Think that your long suffering is over!”. How can you leave me and go before you have made me pregnant and pregnancy is showing?”, Jaratkaru left her and went for a terrible Tapas saying: “Dear woman! Rishi Kashyapa granted them these sons and went away for his Tapas cautioning them to hold their pregnancies carefully. You are affected by your Tapas. After they had gone, Garuda spoke to his father, with the tree branch in his beaks: “Father! That sacred land was decorated, complete with all the necessary grains and wealth along with a multitude of sacrificial priests and Brahmins. We shouldn’t have thought ill of him. Don’t worry! Support this Service that enlightens you & Be dear to Krishna. He (Sauti) is a guest who has visited many places before including the Kurukshetra. I am ready even for that!”, The Pitris said: “Ascetic! He said: “Son! The Gods are Pitris and the Pitris are Gods. Vaishampayana narrates Mahabharata to Janamejaya at the snake sacrifice, Valakhilyas Perform a Sacrifice for the Birth of. When Garuda took off in the direction of the sun, all the snakes on his back were struck unconscious by Sun’s heat. But seeing you hanging there like bats, there has been a change of heart! I will accept if you give me that much amount and return.” He received whatever wealth he wanted from Takshaka and returned. Every one was dressed in black and their eyes were red due to the smoke. You run all the actions and the worlds. Previously she was decided to be my wife. Those who were wounded by his beak and talons were bleeding profusely. Once, when Bhrigu had gone for a bath, Rakshasa Puloma visited his Ashrama and seeing the beautiful Puloma there was overpowered with desire and lost his reasoning. Teacher Veda asked him what delayed his task. The threads were of black and white. Full of grief and thinking of Pramadvara he said: “Lying on the floor there, she is increasing my grief! You want to save us; but you cannot do so with the power of your austerities. While he was flying upwards from that mountain peak at the speed of mind, various omens appeared that suggested fear and pain to the Gods. I swallowed thousands of them. Beyond the discus, he saw two great snakes, constantly watching with open eyes, with their fangs flashing like lightning. This is described in Puranas as Sarpa Satra. Tradition has it that Narada told the story of the Mahabharata to the devas while Suka taught it to the Gandharvas, the Rakshasas and the Yakshas. It is still greater if he is learned. Like the birds pushed by a big storm, they were pushed into Garuda’s mouth. The Story of Bharata is his family story. Seeing that marvel, the anti-Gods shouted loud “That’s ours! Only he can stop this sacrifice as ordained by Brahma. There is one that you yourself have to do. Don’t you know that the humans who have exhausted their time on earth can never get their life back? But to protect the human kind from the ever growing snake species, he, together with the Gods, seconded that curse. Only on these conditions will I marry. You will be blind and soon after that you will regain your sight! On his way to Hastinapur, Takshaka decided to use his mystical powers to bite the king, particularly since he heard that the king had arranged a complete protection around him. ":"&")+"url="+encodeURIComponent(b)),f.setRequestHeader("Content-Type","application/x-www-form-urlencoded"),f.send(a))}}}function B(){var b={},c;c=document.getElementsByTagName("IMG");if(!c.length)return{};var a=c[0];if(! My head is reeling. There is no sign of your son in me desperately desired by my relatives afflicted by their mother’s curse! Listen to who we are and why we are suffering like this. The sun is setting! He came back and asked the King: “It is not good to lie to me like this. Even Lohitaksha, who had earlier predicted that the sacrifice will abruptly end, was also given wealthy gifts. Thus Garuda, with his wings, talons and beak, mashed the Gods, protectors of the Three Worlds. Brihaspati says that there is no one match him in strength!” Surprised by this, the Gods took up their weapons and stood guard, along with Indra, around Amrita. Also arose the red jewel Kaustabha that adores the chest of Lord Narayana. Sometimes, flying like an object, it used to hit them hard and make them fall down. Janamejaya (Sanskrit: जनमेजय) was a Kuru king who reigned during the Middle Vedic period (12th-9th centuries BCE). The worlds are burning due to severity of your penance. Sister! The one