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THE SHIVA MAHA PURANA
« Reply #15 on: October 14, 2016, 10:39:25 PM »
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    Sri Vakratunda Mahakaya Suryakoti Samaprabha
    Nirvighnam Kuru Me Deva Sarva-Kaaryeshu Sarvada॥

    Shaantaakaaram Bhujagashayanam
    Padmanaabham Suresham Vishwaadhaaram
    Gaganasadrasham Meghavarnam Shubhaangam
    Lakshmikaantam Kamalanayanam
    Yogibhirdhyaanagamyam Vande Vishnum
    Bhavabhayaharam Sarvalokaikanaatham





    OM SAI RAM ॥

    Ghushna and Ghushnesha  


    The twelfth and last of the jyotirlingas is named Ghushnesha. 

    To the south, there is a mountain named Deva.  A brahmana named Sudharma
    used to live there.  His wife was called Sudeha.  Husband and wife were righteous
    and regularly prayed to the gods.  They had only one reason for complaint:
    they had no son. 

    Sudeha was especially disturbed at this.  Other women tended to insult her
    because she had no son.  Sudharma decided to conduct an experiment.  He plucked
    two flowers and offered them in front of a sacred fire. He mentally associated one of
    the flowers with having a son and asked his wife to choose a flower.  Unfortunately,
    his wife chose the flower that was not associated wtih having a son. 

    From this Sudharma concluded that they were not going to have a son and he did
    his best to console Sudeha.  But Sudeha refused to be consoled, she was miserable. 

    Why don’t you marry again? asked Sudeha. 

    Perhaps you will then have a son.  Marry my niece Gushna. 

    No, replied Sudharma.  You love her now because she is your niece.  But if she does
    indeed have a son, you will become jealous and will come to hate her. 

    Sudeha convinced her husband that this would never happen. 

    So Sudharma married Ghushna.  Every day, Ghushna made a hundred and one lingas
    out of clay and worshipped them.  When the day’s prayers were over, she immersed the
     lingas in a pond. 

    When one lakh lingas had thus been worshipped, Ghushna gave birth to a handsome boy. 

    Shiva had taken pity on Sudharma and Ghushna.  But when the son was born, Sudeha’s nature
    changed.  As her husband had warned her, she felt jealous. 

    She thought that Gushna got more important and she was treated like a maid. 

    In the middle of the night, Sudeha slew the boy with a knife and threw the dead body
    into the pond.

    This was the pond where the lingas had been immersed.  As was her wont,
    Ghushna got up in the morning and began to worship a linga. 

    Blood was discovered on the bed, the boy could not be found and everyone raised
    the alarm.  But Ghushna was not distracted by this racket and did not leave her prayers.

    Shiva was so impressed with Ghushna’s devotion that he restored her son back to life. 

    He also wished to kill the evil Sudeha with his trident, but Gushna begged for her aunt’s life
    and Shiva spared Sudeha. 

    Shushna’s act of forgiveness so impressed Shiva  that he wished to grant Ghushna
    another boon, apart from restoring her son.  Ghushna desired that Shiva might always be
    present in a linga near the pond.  This is known as Ghushnesha.

    to be contd......

    May BABA BLESS us and our family abundantly !

    OM SAI RAM, SRI SAI RAM, JAY JAY SAI RAM !!!

    You can make the world a better place by simply making yourself a happier person.
    If you see someone without a smile, give them one of yours. Here's one to get you started
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    THE SHIVA MAHA PURANA
    « Reply #16 on: October 14, 2016, 10:43:13 PM »
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    Nirvighnam Kuru Me Deva Sarva-Kaaryeshu Sarvada॥

    Shaantaakaaram Bhujagashayanam
    Padmanaabham Suresham Vishwaadhaaram
    Gaganasadrasham Meghavarnam Shubhaangam
    Lakshmikaantam Kamalanayanam
    Yogibhirdhyaanagamyam Vande Vishnum
    Bhavabhayaharam Sarvalokaikanaatham





    OM SAI RAM ॥

    Arjuna and Shiva   


    Duryodhana robbed the Pandavas of their rightful share of the kingdom
    in a game of dice. 

    As a result of this, the Pandavas had to spend many years in the forest.
     While they were in the forest, Vedavyasa came to visit the Pandavas. 
    Vedavyasa told them that they should pray to Shiva.  But since Arjuna was
    the best suited amongst the Pandavas for worshipping Shiva, Vedvyasa taught
    Arjuna a special mantra (incantation).  Then he asked Arjuna to go to Mount
    Indrakila and pray to Shiva there.  Mount Indrakila  was on the banks of the
    river Bhagirathi. 

    Arjuna went to Mount Indrakila.  He made a linga out of clay and started to
    pray to Shiva.  The news of Arjuna’s wonderful tapasya spread everywhere. 

    Arjuna stood on one leg and continualy chanted the mantra that Vedavyasa had
    taught him.   Suddenly, Arjuna saw a boar.  Arjuna thought that this fierce boar
    might have come to distract him from his tapasya. 

    Alternatively, it might be a relative of the several demons that he had killed
    and therefore might  wish him harm.   Thinking this, Arjuna picked up his bow
    and arrow and let fly an arrow at the boar.  Meanwhile, Shiva had decided to
    subject Arjuna to a test and he had also arrived at the spot disgusted as a hunter. 
    When Arjuna shot an arrow at the boar, so did Shiva.  Shiva’s arrow struck the boar
    in its hindquarters and Arjuna’s arrow struck the boar in its mouth.  The boar fell
    down dead.

    A dispute started between Arjuna and the hunter about who had killed the boar. 
    Each claimed it for his own.  They began to fight.  But whatever weapons were hurled
    by Shiva were easily repelled all of Arjuna’s weapons.  When all the weapons were
    exhausted, the two started to wrestle.  After the fight had gone on for a while,
    Shiva gave up his disguise of a hunter and displayed his true form to Arjuna. 
    Arjuna wa ashamed that he had been fighting with the very person to whom
    he had been praying. 

    Please forgive me, said Arjuna. 

    It is all right, replied Shiva.  I was just trying to test you.  Your weapons have been like
    offerings to me, you are my devotee.  Tell me, what boon do you desire?  Arjuna wanted
    the boon that he might obtain glory on earth.  Shiva gave Arjuna his pashupata weapon.  T
    his was such a divine weapon that its possession made Arjuna invincible.

    to be contd......

    May BABA BLESS us and our family abundantly !

    OM SAI RAM, SRI SAI RAM, JAY JAY SAI RAM !!!

