Who and Who Did Tapasyaa After Being Insulted?
In Hindu mythology, there are some people who did Tapasyaa after being
insulted to take revenge or to get rid of ...
First name comes to our mind is of Indra. After playing with Gautam Muni's wife
Ahalyaa, when he was going back, Muni saw him coming out of his Aashram and knew
what was he up to? He cursed him that "Because of which he came to his Aashram,
he should have that mark all over his body." And Indra's body was covered with
that mark. He felt very ashamed and did Tapasyaa to please Shiv Jee. Shiv Jee got
pleased and he converted those marks into eyes. Since then he became a 1000-eyed -
Ambaa was the princess of Kaashee. Bheeshm brought these three princesses - Ambaa,
Amibikaa, and Ambalikaa, for his half brother Vichitraveerya by declaring. Among
them Ambikaa and Ambaalikaa had accepted Vichitraveerya their husband, but Ambaa
did not accept him because she Shaalv king. After coming to Hastinaapur, she told
this to the king. King agreed and sent her back to Shaalv king. Shaalv king did
not accept her because Bheeshm took her after defeating Shaalv, so Shaalv said that
he does not take the lost thing back in donation.
Now Ambaa again went back to
Hastinaapur and asked the revenge of this insult. She wanted to marry Bheeshm, but
Bheeshm could not marry her as he was vow-bound to remain bachelor for his whole
life. Ambaa felt insulted and did severe Tap for Shiv Jee. Shiv Jee got pleased and
asked her to ask for a boon. She told that she wanted to be the cause of Bheeshm's
death. "So be it" On asking "How can I kill him, I am a woman and I
cannot go in battlefield.", Shiv Jee said - "When you will be born next
time, you will remember your previous life and you will be able to kill him."
She was born as Shikhandee and was able to kill Bheeshm.
The second name is of Jayadrath. Jayadrath was the husband of Dhritraashta's daughter
Dushalaa's husband. He was one of the candidates of Draupadee, but a Braahman took her
away. Since then he kept an eye on her. When Paandav were in exile, he got an opportunity
to abduct her; but Arjun and Bheem knew about it and followed him. They brought him back
and punished him by leaving five locks of hair on his head to remind him that Paandav
insulted him. He could not tolerate this insult so he did not go to his own kingdom or
Hastinaapur; but went to do Tap for Shiv Jee. Shiv Jee got pleased and asked him to ask
or any boon. He asked that he wanted to defeat Paandav. Shiv Jee said - "Paandav
are invincible, you cannot win Paandav, but yes, you can defeat other Paandav than Arjun
and Krishn on one day." Jayadrath got satisfied with this boon. This was the day
when Abhimanyu was killed.
Fights Between Gods
There have been times when even Devtaa fought among themselves. When were those
times and who were those gods?
Vishnu and Shiv-1
In the beginning, Brahmaa Jee produced Rudra and gave him Gauree (born from
Naaraayan) and asked him to create the Creation. Rudra was detached to all
worldly pleasures so he went to do tap, and seeing this Gauree got absorbed in Brahmaa.
Brahmaa got angry at this and he produced then several Maanas Putra, one of them
was Daksh. He asked them to create and they filled the earth with their
creation. Gauree was born to Daksh. Daksh organized a grand Yagya. All were
invited in it. In the meantime Rudra appeared and saw that the whole Prithvi was
filled with many kinds of creatures. Seeing this Rudra got angry that who has
transgressed his authority, so he produced many Bhoot, Pishaach etc from his ears
and started destroying Daksh's Yagya. Vishnu tried to protect the Yagya, and
because of which a great fight ensued between them. Brahmaa had to intervene to
stop the fight and then he named them as Har and Hari.
[Varaah Puraan, ]
Vishnu and Shiv-2
The first one I remember of Vishnu and Shiv. When Daitya Raaj Baanaasur's
daughter Ushaa got Aniruddh through her friend Chitralekhaa and kept him with
her for some time, Krishn and Pradyumn got worried about him and then came to
know that he was with Baanaasur. So both went there with their army to get him
back. There they wanted to enter Baanaasur's city but Shiv was guarding his
city, so both had to fight with Shiv first to enter his city. And that is where
a fight between Vishnu (Krishn) and Shiv took place.
Ganesh and Parashuraam
Parashuraam Jee, Vishnu's 6th incarnation, was a great devotee of Shiv. Shiv gave him his Pharasaa by which
Parashuraam Jee was killing Kshatriya. Once Parashuraam Jee came to see Shiv.
Ganesh Jee was guarding his dwelling place. So as he wanted to enter the place
to meet Shiv, Ganesh Jee tried to stop him saying that Shiv was taking rest and
he could not meet him at that time, but Parashuraam Jee told him that he had the
permission to meet him any time, so he wanted to see him urgently. But Ganesh
was adamant, so both started fighting. Once Ganesh Jee got him on his tusks and
threw him on the ground. Parashuraam Jee got fainted for a while but when he got
up he threw his Pharasaa on Ganesh Jee. Ganesh Jee recognized the Pharasaa as
his father's weapon. If he wanted to destroy it, he could have but respecting it
he took it on one of his teeth and dropped his one tooth to honor it. Since than
Ganesh Jee was known as Ekdant.
How Many Personalities are Elephant-headed
In our mythological literature there are a
few characters who have elphant's head on their body, who are they?
The first name comes to our mind is of Ganesh Jee who has an elephant's head and who is
worshipped first everywhere.
Gajaasur was a Daitya whose head was of elephant.
She was a goddess and lived in Gangaa River. Once Paarvatee Jee took bath near Gangaa
River and threw the bath water in the River. There lived an elephant-headed goddess Maalinee. She drank that water. She gave birth to a boy with five elephant heads and
four arms, Ganesh. Then Gangaa claimed him as her own son, but Shiv declared him as
Paarvatee's son because he was born from Paarvatee's bathe water. He reduced his five heads to only one head.
[Read the story Ganesh/stories-2]
Uncommon Illusions in the Battlefield
Illusory battle has been common in both Raam-Raavan and MBH wars, but these following
incidents are not common and in all cases Lakshman, Seetaa, and Krishn swooned away -
(1) By Meghnaad
Meghnaad created this illusion - showing Raam the killing of Seetaa; and showing
Seetaa the killing of Raam
(2) By Shaalv
A similar illusion was created by Shaalv, while fighting with Krishn, by showing
Him His dead father Vasudev