Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Ayi Girinandini - Final Post

Recap:

Slowly Mahishasura tried to crawl out of the buffalo's body. But Durga pressed him down by placing a foot on him. Then with one mighty swing of Her sword, Durga slew Mahishasura by by beheading him.

With the death of Danavaraja Mahishasura, everyone rejoiced and resumed the celebration of the wedding of Hara-Gauri. After the end of the festivities, Himavanta, Mena and others happily bid farewell to Shiva Parvati, who went to Kailasha and made it their new household. Eventually Devi Parvati gave birth to two powerful sons who are saviors for the mortals; but that story is for some other time.




Mahishasuramardini Stotram

Ayi Giri-Nandini Nandita-Medini Vishva-Vinodini Nandi-Nute
Giri-Vara-Vindhya-Shiro-[A]dhi-Nivaasini Vissnnu-Vilaasini Jissnnu-Nute |
Bhagavati He Shiti-Kannttha-Kuttumbini Bhuri-Kuttumbini Bhuri-Krte
Jaya Jaya He Mahissaasura-Mardini Ramya-Kapardini Shaila-Sute || 1 ||

(O Divine Mother, I invoke You and take refuge in Your Auspicious Feet)
1.1: Salutations to You O Divine Mother, I Invoke You; Who is the Daughter of the Mountain; By Whose presence the whole World is filled with Joy; For Whom the whole World is a Divine Play and Who is Praised by Nandi,
1.2: (I Invoke You O Devi) Who Dwell on the Summit of the Vindhyas, the Best of the Mountains; Who give Joy to Lord Vishnu (as His sister) and Who is Praised by Lord Indra,
1.3: O Goddess Bhagavati, Who is the Consort of the One with Blue Throat (Lord Shiva); Who has Many Many Relations in this World (being the Cosmic Mother) and Who has Created Abundance (in Creation),
1.4: Victory to You, Victory to You, (I take Refuge in Your Auspicious Feet) O the Destroyer of Demon Mahishasura; (Victory to You) Who Shine with Beautiful Locks of Hair and Who is the Daughter of the Mountain.


Sura-Vara-Varssinni Durdhara-Dharssinni Durmukha-Marssinni Harssa-Rate
Tribhuvana-Possinni Shangkara-Tossinni Kilbissa-Mossinni Ghossa-Rate
Danuja-Nirossinni Diti-Suta-Rossinni Durmada-Shossinni Sindhu-Sute
Jaya Jaya He Mahissaasura-Mardini Ramya-Kapardini Shaila-Sute || 2 ||

(O Divine Mother, I invoke You and take refuge in Your Auspicious Feet)
2.1: (Salutations to You O Divine Mother) I Invoke You; Who Shower Boons on the Devas; Who Overpowered Demon Durdhara (literally meaning Unrestrainable) and Endured Demon Durmukha (literally meaning Foul-Mouthed) and finally slayed him, and Who Delight in Her own Bliss,
2.2: (I Invoke You) Who Sustain and Nourish the Three-Worlds; Who Delight Lord Shankara by Removing the Sins (i.e. Sinful Demons) by Indulging in the Tumult of the Battle,
2.3: Who Quel the Wrath of the Danavas (Born from Danu) and is Angry with the Daityas (Son of Diti); Who Dry up the Foolish Pride of Demons; and Who is the Daughter of the Ocean (as Devi Lakshmi),
2.4: Victory to You, Victory to You, (I take Refuge in Your Auspicious Feet) O the Destroyer of Demon Mahishasura; (Victory to You) Who Shine with Beautiful Locks of Hair and Who is the Daughter of the Mountain.


Ayi Jagad[t]-Amba Mad-Amba Kadamba Vana-Priya-Vaasini Haasa-Rate
Shikhari Shiro-Manni Tungga-Himalaya Shrngga-Nija-[Aa]laya Madhya-Gate |
Madhu-Madhure Madhu-Kaittabha-Gan.jini Kaittabha-Bhan.jini Raasa-Rate
Jaya Jaya He Mahissaasura-Mardini Ramya-Kapardini Shaila-Sute || 3 ||

(O Divine Mother, I invoke You and take refuge in Your Auspicious Feet)
3.1: Salutations to You O Divine Mother; I Invoke You; Who is the Mother of the Universe; Who is My Own Mother; Who Like to Live in the Forest of Kadamba Trees (
Kadamba) and Delight in Laughter and Mirth,
3.2: (I Invoke You) Who Abide in the Middle of the Crest-Jewel of the Peaks of Lofty Himalayas,
3.3: Who is as Sweet as Honey; Who Subdued the Pride of the Demons Madhu and Kaitabha and Destroyed the Demons (Madhu and) Kaitabha,Indulging in the Din and Uproar of the Great Battle,
3.4: Victory to You, Victory to You, (I take Refuge in Your Auspicious Feet) O the Destroyer of Demon Mahishasura; (Victory to You) Who Shine with Beautiful Locks of Hair and Who is the Daughter of the Mountain.