    You can make the world a better place by simply making yourself a happier person.
    If you see someone without a smile, give them one of yours. Here's one to get you started
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    THE SHIVA MAHA PURANA
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    Nirvighnam Kuru Me Deva Sarva-Kaaryeshu Sarvada॥

    Shaantaakaaram Bhujagashayanam
    Padmanaabham Suresham Vishwaadhaaram
    Gaganasadrasham Meghavarnam Shubhaangam
    Lakshmikaantam Kamalanayanam
    Yogibhirdhyaanagamyam Vande Vishnum
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    OM SAI RAM ॥

    Sudarshana Chakra   


     Sudarshana chakra (a bladed discus) was Vishnu’s weapon.  Vishnu received this
    wonderful weapon as a result of Shiva’s grace. 

    Many years ago, the demons oppressed the gods and the gods went to Vishnu for
    deliverance.  Vishnu said that the demons were so powerful, that he would first have to
    worship Shiva if something was to be done about the asuras.  Vishnu went to Mount Kailasa
    and bean to pray to Shiva. 

    He chanted many mantras, but there was no sign of Shiva.  Shiva has a thousand names
    and Vishnu next started to chant these names.  Each day he chanted the thousand names
    and offered a thousand lotus flowers to Shiva.  Shiva decided to test Vishnu.  One day, he
    stole a lotus flower from the thousand that were to be offered.  When Vishnu realized that
    there was one lotus flower less, he gouged out his own eye and offered it in place of the
    missing lotus flower.  Shiva was now pleased and appeared before Vishnu.  He offered to
    grant Vishnu a boon.  You know that the powerful demons have been oppressing the gods, 
    said Vishnu.  I need a weapon to fight the demons with.  Please give me a weapon. 
    Shiva then gave Vishnu the sudarshana chakra.   And with this weapon, Vishnu killed
    the demons.

    to be contd......

    May BABA BLESS us and our family abundantly !

    OM SAI RAM, SRI SAI RAM, JAY JAY SAI RAM !!!

    You can make the world a better place by simply making yourself a happier person.
    If you see someone without a smile, give them one of yours. Here's one to get you started
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    Shaantaakaaram Bhujagashayanam
    Padmanaabham Suresham Vishwaadhaaram
    Gaganasadrasham Meghavarnam Shubhaangam
    Lakshmikaantam Kamalanayanam
    Yogibhirdhyaanagamyam Vande Vishnum
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    OM SAI RAM ॥

    Shiva’s Thousand Names   


    When the sages heard this story, they said, Romaharshana, what are these thousand
    names of Shiva that you have mentioned? Relate them to us.

    Romaharshana obliged. For convenience, let us list out these thousand names in a
    hundred groups of ten each.

    (1) Shiva, Hara, Mrida, Rudra, Pushkara, Pushpalochana, Arthigamya, Sadachara,
    Sharva, Shambhu.

    (2) Maheshvara, Chandrapida, Chandramouli, Vishva, Vishvamareshvara,
    Vedantasara-sandoha, Kapali, Nilalohita, Dhyanadhara, Aparicchedya.

    (3) Gouribharta, Ganeshvara, Ashtamurti, Vishvamurti, Trivargasvargasadhana,
    Jnanagamya, Dridaprajna, Devadeva, Trilochana, Vamadeva

    (4) Madadeva, Patu, Parivrida, Drida, Vishvarupa, Virupaksha, Vagisha,
    Shuchisattama, Sarvapramanasamvadi, Vrishanka.

    (5) Vrishavahana, Isha, Pinaki, Khatvanga, Chitravesha, Chirantana, Tamohara,
    Mahayogi, Gopta, Brahma.

    (6) Dhurjati, Kalakala, Krittivasah, Subhaga, Pranavatmaka, Unnadhra, Purusha,
    Jushya, Durvasa, Purashasana.

    (7) Divyayudha, Skandaguru, Parameshthi, Paratpara, Anadimadhyanidhana, Girisha,
    Girijadhava, Kuberabandhu, Shrikanatha, Lokavarnottama.

    (8.) Mridu, Samadhivedya, Kodandi, Nilakantha, Parashvadhi, Vishalaksha,
    Mrigavyadha, Suresha, Suryatapana, Dharmadhama.

    (9) Kshamakshetra, Bhagavana, Bhaganetrabhida, Ugra, Pashupati, Tarkshya,
    Priyabhakta, Parantapa, Data, Dayakara.

    (10) Daksha, Karmandi, Kamashasana, Shmashananilaya, Suksha, Shmashanastha,
    Maheshvara, Lokakarta, Mrigapati, Mahakarta.

    (11) Mahoushadhi, Uttara, Gopati, Gopta, Jnanagamya, Puratana, Niti, Suniti,
    Shuddhatma, Soma.

    (12) Somarata, Sukhi, Sompapa, Amritapa, Soumya, Mahatejah, Mahadyuti,
    Tejomaya, Amritamaya, Annamaya.

    (13) Suhapati, Ajatashatru, Aloka, Sambhavya, Havyavahana, Lokakara, Vedakara,
    Sutrakara, Sanatana, Maharshi.

    (14) Kapilacharya, Vishvadipti, Vilochana, Pinakapani, Bhudeva, Svastida,
    Svastikrita, Sudhi, Dhatridhama, Dhamakara.

    (15) Sarvaga, Sarvagochara, Brahmasrika, Vishvasrika, Sarga, Karnikara, Priya,
    Kavi, Shakha, Vishakha.

    (16) Goshakha, Shiva, Bhishaka, Anuttama, Gangaplavodaka, Bhaya, Pushkala,
    Sthapati, Sthira, Vijitatma.

    (17) Vishayatma, Bhutavahana, Sarathi, Sagana, Ganakaya, Sukirti, Chinnasamshaya,
    Kamadeva, Kamapala, Bhasmoddhulita-vigraha.

    (18) Bhasmapriya, Bhasmashyai, Kami, Kanta, Kritagama, Samavarta, Nivritatma,
    Dharmapunja, Sadashiva, Akalmasha.

    (19) Chaturvahu, Durvasa, Durasada, Durlabha, Durgama, Durga,
    Sarvayudhavisharada, Adhyatmayoganilaya, Sutantu, Tantuvardhana.

    (20) Shubhanga, Lokasaranga, Jagadisha, Janardana, Bhasmashuddhikara, Meru,
    Ojasvi, Shuddhavigraha, Asadhya, Sadhusadhya.

    (21) Bhrityamarkatarupadhrika, Hiranyareta, Pourana, Ripujivahara, Bala,
    Mahahrada, Mahagarta, Vyali, Siddhavrindaravandita, Vyaghracharmambara.

    (22) Mahabhuta, Mahanidhi, Amritasha, Amritavapu, Panchajanya, Prabhanjana,
    Panchavimshatitattvastha, Parijata, Para-vara, Sulabha.

    (23) Suvrata, Shura, Brahmavedanidhi, Nidhi, Varnashramaguru, Varni, Shatrujita,
    Shatrutapana, Ashrama, Kshapana.

