|17 PARASHURAMA CHARITRA -The Unique and Popular Shri Krishnaamrita Ashtottara Stotra|
Endowed with the Maha Trailokya Vijaya Mantra Kavacha, Bhargava Rama moved on to Pushkara Tirtha and coninued his Tapasya and Worship as a preparatory effort to destroy the King Kartaveeryarjuna. As he took bath in Pushkara and was returning to his Ashram through a Forest, he overheard the conversation of a deer couple saying that they would not have any fear of an attack of a tiger or lion as they were fotunate to have the Ashram of Bhargava Rama in their vicinity; the he-deer told about the uniqueness of Rama who had taken a vow to kill the King Kartaveeryarjuna as he killed his father Jamadagni who refused to gift Kamadhenu and also took another vow that he would attack Kshatriya Kings twenty four times and eradicate the Kshatriya Vamsha; as advised, Rama made severe Tapasya and secured all possible Astra-Shastras as also the Trailokya Vijaya Kavacha as a preparation for the great battle with the King who after all was not an ordinary warrior but had unique boons of invincibility by Bhagavan Dattatreya whose staunch support that King was fortified with! The he-deer then continued to say that Bhragava would do well to visit Agastya Muni’s Ashram and secure Krishnaamrita Stotra too and that Strotra would reinforce his blessings from Maha Deva earlier; after that, no force on Earth and the other Elements could ever subdue the Bhargava Rama, let alone Kartaviryarjuna! All this convesation of the deer-couple was heard by Rama and straight proceded to the Ashrama of Agastya Maha Muni and narrated what all was heard in the forest. The Muni explained that in the past birth a Brahmana Kumara called Suri was the youngest son of Veda Vidwan Shiva- Dutta who trained all the sons in Vedas; once all the brothers went to a forest to collect flowers and fruits and suddenly they heard the frantic sounds of a deer attached by a tiger and killed the deer; Suri felt so intensely moved and he too died soon enough by the shock; the deer killed by the tiger became the present she-deer and Suri was reborn as the he-deer. Having heard the incident of the deer and their conversation, Agastya Muni taught the ‘Krishna Ashtottara Naamavali’ to Bhargava Rama as Maha Sesha taught it to Bhu Devi: He stated that this Ashtottara was a highly Sacred Mantra which could bestow ‘Animaadi Ashta Siddhis’ as it was very potent. Samasta Japa Yagjnaanaam Phaladam Paapanaashanam, Shrunu Devi Pravakshyaami Naamaaashtottaram Shatam/ Sahasrannaamnaam Punyaanaam Triraavrityaa tu yatphalam, Ekaavrityaa tu Krishnasya naamaikam tatprayacchati/ Tasmaatpunyataram chaitat-stotram Paatakanaashanam, Naamnaamastottara shatasyaahmeva Rishih Priye/ Chhandonushtthubdevataa tu Yogah Krishnariyaavahah, Shri Krishnah Kamalaanaatho Vaasudevah Sanatana/ Vasudevaatmajah Punyo Leelaa Maanusha Vigrahah, Sri Vatsa Koustubha dharo Yashodaa Vatsalo Harih/ Chaturbhujaachakraasi gadaa shankhaayudhaa- yudhah, Devakinandanah Shreesho Nandagopa priyaatmajah/ Yamunaa Vega Samhaari Balabharda Priyaanujah, Putanaa jeevita harah Shakataasura bhanjanah/ Nandavraja janaanandi Sacchidaananda Vigrahah, Navaneeta viluptango Navaneetanatonaghah/ Navaneeta lavaa haari Muchukunda prasaada krut, Shodasha Streesaharshestribhangi Madhuraakrutih/ Shukavaagamrutaabdheendurgovindo Govidaam patih, Vatsapaalana samchaari Dhenukaasura mardanah/ Truneekruta trunaavarto Yamalaarjuna bhanjanah, Uttaalaa taala bhettaa cha tamaala shyaamalaakritih/ Gopagepeeshwaro Yogi Surya Koti Samaprabhah, Ilaapatih Paranjyotiryaadavendro Yadudwahah/ Vanamaali Peetavaasaah Paarijaataapahaarakah, Govardhanaachalodhartaa Gopaalah Sarva paalakah/ Ajo Niranjanah Kaamajanakah Kanjalochakah, Madhuhaa Mathuraanaatho Dwaarakanaatha ko Bali/ Vrindaavanaanta sanchaari Tulasidaama bhushanah, Shyamantaka maney hartaa Naranaaraayanaatmakah/ Kubjaakrishtaambara dharo Mayee Parama Puurushah, Mushti kaasura Chaanura malla yuddha vishaaradah/ Samsaara Vairi Kamsaarirmuraarirnaraka- ntakah, Anaadi Brahmachari cha Krishnaavyasana Karshakah/ Shishupaala shiracchettaa Duryodhanakulanta krit, Viduraakruura varado Vishwa rupa pradarshakah/ Satyavaaksatya Sankalpah Satyabhaamaarato Jayee, Subhadraa purvajo Vishnurbheeshma mukti pradaa- yakah/ Jagadguru Jagannatho Venu Vaadya Vishaaradah, Vrishabhaasura Vidhvamsee Bakaarir Baana baahu krit/ Yudhishtara pratishthaataa Barhibarhaavatamsakah, Partha saaratiravyakto geetaamrita mahodadhih/ Kaaliyaphanimaanikya ranjita shri padaambjah, Daamodaro Yagnabhoktaa Daanavendravinaashanah/ Naraayanah param Brahma panna- gaavashana vaahananah/ Jalakreedaa samaasakta Gopivastraapahaarakah/ Punya Shlokas- Teertha paado Vedavedyo Dayaanidhih, Sarva tirthaatmakah Sarvagraharupi Paraatparah/
As soon as the Krishnaamrita Stotra concluded, several Rishis in the Ashram of Agastya confirmed that they were in the habit of reciting the Stotra daily and they experienced visible transformation in their own lives. They prostrated before the Form of Ananta Deva who basically outlined the Stotra and inspired Veda Vyasa to follow the thoughts. Strangely enough the Deer Couple which also heard the ‘Krishnaamrita’ nearby and alighted a Vimana from Vaikuntha even while al those present in the Ashram of Agastya and the visibly moved Rishis had a ready proof for themselves. Bhargava went into Yoga Samadhi for long time and Krishna himself appeared before him and assured that owing to the earlier Trailokya Vijaya Mantra and the instant Krishaamrita, Rama was fully fortified to face the arrogant King and destroy him, besides extinguish the entire Kshatriya Vamsha as it came to represent vice, conceit and devastation of Virtue and Justice. Krishna reminded Bhragava of Vishnu’s own ‘Amsha’and that his mission was to re-establish Dharma and Nyaaya! He further directed that after eradicating Kshatriyas, Bhargava should await Raghu Rama’s arrival till Treta Yuga in Tapasya so that the latter would take over the deeds of ‘Dharma Samsthaapana’ later on.
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