Narad asks Sage Pulastya
about the Vaaman incarnation:
Vaaman Puraan is one of
the eighteen Puraans written by sage Vyasa. It contains tales pertaining to Lord
Vishnu in his Vaaman (dwarf) incarnation. Sage Pulastya while giving answers to
Narad's enquiry narrates the tale of Vaaman Puraan.
All the Puraans give
glimpses of Indian civilization and culture and Vaaman Puraan is no exception.
It also teaches the virtue of righteousness and religiousness. Vaaman Puraan not
only contains the divine tales of Nara-Narayana and Goddess Durga but it also
contains tales of famous devotees like Prahlad, the salvation of Gajendra
Sage Narad asks
Pulastya- "O revered sage! Why did Shri Hari take the incarnation of Vaaman?
Why did Prahlad fight a battle with the deities despite being a devotee of Lord
Vishnu? How did Sati, Daksha Prajapati's daughter become Mahadev's consort in
her next birth? I am eager to know the answers to all these questions."
"O Narad! Once, Sati requested Lord Shankar to make arrangements for a
permanent abode. At that time, Lord Shankar had his abode at Mandaar Mountain.
Summer season was approaching and Sati quite rightly had apprehensions of living
in the open. Lord Shankar told her that as he was a recluse, he never felt a
need of a permanent dwelling. Though Sati was not satisfied by his answers yet
she kept quiet. This way, both of them continued to live there. The summer
season had passed and now it was the turn of rainy season to arrive. Sati made
the same request to Lord Shankar. This time, Lord Shankar told her that it was
impossible for him to construct a house, as he had no wealth. He also told her
that he had only a tiger skin as his clothing, the king cobra- his sacred
thread, Padma and Pingal (snakes)- his ear-rings and Keval and Dhananjay as his
After hearing this, Sati
became worried as to how she would pass the rainy season without a home. Lord
Shankar then assured her that this problem would be easily solved if she lived
above the clouds. This way, she would remain untouched by the showers. After
this, both of them ascended towards the sky and started living above the clouds.
From that day onwards, Lord Shankar came to be known as Jeebhootvaahan (one
whose vehicle is the cloud).
Tales of Lord Shiva
PERFORMS A GRAND YAGYA
"This way, both Shiva and Sati lived above the clouds till the end of
rainy season. When autumn season arrived, both decided on returning to
Mandaar Mountain. Daksha had organised a grand Yagya in which he had
invited all the prominent deities and sages except his own son-in-law,
Shankar and his daughter, Sati."
surprised as to why Maheshwar- the lord of all splendours was not invited
by Daksha. He was also curious to know why Lord Shankar had become a
Kapaali (a mendicant). Pulastya told him that during the period of final
annihilation, Lord Vishnu after waking up from his sleep found a divine
entity, who possessed three eyes, who had a trident in his hands and who
wore a Rudraksha garland around his neck. Lord Vishnu then created ego,
which had its evil effects on both Brahma and Shankar. Lord Shiva in his
arrogance asked Brahma, his identity and origin. Lord Brahma then
arrogantly asked Shankar, his identity. This way, a dispute ensued that
later on turned into a fight in which, Brahma defeated Shankar. Lord Shiva
severed two of the five heads of Lord Brahma. But the second head fell and
got stuck on Lord Shiva's left palm. Angrily, Lord Brahma created a
terrific creature, which challenged Shankar and ridiculed him by saying
that as he (Shankar) was a sinner, therefore, he would not dirty his hands
by killing him.
Lord Shankar was
ashamed of himself. He went to Badrikashrama and requested Lord Vishnu for
some alms. Lord Vishnu asked Shankar to hit on his (Vishnu's) left arm.
Shankar hit Vishnu's left arm with his trident and the impact resulted in
the creation of three streams. The first stream went up in the sky and
established itself as Akashganga. The second one was Mandakini, which was
received by sage Atri. The third stream fell on the skull, which was stuck
in Lord Shankar's left palm. This resulted in the manifestation of a
divine child who was ferocious and well armed with bow and arrows. Shankar
instructed him to kill that creature, which was created by Brahma.
A tremendous duel
was fought between them, which was inconclusive for thousands of divine
OF LORD SHANKAR
Lord Shiva had committed
a grave sin of Brahmahatya. All his efforts of separating Brahma's skull from
his left palm went in vain. In the meantime, an entity named Brahmahatya
appeared before him and entered into his body.
