said that Parashurama destroyed the Kshatriyas from the earth 21 times.  He was so angry that he filled 5 ponds with the blood of the Kshatriyas at the Samyak Panchak place.  After that he also performed his father's Shraddha with the blood of Haihayavanshi princes. It is believed that the sons of Sahasrajun attacked Sage Jamadagni and killed him by cutting him from 21 places. Then Renuka had called Parshurama by beating her chest twenty-one times, so Lord Parashurama had devoured earth Kshatriya 21 times.

Saddened by his abominable work, in the end his grandfather Maharishi Ritchik himself prevented Parashuram from doing such a gruesome work. He could not defer the orders of his grandfather and eventually stop the destruction of the Kshatriyas.  Then he repented his work at the Samyak Panchak place where Devraj Indra gave him a boon that whoever gives up his life at this place will surely go to heaven. This was the reason that Shri Krishna chose this place for the war of Mahabharata.  But the sages feared that upon seeing the Kshatriyas rising again, Parashurama could start their destruction again.  For this reason, Maharishi Kashyap asked Parashurama to perform an Ashwamedha Yajna and then give alms to him.

By obeying Maharishi Kashyap, Parshuram built 32 hand high gold altar to perform the yajna.  After that, after performing the yajna, Maharishi Kashyapa took that altar along with the earth in the alms and asked Parashurama to leave the earth and go away.  He said to Parasurama that "O Bhargva! You have donated this earth to me, so now you cannot live here. In the day you can come to the earth, but at night you will have to leave this earth." I give you the place of Mahendra Parvat where you can reside. You are also capable for roam around the earth, the hades  and the sky, that's why I also give you the power to roam freely. "By obeying him, Parashuram settled on Mount Mahendra. Because of the power he received from Maharishi Kashyapa he could have wandered all place but at night he could not stay on the earth.

Parashurama is one of the 8 Chiranjeevis, meaning that he will live till the end of the Kalpa. This is the reason why Parashurama, born in the middle of Tretayuga, he give darshana to Shriram at the end of Tretayuga, and also give darshana to Shri Krishna in Dwaparyuga and also becomes the guru of Bhishma, Drona and Karna.  At the end of Kali Yuga, when Lord Kalki, the tenth incarnation of Lord Vishnu, will descend, Parashurama will become his guru and provide him knowledge of weapons ,war skill and scriptures.  As much as can be written about Lord Parashurama which will be proved less.

Akshaya Tritiya is considered to be the divine date.  Any auspicious work can be done on this day without seeing the Panchag. According to the Bhavishya Purana, Satyug and Tretayug were started on the day of Akshaya Tritiya.  In 24 incarnations of Lord Vishnu, the three incarnations of Lord Parashurama, Nara-Narayana and Hayagreeva etc. appeared on the day of Akshaya Tritiya.

The shrines of the pilgrimage site Badrinarayan also open on Akshaya Tritiya. Charan darshan of Vrindavan's Banke Bihari occurs only on Akshaya Tritiya.  Tritiya Tithi is the date of Maa Gauri, which has been considered to be force-enhancing. Worshiping Shiva-Parvati and Nara-Narayan on this day is considered auspicious for happiness, peace, good luck and prosperity in life. Indian sages-saints believe that there is such a divine energy in the Tritiya of Shuklapaksha of Vaishakh month that the chanting-penance, charity, havan, pilgrimage on this day becomes 'Akshaya'. In Vaishakh month, every living person gets distraught with hunger and thirst due to the strong sunlight and intense heat of the sun, so giving water to the thirsty and doing charity as well as strength is the first message of this date.

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Why did Shri Ganesh make mouse his vehicle?


Why did Shri Ganesh make mouse his vehicle?

Every god has a vehicle. Someone has lion, someone has Garuda and someone has bull etc. That is, all of them are special in themselves. A lion means a strong, fast-moving vehicle faster than a man and a bull means a dedicated devotee.  So it makes sense that all the Gods choose their special vehicles. But why did Ganpati Bappa make a mooshak (mouse) his vehicle?  Has this question ever come to your mind… So let's know its secret…
All the worshipers of Lord Ganpati have been surprised to see his unique vehicle as per his wonderful form. It is also natural to wonder why Lord Ganesha with such a big and heavy body chose a mouse as his vehicle from a small.

In Hinduism, there is a law to worship Lord Ganesha on Wednesday.  It is said that by worshiping him, all the sufferings of a person go away. Being the lord of the ganas, he also has a name Ganapati. Let me tell you that Lord Ganesha had chosen his vehicle as a mouse, but hardly anyone knows the secret behind it.  So today we will tell you why he chose the mouse. 

Everyone is convinced of the wisdom of Ganesha. Everyone lost in arguments by Shree Ganesha. It is his passion to get to the deep of every single thing or problem, to do it consideration and reach to conclusion.  The mouse also does not lag behind in arguments. The job of a mouse is to scrape anything, whatever the mouse sees, it rips it and analyzes its part by part.  Perhaps Ganesha may have chosen the vehicle as his own given the same characteristics of the mouse.

