Essence Of
Vamana Purana


3    Sati Devi’s self- sacrifice and destruction of Dakhsha Yagna
Meanwhile, Kumari Jaya the daughter of Maharshi Gautami and Ahalya dropped in at Devi Sati’s residence and informed the latter that her parents went away to attend Daksha Yagna and wondered why Sati did not attend the Yagna; Jayaayaastadvachah shrutwa Vajrapaatasamam Sati, Manyunaabhiplutaa Brahman Panchatwamagamat tatah! ( Pulastya Muni told Narada, that as soon as Kumari Jaya informed of this ‘Vajrapaata Vaarta’ or thunderbolt fall like news, Sati Devi swooned with anger and distress and collapsed to death!). On hearing this terrifying news, Rudra was startled and furious so much that his body hairs stood up and multitude of Rudra Ganaas who were ferocious like lions got manifested along with Veerabhadra, Chandika and the Ganaas were all lined up towards Vayavya direction shouting insolently and armed with Trishulas /Tridents towards the Daksha Yagna. Ganeswara too joined the Party with his four arms armed with Trushula, Dhanush, Baana and Gada. Yamaraja was the Dwarapalaka defending the Yagna and confronted the attacking Shivasena but the formidable Ganeswara was too powerful and Veerabhadra entered the Yagnashaala. The Ashtaavasus, Vishwadeva, Saadhyaganas, Siddha-Gandharva-Pannaga-Yaksha-Kimpurusha-Vaivaswata / Chandra Vamseeya Kings, Daitya-Daanavas ran helter-skelter. Vishnu himself defended the onslaught as Maharshis were frightened and controlled Veerabhadra. Shiva appeared on the scene and emitted three kinds of Agnis from his three eyes viz. Ahavaneeya, Garhapatya and Shaalaagni who displayed Dwandwa Rupas or two distinct Forms of Jataadhaari in the Yagnashaala and Kaala on the Sky! Jataadharah Haridrushtaa krodhaadaarakta lochanam/ Sthaanaadapaakramya Kubjaagrey antarhitah Sthitaha/ (As Jatadhaari Shiva looked ferocious with blazing eyes, Bhagavan Vishnu disappeared and hid himself at Kubjaagra or Hrishikesha). As Maha Deva went wild and berserk, Kashyapa and many illustrious sought to pacify him by reciting ‘Shatarudreeyam’ and Daksha’s wife implored Shiva for mercy and devastation of Daksha Yagna was completed.

Explanation of Nakshatras and Rashis or Stars and Constellations in terms of Shiva’s Body: In reality however, Maharshi Pulastya explained to Narada, Maheswara was of ‘Mangalmaya Swarupa’ and was spread all over the Sky to bless the Universe and all the Beings providing ready protection to one all. Nakshatras and ‘Raashis’constituted the entire Physique of Maha Deva: the Stars Ashwini, Bharani and Krittika’s first ‘charana’or the first part of the four parts of Bhouma Kshetra (Planet) of Mesha Raashi (Constellation) constituted Maha Deva’s head; Krittika Star’s remaining three parts, Rohini, and Mrigaseersha’s two Parts of Shukra Planet of Vrisha Raashi constituted Shiva’s face; Mrigaseersha’s remaining Parts, Ardra and Punarvasu’s three Parts of Budha’s Mithuna Raashi constituted Shiva’s two ‘bhujas’ shoulders; Punarvasu’s last Charana, Pushya and Aslesha of Chandra’s Kshetra in the Karka Raashi constituted Shiva’s ‘parshvaas’ or body sides; Magha, Purvaphalguni and Uttara Phalguni’s first Charana of Surya’s Simha Raashi constituted Shiva’s heart; Uttaraphalguni’s remaining three Charanaas, Hasta, and the first of two Paadaas of Chitra of Budha’s Kanya Raashi comprised Shankara’s ‘Jathara’or stomach; Chitra’s remaining two Parts, Swati and Vishakha’s three Parts of Shukra of Tula Raashi was Shiva’s navel; Vishakha’s one Part, and Sampurna Anuraadha and Jeshtha Stars of Mangala and of Vrischika raashi constituted the Kaala Rupa of Maha Deva; the full Stars of Moola, Purvaashaadha and Uttaraashaadhaa’s first Charana of Dhanu Raashi being of Brihaspati Kshetra would be Maheswara’s ‘Vurus’ or thighs; Uttaraashaadha’s remaininig three Charanaas, Shravana and two parts of Dhanishta of Makara Raashi of Shani Kshetra constituted Shiva’s Ghutanas or knee-caps; Star Dhanishta’s earlier two Charanas, Shatabhisha and Poorvaa -bhaadraa’s three Charanaas of Kumbha Raashi of Shani constituted ‘janghaas’or buttocks; Poorvabhadraa’s fourth harana, Uttaraabhaadra and Revati of Brihaspati’s second Kshetra of Meena Raashi constituted Maha Deva’s both the feet. Mesha Raasi has its movement in the circle of Nava Durgas, Dhana-Dhanya and Pushpa-Vanaspati Sarovaras; Vrishabha Rasi is in the Territory of Gokula Deva residing in the Karshaka Bhumi or the Provider of Farming Benefits, cool, convincing, and have an eye for details; Mithuna Raasi is a coexistent Place of Purushas and Strees /men and women alike engaged in music, dance and other fine arts as also sports and tourism; Karka Raashi or of the symbol of a crab of attractive features of detachment, loneliness and of maturity; Simha Raashi persons are fond of entreprise, public relations, mental agility and royal in gait and nature; Kanya raashi persons are courageous, highly sociable, intelligent, quick to learn, adapting and charming; Tula raashi persons are non- controversial, tolerant and adjustable; Vrischik Raashi persons are friendly, resourceful, adaptable and calculative; Dhanu raashi entreprising, skilled in military and daring activities, royal in behaviour and outlook. Thus Parameshwara is a multi-featured, multi- creative and multi-formed entity and at the same time an Omni-Present, Omni- Scient and Omni-Potent Symbol of Unity in Diversity!

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