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Its fish incident resembles with Bhaagvat Puraan's story of King Satyavrat or Matsya (fish) Avataar; while its Shankhaasur killing incident is quite different from Krishn's killing of Panchjan Raakshas in sea when He and Balaraam went to bring their Guru's son back.
Padm Puraan, 5/12,
Brahmaa Jee went to Vishnu along with Devtaa and worshipped Him. Vishnu said - "I am very pleased from your worship. I will fulfill your all desires. There is "Prabodhinee" Ekaadashee in the Shukla Paksh of Kaarttik Maas. On that day when one Prahar night remains, who will sing my praise with instruments like you have sung now, they will come to me. Shankhaasur has taken Ved in sea. I will bring them after killing him. From today, Ved along with Mantra, Beej and Yagya, will always reside in water every year in Kaarttik Maas. And from today I will also be living in water in Kaarttik Maas. You have awaken me on Ekaadashee, that is why this Tithi (day) will be very dear and respectable to me. If somebody keeps fast on this Ekaadashee in Kaarttik Maas, he will come to me."
After saying this, Bhagavaan Vishnu fell in the Anjulee (a cup formed by two hands joined together) of Kashyap Jee in the form of a fish. Muni kept that fish in his Kamandal, but the Kamandal was small for it. So Muni kept it in a well. Later when it grew so much that the well also became small for it he kept it in a pond, but there also it outgrew soon. At last Muni had to transfer it in the sea. There also Vishnu expanded His body and then He killed Shankhaasur. Carrying his body (the conch) He went to Badrik Aashram, called all Rishi there and ordered them to search for Ved which were scattered in water, and bring them to Him. Till then He stayed in Prayaag (now known as Allahabad in UP) along with Devtaa.
Then all Muni went to the sea and brought those Ved from water. Now who got whatever number of Mantra of whatever Ved, he became the Rishi of that part of Ved. Then they all went to Bhagavaan Vishnu and handed over those Mantra to Him. In turn Vishnu gave Ved to Brahmaa Jee. Brahmaa Jee became very happy to get Ved. He then, along with all Devtaa, did Ashwamedh Yagya in Prayaag. Since then Prayaag became known as Brahm Kshetra.
Vishnu said - "Raaja Bhageerath of Soorya Vansh will bring Gangaa here and she will meet Soorya's daughter Yamunaa here."
Shankhaasur had a son named Aghaasur. He was killed by Krishn
Created by Sushma Gupta on 5/27/03
Updated on 05/12/13