Biograophies | Daitya
His story appears in several flavors.
See also Jalandhar, Shankhchood, Tulasee
This write up taken from Kincaid's write up
After Jalandhar's birth, when Jalandhar pressed Brahmaa Jee's neck so forcefully that he was about to cry, Brahmaa Jee bestowed him with a boon that nobody else than Shankar will be able to kill him. he named him Jalandhar. Jalandhar grew up tall and mighty and won all the kings of Earth and in due course married Vrindaa - the daughter of Kaalnemi. He became the king of all Daitya who were driven by gods out of the Heaven. Those Daitya requested him to be their leader and get the Heaven back for them.
So Jalandhar sent Raahu, his Minister, as his emissary to Indra and asked him to return the jewels of Saagar Manthan to him. But Indra refused to give those jewels back as Saagar had sheltered their enemies, so they had a right o churn the Saagar and had taken his jewels. Hearing this Jalandhar invaded Indra and fought with him in his Nandan Van. Whoever Devtaa were killed, their Guru Brihaspati Jee revived them with the Sanjeevanee herb grown on Drone Giri Parvat. Seeing this Jalandhar hurled Drone Giri into the sea, and Devtaa hid in the caves which were in golden mountain (Sumeru Parvat). They went to Vishnu to pray and Vishnu came to rescue them; but Vishnu could not do anything to Jalandhar because of the boon of Brahmaa Jee. Rather Jalandhar could wound Vishnu's Garud. Vishnu granted him a boon. In his boon he asked Vishnu to send Lakshmee to live with him on Earth. Vishnu had to grant this boon unwillingly and Jalandhar became the King of three Lok. Everything was going in order in his reign - rain fell in time, there was no famine, no poverty etc. Even the gods lived comfortably in his reign.
Naarad Jee Comes to Jalandhar
Vishnu's Plot to Kill Jalandhar
After a few days she came to know that the man with whom she was living was not her husband Jalandhar, but was Vishnu who came there in disguise of Jalandhar. She filled with rage and she cursed Him that the two demons who had frightened her, in next Avataar will rob Him of His wife; and to recover His wife He will have to take help of apes who brought Jalandhar's body parts. Vrindaa then immolated herself. As Vrindaa's chastity was gone, it was easy for Shiv to kill Jalandhar. Devtaa went to their place, demons were sent to their place, but Vishnu did not come back from Vrindaa's palace. Whoever found Him, found Him mad with grief rolling in Vrindaa's ashes.
Paarvatee Breaks the Charm of Vrindaa
Vrindaa's Curse Comes True
In the 8th Avataar, Krishn Avataar, Tulasee plant took the form of Raadhaa and as such wedded Him on Kaarttik Shukla Dwaadashee, so we celebrate the wedding of Krishn and Raadhaa by celebrating Shaalgraam and Tulasee wedding on that day - the reconciliation of Vishnu with the demon-woman Vrindaa with whom He wronged. Good luck to that house in which Tulasee plant is watered and Vishnu is worshiped with Tulasee leaves. Unless the Tulasee plant is placed on the black Shaalgraam stone which is picked up from the bed of the Gandakee River, because it is regarded as the symbol of Vishnu.
Created by Sushma Gupta On 5/27/04
Modified on 04/10/13