    (24) Kshama, Jnanavana, Achaleshvara,Pramanabhuta, Durjneya, Suparna,
    Vayuvahana, Dhanurdhara, Dhanurveda, Gunarashi.

    (25) Gunakara, Satyasatyapara, Dina, Dharmaga, Ananda, Dharmasadhana,
    Anantadrishti, Danda, Damayita, Dama.

    (26) Abhivadya, Mahamaya, Vishvakarma, Visharada, Vitaraga, Vinitatma, Tapasvi,
    Bhutabhavana, Unmattavesha, Pracchanna .

    (27) Jitakama, Ajitapriya, Kalyanaprakriti, Kalpa, Sarvalokaprajapati, Tarasvi,
    Tavaka, Dhimana, Pradhanaprabhu, Avyaya.

    (28) Lokapala, Antarhitatma, Kalpadi, Kamalekshana, Vedashastrarthatattvajna,
    Aniyama, Niyatashraya, Chandra, Surya, Shani.

    (29) Ketu, Varanga, Vidrumacchavi, Bhaktivashya, Anagha, Parabrahmamrigavanarpana,
    Adri, Adryalaya, Kanta, Paramatma.

    (30) Jagadguru, Sarvakarmalaya, Tushta, Mangalya, Mangalavrita, Mahatapa,
    Dirghatapa, Sthavishtha, Sthavira Dhruva.

    (31) Aha, Samvatsara, Vyapti, Pramana, Parmatapa, Samvatsarakara, Mantrapratyaya,
    Sarvadarshana, Aja, Sarveshvara

    (32) Siddha, Mahareta, Mahabala, Yogi, Yogya, Siddhi, Mahateja, Sarvadi, Agraha,
    Vasu.

    (33) Vasumana, Satya, Sarvapaphara, Sukirti, Shobhana, Shrimana,
    Avanmanasagochara, Amritashashvata, Shanta, Vanahasta.

    (34) Pratapavana, Kamandalundhara, Dhanvi, Vedanga, Vedavita, Muni, Bhrajishnu,
    Bhojana, Bhokta, Lokanantha.

    (35) Duradhara, Atindriya, Mahamaya, Sarvavasa, Chatushpatha, Kalayogi,
    Mahanada, Mahotsaha, Mahabala, Mahabuddhi.

    (36) Mahavirya, Bhutachari, Purandara, Nishachara, Pretachari, Mahashakti,
    Mahadyuti, Ahirdeshyavapu, Shrimana, Sarvacharyamanogati.

    (37) Vahushruta, Niyatatma, Dhruva, Adhruva, Sarvashaska, Ojastejodyutidara,
    Nartaka, Nrityapriya, Nrityanitya, Prakashatma.

    (38) Prakashaka, Spashtakshara, Budha, Mantra, Samana, Sarasamplava,
    Yugadikrida, Yugavarta, Gambhira, Vrishavahana.

    (39) Ishta, Vishishta, Shishteshta, Shalabha, Sharabha, Dhanu, Tirtharupa,
    Tirthanama, Tirthadrishya, Stuta.

    (40) Arthada, Apamnidhi, Adhishthana, Vijaya, Jayakalavita, Pratishthita,
    Pramanajna, Hiranyakavacha, Hari, Vimochana.

    (41) Suragana, Vidyesha, Vindusamshraya, Balarupa, Vikarta, Balonmatta, Gahana,
    Guha, Karana, Karta.

    (42) Sarvabandhavimochana, Vyavasaya, Vyavasthana, Sthanada, Jagadadija,
    Guruda, Lalita, Abheda, Bhavatmatmasamsthita, Vireshvara.

    (43) Virabhadra, Virasanavidhi, Virata, Virachudamani, Vetta, Tivrananda,
    Nadidhara, Ajnadhara, Tridhuli, Shipivishta.

    (44) Shivalaya, Balakhilya, Mahachapa, Tigmamshu, Badhira, Khaga, Adhirma,
    Susharana, Subrahmanya, Sudhapati.

    (45) Maghavana, Koushika, Gomana, Virama, Sarvasadhana, Lalataksha,
    Vishvadeha, Sara, Samsarachakrabhrita, Amoghadanda.

    (46) Madhyastha, Hiranya, Brahmavarchasi, Paramartha, Para, Mayi, Shambara,
    Vyaghralochana, Ruchi, Virinchi.

    (47) Svarbandhu, Vachaspati, Aharpati, Ravi, Virochana, Skanda, Shasta,
    Vaivasvata, Yama, Yukti.

    (48) Unnatakirti, Sanuraga, Paranjaya, Kailashadhipati, Kanta, Savita, Ravilochana,
    Vidvattama, Vitabhaya, Vishvabharta.

    (49) Anivarita, Nitya, Niyatakalyana, Punyashravanakirtana, Durashrava,
    Vishvasaha, Dhyeya, Duhsvapnanashana, Uttarana, Dushkritiha.

    (50) Vijneya, Duhsaha, Bhava, Anadi Bhurbhuvakshi, Kiriti, Ruchirangada, Janana,
    Janajanmadi, Pritimana.

    (51) Nitimana, Dhava, Vasishtha, Kashyapa, Bhanu, Bhima, Bhimaparakrama,
    Pranava, Satpatchachara, Mahakasha.

    (52) Mahaghana, Janmadhipa, Mahadeva, Sakalagamaparaga, Tattva, Tattavit,
    Ekatma, Vibhu, Vishvavibhushana, Rishi.

    (53) Brahmana, Aishvaryajanmamrityujaratiga, Panchayajnasamutpatti, Vishvesha,
    Vimalodaya, Atmayoni, Anadyanta, Vatsala, Bhaktalokadhrika, Gayatrivallabha.

    (54) Pramshu, Vishvavasa, Prabhakara,, Shishu, Giriraha, Samrata, Sushena,
    Surashatruha, Amogha, Arishtanemi.

    (55) Kumuda, Vigatajvara, Svayamjyoti, Tanujyoti, Achanchala, Atmajyoti, Pingala,
    Kapilashmashru, Bhalanetra, Trayitanu.

    (56) Jnanaskandamahaniti, Vishvotipatti, Upaplava, Bhaga, Vivasvana, Aditya,
    Yogapara, Divaspati, Kalyanagunanama, Papaha.

    (57) Punyadarshana, Udarakirti, Udyogi, Sadyogi, Sadasanmaya, Nakshatramali,
    Nakesha, Svadhishthanapadashraya, Pavitra, Paphari.

    (58) Manipura, Nabhogati, Hrit, Pundarikasina, Shatru, Shranta, Vrishakapi, Ushna,
    Grihapati, Krishna.

    (59) Paramartha, Anarthanashana, Adharmashatru, Ajneya, Puruhuta, Purushruta,
    Brahmagarbha, Vrihadgarbha, Dharmadhenu,Dhanagama.