who listens is Shaunaka. All the Punya we have accrued through Tapas has not yet been exhausted. Crying in pain, the dog went to his mother who asked him: “Why are you crying? Often he used to be engaged by Janamejaya or Paushya for officiating at the sacrifices. Tell me if you are pregnant with his child! The branch was so huge that even the hides of hundred giant animals could not wrap it completely. Garuda thought for a while and asked his mother: “Mother! Therefore tell me the truth: isn’t she truly mine? On the way he saw a nude beggar, who seemed to be appearing a while but disappearing at other times. King Janamejaya was engaged, together with his brothers– Shrutasena, Ugrasena and Bhimasena, in a long sacrifice.The celestial dog, the son of Sarama, who entered the sacrificial ground, was beaten up by Janamejaya’s brothers. Yet I am asking you, considering the great danger the entire Naga species is in! If you can treat anyone who is bitten by me, make this tree that I bite come alive! Who were they? When Kashyapa approached them, on behalf of Indra, the Valakhilyas said that it won’t happen otherwise. Surprised! While Puloma offered him the fruits from the forest as a custom to welcome a guest, the Rakshasa was very happy with his decision to lift her away for himself. He wanted to know her name and who will provide for her. What we have is what was told in the Naimisha Forest. I am keeping this on this Kusha grass. It marks the end of backdrop provided to in Adi Parva – before the lineage of the Kuru dynasty begins. When Uttanka entered the inner quarters, he did not see Paushya’s wife. According to one scripture, a Brahmin should always be mild; knowing the Vedas and its branches, he should be capable of offering all living beings the protection from fear. He realises the importance of such a story to be told since he foresees mankind behaviour and pain and suffering they undergo. Wealthy of Tapas, you are trying for another Indra. I want to tell this to you, for your own good, since you have given me my human form. I will release you from this curse! We live within the boundaries of his realm and he justly protects us. It is a rare opportunity to give to a deserved person! Janamejaya was taken aback at this and urged Astika to ask for something else, such as an immense amount of wealth. 10 Sauptika Parva (The Book of the Sleeping Warriors) 78–80 Ashvattama, Kripa and Kritavarma kill the remaining Pandava army in their sleep. [CDATA[ You live in every living being as a witness to the good and bad deeds. Due to their mother’s curse, a large number of snakes were burnt to death in that sacrificial fire. He was so deeply engaged in studies and Tapas that there was not a slight desire for a wife in his mind for a long long time. They are greatly afraid of your mother’s curse. Why aren’t you now telling the truth? But Vinata’s two eggs did not break open at all. Takshaka is not capable of defeating me!”. If you do or say such a thing, I will leave you for ever, and will never come back to you!”, One day, the Rishi kept his head on Jaratkaru’ s lap and fell asleep. Brahma had earlier pronounced that the son born in you to Rishi Jaratkaru will save us from the flames of Janamejaya’s sacrifice. Mahabharata Paushya Parva. Uttanka said: “I request your ear rings as my Guru Dakshina!”. Anything that comes under any of these snakes’ vision would instant burn to ashes. Tell me quickly if I can free you of this danger through a third, a quarter or half of the power of my Tapas. Valakhilyas Perform a Sacrifice for the Birth of Garuda, When Rishi Kashyapa undertook a sacrifice to beget children, the Gods and the Gandharvas extended help to him. Don’t do anything that would result in painful experience in the future! Janamejaya (Sanskrit: जनमेजय) was a Kuru king who reigned during the Middle Vedic period (12th or 11th century BCE). I am no more afraid of the poison. His son Astika will stop that sacrifice and save the righteous Nagas. When it was the seventh day, a Brahmin of the Kashyapa family, was coming to cure the king of the snake bite. He took leave from Brahma and visited his home. Do good to my maternal family be stopping this sacrifice!”