Here is a collection of stories that I have heard / read while growing up and / or googled now to tell my daughter :)

Hope you / your children enjoy it as much as we did.

Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Avataras of Lord Vishnu – Varaha Part 2

Jaya and Vijaya were aghast, Jaya said “Oh! Lord.. we are not worried about being born as humans but but…” they wailed. “How can we stay away from you?  Without seeing you everyday..” chocked Jaya.

Lord Vishnu smiled at Jaya and Vijaya, he was touched by their devotion. He said “Oh Jaya and Vijaya, I a touched by your devotion, I might not be able to remove the curse but I can give you an option.. you can take seven births on earth as my devotees and then come back to me or you can take 3 births as my enemies…”

Jaya and Vijaya’s heart sank when Lord Vishnu said seven births, but when Lord Vishnu said 3 births, they looked up with hope in their eyes.. Jaya asked “Oh! Lord.. enemies.. what do you mean by your enemies!!! How can we be your enemies and not like you! What sort of option is this!!”

Lord Vishnu smiled and said “yes as my enemies who will meet their demise at my hands.. and then after the three births you will rejoin me here at Vaikunta… tell me what option do you choose”
Jaya and Vijaya immediately fell on the Lord’s feet and said “Oh! Great one.. we will be born three times, we cannot think of being separated from you for 7 births.”

Lord Vishnu smiled and said “So be it.. you will be born as my enemies on earth and all three times I will incarnate and kill you. Do not worry, as my enemies you will think more about me than what you are thinking now!! Now go your destiny awaits!”

After this, Jaya and Vijaya were born on earth as two terrifying Rakshasas who were avid haters of Lord Vishnu – Hiranyakashipu and Hiranyaksha

When they were born on earth, the earth trembled with fear. True to their nature, the Rakshas terrified the humans, spoiled the homas and havanas being performed by the Sages and sin increased on earth.

The sin on earth increased soo much that bhoodevi – mother earth trembled and ran to Lord Vishnu for protection. The two brothers grew into young men, Hiranyaksha was a great devotee of Lord Brahma, and like all Rakshasas hated Lord Vishnu. He performed great penance to Lord Brahma and was granted a boon. According to the boon, no God, human, Daitya or Asura would be able to kill him. Drunk on the power of the boon, he started attacking Rishis and torturing humans and terrifying the devas. His power grew day by day. Mother earth trembled when he walked and the sky split open when he shouted.

He invaded deva loka and challenged Indra to come out and fight him. The devas knew about his boon and ran from deva loka to the earth and hid in the caves and forests. Hiranyaksha realized that the power the devas get is due to the offerings done by humans and sages during homas and havanas.

He decided that if he has to defeat the devas and rule the heaven he has to make them weaker. He took mother earth and hid her in patal loka.

The remaining devas ran to Lord Brahma, “Oh Brahma help us.. this is not right.. we are not able to find bhoodevi, we do not know what has happenend to Indra and the others. Help us!!”. Brahma realized that this is the work of Hiranyaksha. He told the devas “Oh devas, this is the work of Hiranyaksha.. he has become very strong due to my boon.. I cannot help you.. we need to Lord Vishnu to save us from this mess”. He started praying to Lord Vishnu.

While he was praying, a tiny boar fell from left nostril. The devas jumped back in surprise, the boar grew in size till it became the size of a mountain. It turned towards the devas and said “Do not worry, I am here and will rescue mother earth and put her back”. The devas and Brahma realized it is Lord Vishnu himself in front of them.

The Boar jumped from Brahma loka to Patal Loka. He saw Mother earth. In the mean time, Hiranyaksha saw Lord Varuna and challenged him to a fight. Varuna realsied in his current form he would not be able to defeat the Rakshasha. He said “Oh mighty ASura, see how old I hae become.. I am not a worthy opponent to one who is as strong as you.. you should fight Lord Vishnu..”. Hearing the name of Lord Vishnu, Hiranyaksha wanted to fight him..

He saw Narada muni and asked him the whereabouts of Lord Vishnu.. Narada smiled and said “Oh! King of Rakshashas.. don’t you know.. Vishnu has gone to Patala Loka to rescue Bhoodevi”. Hiranyaksha let out a roar the ran to confront Lord Vishnu.

Meanwhile Lord Vishnu, as Varaha lifted Mother Earth in its tusk and started raising up to put the earth back on its axis. Hiranyaksha rushed at the Boar roaring in anger. He said “You imposter, I conquered the earth, how can you steal her from me. Come and fight me for her”. The Boar ignored him and continued to raise faster, the earth seeing Hiranyaksha started trembling, Lord Vishnu put the earth back on her axis.

He then turned back to confront Hiranyaksha. At this Brahma whispered in Lord Vishnu’s ears.. “oh! Vishnu, it is just one hour to sunset, Hiranyaksha is very well versed in the art of black magic, you need to finish him before the sun sets.”. Hearing this the Boar attacked Hiranyaksha and after a fierce battle Lord Vishnu in his Varaha Avatar killed Hiranyaksha


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