    (60) Jagaddhitaishi, Sugata, Kumara, Kushalagama, Hiranyavarna, Jyotishmana,
    Nanbhutarata, Dhvani, Araga, Nayandyaksha.

    (61) Vishvamitra, Dhaneshvara, Brahmajyoti, Vasudhama, Mahajyotianuttama,
    Matamaha, Matarishva, Nabhasvana, Nagaharadhrika, Pulastya.

    (62) Pulaha, Agastya, Jatukarnya, Parashara, Niravarananirvara, Vairanchya,
    Vishtarashrava, Atmabhu, Aniruddha, Atri.

    (63) Jnanamurti, Mahayasha, Lokaviragranti, Vira, Chanda, Satyaparakrama,
    Vyalakapa, Mahakalpa, Kalpaviriksha, Kaladhara,

    (64) Alankarishnu, Achala, Rochishnu, Vikramonnata. Ayuhshabdapati, Vegi,
    Plavana, Shikhisarathi, Asamsrishta, Atithi.

    (65) Shatrupreamathi, Padapasana, Vasushrava, Pratapa, Havyavaha, Vishvabhojana,
    Japaya, Jaradishamana, Lohitatma, Tanunapata.

    (66) Vrihadashva, Nabhoyoni, Supratika, Tamisraha, Nidagha, Tapana, Megha,
    Svaksha, Parapuranjaya, Sukhanila.

    (67) Sunishpanna, Surabhi, Shishiratmaka, Vasanta, Madhava, Grishma, Nabhasya,
    Vijavahana, Angira, Guru.

    (68) Atreya, Vimala, Vishvavahana, Pavana, Sumati, Vidvana, Travidya,
    Naravahana, Manobuddhi, Ahamkara.

    (69) Kshetrajna, Kshetrapalaka, Jamadagni, Balanidhi, Vigala, Vishvagalava,
    Aghora, Anuttara, Yajna, Shreye.

    (70) Nishshreyahpatha, Shaila, Gaganakundabha, Danavari, Arindama, Rajanijanaka,
    Charuvishalya, Lokakalpadhrika, Chaturveda, Chatrubhava.

    (71) Chatura, Chaturapriya, Amlaya, Samamlaya, Tirthavedashivalaya, Vahurupa,
    Maharupa, Sarvarupa, Charachara, Nyayanirmayaka.

    (72) Nyayi, Nyayagamya, Nirantara, Sahasramurddha, Devendra,
    Sarvashastraprabhanjana, Munda, Virupa, Vikranta, Dandi.

    (73) Danta, Gunottama, Pingalaksha, Janadhyaksha, Nilagriva, Niramaya,
    Sahasravahu, Sarvesha, Sharanya, Sarvalokadhrika.

    (74) Padmasana, Paramjyoti, Parampara, Paramfala, Padmagarbha, Mahagarbha,
    Vishvagarbha, Vichakshana, Characharajna, Varada.

    (75) Varesha, Mahabala, Devasuraguru, Deva, Devasuramahashraya, Devadideva,
    Devagni, Devagnisukhada, Prabhu, Devasureshvara.

    (76) Divya, Devasuramaheshvara, Devadevamaya, Achintya,
    Devadevatmasambhava, Sadyoni, Asuravyaghra, Devasimha, Divakara,
    Vibudhagravara.

    (77) Shreshtha, Sarvadevottamottama, Shivajnanarata, Shrimana, Shikhishriparvatapriya,
    Vajrahasta, Siddhakhadgi, Narasimhanipatana, Brahmachari,
    Lokachari.

    (78) Dharmachari, Dhanadhipa, Nandi, Nandishvara, Ananta, Nagnavratadhara
    Shuchi, Lingadhyaksha, Suradhyaksha, Yogadhyaksha.

    (79) Yugavaha, Svadharma, Svargata, Svargakhara, Svaramayasvana, Vanadhyaksha,
    Vijakarta, Dharmakrit, Dharmasambhava, Dambha.

    (80) Alobha, Arthavit, Shambhu, Sarvahbutamaheshvara, Shmashananilaya, Tryksha,
    Setu, Apratimakriti, Lokottaras-futaloka, Trymbaka.

    (81) Nagabhushana, Andhakari, Makhaveshi, Vishnukandharapatana, Hinadosha,
    Akshayaguna, Dakshari, Pushadantabhit, Dhurjati, Khandaparashu.

    (82) Sakala, Nishkala, Anagha, Akala, Sakaladhara, Pandurabha, Mrida, Nata, Purna,
    Purayita,

    (83) Punya, Sukumara, Sulochana, Samageyapriya, Akrura, Punyakirti, Anaymaya,
    Manojava, Tirthakara, Jatila.

    (84) Jiviteshvara, Jivitantakara, Nitya, Vasureta, Vasuprada, Sadgati, Satkriti, Siddhi,
    Sajjati, Kalakantaka.

    (85) Kaladhara, Mahakala, Bhuasatyapraryana, Lokalavanyakarta,
    Lokottarasukhalaya, Chandrasanjivana, Shasta, Lokaguda, Mahadhipa, Lokabandhu.

    (86) Lokanatha, Kritajna, Krittibhushana, Anapaya, Akshara, Kanta,
    Sarvashastrahadvara, Tejomaya, Dyutidhara, Lokagranti.

    (87) Anu, Shuchismita, Prasannatma, Durjjeya, Duratikrama, Jyotirmaya, Jagannatha,
    Nirakra, Jaleshvara, Tumbavina.

    (88) Mahakopa, Vishoka, Shokanashana, Trllokapa, Trilokesha, Sarvashuddhi,
    Adhokshaja, Avyaktalakshana, Deva, Vyaktavyakta.

    (890 Vishampati, Varashila, Varaguna, Saramandhana, Maya, Brahma, Vishnu,
    Prajapala, Hamsa, Hamsagati.

    (90) Vaya, Vedha, Vidhata, Dhata, Srashta, Harta, Chaturmukha,
    Kailasashikharavasi, Sarvavasi, Sadagati.

    (91) Hiranyagarbha, Druhina, Bhutapa, Bhupati, Sadyogi, Yogavit, Yogi, Varada,
    Brahmanapriya, Devapriya.

    (92) Devanatha, Devajna, Devachintaka, Vishamaksha, Vishalaksha, Vrishada,
    Vrishavardhana, Nirmama, Nirahamkara, Nirmoha.

    (93) Nirupadrava, Darpha, Darpada, Dripta, Sarvabhutaparivartaka, Sahasrajit,
    Sahasrarchi, Prabhava, Snigddhaprakriti, Sahasrarchi, Prabhava,
    Snigddhaprakritidakshina, Bhutabhavyabhavannatha.