. Listen to me! Uttanka’s words drowned him in sorrow. How dare you do this to me! Due to their friction, fire broke out on the mountain, making it look like the one surrounded by the black clouds lit by the lightening. Therefore, without wasting much time, we should consult on the welfare of all the Nagas. There is a great sacrifice that was designed by Gods just for you! The enthusiastic sacrificial priests chose an even and square land, and measured it according to the scriptures. Then all the others who had gathered there requested the king to grant his boon. The turtle is three Yojanas tall and is double of that in width. The time has come to fulfil the purpose for which you were married to Rishi Jaratkaru! Once, when he was engrossed in the worship of Agni, I frightened him with a blade of grass in the shape of a snake, due to which he fell unconscious. Like Lord Rudra had searched in the past for the Yajnamriga in the heavens, Parikshit searched for the deer in that forest. Due to your son’s great lustre did I survive and got released from the Rakshasa who was burnt to ashes.” Listening to this from Puloma, Bhrigu cursed Agni in anger: “Be a glutton of everything!”. Brahma named the river Vadhusara. At that time, pressurized by all others, king Janamejaya granted the boon to Astika: “Let it happen as desired by Astika! The child in her grew like the waxing moon and soon she gave birth to a son, illumined like a God, capable of relieving the pains of his paternal and maternal relatives and ancestors. All assembled priests and Brahmins received ample wealth as gifts. Tell me what is that solution the Gods have ordained? If these Valakhilyas, who live on Sun’s rays, will burn you to ashes if angered.” Then on behalf of his son, he requested those Valakhilyas: “Garuda is born for the good of the worlds. Cut by the discus, thousands of Asuras omitted blood and fell dead. You will then be liberated from slavery!”, Garuda told Vinata: “Mother! For the welfare of all beings let you do a task ordained by me. As the effulgence increases, so does the anger. I don’t see any enemy who will defeat us in a battle!”. Kadru cursed all those nagas who disobeyed her to fall into yagna fire of Janamejaya. His brothers were three, Srutasena, Ugrasena, and Bhimasena. Afterwards, Lord Narayana, giving away his assumed Mohini form, frightened the anti-Gods, wielding several terrible weapons. He asked Shesha: “What are you doing? The complete 100,000 verses of the Mahabharata were completed many centuries after and during that time, many new stories were added to it before it came to be titled as the epic ‘Mahabharata’. Indra fixed Mandara on the turtles back with the help of an engine. Tell me by bringing what or by doing what can we get freedom from this slavery?” The snakes said: “Stalker of skies! Priests! If this condition is agreeable, you may take him as your priest.”. You could destroy any poison, including mine. Seizing this opportunity, Astika told Janamejaya that he wanted the Yajna to be stopped immediately so that Takshaka and the remaining snakes could be saved. He rode on his wings and took off to the skies and hovered above the Gods. I am Takshaka, who is going to kill the king. She took out her ear rings and while giving, said to him: “These ear rings are asked by Naga Takshaka too. When all the Gods were thus ready for a fight, Garuda reached there. That elephant is six Yojanas tall and is double of that in width. Don’t leave me and go! This banner text can have markup.. web; books; video; audio; software; images; Toggle navigation The Gods and anti-Gods together approached the king of turtles Akupara and requested him to hold Mandara on his back. Then Puloma, holding on to son Chyavana, fell unconscious in grief. Mahabharata in the words of Vyasa is a fiction work. After a really long time, when the time arrived at the beginning of Kaliyuga, a king famous as Parikshit was born in the Kaurava family. MAHABAHRAT The 18 parvas The division into 18 parvas is as follows: Parva Title Sub-parvas Contents 1 Adi Parva (The Book of the Beginning) 1–19 How the Mahabharata came to be narrated by Sauti to the assembled rishis at Naimisharanya. But your father was wearing a dead snake on his shoulders! This daughter of a Gandharva and an Apsara has crossed the line of her life. I will be peacefully waiting for you here. After getting back his wife after much difficulty, Ruru took up an oath to destroy the snakes. Then the Rakshasa dragged me, who was crying like a sheep. Those who forgive will receive good both in this life and beyond. The story of Astika, son of sage Jaratkaru and Jaratkaru – the sister of Vasuki, is upheld as a very auspicious one in the tradition. I will never utter falsehood even in jest!”, The