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Legends About Agni
Agni Dev Lies to Bhrigu, Birth of Chyavan,
Bhrigu Curses Agni Dev
Pulomaa took her forcefully and started going away from the Aashram. Pulomaa was pregnant at that time. She got frightened and her fetus fell from her womb. Seeing this Pulomaa ran away from there. When Bhrigu came back he named that child "Chyavan" because he got "Chyut" (fallen) from its place; and cursed Agni Dev that "you will be eating everything even the dirtiest things." Hearing this Agni asked for his forgiveness and showed his helplessness. Then Bhrigu said - "All right, even if you will eat everything, you will not become impure."
Seetaa Curses Agni Dev at Gayaa
Keeping Phaalgunee river, Cow, Fire god and Maalatee flower as witnessed she offered things kept in having no alternative. When Raam and Lakshman came back they performed the Shraaddh ceremony, but Dasharath did not appear. He was surprised to see this. Later He came to know that Seetaa had already performed the Shraaddh. He did not believe that Seetaa gave offering and Dasharath had accepted it. To assure Raam Seetaa called for the witnesses - Agni Dev, Phaalgunee River, a cow and Maalatee flower. All other testified that Seetaa performed the Shraaddh and Dasharath came in person to accept the offering from Seetaa except Agni Dev. Agni kept quiet, it appeared fearing not to oppose Shree Raam. At this Seetaa cursed Agni - "In future he will eat everything with out discrimination." From that time it is believed Agni consume all good and bad things!! However his position as witness is still continued, since Seetaa did not curse on this aspect.
The above two stories look similar in curse - both Bhrigu and Seetaa cursed Agni the same curse - that Agni Dev should burn everything, good and bad alike. How did it happen that two people at two different times cursed him the same?
Indra Curses Agni Dev
and Vaayu Dev
So Indra asked Agni Dev and Vaayu Dev to kill those Raakshas wherever they find them. Ahgni Dev and Vaayu Dev killed many Raakshas but many of them hid in the ocean. Agni Dev and Vaayu Dev thought, since these coward have hidden in the ocean, they cannot harm us"; so they came back. But when Indra heard this he became angry that why didn't they kill them all. They pleaded - "If we had churned the ocean we could kill many innocent animals also in it, and that is not the Dharm." And Agni Dev told that he could not kill them in the water of ocean. Indra got very angry at this and said - "One, you have disobeyed me and second, you are teaching me Dharm? Earth is a good place to discuss all this, so go and born on Prithvi. And O Agni, you will drink ocean there." So they became the sons of Mitra and Varun from Urvashee Apsaraa.
Once Mitra and Varun were going somewhere that they saw Urvashee Apsaraa. Seeing her their semen fell. They carefully kept it in a pitcher. From the same pitcher were born these Agastya and Vashishth Rishi. Agastya being the incarnation of Agni Dev and Vashishth Jee being the incarnation of Vaayu Dev. Because of Nimi's Shaap the first Vashishth (Brahmaa's son) had left his body and then took rebirth from the pot as Agni Dev's incarnation. He appeared first from the pot and Agastya Jee appeared later from that pitcher.
Agni Dev Gets Stomach Upset
So at that time Agni Dev drank Ghee continuously for 12 years. This made his stomach upset. He lost his color and became pale. He lost his appetite and became weak. So Agni Dev went to Brahmaa Jee and he assured him - "You have become like this because of drinking Ghee continuously, but now the time has come that you would become healthy naturally. Once you burnt the Khaandav forest at the request of Devtaa, now has become the home of enemies of devtaa. When you would eat the fat of those creatures you will become all right. You go there and eat that forest with its creatures." So Agni Dev came to Khaandav forest and with the help of Vaayu Dev started blazing the fire there, but all the time Indra rained heavily and Agni Dev had to leave it. Agni Dev told his saga to Brahmaa Jee. Brahmaa jee sent him to Krishn and Arjun. he came to Arjun and Arjun and krishn helped him to consume the forest and its creatures, thus making him well.
Created by Sushma Gupta on 5/27/03
Updated on 06/15/13