    (94) Bhutinashana, Artha, Anartha, Mahakosha, Parakaryaikapandita, Nishkantaka,
    Kritananda, Nirvyaja, Vyajamardana, Sattvavana.

    (95) Sattvika, Satyakirti, Snehakritagama, Akampita, Gunagrahi, Naikatma,
    Naikakarmakrit, Suprita, Sumukha, Suksha.

    (96) Sukara, Dakshinaila, Nandiskandhadhara, Dhurya, Prakata, Pritivardhana,
    Aparajita, Sarvasattva, Govinda, Adhrita.

    (97) Sattvavahana, Svadhrita, Siddha, Putamurti, Yashodhana, Varahabhringadhrika,
    Bhringi, Balavana, Ekanayaka, Shrutiprakasha.

    (98) Shrutimana, Ekabandhu, Anekakrit, Shrivatsalashivarambha, Shantabhadra,
    Sama, Yasha, Bhushaya,Bhushana, Bhuti.

    (99) Bhutakrit, Bhutabhavana, Akampa, Bhaktikaya, Kalaha, Nilalohita, Satyavrata,
    Mahatyagi, Nityashantiparayana, Pararthavritti.

    (100) Vivikshu, Visharada, Shubhada, Shubhakarta, Shubhanama, Shubha, Anarthita,
    Aguna, Sakshi, Akarta.

    You will notice that a few of the names are repeated so that the total number of
    names do not quite add up to one thousand.

    to be contd......

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    Shivarati Vrata   


    Shivaratri is the tithi (lunar day) on which Brahma and Vishnu had worshipped
    Shiva. A vrata is a special religious rite that is performed. A vrata observed on
    shivaratri (the night dedicated to Shiva) is particularly important. It brings undying
    punya. One stays up at night and prays to a linga. One also has to observe a fast.
    There used to be a hunter named Rurudruha. He was not at all righteous. In fact, he
    was quite evil and cruel. He killed many deer and he was also a robber and thief.
    Naturally, Rurudruha knew nothing about shivaratri vrata.

    But it happened to be shivaratri when the hunter’s parents, wife and children felt very
    hungry. They asked Rurudruha to go and get some meat so that they might eat. The
    hunter went to the forest to kill deer, but could not find any. It was already evening
    and no game was to be seen. Rurdruha found a water-hole and decided that he would
    keep a vigil there. Sooner or later, some animal was bound to turn up. He climbed up
    onto a bilva tree that was by the side of the water-hole. And in case he should feel
    thirsty, he kept a pot full of water next to him. There he waited.

    Soon a doe turned up to drink water. The hunter picked up his bow and arrow.

    When he did so, the tree shock and a few bilva leaves fell on a linga that was right
    under the tree. Bilva leaves are sacred to Shiva. Some water spilled from the pot and
    also fell on the linga. Rurudruha did not of course know this.

    But the doe saw the hunter. Don’t kill me right now, said the does. My children and
    husband are at home. Let me go and bid them farewell. When I return, you are
    welcome to kill me.

    The hunter was in no mood to let the doe go. Does an animal return to be killed? But
    the doe took an oath and Rurdruha let her go.

    After a short while, another doe turned up to drink water. The two does were sisters
    and both of them married to the same deer. As before, the tree shook and bilva leaves
    and some water fell on the linga.

    The doe saw the hunter and said, Wait for sometime before you kill me. Let me say
    goodbye to my husband and children.

    The hunter was reluctant to let the doe go. But the second doe also took an oath that
    she would return. So Rurudruha decided to wait.

    After the doe had gone, the deer turned up to drink water. And when the hunter
    picked up his bow and arrow, bilva leaves and water again fell on the linga.
    The deer said, Hunter, let me go now. I will come back and you can kill then. I wish
    to bid adieu to my two wives and children.

    The deer also took on oath that he would return and Rurudruha let him go.
    After some time had passed, the two does and the deer came to where Rurdruha was.
    Each said, Kill me and spare the others. They need to stay alive to look after the
    children. The baby deer had also accompanied their parents. They said,Kill us. We
    don’t wish to stay alive when our parents are gone. The hunter was so surprised at
    these developments that the tree shook again. Bilva leaves and water fell on the linga.
    Shiva now took pity on Rurdruha and removed all evil thoughts from his mind. The
    hunter spared the deer. Shiva himself appeared before Rurudruha and said, From now
    on your name will be Guha. You will be so blessed that Rama will become your
    guest.

    This story demonstrates that even if shivaratrivrata is performed unconsciously, great
    punya is

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    Vedanidhi   


    In the city of Avanti there used to be a righteous brahmana. He had two sons,
    Sunidhi and Vedanidhi. Vedanidhi was wicked.

    The king of Avanti was so pleased with the brahmana that he gave him a golden
    bangle as a present. The brahmana took it home and gave it to his wife to store
    safely. There it was discovered by Vedanidhi. Vedanidhi stole the ornament and
    gave it to a dancing-girl.

    It so happened that the king was watching a dance performed by the dancing-girl and
    he noticed the bangle on the girl’s hand. He found out from the girl that the bangle
    had been given to her by Vedanidhi. He retrieved the bangle and called the
    brahmana. Do you remember the golden bangle that I had give you? said the king.
    Can you please return it to me? I need it.

    The brahmana hurried home and asked his wife for the bangle. But it could not be
    found and they realized that it was Vedanidhi who had stolen it. Vedanidhi was
    banished from his parents’ house.

    He wandered around here and there and begged food so that he might eat. One day,
    he did not get any food at all. That day happened to be shivaratri. But Vedanidhi
    didn’t know this. He saw several people going to Shiva’s temple with all sorts of
    offerings, including food, in their hands. The evil brahmana thought that he might be
    able to steal and eat this food. He followed the devotees to the temple and waited till
    they should fall asleep.

    When they did so, Vedanidhi crept up to the place where the offerings had been
    placed. This was right in front of the linga. It was very dark there and Vedanidhi
    could not see very well. A lamp was burning and the shadow of the lamp fell on the
    linga. Vedanidhi tore off a piece of cloth from his clothing and stuffed it into the
    lamp so that it might burn better. The flame rose and the shadow on the linga was
    removed.

    But when Vedanidhi was about to steal the food, the devotees awoke. They gave
    chase to the thief and shot at him with arrows. These arrow struck Vedanidhi and he
    died.

    Yama’s messengers arrived and wanted to take the evil brahmana to hell. But
    Shiva’s companions also arrived and they would not permit Vedanidhi to be taken to
    hell. The brahmana had fasted on shivaratri day, he stay awake at night and he had
    removed the shadow from the linga. These were acts of the faithful, even if they had
    been performed unconsciously. Vedanidhi’s sins were all forgiven.

    to be contd......