father responded: “Son! Listening to their report, Vasuki approached him in the forest along with a fully decked bride. Even though the snakes and Dundubhas are considered the same, they are different when they experience pleasure. Numbering thousands, they wielded terrible sharpened weapons. According to scriptures, one part of whatever Punya we achieve belongs also to the king who protects us. There is not doubt that this thread of a root will soon be snapped by the rat, and you will all fall into this deep well. He was opted by Sun as his charioteer. Spotting a hair in that cold food, Uttanka declared to the king: “Since you have fed me impure food, you will become blind!” Paushya retorted: “Since you have blamed the pure food, you will be issueless!” Upon further examination realising that the food in fact was cold and a woman who had not tied up her hair had prepared it and hence there was a hair in the food, the king apologised: “Sir! Let your wishes come true. Then why will he lie in this great matter? Unable to convince at the narration of Bharata, Sauti then dwells upon Shaunaka’s forefathers, starting with Brighu. Once when he was setting out for such an assignment, he called one of his three disciples – Uttanka -  and instructed him to do, without neglect, whatever needs to be done at his household when he was away. Like the way Pururava of the past had enjoyed the company of Urvashi, he enjoyed with his wife in parks filled with flowering trees. Therefore we are not able to recognize you although you are famous in the three worlds. Parikshit (Sanskrit: परीक्षित्, IAST: Parīkṣit) was a Kuru king who reigned during the Middle Vedic period (12th-9th centuries BCE). Thus Uttanka reached his teacher’s residence where the teacher’s wife had, after finishing the bath, was doing her hair. I promise to look after her and protect her with all my strength!”, After confirming that he will take care of his sister, Jaratkaru went to Vasuki’s palace and there he accepted following the rituals Jaratkaru has his wife. I am fast loosing my sight and I think I will soon fall into that fire without any protest! This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Pramati got a son named Ruru from Ghritachi, an Apsara. Then the Bhrigu foetus, growing in Puloma, was furious and fell off from the mother. There are some records regarding the first narration of the two epics-Ramayana and Mahabharata both. Please show me a place where there are no Brahmins!” Then Kashyapa showed him a place devoid of Brahmins, which was not possible for the humans even to think of. Let us be friends as you wish. Adorned with divine ornaments and glowing in the light of their weapons, the fearless army of Gods kept its vigil on the Amrita. I will do what is good for you. Cut by the discus, Rahu’s head, huge as a mountain peak, ascended to the skies and the headless body fell heavy on the Earth. The innocent father of yours became one with the five elements like a tree struck by lightning after the wicked souled Takshaka bit him! I will accept her as my wife if she has the same name as mine, if someone comes and offers her as alms to me on their own, and if I don’t have to take care of her! The slow-witted anti-Gods – the Daityas and Danavas – greatly attracted to her, foolishly handed over the pot of nectar to Mohini. We applaud the effort that Jan has put into this Index, and with great pleasure we post it… Don’t let the reason for which I was given to you go in vain. Saying thus, the king laughed loud and kept that worm on his neck. He consulted his priests: “Tell me a plan to drag Takshaka and his relatives into the blazing fire! Fearing for his life Indra then fled from the scene of the yagna. Fortune will be with you.”, Seen off by the teacher. Janamejaya has started this snake sacrifice and I am sure to die in this! May be our destruction is nearing soon. Seeing that they are separated, the others who are greedy for their wealth, will create a greater divide between the brothers. Kashyapa had assigned the task of bringing the sacrificial herbs to Indra, the Valakhilya Munis, and the other Gods. Incidentally, the dating of the Mahabharata War has been a matter of challenge and controversy for a century or two. Asthika, a close friend of Janamejaya, minister and a philosopher comes to know of Janamajaya's act and stops him. The story we are told was the story narrated in priestly surroundings. This fear of ours is also fated. Curse of Janamejaya