Lord Shankar decided to
go to Badrikashrama to atone for his sins. After reaching there, he became
worried when he did not find Lord Vishnu. He went to take a bath in river Yamuna
but as soon as he entered the river, the water dried up. He experienced this
strange phenomenon at the Saraswati River as well. He then made pilgrimages to
numerous sacred and holy places but still did not become free from Brahmahatya.
Dejected, he ultimately went to Kurukshetra where he found Shri Narayana and
requested him to free him (Shankar) from the sins of Brahmahatya. Lord Vishnu
advised him to go on a pilgrimage to Varanasi where he would be liberated from
instructions, Lord Shankar went to Varanasi and visited all the sacred sites
like Dashashwamedh temple, Lolarka temple and Keshav temple. While he was
worshipping Keshav, he said- "Though I have become liberated from my sins,
yet I fail to understand the reason why this skull still sticks in my
hand." Keshav told him that his problems would be solved if he takes a bath
in the lake, which was near the temple. Lord Shankar took a bath in that lake
and ultimately the skull fell on the ground. The place where the skull had
fallen later on became famous as Kapaalmochan.
Sage Pulastya says-
"O Narad! This way, Lord Shiva became famous as Kapaali. This was the
reason why Daksha did not invite him. In the meantime, Jaya, sage Gautam's
daughter went to see Sati at Mandaar Mountain. Seeing her alone, Sati asked
about her two sisters, Jayanti and Aparajita. Jaya revealed to her that both of
them had gone to their maternal-grandfather's (Daksha) Yagya. Jaya also told her
that all the deities had been invited to the Yagya. When Sati heard this, she
was grieved and angry with her father. In a fit of rage, she gave up her life.
Seeing her lifeless body, Jaya started wailing. Lord Shiva arrived there and
upon hearing Jaya's wails, asked her why Sati was lying on the ground. Jaya then
narrated the whole story. Lord Shankar became so infuriated that it resulted in
the creation of numerous Ganas among whom Veerbhadra was the most prominent one.
Lord Shiva accompanied
by the Ganas went to the site where Daksha was performing the Yagya. A
tremendous battle ensued between them and the deities and finally, the deities
were overpowered and ran away from the site. Veerbhadra, finding the time
opportune, entered the oblation site. When the deities saw him entering the
oblation site, they returned and tried to prevent him from doing so. Again, an
intense battle erupted between both the sides. The deities used all kinds of
weapons but they could not control the onslaught of Veerbhadra and fled.
Veerbhadra then went
near the sacrificial fire. The sages were terrified and ran towards Lord Vishnu
who attacked Veerbhadra with arrows but it did not hurt him at all. Vishnu then
attacked him with other divine weapons. But still, Veerbhadra succeeded in
neutralising those weapons. Vishnu was enraged and attacked him with his
Sudarshan chakra that Veerbhadra swallowed. This angered Lord Vishnu further. He
lifted Veerbhadra and dashing him to the ground, pressed Veerbhadra's stomach as
a result of which, the Sudarshan chakra came out from his mouth. But Lord Vishnu
spared Veerbhadra's life. Veerbhadra then went to Lord Shiva and narrated his
woeful tale of defeat. Lord Shiva instructed Veerbhadra to leave for a safer
haven and himself went to the oblation site accompanied by Bhadrakali. The sages
became scared on seeing his terrifying appearance.
Fearing Lord Shiva's
wrath, Lord Vishnu went to Hrishikesh and remained aloof for quite some time.
Shiva's anger generated so much heat that it was enough to melt the eight Vasus.
As a result, a river named Sita started flowing from there. After being attacked
by Lord Shiva, the deities fled from the scene.
Lord Shiva then opened
his third eye and furiously looked at the flame burning in the Havan-kund. The
next moment, the fire went off. Even Yagya was terrified and he took the aerial
route in the guise of a deer. Lord Shiva chased him in the appearance of Kaal
(Lord of death) with a bow and arrow named Pashupat.
In the end, Kaal
(epithet of Shiva) was successful in killing the deer, which was Yagya in
reality. After his death, Yagya's body was established among the stars. After
narrating the tale of destruction of Daksha's Yagya, sage Pulastya then goes on
to tell Narad that the names of the zodiacs had been given just according to
their appearances for e.g. Aries (Mesh) appeared like a ram. Similarly, Taurus
(Vrishabh) appeared like an ox and so on.
THE DEMON KING
Sage Narad was
curious to know how the demon King Andhak behaved with the deities. He
asked Pulastya in this regard. Pulastya replied- "After ascending the
throne, Andhak did a severe penance to please Lord Shiva and received a
boon according to which he could neither be killed by the deities nor by
any mortal. He also received another boon according to which even fire
could not burn him.