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    Chandrashekhara 


    Parvati once asked Shiva, Lord, tell me, why do you wear a crescent moon on your
    forehead? What is the story behind this?
    Shiva told her the story.

    Earlier, Parvati had been born as Sati, the daughter of Daksha. As Sati, she had been
    married to Shiva. Since Daksha insulted her husband Shiva, Sati gave up her life.
    When Sati died, Shiva no longer found pleasure in anything. He began to live in the
    forest and started to perform tapasya. Such was the power of the tapasya that any
    trees or mountains that were near the place where Shiva was meditating used to be
    burnt into ashes. As Shiva moved from place to place, the earth started to burn and
    wither away . The gods were greatly alarmed at these developments. They went to
    Brahma to seek advice as to how the earth might be saved.

    Brahma, said, Let us take the moon god Chandra with us and make a present of him
    to Shiva. Chandra’s visage is so pleasing that Shiva may feel happy and pacified.
    The gods placed Chandra in a pot of amrita (a life-giving drink). They also had
    another pot that was full of poison. With these two pots they went to Shiva and
    offered him the pots.

    Brahma said, The gods have brought you two pots. Please accept them.
    Shiva first accepted the pot that contained the amrita. As soon as he did this, the
    crescent moon came out and got fixed to Shiva’s forehead. Next Shiva accept the pot
    of poison and touched it with his middle finger. He touched his throat with the finger
    and the throat became blue. That is the reason why Shiva is known as Nilakantha,
    blue of throat. And because the moon is like a crown to Shiva. Shiva is called
    Chandrashekhara.

    At the sight of the moon, Shiva was pacified.

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    The Ashes  


    Parvati said, I understand about the moon now. 
    But why do you always smear ashes on your body?
     What is the reason for that? 

    Shiva told her the story. 

    There used to be a brahmana who was descended from the great sage Bhrigu.
     
    This brahmana began a very difficult tapasya. 

    The tremendous heat of the summer made no difference to him. 
    Nor was he disturbed by the downpour of the monsoon.   He was only
    interested in meditating.  When he felt hungry, he used to ask the bears,
    the deer, the lions and the jackals to fetch him some fruits.  The wild beasts
    had lost  all fear of him, they served him instead.  Later on, the brahmana
    gave up eating fruits also.  He ate only green leaves.  And because leaves are
    called parna, the brahmana came to be known as Parnada.  He performed tapasya
    for many years. 

    One day, Parnada was cutting some grass and his scythe slipped and sliced
    off his middle finger.  Parnada was amazed to find that no blood issued from
    the severed joint.  Instead, a sap like that which issues from plants came out. 

    Parnada’s vanity knew no bounds.  He realized that his was due to the fact that
    he had been living on green leaves for such long time. 

    Parnada began to jump with delight.  Shiva decided that Parnada needed to be
    taught a lesson.  He disguised himself as a brahmana and arrived before Parnada. 

    Why are you so happy? asked Shiva. 
    Can’t you see? replied Parnada.  My tapasya has been so successful that my blood
    has become like the sap of plants. 

    This sort of vantiy destroys the fruits of all tapasya, said Shiva. 
    What have you got to be so proud about?  Your blood has only turned into the
    sap of plants.  What happens when you burn plants?  They become ashes. 
    I myself have performed so much tapasya that my blood has becomes ashes. 

    Shiva sliced off his middle finger and ashes came out of it.  Parnada was impressed. 
    He realized that there was nothing that he could be proud about; here was a far
    greater hermit than he.  He asked Shiva who he was and Shiva then displayed his
    true form to Parnada.  Ever since that day, there have always been ashes on Shiva’s body.

    to be contd......

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    Nandi   


    There was a sage named Shilada.  He once saw that his ancestors were being tortured in hell. 
    When he tried to find out why this was so, he was told that this was because Shilada
    did not yet have a son. 

    To obtain a son, Shilada began to pray to Shiva.  He prayed for a thousand years. 
    At the end of the tapasya, Shiva appeared and offered to grant Shilada a boon. 
    Shilada wanted the boon that he might have a virtuous son.  A few days later,
    when Shilada was ploughing the land, he discovered a baby boy on the blade of the
    plough.  The boy was as bright as the sun and the fire. 

    Shilada was frightened and started to run away.  But the boy called after him,
    Father, stop. Father, stop,  A voice was then heard from the sky.  This voice told Shilada
    that this was the son he had wanted. 

    Since this son would make everyone happy, he was to be named Nandi.  Shilada
    brought nandi home to his mermitage. 

    He taught his son the Vedas, the arts of the medicine and fighting, dancing and singing
    and several other sacred texts.  All this Nandi mastered within fifteen days.  When nandi
    was seven years old, two powerful sages arrived in Shilada’s hermitage.  Their names were
    Mitra and Varuna. 

    Shilada worshipped them and presented Nandi before them.  The sages blessed Nandi
    with the words,  Be learned, be faithful to your teacher. 

    Shilada said, Sages, why didn’t you bless my son with a long life? 

    We couldn’t, replied the sages.  Your son is going to die when he is eight years old.

    That is written in his stars.  Shilada was crestfallen to hear this, but Nandi consoled his father.

    He promised his father that he would do something so that this fate would have to be rewritten. 

    He would pray to Shiva.  And when he met Shiva, he would ask of him a boon. 

    Meeting Shiva, exclaimed Shilada.  I had to meditate for a thousand years before I could get
    to meet Shiva.  How do you expect to meet Shiva in the one year tha this left to you?’ 

    Wait and see, father,  replied Nandi. 

    Shiva is difficult to meet if you only perform tapasya or thirst for knowledge. 
    The secret lies in faith and devotion.  I will manage. 

    There is a river named Bhuvana.  Nandi entered this river and began underwater prayers
     to Shiva . 

    His efforts pleased Shiva so much that Shiva appeared before him. 
    What boon do you want? asked Shiva. 

    Please grant me the boon that I may be devote to you, replied Nandi.  I don’t want to be
    born become old and die. 

    Shiva granted Nandi the boon that he and his father would get to live in Shiva’s residence
    in Shivaloka. 

    Shiva’s companions are known as ganas.   Shiva made Nandi ganapati, the chief of the
    ganas and retained him as a perpetu companion.  Shiva also gave Nandi a wonderful
    garland to wear.  As soon as he put this garland on, Nandi became resplendent with three
    eyes and ten hands.

    to be contd......

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    Nimesha 


    The smallest unit of time is nimesha. This is the amount of time it takes to blink.
    Fifteen nimeshas make one kashtha and thirty kashthas are one kala. Thirty kalas
    make one muhurta and thirty muhurtas are one day. Thirty days are one month. Each
    month is divided into two lunar fortnights, shukapaksha and krishnapaksha. Six
    months are called an ayana. There are thus two ayanas in a year. Three hundred and
    sixty human years are equivalent to one year for the gods.