Ayi Shata-Khanndda Vikhannddita-Runndda Vitunnddita-Shunnda Gaja-[A]dhipate
Ripu-Gaja-Ganndda Vidaaranna-Canndda Paraakrama-Shunndda Mrga-[A]dhipate |
Nija-Bhuja-Danndda Nipaatita-Khanndda Vipaatita-Munndda Bhatta-[A]dhipate
Jaya Jaya He Mahissaasura-Mardini Ramya-Kapardini Shaila-Sute || 4 ||

(O Divine Mother, I invoke You and take refuge in Your Auspicious Feet)
4.1: Salutations to You O Divine Mother; I Invoke You; Who is the Conquerer of the Enemy's Elephants; Who Cut off their Trunks and Heads, and the Headless Bodies into Hundred Pieces,
4.2: (I Invoke You) Whose Lion Fiercely Tear Asunderthe Faces of the Powerful Elephants of the Enemies,
4.3: Who Felled the Heads of Demons (Chanda) and Munda with the Weapons in Her Arms and Conqueredthe (Enemy) Warriors,
4.4: Victory to You, Victory to You, (I take Refuge in Your Auspicious Feet) O the Destroyer of Demon Mahishasura; (Victory to You) Who Shine with Beautiful Locks of Hair and Who is the Daughter of the Mountain.


Ayi Ranna-Durmada Shatru-Vadho[a-U]dita Durdhara-Nirjara Shakti-Bhrte
Catura-Vicaara Dhuriinna-Mahaashiva Duuta-Krta Pramatha-[A]dhipate |
Durita-Duriiha Duraashaya-Durmati Daanava-Duta Krtaanta-Mate
Jaya Jaya He Mahissaasura-Mardini Ramya-Kapardini Shaila-Sute || 5 ||

(O Divine Mother, I invoke You and take refuge in Your Auspicious Feet)
5.1: Salutations to You O Divine Mother; I Invoke You; Who Manifested to Destroy the Battle-Intoxicated Arrogant Demons and Who is the possessor of Unrestrainable and Imperishable Power,
5.2: (I Invoke You) Who made Lord Shiva Her Messenger, that Shiva Who is Distinguished by Cleverness in Deliberation and is the Lord of the Ghosts and Goblins,
5.3: Who is Honoured for Bringing an End (i.e. Rejecting) to the Proposal of the Evil-Minded and Ignorant Messenger of the Demon (Shumbha) (and hence bringing an end to the demons themselves),
5.4: Victory to You, Victory to You, (I take Refuge in Your Auspicious Feet) O the Destroyer of Demon Mahishasura; (Victory to You) Who Shine with Beautiful Locks of Hair and Who is the Daughter of the Mountain.


Ayi Sharannaagata Vairi-Vadhuvara Viiravara-[A]bhaya Daaya-Kare
Tri-Bhuvana-Mastaka Shula-Virodhi Shiro-[A]dhikrta-[A]mala Shula-Kare |
Dumi-Dumi-Taamara Dhundubhi-Naadam-Aho-Mukhariikrta Dingma-Kare
Jaya Jaya He Mahissaasura-Mardini Ramya-Kapardini Shaila-Sute || 6 ||

(O Divine Mother, I invoke You and take refuge in Your Auspicious Feet)
6.1: Salutations to You O Divine Mother; I Invoke You; Who gave Abhaya to the Heroic Soldiers of the Enemywhen their Good Wives took Her Refuge,
6.2: (I Invoke You) Whose Pure Trident in Hand Capture the Heads of the Heads (Rulers) of the Three Worlds who Oppose that Trident,
6.3: Whose Victory give rise to Dumi-Dumi Sound of Dundubhi Drum flowing incessantly like Water which fills All the Directions with Joy,
6.4: Victory to You, Victory to You, (I take Refuge in Your Auspicious Feet) O the Destroyer of Demon Mahishasura; (Victory to You) Who Shine with Beautiful Locks of Hair and Who is the Daughter of the Mountain.


Ayi Nija-Hungkrti Maatra-Niraakrta Dhumravilocana Dhumra-Shate
Samara-Vishossita Shonnita-Biija Samudbhava-Shonnita Biija-Late |
Shiva-Shiva-Shumbha Nishumbha-Mahaahava Tarpita-Bhuta Pishaaca-Rate
Jaya Jaya He Mahissaasura-Mardini Ramya-Kapardini Shaila-Sute || 7 ||

(O Divine Mother, I invoke You and take refuge in Your Auspicious Feet)
7.1: Salutations to You O Divine Mother; I Invoke You; Who Reduced Demon Dhumralocana into Hundred Smoke Particles (i.e. Ashes) with a Mere Humkara,
7.2: (I Invoke You) Who Dried up the Strength of the original Demon Raktabija and Similar Raktabijas Produced from him like a Creeper Chain (from each drop of blood Seed ) during the Battle,
7.3: Whose Great Auspicious Sacrifice (resembling a Yagna) of Shumbha and Nishumbha satisfied the Ghosts and Fiends (attending Lord Shiva),
7.4: Victory to You, Victory to You, (I take Refuge in Your Auspicious Feet) O the Destroyer of Demon Mahishasura; (Victory to You) Who Shine with Beautiful Locks of Hair and Who is the Daughter of the Mountain.


