Biographies | Rishi
Taken from Padm Puraan, 1/29;
see also MBH, G-1-Beginning/5; MBH, G-9-Anushaasan/2; Story-Chastity
Maandavya Muni is not a witness either in Raamaayan or in Mahaabhaara, but his story comes in Padm Puraan and Mahaabhaarat. Maandavya Muni gave Shaap to Yam Raaj that he had to be born as a Shoodra on Prithvi for 100 years three times ...
Maandavya Curses Yam Raaj
When Maandavya Muni was taken to Narak to Yam Raaj, he asked Yam Raaj, "What was my sin to get this punishment?" Yam Raaj said, "You have committed a Paap." "What?" "Once you have pierced a Tiddee (locust) with the tip of a Kush." Muni said - "That I must have done when I was a very little child and unknowingly. And you punished me so much for that little crime?" Then Muni gave Shaap to Dharm Raaj, "Go, and live in Shoodra Varn on Prithvi for 100 years three times." So he was born as maid-servant's son as Vidur Jee. [According to some other sources he was born as the in-charge of the Shamashaan land where Harishchandra worked]. Read Yudhishthir-Incarnation of Dharm Raaj for extra explanation.
Next he extended the age of a child from 12 years to 15 years to ignore his crime.
Shaap to the Leper
Next day she stopped the Sun to rise and her husband did not die. As the Sun did not rise the whole Universe was dark and people got worried. Devtaa also got worried seeing the people worried, so they went to Brahmaa Jee and told him their problem. Brahmaa Jee said - "This has happened because of Maandavya Muni's Shaap of a leper. His Pativrataa wife has stopped the Sun to rise." So they all went to that woman and requested her to take her words back, but she said clearly that "until Maandavya Muni will not take his words back, she cannot taker he words back." So all of them to Maandavya Muni and requested him to pardon that leper. Seeing the delicacy of situation Muni pardoned him and the Pativrataa also took her words back. Once again the Sun rose and the Universe filled with sunlight.
Maandavya Muni and Shiv
Created by Sushma Gupta on 5/27/03
Updated on 10/02/13