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Garud Jee's Pride is Crushed
Garud had got the Var from Indra that he could eat snakes. Once he ate Aryak's son Chikoor and said to Aryak - "After one month I will come back to eat your grandson Sumukh too." It happened so that Indra's Saarathee Maatali had a beautiful daughter named Gunaakeshee. As she grew to marriageable age, Maatali got worried about her groom. So he came out of his house and wandered in search of the groom for his daughter.
As he was wandering, he came to nether region, he met Naarad Jee on the way. Naarad asked him - "How come you are wandering here? Are you on Indra's mission or your own mission?" Then he told everything to Naarad, that he was looking for the groom for his daughter. Naarad said - "I know everything of these places, so let me take you there and you can choose whoever you like." So both went around. They went to Daitya's place, then birds' place, then they came to Naag's place Bhogvatee Nagaree.
There Maatali selected a boy and asked Naarad to settle an alliance with him. Naarad said - "He is Aryak's grandson Sumukh. Aryak's son Chikoor was killed by Garud. Let us go to Aryak and talk to him." They went to him and talked to him about Maatali's daughter Gunaakeshee's marriage to his grandson. Aryak got sad and said - "I would have been very happy to accept this alliance but my son's age is very short. Garud has already killed his father, we are still grieving him; and he has told us that he would come back to kill him in one month time."
Maatali said - "I have an idea. Let him go with me to Indra. We will find some way." So all four went to Indra. Vishnu was also happened to be there by chance. Hearing all this Hari asked Indra to give Amrit to Sumukh, but Indra didn't give Amrit to Sumukh, he just increased his age. As Garud heard this he got very angry with Indra to take his food. [now Gard Jee could not eat Sumukh, because Indra had increased his age] He said - "Don't think I am weak. I have similar lineage as yours and Vishnu's. I can support Tri-Lok. I can carry your younger brother with his friends on my one feather only. So He himself can decide who is more powerful amongst us."
Hari smiled and said - "Being so weak, how do you think yourself so powerful? Even Tri-Lok united together cannot bear my weight. Only I myself bear my weight and yours too. If you think so then try to bear the weight of my right arm only." And saying this Hari put His right arm on Garud's shoulder. Garud could not bear its weight. He fell down almost fainted. Hari, however, did not hurt him much. Gasping his breath, he said to Hari in a feeble voice - "I did not know your strength before. You are the greatest." Hari said - "Never behave like this in future." Thus Hari crushed Garud's pride. After that Garud and Sumukh became friends. All became happy and went to their places.
When Raavan tied Raam and Lakshman with Naag Paash in the war, and they got fainted, nobody knew what to do for them so that their lives could be saved from snakes. Those snakes were biting them slowly and their poison could kill them after some time. Everybody was sad but was not able to think of any way to save them.
Then Hanumaan got an idea and he flew from there and came to Garud Jee and told the whole incident. Then he requested him that his Swaamee was lying like this and He needed his help. Garud Jee thought a bit and got ready to help his Swaamee. Both came to the battle ground. As snakes saw Garud Jee coming towards them they immediately left Raam and Lakshman's bodies and ran away. Thus Raam and Lakshman's lives were saved. After finishing his work Garud ee flew away to his Lok.
On his way to going his Lok, he thought - "My Swaamee is so powerful that He can alleviate all the pains of others, He can give anything to anybody, nobody can defeat Him, then how come that He could not save Himself from these ordinary snakes and He had to take my help for this. He who frees everybody from every kind of bondage, why I had to go to free him from these ordinary snakes? Then what kind of power He has? it means that I am more powerful than Him that I was called to save His life."
While going to his Lok he was thinking like this. He got so much confused with this idea that he diverted himself to Shiv. He told everything to Shiv and prayed that Shiv should remove his confusion. Shiv said - "I am in hurry to go to somewhere, you go to Kaagbhushundi Jee, he should be able to alleviate your confusion." Garud Jee went to Kaagbhushundi Jee and told his story.
Kaagbhushundi Jee received him with great respect and politely told Raam Kathaa to him. He told him his own story also as how he got confused by Raam's Maayaa. There is nobody in the world who has not been affected by Raam's Maayaa but this Maayaa affects him less who always hears Raam's Kathaa.
Some Other Incidents of Garud Jee's Life
(1) Murari Gupta as Garud as a Ride to Chaitanya Mahaaprabhu
(2) Garud Jee is Angry With Indra----
(3) Kaaliya Naag was Scared of Garud Jee----
(4) Garud Jee Helps Shree Krishn----
(5) Garud Jee and a Little Sparrow ----
(6) Garud Jee Carries Mandaraachal Parvat to Ksheer Saagar----
Created by Sushma Gupta On 5/27/04
Modified on 03/22/13