by Sarama, Story of the Aruni, Upamanyu, Veda and Uttanka. If this Amrita is not going to be useful for you, return it to me. The Kurukshetra war took lives but none was heart-wrenching as the death of Abhimanyu – son of Arjuna and Subhadra. I am giving you an early warning so that he should not be allowed to forcibly take Amrita. Nonviolence is the ultimate Dharma! Previously in the First Age of the Gods, Prajapati Daksha had two beautiful daughters – Kadru and Vinita. Following him came up Shri Lakshmi – the Goddess of Wealth, draped in white. He raised a great storm of dust with his vast wings and tortured the Gods. 2.3K views … By popular tradition, the Kali Age started with the death of Krishna, 36 years after the War. However, a nearby Rohinipapada tree with thousand branches invited him to descend on one of its branches. When he woke up, he requested his father to tell him that story, and Pramati narrated, in full, Astika’s story to Ruru.”. Then you show the strength of your spell!”, Getting that confirmation that he is going to treat the tree, Takshaka bit that Banyan tree. Then he saw there two maids who were weaving a cloth over a handloom. You are the Maker and Destroyer of all the worlds. The epic was retold by Vaisampayana to Janamejaya at the advice of Vyasa. Listen to me the way the snakes will find respite from this great fear, when the time arrives. One day he saw his Pitris hanging upside down in a well. I have brought the Amrita! Let no other snake fall into the fire!”, Janamejaya was unhappy listening to this and said: “Brahmin! I want to burn that sinner just like the way he burned my father into ashes!”. If I have ever given, if I have ever done the Tapas and if I have ever served the elders, let the good accrued through these acts bring my dear love Pramadvara back to life!”. You are a guest of good qualities. What do you plan to do there?” The Kashyapa replied: “The snake king Takshaka is going to bite the Kuru King Parikshit. It marks the end of backdrop provided to in Adi Parva – before the lineage of the Kuru dynasty begins. I am doing this Tapas because I want to be released from this body. Non-violence, telling the truth, forgiveness, and following the Vedas, these definitely are the greatest Dharma of a Brahmin. Soaked in blood, the scattered bodies of the dead Asuras looked like the mountains painted red. Sometime back one of our readers submitted this Index on the Srimad-Bhagavatam, and asked if I could post it. King! Later on, the other sage Suta retold the Mahabharata similar to Vaisampayana to Janamejaya, to Saunaka and others, during a sacrifice performed by Saunaka in Naimisaranya, which is near Sitapur in Uttar Pradesh. Ugrasrava is said to have been performing a yagna under Shaunaka Kulapati. Despite being born in a lower species due to their weaknesses of anger, both of them have been continuing their hatred for each other. The story of the birth of Sage Astika is found in the Mahabharata and several Puranas. Even as a boy, he used to follow tough Vratas, and since his father had said “Asti” or “He is there” when he was still a foetus, he came to be known as Astika. He bid farewell to Gauramukha saying “Let the mercy of that Muni be my blessing!”. Who was he? Then he flew to Mount Gandhamadana and saw his father engaged in Tapas. He saw a constantly rotating terrible discus with sharp teeth like the sun rays, installed by the Gods to cut anyone approaching to steal Amrita. I want to give you a boon appropriate for you! If Havis is poured into me following the methods prescribed in Vedas, the Gods and the Pitris get satisfied. Out of the power of our asceticism, let there be a birth of a being who is thousand times more powerful than this Indra!”. The man who listens to this story full of praise of Garuda or recites this story in the presence of pious men will undoubtedly accrue Punya and will join the heavens. But we are falling into this hell due to lack of progeny. He approached king Paushya and requested him for his wife’s ear rings. Then the queen was visible to him. You have been repeatedly asking me about Guru Dakshina. I couldn’t make out what it was. The weapons of Vasus, Sadhyas, Marutts and the other divine groups started to fight with each other. In the meantime, Indra took away the Amrita back to the heavens. If you see him, please give him this message from us: “Your Pitris are hanging up side down on a weak thread. 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