Shukracharya as his chief priest. He defeated the deities and had gained
control over the whole earth. Once, Andhak had gone to see the beautiful
sight of Sumeru Mountain. Indra after making adequate arrangements for the
security of his capital Amravati came forward to fight him with a huge
army. A fierce battle was fought between both the armies. The whole
atmosphere was covered in darkness due to the dust. It became difficult
for the warriors of both the sides to distinguish between friend and an
enemy. The whole battlefield was strewn with dead bodies and blood.
Indra unleashed a
volley of arrows towards Andhak. In reply, Andhak too retaliated by
unleashing a volley of arrows towards Indra. In this duel, both of them
got injured. Infuriated, Indra attacked him with his Vajra, which
destroyed all of Andhak's weapons. Indra's Vajra then chased Andhak who
jumped down from his chariot to save his life. Andhak defended himself by
attacking it with his fist. As a result, it fell on the ground. Indra then
attacked Andhak by unleashing a volley of arrows in his direction. Andhak
dodged the assault and ran towards him menacingly. He attacked Airavat-
the elephant and mount of Indra with such force that it became paralysed.
Seeing his elephant in such a pitiable condition, Indra picked up his
Vajra and ran inside the fort to save himself. Andhak then single-handedly
destroyed Indra's whole army.
fighting from the deities' side. He attacked Prahlad who was fighting from
Andhak's side. It became impossible for Yamaraj to match Prahlad's valour
and bravery. As a result, he was forced to flee from the battlefield.
Inspite of having mighty warriors like Varun and Agni in their ranks, the
deities could not match the valour of the demon's army, which comprised of
valiant and brave fighters like Virochan, Maya and Shambar. Ultimately,
the deities were defeated in this battle. The victorious demon King Andhak
returned to Paatal loka with his army.
Sukeshi was the
son of demon King Vidyutkeshi. He was a great devotee of Lord Shiva. Being
pleased by his devotion, Lord Shiva had blessed him with invincibility and
gifted him a city, which was situated in the sky. Sukeshi was a virtuous
and just king.
Once, he had gone
into the Magadh forest where he found numerous sages engrossed in
meditation. After introducing himself to the sages, he expressed his
desire to know about the path that led to benediction. He also wanted to
know how a man could achieve respectability and contentment in his life.
The sages told him that a man could achieve benediction only by following
the path of Dharma. "A religious man achieves both respectability and
contentment", said the sages. Sukeshi then asked them about the
characteristics of Dharma. The sages revealed to him that the deities
engage themselves in religious activities like Yagya, self-study, study of
Vedas and worship of Lord Vishnu. So, all these activities are the Dharma
of the deities. "The Dharma of the demons consists of negative
qualities like jealousy etc. But they have profound knowledge in policy
matters and have great devotion towards Shiva", said the sages.
"The Siddha's Dharma is to engage himself in activities like practice
of Yoga, study of Vedas, self-realisation and devotion to both Lord Vishnu
and Shiva", said the sages. In this way, the sages enlightened
Sukeshi on the Dharma of different sections of divine entities.
At last, Sukeshi
requested the sages to tell something about the hell (Narak). The sages
replied that altogether there were 21 hells. The name of the first hell is
Raurav, which covers the area of 2000 Yojans. The second hell Maharaurav
is twice the area of Raurav. Similarly, the names of the remaining hells
are Taamistra, Andhataamistra, Kaalchakra, Aprathisth, Ghatiyantra,
Asipatravan, Taptakumbh, Kootshaalmali, Karpatra, Swabhojan, Sandansh,
Lohapind, Kalmasikta, Kshaarnadi, Krimibhojan, Vaitarninadi,
Shonitpayabhojan, Kshuraagradhaar, Nishitachakra and Sanshoshan.
Sukeshi asked the
sages about the sinful deeds, which leads to hell. The sages replied-
"People who condemn Veda, deities, Brahmins etc. go to hell. Those
who don't believe in religious texts like Puraan etc. or those who cause
obstacles in the accomplishment of Yagya or those who prevent a charitable
man from giving donation also go to hell.
