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Taken from     Bhaagvat Puraan, 10/u25     See also   Vrikaasur

This same story is known with the name of Bhasmaasur also

Vrikaasur was the son of Shakuni named Daitya. One day he was going somewhere that he came across Naarad Jee. He asked him as who was among the three Dev who could be pleased the soonest. Naarad Jee said - "You may worship Shiv Jee. He is very kind-hearted and can be pleased soon. Although he may get into trouble after giving Var as he got into trouble after giving Var to Raavan when he lifted Kailaash Parvat on his shoulders; and Baanaasur who asked him to be the guard of his city."

So he went to Kedaar Kshetra and started offering his flesh to Agni assuming it the mouth of Mahaadev. He did this for six days but Mahaadev didn't appear before him. So next day after taking bath, he offered his wet head to Mahaadev. Mahaadev appeared before him and asked the reason of doing such a hard worship for him while he could be pleased only by offering only water. Then he asked Vrikaasur to ask for a Var. Vrikaasur said - "On whomsoever I put my hand he should die immediately." Although Shankar Jee was not happy with this Var, but still he gave him this Var and said - "So be it". Thus he gave Amrit to a poisonous snake.

Now Vrikaasur's mind was very evil. As he got the Var he desired for Paarvatee Jee and wanted to put his hand on Shiv Jee's head to test that Var. Shankar Jee got afraid of his own given Var and ran away from there. He headed towards the end of the Prithvi, in all directions, towards Swarg, but found Vrikaasur still following him all the time. So now he turned towards North. Even the great Devtaa could not find the solution of his problem. In the end he came to Vaikunth Lok. There lives Bhagavaan Himself.

Bhagavaan found Shankar Jee in a great trouble, so He took a form of a Brahmchaaree and met Vrikaasur on his way. He said to him in a very polite voice - "O Shakuni-Nandan Vrikaasur Jee, You seem to be very tired, are you coming from a very far place? Take some rest. See, This body is the cause of all kinds of happiness and sorrow. Tell me if I can do anything for you?"

Vrikaasur took some rest there and told Him everything from worshipping Shankar Jee, through giving him  Var, to follow him for testing his Var. Bhagavaan said - "Oh, So taht is why you are following him. Don't you know that he has become Pishaach after Daksh Jee's Shaap? You are such a great man still you believe on such small things? If you still regard him as Jagadguru (the Guru of the world) then test it your own head; and if you find it a lie then kill that liar Shankar."

Bhagavaan told all this to him in such a way that he lost all his logical powers, and he put his hand over his own head. As he did so, he died immediately according to the Var. Thus Shankar Jee got free from this trouble. Bhagvaan said to him - "Who is that who has committed crime to great people and did not get punished. He committed a crime to you, so he got his punishment."



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