Ganesh as we know is the son of Shiva and Parvati. His vehicle is a mouse named Dink. Being the lord of the ganas, he also has a name Ganapati. Ganapati is the god of wisdom and learning.

But have you ever noticed that his vehicle is not according to his physical structure?  If your attention has gone towards this, then you must also have thought that his vehicle should have been a strong animal.  Then why did he choose the mouse as his vehicle? Looking for a logical answer to this, it is known that even the mouse has a lot of passion(curiosity), due to which they try to find out what is inside it by bite off everything. And Lord Ganesha also gives him wisdom, in which the curiosity has great desire. And he is equally agile and also gives the message of being aware.

But this is not the only reason, there are some interesting stories behind the mouse as the vehicle of Lord Ganesha. Today in this article we will tell you why Lord Ganesha chose a mouse as his vehicle and who he was.
First Story:------
Once upon a time, Devraj Indra was talking to all the gods in his meeting on a serious matter.  Along with the gods, Gandharvas and Apsaras were also present in his meeting.  All the other people here were listening to Devraj Indra and were also giving their valuable views. But a Gandharva named Krounch was also present in the meeting, whose attention was not visible at all in the discussion happening there. His attention was only on the Apsaras present in the meeting, as well as by flickering nature he started joking with those Apsaras.
At first Devraj Indra ignored his antics, but when his actions increased to a great extent, he explained Krounch in gestures.  But at that time the Krounch was engulfed in frenzy, he ignored his point and kept on in his antics. Enraged by his audacity, Devraj Indra cursed him to become a mouse. Due to the curse, the Krounch Gandharva turned into the mouse and as soon as the mouse was formed, it started to run around and create havoc. Devaraj Indra's anger was further aggravated by his antics, and immediately ordered to throw him out of heaven. On receiving his orders, the gatekeepers threw the mouse out of the gate of heaven.
As soon as he was thrown from there, he fell directly into the ashram of Parashar Muni, where he shattered all the grain's pot in anger.  At the same time, all the food and food items kept in the pot he started eat, after that he also destroyed all the plants of Parashar Muni's garden.  Along with this, also destroyed all clothes and religious texts of sages in ashram.
Parashar Rishi became very sad due to all the useful things of the ashram being destroyed and started cursing the deeds of his previous birth that the misdeeds have resulted in disturbing the peace of my ashram.  Now how to get rid of this mouse's terror?
Then Parashar Muni called upon Gajanan and urged him to save my ashram from the terror of this mouse.
Then Ganesh ji told Parashar ji that I just make this mouse my vehicle.  Ganesh ji threw his stunning loop, the loop followed the mouse and went to the patal loka and tied his throat and dragged him out and presented him in front of Gajanan.  The mouse fainted by the loop's grip.
As soon as his unconsciousness ended, Mouse started worshiping Ganesha and started begging for his life.  Ganesh ji was pleased with the praise of Mouse but told him that you have given a lot of trouble to Brahmins.  I have incarnated only for the destruction of the wicked and for the welfare of saintly men, but the protection of the refugee is also my ultimate dharma, so ask for whatever boon you want.
Hearing this, the arrogant of that mouse woke up and said, 'I don't want to ask for anything from you, you can plead with me.' Ganesha smiled and said, 'If your word is true then you become my vehicle.  Ganesh ji immediately mounted on him as soon as  when the mouse told so be it .
Now, under the weight of heavy Gajanan,  the mouse felt life-threatening crisis.  He then prayed to Gajanan to make his load affordable for him.  In this way Ganesh ji made him his own vehicle by destroying the pride of mouse.  In this way, this vehicle of Ganesha also indicates from the interpretation of worldly life to spiritual life.
Second Story:------

In ancient times there was an asura(demon) named Gajmukh.  Gajmukh had a dream that he should take possession of the earth and the heavens as well.  To fulfill this desire, he made a plan to please Lord Shiva one day.  He went to a dense forest where he started penance of Shiva.  Many years passed but he still stood on one leg and indulged in the penance of Shiva and kept chanting his name.

Bholenath was pleased with Gajmukh's penance and told him to ask for a boon.  In the boon, Gajmukh said that no weapon of the universe could kill me, give me such a boon.  Lord Shiva approved the boon by saying so be it.  Gajmukh was very happy after getting a boon from Lord Shiva, he started to fulfill his wish.  Soon he took possession of the Earth and Hades, after which he invaded heaven.  Lord Shiva had a boon that no any weapon could kill him. That is why he did not suffer any damage from the divine weapons of the gods.

Gajmukh drove the gods out of Devaloka, after which all the gods reached the shelter of Trideva Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh.  After listening to the problem of the Gods, Bholenath told Lord Ganesha to fight with Gajmukh.  Following the orders of Lord Shiva, Ganapati ji fought with Gajmukh.