People who torment
others, who steal sandals etc. go to the hell named Kalmsikta. Disobedient
children who don't obey their parents and elders go to the hell named
Aprathisth. People who touch their elders with their feet go to Raurav
Narak. A selfish person who nourishes himself during drought without
caring about his relatives go to the hell named Swabhojan. A person who
does not protect people who have taken his refuge goes to the hell named
Yantrapeed. A man who misappropriates the deposited money of other people
goes to Vrishchikashan Narak. The sinners who copulate on auspicious days
or who have illicit relations with other women go to the hell named
This way, the
sages told Sukeshi about various types of sinful deeds, which led sinners
to different hells.
his desire to the sages to know about Jambudweep. The sages replied-
"Jambudweep is a very large island. It is sub-divided into nine
parts. Ilavritvarsh is situated in its central part while Bhadraashvavarsh
is situated towards its eastern side. Some prominent places situated
around it are- Hiranyakvarsh towards north-east, Kinnarvarsh towards
south-east, Bharatvarsh towards south, Harivarsh towards south-west,
Ketumaalvarsh towards west, Ramyakvarsh towards north-west and Kuruvarsh
towards north. All these nine Varshas are full of natural beauty. The
inhabitants of all the eight Varshas except India are never troubled by
old age or death. The inhabitants are also religious and virtuous by
nature. They attain great accomplishment without making any real effort.
nine sub-islands. All these islands are surrounded by oceans on all sides
and it is difficult to go from one island to another. These sub-islands
are Indradweep, Kaserumaan, Taamravarna, Gabhastimaan, Naagdweep, Karaaha,
Sinhal, Vaarun and Kumar. Kiraat live towards east of Bharatvarsh while
Yavan live towards the west. People living towards the south of
Bharatvarsh are called Andhra and those living towards the north are
called Turuyak. Bharatvarsh is mainly inhabited by people belonging to all
the major four castes i.e. Brahmin, Kshatriya, Vaishya and Shudra. The
seven prominent mountains situated within Bharatvarsh are Mahendra, Malay,
Sahya, Shukti, Maanriksh, Vindhya and Paariyaatra though there are many
rivers originate from Himalaya Mountain- Saraswati, Yamuna, Hiranvati,
Sutlej, Chandrika, Neela, Vitastaa, Eravati, Kuhu, Devika, Ushira,
Dhaataki, Rasaa, Gomti, Gandki, Kaushiki, Sarayu etc. Similarly, many
rivers originate from the other mountains.
The sages say-
"Dharma consists of ten properties such as non-violence, truth,
charity, not stealing the property of others, forgiveness, self-restraint,
cleanliness etc. Hence it is known as Dashaang Dharma. These properties
are obligatory for people belonging to all castes and creeds. A Brahmin's
life is categorised into four Ashrams- Brahmacharya, Grihastha, Vanprastha
and Sanyaas. A Brahmachari is supposed to acquire knowledge by living a
celibate life. After completing his studies, the Brahmachari graduates to
the life of a householder. He gets married and performs his duties towards
his family. After this, he enters into Vanprasthashram where he is
required to go to the forest after abandoning worldly pleasures. At last,
he accepts Sanyaas, which is total renunciation. He is supposed to pass
the rest of his life doing meditation and penance."
RISE AND FALL OF SUKESHI'S KINGDOM
"After being enlightened by the sages on various subjects, Sukeshi
returned to his capital. He taught the demons all that he had learnt. As a
result, all the demons became very virtuous. The newly attained virtuosity
and religiousness made the demons invincible and powerful. Sukeshi's
capital was situated in the sky. The whole city illumined brightly due to
virtuosity attained by the demons. Its illumination even subdued the
radiance of Surya (Sun). Now it became very difficult to determine when
the Sun rose.
The deity Surya
became worried at this development. He started pondering on how the demons
became so powerful and contemplated over the means to destroy the demons.
While Surya was meditating, the fact regarding the demons' power dawned on
him. Surya became furious and angrily glanced at Sukeshi. The city started
falling towards earth. Sukeshi became worried and started praying to Lord
Shiva. Seeing his devotee, Sukeshi in trouble, Lord Shiva looked angrily
at Surya as a result of which, he too started falling towards the earth.
