Shiv Jee | Legends
There are eight legends about Shiv Jee in which Shiv Jee has destroyed evil - Andhakaasur, Daksh Yagya, Gajaasur, Jalandhar, Kaam Dev, Kiraat-Arjun, Maarkandeya Muni, Tripur.
This legend relates to the encounter of Shiv Jee with Arjun - one of the five Paandav of Mahaabhaarat. During the period of their exile of 13 years, when Paandav guessed about the war in future, they started equipping themselves for it. Under this project, Arjun was advised to please Shiv Jee to receive His Paashupataastra - Shiv Jee's infallible weapon, to win Kaurav. In fact it was to help Arjun to enter Swarg also to take other celestial weapons from his father Indra.
Arjun did Tapasyaa for Shiv Jee to get this weapon from him. Shiv Jee got pleased with his Tapasyaa, but he wanted to do something else before he granted his wish. So he took a form of a Kiraat (hunter), and asked one of his Gan to become a wild boar. The boar started roaring near Arjun disturbing him in his Tap, so he shot an arrow and killed it.
When Arjun came near the boar to collect his hunt, he found two arrows in its body. Where did this arrow come from? Arjun was thinking thus that he saw a Kiraat coming from the other side. Kiraat said - "This is my prey, I will take it." Arjun said - "First I shot it, so it is mine and I will take it." Quarrel developed on this issue as whose prey it was. Arjun said - "When Arjun shots an arrow, nobody else can shoot at the same."
Now Arjun was very proud of his archery. As Shiv Jee challenged him for a dual, he got ready and the fight started. In the course of this mock fight Shiv Jee stripped Arjun of all of his weapons and his ego too, but the brave prince continued to fight even with his bare hands. Then Arjun said - "Nobody else can defeat Arjun as you have defeated. Tell me who are you? You can only be Shiv." Saying this he closed his eyes and meditated upon Shiv Jee. He saw the same Kiraat in his meditation. He got surprised to see him. He immediately opened his eyes made a wild flower garland and offered to Kiraat.
Shiv Jee, pleased with his spirit and devotion, then revealed himself and blessed him with his Paashupataastra.
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Created on March 15, 2003 and Updated on February 12, 2013