Story of Jalandhar
Once when Shiv looked into the ocean, a brightness appeared and that resulted
into the manifestation of a small child. This incident happened at the place
where river Gangaa submerged into the ocean and which is known as Gangaa
Saagar now a days. The child was crying so ferociously that an environment
of fear was created everywhere. The deities and the sages went to Brahmaa to
satisfy their curiosity. Brahma assured them to find out the reason, so he
went to the seashore. The sea put the child in his lap and enquired about
the name of that child and also about his future. Meanwhile the child pressed
Brahmaa's neck with such power that tears rolled down from his eyes. For this
reason he named the child as Jalandhar.
Brahmaa told the sea that the child will become the mighty ruler of the
demons. No deity would be able to kill him except Shiv. The sea was very
pleased to hear Brahma's predictions. After that Brahmaa returned to his
abode, the sea brought that child to his home and brought up that child
with great love and care. When Jalandhar grew up he got married to Vrindaa,
who was the daughter of Kaalnemi Asur and later on he became the ruler of
Bhrighu Narrates the Story of Saagar Manthan to Jalandhar
One day Sage Bhrigu came to meet Jalandhar. After receiving him with due
respect Jalandhar asked him as to who severed the head of Raahu. Sage Bhrigu
then told him about Hiranyakashyap who was the maternal uncle of Raahu. Sage
Bhrigu also told him about Virochan who was the son of the great Asur King
Bali. After that he narrated the tale of the churning of ocean and how
ambrosia emerged from it. He also told him how Raahu's head was severed by
Vishnu, while he was sitting among Devtaa assuming the formof a Devtaa at
the time when ambrosia was being distributed to all.
Jalandhar became very furious after hearing this story. He summoned one of
his messengers whose name was Ghasmar and instructed him to go and ask Indra,
as to why he had misappropriated all the wealth of his father (Sea) which
emerged from Saagar Manthan. He also instructed Ghasmar to warn Indra about
the dire consequences unless he takes his refuge. Ghasmar obeyed him and delivered
his message to Indra, but Indra sent him back without any specific assurance
or hearing. This action of Indra made Jalandhar angrier than before. He collected
his army and attacked Indra. A fierce battle too place between his army and the
army of Indra. Many warriors got killed from both the sides.
Shukraacharya, the Guru of Asur, brought back the dead warriors from the
Asur's side back to life by his Mrit Sanjeevanee Vidyaa. Similarly Dev Guru
Brihaspati also brought back the dead warriors from Devtaa's side back to
life with the help of medicinal herbs from Drone Giri. When Shukraachaarya
saw this that sage Brihaspati too was successfully bringing the dead Devtaa
alive, he instructed Jalandhar to submerge the Drone Giri into the sea, so
that it becomes impossible for Brihaspati to get the medicinal herbs by the
help of which he was bringing the dead deities alive. Jalandhar obeyed the
command of Shukraachaarya. He lifted the Drone Giri and submerged it into
the sea. Now Devtaa became unsuccessful, so they fled from the battle field
and Jalandhar captured Indra Puree.
Jalandhar and Vishnu
The terrified deities took the refuge of Vishnu and sought His help. Vishnu
gave a patient hearing and agreed to help them, but there was a hitch. His
consort Lakshmee considered Jalandhar as her brother because both of
them originated from the sea. She requestd Vishnu not to kill Her brother
Jalandhar. Vishnu promised Her that He won't kill Jalandhar. After giving
his word to Lakshmee, He went to fight with Jalandhar. Again a fierce battle
took place between Vishnu and Jalandhar which remained indecisive till the
end. Vishnu became very much impressed by the valiance of Jalandhar and
asked him to demand any boon he liked.
Jalandhar requested him to make his dwelling in the Ksheer Saagar - the
abode of Jalandhar, along with his sister (Lakshmee). Vishnu agreed to
fulfill his wish and started living in the Ksheer Saagar along with his
consort Lakshmee. This is the reason why the sea is wealthy with resources.
Jalandhar and Shiv
Being undefeated by Vishnu Himself, Jalandhar became the ruler of the entire
three worlds. All his subjects were satisfied by his just and virtuous rule,
except the deities. The deities now eulogized Shiv to seek his help in defeating
Jalandhar. According to the wish of Shiv, sage Naarad came to meet Devtaa. Devtaa
narrated their woeful tales to him. Feeling pity on their condition, he went to
Jalandhar who accorded a grand reception to him which pleased Naarad very much. He
praised the splendors and prosperity of Jalandhar but added that it was nothing in
comparison to Shiv's splendors. He also told him that in spite of all his authority
and splendors, his prosperity was still incomplete, as he did not have a proper
consort. Jalandhar asked curiously as to where could he find his consort.