Dhanur-Anussangga Ranna-Kssanna-Sangga Parisphurad-Angga Nattat-Kattake
Kanaka-Pishangga Prssatka-Nissangga Rasad-Bhatta-Shrngga Hataa-Battuke |
Krta-Caturangga Bala-Kssiti-Rangga Ghattad-Bahu-Rangga Rattad-Battuke
Jaya Jaya He Mahissaasura-Mardini Ramya-Kapardini Shaila-Sute || 8 ||

(O Divine Mother, I invoke You and take refuge in Your Auspicious Feet)
8.1: (Salutations to You O Divine Mother) I Invoke You; Whose Bracelet Dances on Her Shining Arms Following the Movements of Her Bow during Each Instant of the Battle,
8.2: (I Invoke You) Whose Golden Arrows become Reddish (with blood) when they Cling to the Stupid Enemies and Slay them inspite of their Howls and Screams at the Top of their Voice (displaying vain pride),
8.3: Who Turn the Four-Fold Array (Caturanga) of Enemies surrounding from all sides, and consisting of Many Heads of Various Colours who Stupidly Howl and Scream (displaying their vain pride), INTO a Play of Decreasing Strength (of the Caturanga),

8.4: Victory to You, Victory to You, (I take Refuge in Your Auspicious Feet) O the Destroyer of Demon Mahishasura; (Victory to You) Who Shine with Beautiful Locks of Hair and Who is the Daughter of the Mountain.


Sura-Lalanaa Tatatheyi Tatheyi Krta-Abhinayo-[U]dara Nrtya-Rate
Krta Kukuthah Kukutho Gaddadaadika-Taala Kutuuhala Gaana-Rate |
Dhudhukutta Dhukkutta Dhimdhimita Dhvani Dhiira Mrdamga Ninaada-Rate
Jaya Jaya He Mahissaasura-Mardini Ramya-Kapardini Shaila-Sute || 9 ||

(O Divine Mother, I invoke You and take refuge in Your Auspicious Feet)
9.1: (Salutations to You O Divine Mother) I Invoke You; Following the Rhythm of Whose Great Battle the Celestial Dancers Dance the rhythm of Ta-Tha-Theyi, Ta-Theyi, expressing the sentiment of the battle with their Dramatic Acts,
9.2: (I Invoke You) Following the Rhythm of Whose Great Battle the Celestial Musicians Create Music capturing the Tense Eagerness of the battle with the Talas (musical beats) like Ku-Kutha, Ku-Kutha, Ga-Da-Dha, Ga-Da-Dha,
9.3: Following the Rhythm of Whose Great Battle a Steady Deep Sound of Dhu-Dhu-Kuta, Dhu-Kuta, Dhim-Dhimi is played in the background from the Mridangam (a musical drum),
9.4: Victory to You, Victory to You, (I take Refuge in Your Auspicious Feet) O the Destroyer of Demon Mahishasura; (Victory to You) Who Shine with Beautiful Locks of Hair and Who is the Daughter of the Mountain.


Jaya Jaya Japya Jaye-Jaya-Shabda Para-Stuti Tat-Para-Vishva-Nute
Jhanna-Jhanna-Jhin.jhimi Jhingkrta Nuupura-Shin.jita-Mohita Bhuuta-Pate |
Nattita Nattaardha Nattii Natta Naayaka Naattita-Naattya Su-Gaana-Rate
Jaya Jaya He Mahissaasura-Mardini Ramya-Kapardini Shaila-Sute || 10 ||

(O Divine Mother, I invoke You and take refuge in Your Auspicious Feet)
10.1: (Salutations to You O Divine Mother) I Invoke You; Who is Praised by the Whole World; For Whom they Mutter Victory Prayers before the Battle, Shout Victory Shouts after the Battle, which is then Followed by Singing Her Stuthis (Eulogy),
10.2: (I Invoke You) Whose Anklets Jingling with the Jhana-Jhana Sound Captivate Lord Shiva, the Lord of the Ghosts and Goblins,
10.3: Who Dance as Half of the Body of Lord Shiva, where the Male and the Female Dancers (having a single body) is the Hero of the Cosmic Play which is taking place along with the Beautiful Song (of the Divine Sound of Nada),
10.4: Victory to You, Victory to You, (I take Refuge in Your Auspicious Feet) O the Destroyer of Demon Mahishasura; (Victory to You) Who Shine with Beautiful Locks of Hair and Who is the Daughter of the Mountain.


Ayi Sumanah-Sumanah-Sumanah Sumanah-Sumanohara-Kaanti-Yute
Shrita-Rajanii Rajanii-Rajanii Rajanii-Rajanii Kara-Vaktra-Vrte |
Sunayana-Vi-Bhramara Bhramara-Bhramara Bhramara-Bhramara-[A]dhipate
Jaya Jaya He Mahissaasura-Mardini Ramya-Kapardini Shaila-Sute || 11 ||

(O Divine Mother, I invoke You and take refuge in Your Auspicious Feet)
11.1: Salutations to You O Divine Mother; I Invoke You; Whose Beautiful Mind is United with a Charming Appearance,
11.2: (I Invoke You) Whose Beautiful Face makes Subserviant the Beauty of the Moon Light of Night by Hiding them with Its Own Beauty,
11.3: Whose Beautiful Eyes Conquer the Beauty of the Bees by Its Own Beauty,
11.4: Victory to You, Victory to You, (I take Refuge in Your Auspicious Feet) O the Destroyer of Demon Mahishasura; (Victory to You) Who Shine with Beautiful Locks of Hair and Who is the Daughter of the Mountain.