Due to the boon of Bholenath, Lord Ganesha's weapon was not being effect on Gajmukh. So all the weapons of Ganapati also ended and became ineffective.

Meanwhile, Ganpati broke his one tooth and hit it on Gajmukh when he became unarmed for a moment.  The tooth was not really an weapon, so it was proved infallible and Gajmukh was seriously injured.  Despite this, Gajmukh did not give up. He took the form of a giant mouse from his maya(illusion) and started running towards Ganapati with full speed.  When Ganpati saw Gajmukh coming towards him, he too started running towards Gajmukh at full speed and jumped & sat on his back.  And Shri Ganesh transformed Gajmukh into a mouse for life.

Gajmukh tried his best to beat Ganpati and Ganesh also rode on his neck with full force.  Gajmukh finally gave up after a long struggle.  Even after this, Ganesh ji did not leave him.  He said that you are a wicked by nature.  That is why it would be better that you always remain my vehicle in the same way, so that I will always ride you and control your wickedness .  Gajmukh accepted his command and became the vehicle of God.

Third Story:------

There is a story in the Ganesh Purana on how Mouse became vehicle of Lord Ganesha.  Which is somewhat similar to the first story.

In ancient times, there was a very beautiful ashram of the Saubhari Rishi on the Sumeru mountain.  His very beautiful and loving wife was named Manomayi.  One day the sage went to forest to get wood and Manomayi was engaged in housework.  At the same time a wicked named Krounch Gandharva came there and was distraught when he saw amazing  pretty Manomayi. Wicked Krounch held the hand of the sage-wife.  The sage wife weeping and trembling started begging him for mercy.  At the same time Saubhari rishi came.  Due to anger,  his eyes turned into red .

He cursed Gandharva and said- 'O vicious!  You have come like a thief and have caught the hand of my wife, so you will fill your stomach by stealing under and around the earth. So you will be a mouse.

The trembling Gandharva prayed to the sage - 'O rishivar, I only touched your wife's hand due to indiscretion.  Please forgive me. '  The sage said - 'My curse will not be in vain, however Ganapati Dev Gajmukh will appear in the form of Maharishi Parashar's son in DwaparThen you will become his vehicle, so that the gods will also respect you.

After many year , that Krounch Gandharva becoming a mouse and started to destroy the ashram of Maharishi Parashar on earth.  That mouse was very huge and terrible like a mountain. His teeth were very big, sharp and frightening. Then his son Gajmukh grabbed that mouse by a stunning loop and started playing with him and sat on top of him.  Then mouse came to know that this is Tarnahar(Saviour) Devadhidev Prabhu Gajmukh.

Then the pride of the mouse ended and he became very small.  And he prayed that! 'O'  Lord you may be so light for me, so that I can bear your weight.  Hearing his humility, the Lord was pleased with him.  From then onwards Mooshak (mouse) started getting respect and got fame as the vehicle of Sriganesh.

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Gods chose their rides very specifically.  Their vehicles also describe their characteristics. Mouse is the vehicle of Gauri putra Ganesha.  The word Mushak(mouse) is derived from the Sanskrit Musha which means to rob or to steal. Symbolically the brain of a human is like a rat. It is surrounded by selfishness.  Ganeshji sitting on a rat is a sign that he has conquered selfishness and has awakened the sense of public welfare within himself.

People say their wish in the mouse's ear.

It is said that if you want to complete your vow or wish soon, then you can tell your complaint with Mooshak(mouse), it is believed that mouse is very close to Ganesh ji and if you tell him your wishes . Then he will quickly help you and tell all things to Ganesh ji . Ganeshji is the lord of knowledge and wisdom and is unmatched in logic, the same qualities are also in mouse.  For this reason, he is the vehicle of Ganapati and is considered very close to Ganapati.  People believe that if you say something in the ear of a mouse, it reaches Ganpati very quickly.  Ganapati does not postpone the words of mouse due to being dear and the wish is fulfilled.  This is the reason why a large idol of mouse is placed in all the big temples and people worship him.  On Ganesh Chaturthi too, some people bring a statue of Mouse with Ganpati and keep it in the house.

Ganesh Purana also describes that in every era, the vehicle of Ganesha keeps changing.  In Satyuga, the vehicle of Ganesha is Lion.  In Treta Yuga, Ganesha's vehicle is Mayur (Peacock) and in the present era i.e. Kali Yuga, his vehicle is horse. The present form of Lord Ganesha is worshiped in the form of Gajanan in the form of Parvati-Shiva son, this is the incarnation of his Dwapara era, Lord Ganesha in the Satyuga became famous as Mahotkat Vinayak, whose vehicle was lion.  In Treta Yuga, he was known as Mayureshwar, whose vehicle was Mayur (peacock).  His famous form of Dwapara Yuga is Gajanan, whose vehicle is a mouse and at the end of Kali Yuga, the Dhumraketu form of Lord Ganesha will be revealed. His vehicle will be horse. Lord Ganesha is also wealth giver.  


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. 


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