According to his strategy, Naarad advised him to make Paarvatee as his consort. Jalandhar
fell into Naarad's trap. So he sent 'Raahu' to Shiv with a proposal to part with Paarvatee.
Raahu went to Shiv and demanded Paarvatee, which made Shiv extremely furious. His anger
resulted into the manifestation of a ferocious creature, which ran towards Raahu to devour
him. Raahu had no option but to take the refuge of Shiv. Shiv protected the life of
The hungry creature then asked Shiv as to what should he eat to satisfy his hunger. Shiv
asked him to devour his own limbs. The creative followed his instructions and devoured
his limbs. Shiv was very pleased by his sense of obedience, so he blessed him saying that
he too would be worshipped along with him (Shiv). Raahu went back to Jalandhar and narrated
the whole story to him. Hearing this Jalandhar then attacked Kailaash Mountain with his huge
army. A fierce battle was fought between the Shiv Gan and the demons. When Jalandhar realized
that Shiv had begun to dominate the battle he created beautiful Apsaraa and Gandharv by his
illusionary powers to divert the attention of Shiv and his Gan. He was successful in his attempt.
Shiv and his Gan became enchanted by the heavenly beauty of the Apsaraa created by Jalandhar.
They stopped fighting and started watching their dance and music.
Meanwhile Jalandhar went to Paarvatee in disguise of Shiv but Paarvatee
recognized Jalandhar. Being enchanted by the beauty of goddess Paarvatee,
he looked at her with his evil intentions, but was immobilized by her wrath.
Paarvatee then went to Vishnu and narrated the whole story. She wanted to
teach Jalandhar a lesson. She requested Vishnu to go to Jalandhar's wife
Vrindaa in the guise of Jalandhar and act in the same way.
Vrindaa and Vishnu
With the help of His divine powers, Vishnu created many inauspicious dreams
while Vrindaa was asleep. Vrindaa became very restless and when the anxieties
become unbearable she proceeded towards the forest. Vrindaa saw a hermit in the
forest who was preaching his disciples. The hermit was none other than Vishnu.
She went to that hermit and prayed to save her husband's life. Vishnu disappeared
from the scene and reappeared - this time in the guise of Jalandhar. But Vrindaa
was unable to recognize the real identity of her husband. She was very pleased
after finding her husband alive and well. She stayed in that very forest with her
husband for a very long time.
One day, Vrindaa came to know about the real identity of the person, who was
impersonating as her husband. Realizing that her chastity has been breached,
she cursed Vishnu by saying that "just as he had played a deceitful trick
with her in the same way somebody would deceitfully abduct his wife and he
too would wander in her search." After cursing Vishnu, Vrindaa embraced
death by entering into the fire.
Shiv Kills Jalandhar
On the other side, after the departure of Paarvatee from Kailaash Mountain
and after the illusionary powers created by Jalandhar had ended all the
Apsaraa and Gandharv vanished. Shiv realized that whatever he was watching
was nothing more than an illusion. Shiv recommenced his battle. Now Jalandhar
again arrived to fight with him. A fierce battle commenced between them. Finding
an opportune time, Shiv severed the head of Jalandhar by his Chakra which had
been created from his toe. After his death, Jalandhar's soul united with Shiv.
When Devtaa came to know about the killing of Jalandhar, they became overjoyed.
They came to Shiv and eulogized him. They also hailed his great achievement.
After expressing their gratitude they returned to their respective abodes.
Manifestation of Aamalaa (myrobalan), Tulasee (basil) and Maalatee
Lord Vishnu was very much saddened by the death of Vrindaa. He took the
ashes from the pyre and after applying them on His body started wandering
here and there. Devtaa became very worried to see the condition of Vishnu.
They again went to Shiv and reporte the condition of Vishnu. They requested
Him to eliminate the false attachment with which Vishnu was suffering. Shiv
sent the Devtaa to Paarvatee, saying that she would certainly help in this
regard. The Devtaa went to Paarvatee and prayed to her. She became very
pleased and with the assistance of Lakshmee and Saraswatee, gave some seeds
to them. Devtaa sprayed those seeds on the pyre, on which Vrindaa had given
up her life. Three holy plants manifested from that pyre - Aamalaa, Tulasee
and Maalatee. Later on Tulasee and Maalatee attained the Vishnu Lok by the
virtue of their respective penance, but Aamalaa remained on Prithvi to do
Kalyaan of people.