Sahita-Mahaahava Mallama-Tallika Malli-Tarallaka Malla-Rate
Viracita-Vallika Pallika-Mallika Jhillika-Bhillika Varga-Vrte |
Shita-Krta-Phulla Samullasita-[A]runna Tallaja-Pallava Sal-Lalite
Jaya Jaya He Mahissaasura-Mardini Ramya-Kapardini Shaila-Sute || 12 ||

(O Divine Mother, I invoke You and take refuge in Your Auspicious Feet)
12.1: (Salutations to You O Divine Mother) I Invoke You; Who is Accompanied in the Great Battle against Excellent Wrestlers (Fighters) by Girls who appear Tender like Jasmine Fighting against the Enemies,
12.2: (I Invoke You) Whose Accompaniments are Composed of Girls from the Bheel Tribe who are Tender like Creepers of Jasmine and buzz like Swarms of Bees,
12.3: Whose Face Play a Smile Created by Joy which appear like Dawn Shining forth with Red Colour and Blossoming the Excellent Buds of Flowers,
12.4: Victory to You, Victory to You, (I take Refuge in Your Auspicious Feet) O the Destroyer of Demon Mahishasura; (Victory to You) Who Shine with Beautiful Locks of Hair and Who is the Daughter of the Mountain.


Avirala-Ganndda Galan-Mada-Medura Matta-Matangga ja-Raaja-Pate
Tri-Bhuvana-Bhussanna Bhuuta-Kalaanidhi Ruupa-Payo-Nidhi Raaja-Sute |
Ayi Sudatii-Jana Laalasa-Maanasa Mohana Manmatha-Raaja-Sute
Jaya Jaya He Mahissaasura-Mardini Ramya-Kapardini Shaila-Sute || 13 ||

(O Divine Mother, I invoke You and take refuge in Your Auspicious Feet)
13.1: (Salutations to You O Divine Mother) I Invoke You; Who is like a Royal Intoxicated Elephant from whose Cheeks the Thick Mada (Intoxicant) Oozes out and Falls Incessantly (in the form of Arts, Beauty and Power),
13.2: (I Invoke You) Who is the Daughter of the King and from Whom comes the Treasures of Arts, Beauty and Power which are Ornaments of the Three Worlds,
13.3: Who is like the Daughter of Manmatha (God of Love) who gives rise to the Desires and Infatuation in the Mind for Women with Beautiful Smile,
13.4: Victory to You, Victory to You, (I take Refuge in Your Auspicious Feet) O the Destroyer of Demon Mahishasura; (Victory to You) Who Shine with Beautiful Locks of Hair and Who is the Daughter of the Mountain.


Kamala-Dala-[A]mala Komala-Kaanti Kalaa-Kalita-[A]mala Bhaalalate
Sakala-Vilaasa Kalaa-Nilaya-Krama Keli-Calat-Kala Hamsa-Kule |
Alikula-Sangkula Kuvalaya-Mannddala Mouli-Milad-Bakula-Ali-Kule
Jaya Jaya He Mahissaasura-Mardini Ramya-Kapardini Shaila-Sute || 14 ||

(O Divine Mother, I invoke You and take refuge in Your Auspicious Feet)
14.1: (Salutations to You O Divine Mother) I Invoke You; On Whose Stainless, Shining Forehead is Artistically Curved the Tender Beauty of a Spotless, Shining Lotus Petal,
14.2: (I Invoke You) Whose Movement resemble the Playful, Soft Movements of a Flock of Swans from Which All Schools of Arts are Manifested in Succession,
14.3: Whose Ornamented and Braided Hair Combines the Beauty and Sweetness of the Blue Water Lily crowded by Swarm of Bees AND the Bakula Flower infested with a Swarm of Bees,
14.4: Victory to You, Victory to You, (I take Refuge in Your Auspicious Feet) O the Destroyer of Demon Mahishasura; (Victory to You) Who Shine with Beautiful Locks of Hair and Who is the Daughter of the Mountain.

Down there in Patala, a man was strolling in his garden and was gazing at the Nagas who illuminated Patala with the gems studded on their heads; for Sun never rose there and the Nagas were the only source of light. Suddenly he saw a messenger rushing to him.

"Danavaraja has been killed." said the paranoid messenger.

The man stopped on his tracks. Uttering an irritated groan, he hurled his dagger hard, causing the messenger to lurch in pain and fall backwards as the blade dug itself into his belly.

"Go to Hell, Shiva-Parvati!!!" barked the man.

Meanwhile Diti & Danu were coming to this Daitya only, when they heard the messenger's words. Danu immediately collapsed and began to wail inconsolably at the news of her grandson's death reached her like this. Hearing Danu cry, the Daitya uprooted a tree in anger and slammed his forearms into its trunk.

Tarakasura.

Son of Vajranakha, grandson of Diti.

Diti was furious and wanted to avenge what she thought was root of the problems they faced. Suddenly a laughter was heard and a four-armed Goddess was seen riding a lion. On Her lap sat a child with six faces and aiming an arrow at the chest if Tarakasura,

Kumarasambhava, coming soon.

Monday, 7 October 2019

Ayi Girinandini - The War

Recap:

Hara-Gauri then exchanged their vows during Saptapadi, in which they circumbulated the sacred fire seven times after duly worshiping Ganesha & other Panchadevatas and finally made oblations to the fire. With this Hara-Gauri Vivaha was solemnised and great festivities were being organised with dance of Apsaras & singing of Gandharvas.

After the wedding ceremony was completed, great festives accompanied by singing, dancing and mouth-watering feast. Such was the magnanimity of that festival in which Hara-Gauri that everyone got unmindful of the threat that arrived so insidiously.

A soldier who was patrolling the fort walls was therefore taken aback when he saw a massive army waiting outside. He immediately ran to notify Giriraja of the attack.