When the sages and hermits saw Surya falling down, they advised him to
take refuge in Lord Vishnu. Surya curiously asked as to how could he take
Vishnu's refuge as he had been punished by Lord Shiva. The sages then
advised him to direct his descent to Varanasi. Surya accepted their advice
and landed at Varanasi between two rivers- Varuna and Asi. He was feeling
restless because of severe heat and so he decided to take a bath in the
Asi River. After taking his bath, he started revolving around both the
rivers. In the meantime, all the sages, demons, Apsaras went to Brahma
loka and requested Lord Brahma to re-establish Surya in his original
abode. Lord Brahma, accompanied by all the deities went to Lord Shiva and
requested him to forgive Surya. Shiva was pleased at their humbleness and
forgave Surya and re-established him on his chariot. He also gave a new
name to Surya- Lolaark. At last, Surya was re-established in the sky.
says- "Dharma, the possessor of divine body and who manifested from
the heart of Lord Brahma married Murti, the daughter of Daksha. Four sons
were born to them- Hari, Krishna, Nara and Narayan. Hari and Krishna
engaged themselves in the practice of Yoga while Nar and Narayan went to
the Himalaya Mountain and started doing penance for the welfare of humans.
frightened by their arduous penance. He feared that he might lose his
authority and power. He sent beautiful Apsaras to disturb their penance.
He himself went to that site accompanied by Kamadev and Vasant (spring).
One Narayan saw
all three of them coming and he treated all of them with respect. As he
was aware of the reasons for their arrival, he decided to give them a
surprise. He made the figure of a beautiful woman on his thigh with a
flower. The next moment, the figure transformed into a live woman, which
surprised all of them.
For Kamadev, the
beautiful woman resembled his wife Rati. He became so infatuated by her
beauty that he forgot about the actual purpose of his visit. The same
thing happened to Vasant and all the Apsaras. Everybody who had come with
the desire of victory had actually become a victim.
Seeing all of them
surprised and amazed, Narayan told them that the beautiful woman was
created by him from his thigh. He also instructed them to take away that
beautiful woman to heaven. Kamadev and Vasant were captivated by Narayan's
power. They also became terrified. They went back to heaven accompanied by
Urvashi and narrated the whole story to Indra. Even Indra was amazed. In a
short time, the amazing deeds of Narayan spread in all the directions and
the various lokas.
Once, Prahlad- the
son of demon King Hiranyakashipu asked sage Chyavan about the most revered
and sacred place of pilgrimage in the whole world. Sage Chyavan told him
about Naimisharanya- the most sacred place of pilgrimage on the earth.
Prahlad visited Naimisharanya accompanied by many other demons. After
reaching there, all of them took bath in a river. While roaming about in
the city, Prahlad saw the trunk of a tree pierced with numerous arrows.
Not far from the tree, he saw two hermits doing penance. Two divine bows
and a pair of quiver were lying by the side.
Prahlad was amazed
as to why the hermits would require weapons. He revealed his thoughts to
the hermits. Both the hermits replied that a person who works according to
his capabilities, earns respect. Prahlad became angry at their reply. He
asked them as to what were their capabilities. Actually, the hermits were
none other than Nar and Narayan. Both of them told Prahlad that they were
invincible and nobody could defeat them in battle. Prahlad's anger crossed
all limits. A tremendous battle ensued between Prahlad and Nar-Narayan.
BLESSED BY NAR-NARAYAN
A ferocious battle
was fought between Prahlad and Nar-Narayan in which all types of lethal
weapons were used. The battle continued for 1000 divine years. Ultimately,
Prahlad was defeated in this battle. He went to Vaikunth and asked Lord
Vishnu as to why Nar-Narayan was invincible. Lord Vishnu revealed to them
that Narayan was his own incarnation. He also told them that Narayan could
be won only by devotion and not by power.
Prahlad decided to
relinquish his throne and appointed Andhak as his successor. He went to
Badrikashrama and made salutations to Narayan in reverence. Narayan was
surprised at the sudden change in his behaviour. He asked Prahlad as to
what the matter was. Prahlad then said- "Who can defeat you? You are
none other than Lord Janardan. You are the one who has taken incarnation
of Hrishikesh, Chakrapaani and Hayagreev."
pleased by his devotion. He told Narayan that though he was not able to
defeat him in the battle but he was successful in doing so by his
devotion. Narayan also blessed Prahlad. Prahlad then returned to his
capital. Andhak expressed his desire to make Prahlad the king once again
but it was turned down by him. Prahlad spent the rest of his life
preaching on the virtues of religiousness and truthfulness.
OF VEGETATION FROM THE DEITIES
"Lotus flower manifested from Vishnu's navel in the month of Ashwin.
Similarly, other vegetation also manifested from the different organs of
the deities- Kadamb tree from the palm of Kamadev, Dhatura tree from the
heart of Lord Shiva, Khair tree from the middle portion of Brahma's body,
Kataiya tree from Vishwakarma's body.
manifested from Parvati's palm, Sinduar tree from Ganesha's belly, Palaash
tree and Gular tree from the right and left armpits of Yamaraj.
manifested from the body of Sheshnaag, black and white Durva grass from
the tail and back of Vaasuki Naag, Harichandan tree manifested from the
heart of a devotee.
times, there lived two demons- Rambh and Karambh who would torment people.
As both were sonless, they decided to do severe penance by keeping their
bodies submerged in Panchmad River with a desire of having sons. Indra
becoming fearful, took the guise of a crocodile and killed Karambh while
he was doing penance in the river.
Rambh became so
dejected by his brother's death that he decided to give up his life by
severing his head and offering it in the sacrificial fire. As he was about
to turn his thoughts into reality, Agni appeared before him and prevented
him from doing so and said- "Killing oneself is a grave sin. Don't
give up your life. I am willing to fulfil any of your wish."
Rambh was pleased
and requested Agni to bless him with a mighty and powerful son. Agni
blessed him by saying- "You will beget a son from a woman of your own
choice. But destiny had something else in store for him.
Once, Rambh had
gone to see Yaksha King- Maalvat. He was impressed by Maalvat's prosperity
and unlimited wealth. King Maalvat possessed lot of animal wealth like
goats, lambs, oxen, elephant, horses, cows etc. Rambh saw a beautiful
buffalo in the cowshed. He started caressing her body just to appreciate
her beauty. The buffalo got aroused and forced Rambh to copulate with her
and this resulted in the buffalo's pregnancy.
Rambh returned to
Paatal loka accompanied by the buffalo. But the other demons came to know
about this unusual incident and as a result, Rambh was excommunicated from
the demons' tribe. Both of them decided to return to Yaksha King Maalvat's
palace. In due course of time, the buffalo gave birth to a beautiful calf,
which could change its appearance according to its wishes.
Once, seeing the
buffalo alone, a bull tried to breach her modesty. The buffalo ran towards
Rambh for her safety. Rambh attacked the bull with a sword and injured it.
In retaliation, the bull also dashed its horns against Rambh's chest,
which proved to be fatal. Seeing the dead Rambh, the buffalo became
engulfed in sorrow. She had no other option but to take refuge of the
Yakshas who protected her life. In the meantime, the seriously injured
bull fell into a divine lake and died. Amazingly, its body transformed
into a demon.
decided to cremate Rambh's body. The buffalo too decided to embrace death
by jumping into the burning pyre. But as soon as the pyre was lit, a
ferocious demon emerged from it with a sword. He drove away all the
Yakshas and killed the buffalo but spared her calf. This ferocious demon
later on became famous as Raktabeej. He had defeated all the deities
including Indra, Rudra, Surya and Marut. But the calf, which became famous
as Mahishasura was even mightier than Raktabeej. All the defeated demons
had accepted him as their leader and he was crowned as their king.
Mahishasura defeated all the deities and drove them out from heaven.
deities accompanied by Brahma went to Lord Vishnu and narrated their woes
to him. Lord Shiva too was present there. Both of them became furious
after hearing the atrocities committed by Mahishasura. Divine effulgence
appeared from the mouth of all the angry deities. These effulgence got
collected at a place resulting in the manifestation of Goddess Katyayani.
All the deities
presented their weapons to her- Lord Shiva gave his trident, Lord Vishnu
gave his chakra, Agni gave his Shakti etc. After acquiring all the
weapons, Goddess Durga thundered loudly. The deities eulogised her after
which she proceeded towards Vindhya Mountain mounted on her lion. Vindhya
Mountain had been cursed by sage Agastya as a result of which, its
enormous size turned into a hill. The tale behind this curse is as
follows- In the ancient times, Vindhya Mountain was so high that it became
very difficult for the Sun to make its movement. The Sun went to sage
Agastya and requested him to minimise the size of Vindhya Mountain. Sage
Agastya went near the Vindhya Mountain and said- "I am going on a
pilgrimage but you are coming in my way. Since I am an old man, it is
impossible for me to climb your steep slopes. I request you to reduce your
size and remain in the same position till I return from my pilgrimage
otherwise you will have to face my wrath."
accepted his request and turned into a hill. Sage Agastya then proceeded
on his pilgrimage towards south but did not return according to his
promise. He constructed a magnificent hermitage and asked Lopamudra- the
daughter of Vidarbha King to stay there and himself returned to his
hermitage. Vindhya Mountain remained in that position waiting for sage
Agastya's arrival. This way, sage Agastya solved the problem of the Sun.
chose this very mountain to launch her assault. All the deities, Siddhas,
Nagas, Apsaras etc. were present with her.