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Taken from http://guruvadiraja.org/bhootarajaru.html
Bhootaraaj is considered one of the best among the servants of Vaadiraajaru. He is considered to be an incarnation of Patrataap Rudra. Rudra are a group of 11 Devataa and the 11th Rudra is Mahaadev Shiv. Patrataap Rudra is the 10th Rudra and the Mahaadev Rudra of next Kalp. He is also famous by the name Ugrataap or Bahuroop. The names of 11 Rudra are given as below - Raivat, Aj, Bhav, Bheem, Vaam, Vrishakapi (Viroopaaksh), Ajaikpaad, Ahirbudhni, Bahuroop, and Mahaan.
Incarnations of Patrataap Rudra
In Kali Yug, during Ruju Latavya's birth as Shree Vaadiraaj Guru, that Brahm Raakshas was born as
He desired of a son who was of tremendous strength and unconquerable in war. He did severe penance and pleased Mahaadev Shiv, who blessed him with a son who was incarnation of Ahirbhudni (the 9th Rudra) and he had Aavesh of all the other 10 Rudra. He was none other than the famous warrior Bhoorishravaa. He was a skilled warrior and had mastery of various weapons just like his father. Somdatt had advised Dhritraashtra not to call Paandav for the game of dice and was also against war with them. But just like his father Baahleek, he also sided Kaurav owing to his cousin Bheeshm being on their side. He fought in the battle and was slain by Saatyaki.
3. Naaraayan Sharmaa Or Bhootaraaj (Naaraayan Bhoot)
Once Vyaasaraajaru visited Math of Vaadiraajaru, who was about to commence his Poojaa. It was Dwaadashee on that day. Because Vaadiraajaru was immersed in his Dhyaan the previous night, he could not wake up early in the morning. Vyaasaraajaru and others were waiting for him to do Paaran and to take Teerth Prasaad. When Vaadiraaju was sent for, he hurriedly had his bath and skipped his daily elaborate Poojaa and did his Paaran, because Vyaasarajaru had said that without Vaadiraajaru he won't start his Dwaadashee Bhojan. Not liking the thought of keeping the Aakasmik Atithi wait for Bhojan, Vaadiraajaru arrived soon where Vyaasaraajaru was sitting and sat along with him for Bhojan. After Bhojan, Vaadiraajaru asked all his students and disciples to stay at Math and he went away out. he asked them not to follow him, but Narayanachaarya followed him deep into the jungle.
Naaraayanaachaarya saw that he went near Shaalmali River, brought a big leaf, sat on a rock and brought out all the food he ate sometime back as raw and hot as it was when it was served to him. Nothing was digested in his stomach. He did this with his Yog Shakti. Raajaru did Snaan and finished his Poojaa and ate the hot Bhojan again. On the way back home he saw Naaraayanaachaarya hiding on a tree. being angry on him, Raajaru cursed his young disciple for having tried to test him. Raajaru cursed him to become a Brahm Raakshas (to make the words of Shree Raam come true and to erase the Praarabdh of Tapodhan which was an obstacle for his Saadhanaa). On asking for forgiveness, he said - "Roam in the forests and ask --- Aa Ka Ma Vai .. Ko Na Snaatah?" and whenever someone will answer this question he will get relieved from his Brahm Raakshasatwa. He roamed in forests near Badarikaashram. No one would walk through the forest where he used to reside as he used to kill and eat people who used to bypass that forest, owing to his newly acquired Brahm Raakshasatwa.
When this was revealed to Raajaru, he took pity on his student so he visited that forest and was stopped by Naaraayan Bhoot who asked him the same question. Vaadiraajaru accepted the challenge. Chiranjeevee Ashwathaamaa appeared to mediate and to decide the winner. The Brahm Raakshas made a strong case of his arguments and words worthy of appreciation even from Devataa flowed continuously from him. Vaadiraajaru rejected all his arguments and proved him wrong and won the argument. Then the Brahm Raakshas asked his final question - " Aa Ka Ma Vai Ko Na Snataha?" Smilingly Vaadiraajaru answered that whoever bathed early at dawn in the months of Aa (Aashwin), Ka (Kaarttik), Ma (Maagh) and Vai (Vaishaakh) would be spared of becoming a Brahm Raakshas. And since he hadn't done that in his early lives, he was cursed to become a Brahm Raakshas. Immediately, the Brahm Rakshasha was cured of his curse and he lost that frightening form of his and got his original form of Patrataap Rudra. In its place stood a divine form, shining like the sun, with bow and arrows and with red lips and ear ornaments, prayed for Vaadiraajaru's grace. Vaadiraajaru blessed him and said that he would known as Bhootaraaj from that day, punishing the wicked and protecting the pious, he would remain with Vaadiraajaru and serve him always. He also reminded him of Shree Raam's words. Thus Bhootaraj or Bhootanaath or Naaraayan Bhoot is serving Vaadiraajaru even till date.
He did Saashtaang Namaskaar to the divine Avataar of Shree Laatavya, ie Shree Vaadiraajaru and desired to serve him to the eternal times. Raajaru blessed him saying he will be Bhaavee (future) Rudra and will be Kshetra Paalak at Sodhe and would be famous as Bhootaraaj. From then on Bhootaraaj would be in invisible form and serve his Guru ie Vaadiraaj.
Once when Raaj
ordered him to bring the Utsav Moorti of Lord Trivikram at Badarikaashram
which will be worshipped regularly by none other than Brahmaa himself,
Bhootaraaj rushed to the spot and started bringing the Moorti along with
its Rath in Aakaash Maarg. He encountered a Daitya in the skies who tried
to stop him. Not wanting to waste time, Bhootaraaj picked up a wheel and
threw at the Daitya and the Daitya died instantaneously. He was in a hurry
as he had to bring the Trivikram Vigraha within the Muhoort specified by
his Guru. It was a golden Vigrah and so was the Rath. When he landed in
Sodhe, Raaj installed the statue of Trivikram and said as this is Kali Yug,
the golden chariot along with its Vigrah would appear as a rock-made and
not gold. We can still see this in Trivikram Temple at Sodhe where the
Lord who is inside a Rath with only 3 wheels.
Some Other Information
(1) Bhootaraaj used to carry the front part of Paalakee of Vaadiraaj in
his invisible form and the rear part of carried by other disciples. All
used to wonder at this miracle of Vaadiraaj.
*Bhootaraaj did this as he belonged to Bhoot Gan. Stealing is the very nature
of Bhoot. He did this to show the greatness of Vishwapriya Teerth to the world.
Trivikram Rathotsav, when the Utsav Rath was being pulled it caught fire
suddenly from nowhere and all ran away. Vishwapriya Teerth stayed still
and raised his arms and prayed to Vaadiraaj and
To everyone's surprise suddenly it began to rain heavily but the chariot
was still moving without anyone pulling it. Later Vishwapriya Teerth told
everyone that Bhootaraaj was pulling the Rath in his invisible form during
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