"Your Majesty! Asuras have laid siege upon Aushadhiprastha!!!!" He said

"What???" exclaimed Giriraja.

"How come this is possible when Daityaraja Bali is present here with us?"

Sensing tension, Himavanta, Indra, Vasuki & Bali rushed to the front from where the clearing around the fortress was visible.

Indra said "We can never trust these Asuras, Giriraja. All they know is how to stab someone from behind."

"Mind your language Devaraja!" snarled Bali.

I have told you time and again that all Asuras are not under my control. If you with your thousand eyes can see clearly, you will find that all these Asuras are Danavas and not Daityas."

To stop the argument Giriraja said "We should send a peace emissary to find out the reason behind their attack first."

"I agree." Indra said.

"I will dispatch my son Jayanta immediately."

Bali said "No Devaraja, I will go myself. They are Asuras after all and I know how to negotiate with them."

Indra nodded in agreement and said "Take Nagaraja Vasuki with you for safety. If Danavas attack you, he will be able to defend you."

Hours passed after the departure of Daityaraja Bali and Nagaraja Vasuki. Apsaras Urvashi & Rambha were performing, depicting the interaction between Devi Mohini and Bhasmasura. Unknown about the seige, Girijaya Mena was watching Hara-Gauri seated on a throne adorably, feeling a deep satisfaction by uniting eternal lovers. Suddenly she saw something flying towards the Natyamandapa.

"Look!" Pointed Devi Sarasvati, as She recognised the thing to be Bali. The blood-died king of Daityas landed with a loud thud, rolling until he collided with the padestal on which the foot of Lord Vishnu rested. All of a sudden all the Devas along with their armies began to rain from sky, shocking everyone.

Narayana rose from His throne and said "Giriraja! What is all this?"

But Himavanta too was missing. Suddenly he too dropped from sky, tied with his own horse with Vasuki used as a rope.

"Free Giriraja!" Said Mena. Some servants immediately unbound Himavanta and dragged his leg which was stuck under the dead horse.

Lord Vishnu asked Bali “Who did this to you all?"

"Mah....mah......" Muttered Bali before loosing his consciousness.

Others too were injured badly and had fainted as well. Brahmadeva closed His eyes and through His Yogic powers came to know that Asuras had laid seige upon the city of Giriraja.

"The time has come." He said and looked at Hara-Gauri, who were furious as they learnt about the turn of events. 

Everyone got scared as both Shiva as well as Parvati's eyes blazed in fury as their skin turned darker. Suddenly the darkness that had manifested in the persons of Shiva-Shakti detached themselves and became personified as Virabhadra & Jayadurga.

They said "Hey Mahakala! Hey Mahakali! Tell us how can we serve you?"

Lord Shiva said "Hey Bhairava! Hey Kaushiki! Go to the battlefield and see to it none of the invaders from Asuraloka survives."

"Your wish is our command!" They said and started to prepare for the war.

Meanwhile Uma-Maheshvara rejuvenated all the injured soldiers and Mahadeva directed them thus "All Devas along with their armies march to the battlefield under the leadership of Virabhadra & Jayadurga. May Giriraja, Nagaraja and Daityaraja remain in Ashadhiprastha and protect it."

"HARA HARA MAHADEVA! JAYA BHAVANI!!"

"Ah!!! What is this commotion?" Snarled Ghorasura as he heard loud beats of war drums and belowing of trumpets, horns an conches from the enemy side. Donning an armour, Ghora emerged from his tent and mounted atop an elephant, only to see a massive army emerging from Giriraja's fortress. Once the enemy army stationed itself into a formation, the initial lines of warriors parted to reveal a dark blue woman riding a lion towards them. She held conch, discus, sword & trident, but was clad in white.

A peace emissary.

Once Jayadurga came in front of Ghora, She said "I have come here to negotiate peace. We do not want this unprovoked war, since today is the wedding celebration of Bhava-Bhavani. Hence, if you care for your life and that of your soldiers, then go away to the place where you came from."

Ghora said "It is audacious of you indeed to come here alone with this stupid lion. But because you want peace, I will set my own conditions- give Parvati to us, we Danavas are the ones who deserve to ravish her youthful beauty, and you yourself go home and manage your kitchen. Fighting battles is not the job of women. And if you are incapable of doing so, then come and entertain us; the harlots of human world & nymphs of heaven are not sufficient."

Just when GHora stopped speaking, Danavas burst into laughter and mocked Jayadurga. Furious, She glared at them and many Danavas caught fire immediately. Their cries drowned the laughter of other Danavas, while Ghora looked at Her furiously.

"You sorceress!" cried Ghora as he lifted his mace to hit Jayadurga. But Virabhadra fell upon him like thunder and decapitated the Danava with His trident. The divine army cheered and charged at the demons Lord Vishnu with His discus, sword, mace & arrows, Indra with his thunderbolt, Agni with spear, Yama with staff, Nairitti with sword, Varuna with noose, Vayu with goad, Kubera with mace, Ananta with plough and Brahma with lotus were attacking all Asuras indiscriminately, while Virabhadra in His fury stabbed dead Ghora again & again repeatedly. Suddenly Jayadurga's eyes fell upon the pool of Ghora's blood.

