17-Var Bestowed by Shiv-2
Shiv's most devotees are
demons and the demons are described as Dushkritaan, miscreants, because
although they have brain power and merit, they use their merit and brain
power for abominable activities. Sometimes, for example, the materialistic
demons discover a lethal weapon. The scientific research for such a discovery
certainly requires a very good brain, but instead of using it for something
beneficial to the human society, they will use it to accelerate the death
which is already assured to every man. There are only two Asur who worshipped
Vishnu - Prahlaad and Vibheeshan. All other Daitya were the worshipers of Shiv
Since Shiv's most devotees
are Daitya or Asur, they will always put him or the society in trouble and
then Vishnu has to save him or the society from the troubles of that boon.
Let us see here, what Vardaan Shiv Jee gave to whom and how their troubles
were removed by Vishnu?
Once Paarvatee Jee came from behind and closed Shiv's eyes with her both
hands. Paarvatee Jee started sweating and her the drops of her sweat started
falling on the ground. A demon was born out of those sweat drops, but because
Shiv's eyes were closed, he was born blind. He was named
Andhakaasur. Shiv declared him
Paarvatee's son. But since Hiranyaaksh had no children and wanted one so he
gave that blind Daitya to him and instructed to bring him up. After some time
Hranyaaksh was killed and Prahlaad was crowned the King. His cousins started
teasing him for his blindness. Frustrated he started doing a Yagya in which he
offered his flesh as Aahuti. Brahmaa Jee appeared and granted him the boon of
sight and victory over Indra. But Andhak asked for immortality too, Brahmaa Jee
showed his incapability to grant this boon, and suggested him to ask for such a
boon by which he decides the time of his death himself. He said - "When I
aspire for a woman who has never been aspired for, I should die."
Once he saw Paarvatee Jee and got attracted to her. Shiv's guards fought with
him, Vishnu and Brahmaa also came to fight with him. Andhak used his Asur Gilaa
to swallow them all, but the Shiv lifted him up on his Trishool and kept there
for 1,000 years. He sang Shiv's 108 names for 1,000 years, then Shiv got him
down and touched him. He shone very bright and then he started serving his
(2) Baanaasur to Guard His City
Baanaasur was the son of Raajaa Bali (Prahlaad -> Virochan -> Bali ->
Baanaasur). Once Baanaasur did severe Tap for Shiv Jee and asked him 1,000 arms.
He gave them to him. After getting those arms he got very proud and started looking
for people with whom he could fight. Once for long time he did not find anybody to
find, so he asked Shiv Jee, "What should I d these arms without war? Will
there be any war when these arms will be used?" Shankar Jee said - "When
your peacock marked flag will break, at the same time that war which will give you
pleasure, will break. Baanaasur came back to his house and at a later time, he was
very happy to see the flag broken. Then he had the war with Krishn who came looking
for His grandson Aniruddh, because Chitralekhaa, friend of Ushaa (the daughter of
Baanaasur), brought him to her. That was when Vishnu in Krishn form and Shiv fought
together, but in the end Shiv was defeated then Shiv asked His mercy to spare his
Bhakt Baanaasur's life. Krishn said - "I could not have killed him anyway as
I have already promised Prahlaad that I will not kill anybody of your Kul." So
He cut his all arms leaving his only two arms. Baanaasur married his daughter to
Aniruddh and Krishn came back to Dwaarakaa with His grandson and his wife Ushaa.
Once there was a Raakshas named
Bhasmaasur, Once he did severe penance for Shiv Jee and asked him the boon
that to whoever he touches, he should reduce to ashes immediately. Shiv Jee
conferred him this boon. Now who was the better candidate to test this boon.
Shiv Jee had guessed this so he ran away from there. He ran in all the Lok but
Bhasmaasur was following him everywhere. So he proceeded towards Vaikunth Lok
where Vishnu lived. When Vishnu saw Shiv running like this, He understood that
Shiv was in trouble. Immediately He disguise Himself in a beautiful damsel and
stood in the way from where Bhasmaasur was coming. Seeing that Mohinee, Bhasmaasur
got attracted to her and made advances to Her. Vishnu asked him to go to a spring
first and take bath before embracing Her. In this process first he touched his
body and then his head, and as soon as he touched his head, he reduced to ashes.
Thus Vishnu saved Shiv Jee once again.
There was a Daitya named Gajaasur.
He was in the form of Gaj, means elephant. Once he did severe penance for Shiv
Jee. Shiv jee got pleased and asked him to ask for a boon. he said - "You
stay in my belly." It was a strange request, but since he had given him the
word, he entered in his belly. Gajaasur went to his home happily. Now some time
passed and Paarvatee Jee did not see Shiv Jee so she went to Vishnu and told Him
her saga. Vishnu came out in search of Shiv, He took Nandee along with Him. He
assumed the form of a flutist and Nandee used to dance on His flute. They came
to the city of Gajaasur and showed their skills there also. Gajaasur got very
pleased to see dancing Nandee, so he asked Vishnu to ask for a boon. Vishnu
asked him to release Shiv. As Shiv came out of his belly, his belly burst out
and he died. That is how Vishnu saved Shiv.
(5) Madhu Daitya
Madhu Daitya once did a very
severe Tapasyaa for Shiv Jee asked for such a weapon which could always
protect him, so Shiv Jee gave him a scepter and said that "It will
protect you all the time and till you will have it with you, you will
not be killed." So that scepter protected him all his life. When he
died he gave it to his son Lavanaasur. Till Lavanaasur ket it carefully,
that scepter protected him, once he was without it, the then Shatrughn
killed him. The scepter went back to Shiv.
Makaraaksh, the son of Khar (Khar had two sons - Vishaalaaksh and Makaraaksh),
Raavan's brother, got a Shool from Shiv Jee. he used it to kill Raam but He cut
in two parts and aimed an Agni Baan at him and killed him.
(7) To Raavan
When Raavan lifted Kailaash Parvat on his hand in pride, Shiv lowered it
by pressing it only by his little toe of left foot. This pressed Raavan's
hands and he cried and then prayed. Shiv got pleased with him and he gave
Var of longer life than Brahmaa gave it to him and named him Raavan from
that day on as he wept a lot.
(8) To Raavan
Once Raavan asked Shiv his Aatm Ling thinking that if he would have Shiv's
Aatm Ling, he would have Shiv under his control. So according to his words,
he had to give it to him. Although he gave it to him with a condition that
if he would keep it on the ground, it would stuck there only and he would
not be able to lift it up. Devtaa got very worried hearing this that now
Shiv will stay in Lankaa. They approached Ganesh Jee and he helped them
out to take his father Aatm Ling back from him.
(9) To Raktbeej
Raktbeej was the incarnation
of Rambh was the Minister
of Mahishaasur. He did
penance for Shiv Jee and pleased him. When Shiv Jee asked him to ask for a boon,
he asked him - "I wish that whenever even my one drop of blood touches the
ground, it should converted in to another Raktbeej." Shiv Jee granted the
boon and disappeared. The same Raktbeej then was killed by Devee. As Shiv gave
this Var to Raktbeeh Daitya, his power increased by a thousand times as every time
a drop of his blood would drop on the ground, it will grow in a blood spawn
and another Raktbeej was born from it. Because of this Var he was called Raktbeej.
So how can one kill such a Raakshas without spilling his blood on the ground? Thus
he became invincible. Then the Kaalee
in Paarvatee was invoked who drank his whole blood so that no blood could fall on
the ground and threw his body on the ground. That is how that Raakshas was killed.
[Devee Bhaagvat, 5th Skandh]
Vrikaasur was the son of Shakuni
Daitya. Once he did severe penance for Shiv Jee. When Shiv Jee was not pleased
by his penance, he started offering flesh in the Hom Fire considering it the mouth
of Shiv. he did this for 6 days. On the 7th day he offered his wet head, so Shiv
appeared and asked him to ask for the boon. Blinded by power, he said - "I
wish that on whoever's head I put my hand, his head should split and he should
die." Shiv Jee granted the boon and disappeared. Now as he got the boon he
desired for Paarvatee Jee and wanted to kill Shiv Jee to get her. he ran after
Shiv to put his hand over his head. Shiv understood and ran away from there.
After being in all Lok he proceeded towards Vaikunth Lok. Vishnu saw him running
and thought, "It seems he has granted some boon to somebody and now he is
in trouble. Let me see." So he went to Shiv Jee and asked him what happened.
Shiv Jee told Him the whole story. He consoled him and went to Vrikaasur assuming
the form of Mohinee and deluded him saying that Shiv has been insane for sometime,
do you believe him?" Vrikaasur got very surprised to hear this. Vishnu then
again asked him to test Shiv's boon by putting his own hand on his own head. Deluded
he did that and died immediately.