Biographies | Devtaa
Why Chandramaa Wanes and Waxes?
Hearing this Chandramaa got very sad and asked for Daksh's forgiveness. Daksh said - "My words cannot go lie." Then Chandramaa prayed Shiv Jee and pleased him. Shiv then relaxed Daksh's curse into 15 days of waxing and 15 days of waning. Since then Chandramaa has been waxing and waning for 15 days each. Pleased with this Chandramaa built a gold temple in Prabhaas Kshetra - Somnaath Temple, one of the 12 Jyotir Ling. Later Raavan built it in silver.
Cause of Lunar Eclipse
They churned the sea using Vaasuki Naag as the rope, Mandar Mountain as the churning rod, the churning started. Daitya held the head portion of Vasuki and Devtaa the tail. During churning many things appeared. After Lakshmee, God Dhanvantari appeared from the sea carrying a nectar pot in one hand and a book of Aayur Ved in his second hand. Daitya were powerful, so they snatched the nectar pot from Dhanvantari and ran away. Seeing this Vishnu appeared as Mohinee, took the nectar pot from Daitya's hands and started distributing nectar to Devtaa and liquor to Daitya.
Raahu Daitya was noticing this so he came and sat between Chandra and Soorya assuming the form of a Devtaa. Mohinee gave the nectar to him also, but as soon as he drank it, Soorya and Chandra recognized him and Chandra gave a signal to Mohinee. Immediately Mohinee took out Her Chakra and cut his neck, but by that time he had already drank nectar, so his both parts did not die, rather they both became immortal. Since then Raahu developed the enmity with Chandra and Soorya and he seeks the opportunity to eat them. He gets it on Amaavasyaa Day (New Moon Day) to eat Soorya and on Poornimaa day (Full Moon Day) to eat Chandra - commonly called Solar Eclipse and Lunar Eclipse.
Raahu moves always in a path opposing Moon. Due to fear of Raahu opposing, Moon moves quickly, mostly without coming under his eyes. Raahu moves slowly knowing "Slow and steady" is a better way to get opposing Moon. The purpose of Raahu is to keep the Moon slightly frightened. When Raahu recollects, the old incidents, he does make a careful watch on Moon and stops him and tries to keep him in his mouth, but after some time he releases him. This period is called Grahan (eclipse). When Raahu is very angry the period is more for the eclipse. Raahu is normally very angry with Moon. Since the Sun also favored Moon in telling about Raahu's disguise, but kept quiet, his enmity is less with the Sun. Hence there are only one or two Solar Eclipses for short duration.
Taraa Balam Chandra Balam Tathaiv…
Finally Brahmaa Jee had to intervene to end this and ordered Chandramaa to return Taaraa to Brihaspati. Chandramaa had to heed to Brahma's orders, as at this stage, he smelled bad consequences if not obeyed him; so he coolly returned Taaraa and Taaraa joined Guru back and Guru was also happy to get her back. Now Taaraa had already conceived from Chandramaa by the time she came back to Guru. In due course she delivered a son. He was very shiny and intelligent so Brahmaa Jee named him Budh and on asking whose son he was, Taaraa kept mum, then the child said - "Why don't you tell him the truth." Then Taaraa told Brahmaa Jee that he was Chandramaa's son. So Budh came to be known as Chandramaa's son.
Whatever the different interpretations, the most logical interpretation is that Chandramaa had already 27 wives and Guru had already two wives, then why Chandramaa desired Taaraa specifically and why did Guru also want her specifically? Maybe because she had some sort of force or Power (Bal), that is why Chandramaa also desired her and Guru also wanted her back.
Chandramaa's Effect on Prithvi
Sharad Poornimaa (Poornimaa normally falling in October (Aashwin Poornimaa) is the day when Chandramaa rains Amrit (nectar and people keep sweets made from milk under its bright light to collect that Amrit in those sweets and eat them the next morning. There are some festivals also on which women break their fast after seeing Chandramaa, such as Karavaa Chauth.
Legend Has That the Moon and the Sun Were Equally Bright?
Curses on Chandramaa
Chandramaa had several curses --
(1) Curse by Ganesh Jee -
(2) Curse by Daksh Jee -
(3) Curse by Gautam Rishi -
Created by Sushma Gupta On 5/27/04
Modified on 03/12/13