"Virabhadra! Move!!" commanded Jayadurga and immediately, an explosion took place and many replicas of Ghora sprang out of it. They tore the dead elephant into bits and ate its flesh. The very sight of them infuriated Virabhadra even more. Uttering a blood-curdling roar like a tiger, Virabhadra drew out two heavy blade scimitars and began to hack of all Ghoras into bits while splashing their blood. This however gave rise to more Ghoras. With all Danavas slain when all deities and their armies diverted their attention to those thousands of Ghora's replicas, they began to kill them and gave rise to more replicas. Soon the battlefield was full of demons who looked exactly like Ghorasura and they were greatly outnumbering deities. Seeing all this, Jayadurga's rage knew no bounds and uttering a scream She leapt up in the sky and descended down in an incredible eighteen armed form carrying various weapons. She now wore a garland of severed heads, a tiger skin and had gigantic body. Seeing that awe-inspiring Ugrachanda, the remainder of Danavas and even some Deva soldiers fled in fear. Ugrachanda covered the sky with Her arms while Her flying hair caused an omnious darkness to descend upon the battlefield. Virabhadra was inspired upon seeing Her and projected many feminine energies from His person. They were Maheshvari, Vaishnavi, Aindri, Vinayaki, Brahmi, Bhadrakali, Kshemangkari, Kaumari, Kapalini, Chandavega, Shivaduti, Narasinghi, Pratyangira, Varahi, Chamunda & Mahalakshmi. All of them began to run amock the battlefield, hacking Asuras mercilessly and drinking up their blood in no time. Hacking Asuras with Her scimitars, Ugrachanda made Her way towards Ghora, who swung his sword at Ugrachanda; but the blow of Her heavy blades was such that it made Ghora's sword arm sting. taking all furious blows of Ugrachanda's scimitar on his shield, Ghora began to step back and eventually tripped off the edge of cliff. But Ugrachanda jumped after him and began to eat all Asuras who were born of his the blood spilled from his injuries. Ghora tried to rise but Ugrachanda kicked him on his belly so hard that he lurched forward. In a voice like thunder, Ugrachanda asked "What did you say?"

"I...I...." stammered GHora. Ugrachanda grabbed him by his hair and punched hik so hard that his gums shattered.

"I asked what did you say!!!!!!!!"

Ghora tried to speak but his words were incoherent. 

Ugrachanda pushed him and raised Her scimitar and Ghora immediately slit his thumb to spill blood and save himself; but no blood came out. What came instead was Ugrachanda's scimitar, which decapitated him by hacking through his spine. The headless trunk trembled for some time and stopped still eventually.

But before flying away, the head spoke "Danavendra! Brother! Help me!!"

Meanwhile, Virabhadra, Devas and Matrikas came there and began to cheer.

"Jaya Ma Kali!!!"They hailed Ugrachanda thus. They fashioned a garland out of the severed heads of all duplicate Ghorasuras and offered it to Ugrachanda. In fact all Matrikas wore garlands of severed heads and began to dance while drinking blood & wine, but Ugrachanda wondered about the last words of Ghora.

"if Ghorasura was not leading the Danavas, then who was?"
Suddenly a large mountain came flying from somewhere and all of them move quickly and saved themselves from getting crushed under the mountain. Then they heard a loud groan, sound of a buffalo and looked towards its direction, only to find a giant buffalo glaring at them.

"Mahishasura."

Enraged, Ugrachanda decapitated it while Virabhadra speared it with His trident; but from the decapitated part half of the Danava above his waist emerged and snarled at all of them angrily. "You all killed my brother!!" he said. "But you cannot kill me, because I can be killed only by a woman who is a virgin, a married woman and a widow simultaneously."

All deities attacked Mahishasura with their weapons, but none could affect him; rather Mahishasura began to counter all weapons with his arrows. Suddenly the fight was interrupted by the inhuman howl of a corpse, and all of them saw Mahakala-Mahakali entering the battlefield riding upon a corpse. In a friction of second, they turned into Hara-Gauri riding on a bull.

Mahishasura said "Good to see that you yourself have come out of the fortress. Now I will kill this Bhutanatha and take you away with me."

Mahadeva said "Go and find a she-buffalo for yourself like your father did; Parvati is mine."

Mahishasura said "Don't speak, Bhutanatha. You are a coward who was hiding among women and sent these people to fight."

Gauri laughed and said “You think that all these visages that you are seeing are different from me? Ignorant buffalo! eat some grass and learn that everything that you see is none other than me, and hence I am a virgin, a married woman and a widow simultaneously; hence I am your death."

Mahishasura laughed Her words off, Uma said "Bhutani Durga!" and immediately all Danavas and soldiers of Devas merged into Her.

"Bhuvanani Durga!!" Now Mahadeva and Virabhadra merged into Her.

"Striyo Narshchapi Pashuscha Durga." and suddenly all male & female warriors, including all Matrikas, all Devas and all animals into Herself.



And then Her form changed. From two-armed Gauri Parvati She became ten-armed Dashapraharanadharini, who rode a lion and held sword, discus, arrow, spear, trident, shield, bow, axe, bell, noose & goad. Soon a volley of arrows was exchanged in which both cur each other's arrows. At this time, Durga also snapped Mahishasura's bowstring and charged Her lion towards Mahishasura, who turned into a tiger and leapt to attack Devi, but She released Her discus which sliced through the neck of the tiger, which now turned into an elephant and tried to grab Devi's lion. But the beast tore its head while Durga hurled a spear and impalled the bovine. When he became a rhino, Durga cut its horn with Her axe. The rhino now once again turned into a buffalo and began to charge at Durga withits horns pointed towards Her. But Durga skillfully mved out of its way and decapitated it. Loosing control, the buffalo tripped and began to writhe after falling.

Slowly Mahishasura tried to crawl out of the buffalo's body. But Durga pressed him down by placing a foot on him. Then with one mighty swing of Her sword, Durga slew Mahishasura by by beheading him.

To be continued.......

"Danavaraja has been killed." said the paranoid messenger.

"Go to Hell, Shiva-Parvati!!!" barked the man.

Suddenly a laughter was heard and a four-armed Goddess was seen riding a lion.

Sunday, 6 October 2019

Ayi Girinandini - The Divine Wedding

Recap:

Mahakala Bhairava descended from His bull and ran towards Mena while howling furiously. Mena shut her eyes in fear as her hands trembled upon seeing The Lord. She opened her eyes and saw Mahakaleshvara leaping with His talons pointed towards her.

"O re baba re!!!!" screamed Mena as she collapsed and fainted. Himavanta grabbed her to prevent her fall and signaled maids to take Mena inside.

Mena opened her eyes and looked around. Himavanta held her and said "It's good to see that you have regained your consciousness."

As realisation dawned upon her, Mena rose abruptly and said "Tell me that was a nightmare!!!"

"Mena! I don't understand why are you reacting like this. Lord Shiva is our would be so-in-law and is waiting outside. Come, we should welcome him." Said Himavanta.

A horrified Mena said "Haven't you seen Him? Had I known Lord Shiva has such terrible appearance, I would never have allowed Gauri to choose Him as Her groom."

"But......" Giriraja was interrupted by Girijaya's scream.

"No!!!!!! This wedding is not going to take place. I will poison Gauri, drown Her or hack Her into pieces but I will never let Her get married to that Bhutanatha!!!"

Hearing the rants of their mother, Ganga and Parvati came inside.

"Mother!!!" exclaimed Parvati.

"What's wrong?"

Mena grabbed Uma by Her hair and slapped Her hard across Her face, shocking everyone.

She yelled "You dare to ask what's wrong after ruining everything?"

"But mother....." Said Ganga .

"Shut up!!!" Mena slapped her eldest daughter as well.
"You too left me years ago for that Bhutanatha. And now you want Gauri to follow your footsteps. What kind of sister are you, who wishes a fate worse than death for Her younger sister?"

Ganga now got angry.

"Mother, do you think that Gauri and I are different? No, we both are & same because of which our consort too would be same. We are both dual reincarnations of Dakshayani Sati, who eternally is the beloved of Sadashiva."

Even as Mena watched, both Her daughters assumed four-armed forms. While white Ganga holding pitchers of blood, water, nectar & liquor was seated upon a crocodile, Yellow Durga holding conch, discus, bow & arrow was riding a lion. Eventually they merged into a single body, becoming four-armed Sati now. Suspended mid air and holding a sword & a lotus, the dark blue Goddess spoke thus "Mother! Now that you know the truth, please allow me to seek Mahesha. I belong to Him alone and no one else. The purpose of my incarnation is to unite with Him. Last time my body got polluted by hearing Shivaninda from Prajapati Daksha, and hence it became unfit for serving my purpose and I had to quit it. If this time too my purpose is not fulfilled, then what is the need of this body?"

"No!!!" cried Mena and threw herself near Mahakali's feet and began to weep.

“I am not Daksha! I am objecting because I know you won;t be happy with Lord Shiva. How can a mother bear to see her daughter suffer after marrying someone who is so terrific?"

Dakshayani embraced Mena and said "I know that your worries are because of your affection towards me, and not ego inflated by arrogance. But Mother, just for once see Mahadeva not as your daughter's groom, but as Shakti's Shiva."

Mena nodded and went to the balcony from where the entire wedding procession could be seen. As her eyes darted towards the place where Mahakala Bhairava was situated, She was awe-struck. He was no longer dark, five-faced and four-armed; rather He had assumed a form having camphor white complexion, one face, two arms and three eyes. He was draped in silk garments, was bejeweled and wore a crown.

Himavanta & Mena went down to welcome the handsome groom, who was Lord Chandrashekhara. As Mena performed Adhivasa, she thought thus mentally "My Lord! I know you can hear me. I am a mere mortal who doesn't know any truth higher than her family; hence I was terrified and worried for my daughter's well being. Oh Lord! Forgive this foolishness of mine."

Lord Shiva smiled and thought in His mind "Mother! I know the reason of your worry and completely understand it. Please do not hold any guilt regarding that. We all love Gauri, and wish nothing but good of Her."

Surprisingly, Mena could hear Mahadeva's thoughts and felt relieved.

After welcoming Lord Shiva and other guests, Himavanta & Mena felicitated all guests while Lord Shiva was worshiped and was offered new jewelry and cotton clothes for the wedding ceremony. After Mahadeva was taken to the wedding altar, Uma was brought in by Her brothers, who carried Her sitting on a stool and circumbulated the bride seven times around the groom. A shawl was held by Shiva's sister Yogeshvari and Parvati's sister Ganga; which once dropped revealed to Lord Shiva the feisty Gauri with Her face concealed by a couple of beetle leaves She held. As Gauri passed them away and raised Her eyes, the first eye contact of Hara-Gauri took place as groom & bride and the entire area got filled up with sounds of Ulu, conch & bells and also exchanged garlands of fragrant flower.




Then they were seated face to face for Kanyadana. Himavanta & Mena came forward and offered Giriraja's hand in marriage to Shangkara. After Sinduradana was done, Lord Shiva's sister Devi Sarasvati covered Devi Parvati's head with a sari She had brought from Vaikuntha. Hara-Gauri then exchanged their vows during Saptapadi, in which they circumbulated the sacred fire seven times after duly worshiping Ganesha & other Panchadevatas and finally made oblations to the fire. With this Hara-Gauri Vivaha was solemnised and great festivities were being organised with dance of Apsaras & singing of Gandharvas.

To be continued.......

"Your Majesty! Asuras have laid siege upon Aushadhiprastha!!!!"

"What???" exclaimed Giriraja.

Everyone got scared as both Shiva as well as Parvati's eyes blazed in fury as their skin turned darker.

Saturday, 5 October 2019

Ayi Girinandini - The Wedding Procession

Recap:

He said "Hey Durge! I am eager to have you soon as my Vamangi. Become mine and come to my abode as my consort."

Mridani said "I too am excited for this, however I wish to fulfill the desires of my parents as well. Hence please send your marriage proposal for me to my father."

Lord Shiva said "Mysterious are your ways, Bhavani; your wish is my command."

With Her austerities bearing fruit, Parvati returned to Aushadhiprastha, where She was duly received by Giriraja Himavanta, Girijaya Menavati, sisters headed by Ganga and brothers headed by Mainaka. Jaya & Vijaya narrated to them that how Lord Shiva Himself had assured that He would Marry Uma, hearing which everyone rejoiced. They took Gauri inside the fortress and pampered Her. On the other side Lord Shiva too had returned to Kailasha and was thinking of that Abhaya Durga only. He immediately summoned the Saptarishis headed by Marichi and said "Oh great sages! Because I am Supreme Brahman, it does not deem fit on my part to ask Giriraja Himavanta for his daughter's hand in marriage; hence go to his place and present the marriage proposal for Uma on my behalf."

"As you wish, my Lord." said Saptarishis and left for Aushadhiprastha by taking an areal route. Parvateshvara duly recieved them ad after offering them seat, the king felicitated his guests. He asked "Tell me, oh revered sages! How can I serve you?"

Marichi said "Giriraja! Devadhideva Mahadeva desires to marry your daughter Girirja Devi and has sent proposal for the same to seek your consent."

Himavanta said "It is my great fortune that Maheshvara has consider someone insignificant like me worthy of honouring. I have no objection for this wedding. Please convey this message to The Lord that He may come on whichever auspicious day He deems fit and I will duly offer my daughter's hand in marriage to Him."

The Saptarishis thanked the king and went away to Kailasha, where they informed what Giriraja said as it was. Hearing everything, Mahadeva said "Rishi Bhrigu! You are unparalleled in the science of astrology; hence I would request you to see which date would be the perfect."
Bhrigu said "My Lord! The fifth day of Vaishakha Month's bright fortnight is the most auspicious for wedding. The day is a Thursday, ideal for procuring perfect offspring. Hence I woulld recommend this day to you."

"Perfect!" exclaimed Lord Shiva.

"Please inform Giriraja to prepare for the wedding on this date."

The Saptarishis went to Aushadhiprastha, informed Giriraja about the chosen date and then went away to their respective abodes. On the other side Lord Shiva sent Narada Muni and dispatched him to send invitation to Vaikuntha, Satyaloka and Svarga to invite Lord Vishnu, Lord Brahma, Devaraja Indra and other deities. At the scheduled time all of them with their consorts, servants and entourages assembled at Kailasha and began to perform the pre-wedding rituals along with Ganas & Pramathas. On the other side Aushadhiprastha too got filled up with many guests who were eager to witness Hara-Gauri Vivaha. Himavanta welcomed them and adored all of them with various gifts. All Devas, Gandharvas, Rishis, Munis, Avadhutas, Kapalikas and many Asuras too joined the groom's side, while all Prajapatis, Mountains, Pitris, Nagas, Matrikas, Yoginis, Dakinis and humans joined birde's side.

On the day of wedding, Brahma & Vishnu approached Lord Shiva and requested Him thus "Hey Maheshvara! Since today it is your wedding, you should present yourself in an incredible form which no one could have thought about."
Mahadeva said "So be it!" and mounted His bull.
Mena watched in pleasure as Parvati was being decked up as a bride. She caressed Her head and said "I don't believe that the day has finally come."

Parvati smilled and squeezed Mena's hand gently. Just then Ganga entered and said "Mother! Father was summoning you to welcome the groom."

Mena nodded and went away with Ganga to the gates of the fortress and saw Himavanta welcoming guests from their side.

"Where is Lord Shiva?" asked Mena impatiently.

"His entourage is coming, my Queen!" said Narada. The royal couple joined their palms and bowed before the divine sage. Ganga soon came with a whinnowing basket in which all articles of Adhivasa were arranged and handed it to Mena. Even as they were waiting, the large entourage consisting so many delegates and their followers were entering inside the fortress. Yama, Kubera, Varuna, Nairitti, Agni, Vayu, Indra, Ananta, Surya, Ashvini Twins, Eight Vasus, Bhaga, Tvashtar, Vsihvakarmana, Pushana, Mitra, Chandra, Shani, Mangala, Ushana, Brihaspati, Rahu, Ketu, Buddha and other Devas including eleven Rudras, Marudas and Ashvini Twins etc. came their with their respective wives, vehicles and followers. But Mena was waiting.



Then came Brahma, Pradyumna, Aniruddha, Shangkarashana, