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.

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Avatars of Lord Vishnu - Narasimha Avatar Part 3

Sage Narada remembered the conversation he witnessed between Lord Indra and Lord Vishnu at Vaikuntha. When the heat generated by Hiranyakashipu's penence made Indra's throne shake, Indra ran to Lord Brahma to stop Lord Brahma from giving a boon to Hiranyakashipu.

When Brahma disappeared to talk to Hiranyakashipu, Lord Indra ran to Vaikunta. When he was telling Lord Vishnu about how Brahma rejected his request, Lord Agni came running. He said "Oh! Devendra.. what are you doing? This is not the time to make small talk.. all of us are doomed, Brahma has gone to grant Hiranyakashipu his wish. On the other hand I came to know Hiranyakashipu's wife is carrying his heir.. a son. If this son is born then the asuras will become super powerful and we will be doomed.  The son of Hiranyakashipu will be a great warrior"

Lord Indra became very scared and dropped on his feet. He addressed the devas assembled and said "We have a bigger threat now than Hiranyakashipu, Let us kill the child in the womb of the mother". The devas were stunned on hearing such words coming from Indra's mouth.

Devarishi Brihaspati said "Oh! Lord Indra, have you gone mad. What are you talking? How can you stoop to such a level to safe guard your throne?"
Some of the devas started supporting Devarishi Brihaspati and the others agreed with Lord Indra.

This started a bitter argument between the two groups. Lord Vishnu, got up from his seat and stepped in between the arguing devas. He told Indra "Hey Indra, stop arguing. You have come to me asking for my protection, it is yours. Now go back to Indra Loka and leave the rest to me".

Indra got upset when he heard Lord Vishnu's scolding. He shook his head and started back towards deva loka. He felt dejected that Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu both did not take his side. He felt Lord Vishnu went one step further and sided with Devarshi Brihaspati. He was boiling with anger when he reached Amaravathi. He decided to take the matters in his hands and thought of attacking the asura Loka.

In the mean while, Lord Vishnu called Sage Narada and told him to immediately walk towards Asura Loka and told "Hey Narada, I want you to ensure Kayadu comes to your ashram at her own will". Narada was surprised at the Lord's request. He asked "Bhagawan! what is this strange request?". Lord Vishnu smiled and said "You will see" and disappeared.

Narada remembered this, and smiled to himself. He started back to his ashram with Kayadu in tow.
Once they reached the ashram, Narada told Kayadu "My daughter, you are safe here, you can stay here comfortably till the time you need. "

He handed her over to the wifes of the other rishis in the ashram. Kayadu was very grateful. She started helping the other ladies by doing various chores. In the evening, Sage Narada would talk to her and tell her stories of his travels.

(Picture source: Google)

As the months progressed, and the child in her womb began to grow, she started becoming very tired. Listening to the sermons by Narada used to bring her peace and most of the times she used to slip into sleep.

One day, Sage Narada was talking about his travels and he started telling a story of Lord Vishnu. After some time, he realised that Kayadu had fallen asleep, but he could still hear a sound responding to his stories. He was surprised, and when he closed his eyes to sense if there was anyone nearby, he realised the sound is coming from Kayadu's stomach.

The baby inside was listening to the story of Lord Vishnu. Narada was overjoyed, he now understood why Lord Vishnu wanted him to take Kayadu to his ashram.

With more enthusiasm, Sage Narada started telling more about Lord Vishnu, about the dharma, about the 5 senses, about the world outside our senses, our purpose in life, Moksha to Kayadu, the unborn child in her womb started listening to these stories.

As the days passed Kayadu forgot most of the things that Narada told to her, but the child in her womb remembered each and every word and started building an unbreakable faith in Lord Vishnu.


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