    The lengths of the four yugas (eras) are defined in terms of years of the gods, not in
    terms of human years. There are four eras and their names are kritayuga or
    satyayuga, tretayuga, dvaparayuga and kaliyuga. Satyayuga lasts for four thousand
    divine years, tretayuga for three thousand, dvaparayuga for two thousand and
    kaliyuga for one thousand. This adds up to ten thousand divine years. The sandhyas
    and sandhyamshas are the intervening periods between the yugas and these add up to
    two thousand divine years. Thus, the four yugas taken together last for twelve
    thouand divine years.

    In a kalpa (cycle), each of the four yugas occurs a thousand times. A kalpa has
    fourteen manvantaras (eras). In a manvantara, each of the four yugas thus occurs
    seventy one times. One kalpa corresponds to one day for Brahma. One thousand
    kalpas are one of Brahma’s years and eight thousand of Brahma’s years make one of
    Brahma’s yugas. One thousand such yugas make up one savana and Brahma lives for
    three thousand savanas. This period is known as a trivrita.

    During each of Vishnu’s days, one Brahma is born and dies. And during each of
    Shiva’s days, one Vishnu is born and dies.

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    OM SAI RAM ॥

    Daksha Yajna 


    The sages aid, Romaharshana, you have not told us the story of the quarrel between
    Daksha and Shiva which led to Sati’s death. You have only mentioned it in passing.
    Tell us the story now.

    Romaharshana related the following story.

    Daksha’s daughter Sati was married to Shiva. One day, the gods, the demons and the
    sages went to visit Shiva and Sati in the Himalyas. Daksha accompanied the other
    gods on this visit. When the gods arrived, Shiva was seated and did not get up. He
    showed no special honour to Daksha because Daksha happened to be his father-inlaw.
    Daksha interpreted this as a sign of disrespect. He felt insulted.

    Subsequently, Daksha arranged for a yajna and sent invitations to all his other sonsin-
    law and their wives. He did not invite Shiva or Sati. But Sati heard about the
    sacrifice and resolved that she would attend it, invitiation or no invitation. In a
    beautiful vimana, Sati travelled to her father’s house.

    Daksha was not at all pleased to see Sati. In fact, he ignored her completely and
    devoted all his attention to his other daughters. When Sati wished to know the reason
    for this, Daksha told her that this was because of her husband, who happened to be a
    worthless fellow and did not deserve any respect. Hearing this, Sati gave up her life.
    The mountain Himalaya had prayed that Sati might be born as his daughter. Sati was
    born as his daughter Parvati and married Shiva again. This story you already know.
    Several years later, Daksha resolved to hold an ashvamedha yajna (horse sacrifice) in
    the Himalayas. The gods and the sages were all invited to this sacrifices, although
    Shiva was not amongst the invites. The sage Dadhichi did not like this slight to Shiva
    and he boycotted the yajna in protest.

    Parvati heard about this sacrifice and she began to incite Shiva to do something.
    Shiva created a being named Virabhadhra. Virabhadhra shone with energy and he had
    thousands of mouths and eyes. His hair glistened like lighting and his hands were full
    of all sorts of weapons. When he spoke, it was like thunder. From his body,
    Virabhadra created a female demon named Bhadrakali.

    What are our orders?, asked Virabhadra and Bhadrakali of Shiva.
    Go and destroy Daksha’s yajna, was the order.

    To help them in their endeavour, Virabhadra created several other demons from parts
    of his body. All of them had a thousand arms and carried weapons. Virabhadra,
    Bhadrakali and these other demons headed for Daksha’s sacrifice.

    When they got there, they found that the sacrifice had already started and the sacred
    fire was burning. The sages were reciting hymns and the gods were watching.

    Musical instruments were being played. Virabhadra roared and the sound of the roar
    was so terrible that several of the gods began to run away. The earth shook with the
    sound of the roar. There were tidal waves in the ocean.

    Daksha was frightened. But he summoned up courage and asked, Who are you and
    why have you come here?

    We are Shiva’s servants and we have come to take part in the sacrifice, replied
    Virabhadra.

    Virabhadra and the other demons then proceeded to burn down the structure where
    the sacrifice was being held. They tied up the priests and threw all the offerings
    away. With their weapons, they attacked the gods. Whatever resistance the gods tried
    to put up was taken care of by Virabhadra’s trident and Bhadrakali’s spear. The
    goddess Sarasvati lost her nose and the god Agni lost his arms. The sage Bhaga had
    his eyes gouged out and the sage Pusha lost all his teeth. Virabhadra sliced off
    Daksha’s head and gave it to Bhadrakali, who proceeded to kick it around as one
    kicks a football. Thousand and thousands of gods died and the sacrifice became a
    battlefield.

    Vishu tried to fight it out and he and Virabhadra shot arrows at each other. But one
    of Virabhadra’s arrows struck Vishnu on the chest and he fell down unconscious.
    Spurred on by Brahma, the gods began to pray to Shiva. These prayers pacified
    Shiva and he asked Virbhadra and Bhadrakali to refrain from causing any further
    damage.

    Brahma asked, What about the gods who have been killed? Please bring them back
    to life, Since Shiva’s anger had been appeased, he restored life to the dead gods. Those who
    had lost parts of their anatomy got them back again.

    But what was to be done about Daksha? His head could not be found. A goat’s head was therefore stuck onto
    Daksha’s body. Thus restored to life. Daksha begged forgiveness of Shiva.

    to be contd......

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    OM SAI RAM ॥

    Parvati Becomes Gouri 


    There were two asuras named Shumbha and Nishumbha. They meditated a lot and
    pleased Brahma. Brahma thereupon gave them the boon that they could not be killed
    by males. Having obtained the boon, the two demons started to oppress the world.
    They drove the gods out of heaven and the gods went to Brahma so that a solution
    might be found to the problem.

    Brahma went to Shiva. You have to help the Gods, he told Shiva. I have given
    Shumbha and Nishumbha the boon that they cannot be killed by males. Find a way so
    that a female is born out of Parvati’s body. She will kill Shumbha and Nishumbha.
    I will try, replied Shiva.

    When Shiva next met Parvati, he addressed her as Kali. This angered Parvati, since
    kali means black or dark.

    Why did you marry me if you thought I was so dark? she asked Shiva. Why do you
    pretened to love me? Cursed is the woman who is not loved by her husband. I am
    going to perform tapasya so that I may become fair. I am going to pray to Brahma.
    Parvati went off to meditate. She meditated for many years.

    There was a tiger which saw Parvati meditating. It was not a good tiger at all, but an
    evil one. It thought that Parvati would provide a good meal. It sat down in the front
    of Parvati to appreciate for a while the treat that was in store for it. Parvati did not
    realize that the tiger was planning to eat her. She thought that it had sat down in front
    of her because it wanted to protect her from other wild beasts. She thought that the
    tiger was one of her devotees and she therefore entered the tiger’s soul. As soon as
    she did this, all thoughts vanished from the tiger’s mind. Now it was indeed one of
    her devotees.

    Meanwhile, Brahma arrived to find out who Parvati was meditating. Parvati said that
    she wanted to become Gouri, that is, someone who was fair. She was sick and tired of
    being addressed as kali. Brahma granted the boon.

    Parvati shed off all the dark cells (kosha) from her body became Gouri. From the
    cells emerged a dark-hued goddess named Koushiki. Parvali handed over Koushiki to
    Brahma. Endowed with weapons by Brahma, Koushiki killed Shumbha and
    Nishumbha.

    Parvati returned to her husband as Gouri.

    What happened to the tiger? Shiva turned him into a man and he was employed by
    Nandi as one of Shiva’s guards. He was named Somanandi.

    to be contd......

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    OM SAI RAM, SRI SAI RAM, JAY JAY SAI RAM !!!

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    Padmanaabham Suresham Vishwaadhaaram
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    OM SAI RAM ॥

    Upamanyu 


    The sage Vyaghrapada had a son named Upamanyu. When he was small, he wanted
    some milk from his mother. But he was not at all happy with the milk that his mother
    gave him. He complained that it did not taste like milk at all.

    Naturally, said his mother. I did not give you milk. How can we afford milk? We
    are not rich. I powdered some rice and mixed it with water. That is what I gave to
    you as milk. Unfortunately, you have tasted milk in your uncle’s house and you could
    make out the difference.

    Upamanyu’s mother began to cry. But Upamanyu consoled his mother. Don’t cry,
    please, he said. I will pray to Shiva and get milk for myself.

    His mother taught him the mantra that was to be used for praying to Shiva. She also
    taught him another mantra which would summon up a terrible divine weapon named
    aghorastra. This was just in case there was any danger.

    Upamanyu went to the Himalayas and started to meditate. He lived only on air and
    chanted the incantation that his mother had taught him. He prayed in front of an
    earthen linga. Demons came to disturb his meditation, but Upamanyu paid no
    attention to them. Shiva himself was impressed by Upamanyu’s difficult tapasya.
    But he thought that he would test Upamanyu first.

    He arrived in front of Upamanyu in the disguise of Indra and asked, Upamanyu, what
    are you doing?

    I am blessed that the king of the gods has arrived before me, replied Upamanu. I am
    praying to Shiva.

    Shiva! Why pray to that useless fellow? asked Shiva.

    Upamanu could not stand this insult to Shiva. He summoned up aghorastra by means
    of the mantra and let it loose at the person he thought was Indra. Shiva then
    manifested himself in his own form and aghorastra was repelled by Nadi, who had
    also turned up. Shiva himself taught Upamanu all sorts of sacred knowledge, and
    arrangements were made so that Upamanyu need never suffer from a lack of milk.
    Krishna once came to meet the sage Upamanyu, many years after the milk incident.
    Upamanyu taught Krishna the words of wisdom that he learned from Shiva; he also
    taught Krishna to pray to Shiva. It was by praying to Shiva that Krishna obtained his
    son Samba. For sixteen months Krishna had to pray before Shiva appeared, to grant
    the boon regarding the son. Parvati also granted Krishna several boons.

    to be contd......

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    OM SAI RAM ॥

    Andhakasura 


    Shiva was once sitting on Mount Mandara. Paravati came up from behind, so that
    Shiva could not see her, and covered Shiva’s eyes with her two hands. Shiva could
    not see and everything seemed to be dark to him. Parvati’s hands sweated from the
    exertion and the sweat fell down on the ground. From this sweat, a dark and fierce
    creature was born and started to roar.

    Parvati, said Shiva, What are you up to ? First, you cover up my eyes so that I can’t
    see. Next, you roar so as to frighten me.

    Not I, replied Parvati. See for yourself. I wonder where this creature has come from.
    She removed her hands and Shiva saw the being in front of them. It is our son, said
    Shiva. It was born from your sweat when you covered my eyes. Since it was born
    when my eyes were in darkness, let it be called Andhaka.

    Andhaka was born blind, as Shiva was effectively blind when Andhaka was born.
    There was an asura named Hiranyanetra. (In other Puranas, this same asura is
    referred to as Hiranyaksha.) Hiranyanetra had no sons. He therefore began to pray to
    Shiva so that he might have a son. Shiva told Hiranyanetra that it was impossible for
    him to have a son. However, if he so desired, he could have their son Andhaka and
    bring him up as his own son.

    Hiranyanetra gladly agreed to this.

    to be contd......

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    OM SAI RAM ॥

    Digresssions on Hiranyanetra and Hiranyakashipu 


    Hiranyanetra was very strong and powerful. He conquered the three worlds and
    drove the gods out of heaven. He even took the earth down to the underworld. In
    desperation, the gods prayed to Vishnu for deliverance.

    Vishnu adopted the form of a boar (varaha) and went down to the underworld in
    search of Hiranyanetra. When he found the asura, he killed him with his sudarshana
    chakra. He also killed several other asuras with his boar’s tusks. Then, he lifted up
    the earth with his tusks and replaced it where it should be. So far as Hiranyanetra’s
    kingdom was concerned, Vishnu crowned Andhaka king there.

    Hiranyanetra had a brother named Hiranyakashipu. This brother prayed to Brahma
    and obtained a boon that made him virtually impossible to kill. Armed with this boon,
    Hiranyakashipu conquered the three worlds and drove the gods out of heaven. The
    gods again started to pray to Vishnu for deliverance.

    Vishnu adopted the form of a lion and entered Hiranyakashipu’s captial. The lion
    had a huge mane and sharp teeth and claws. The lion killed several asuras and this
    news was brought to Hiranyakashipu. He decided to kill the lion.

    Hiranyakashipu had several sons, one of whom was named Prahlada. Prahala alone
    thought that there was something fishy about the lion and about the way it had
    suddenly appeared. He thought that the lion might very well be Vishnu in disguise.
    Prahlada therefore tried to dissuade his father from fighting the lion. He first asked
    some of his soldiers to capture the lion, but they were all killed. Hiranyakashipu then
    himself attacked the lion with all sorts of weapons. But all the weapons wre
    exhausted and the demon could do the lion no harm.

    Finally, the lion grasped Hiranyakashipu and tore the asura’s heart out with its claws.
    This was the narasimha (half-man, half-lion) incarnation of Vishu.
    Having killed Hiranyakashipu, Vishnu crowned Prabhlada king.

    to be contd......

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    OM SAI RAM, SRI SAI RAM, JAY JAY SAI RAM !!!

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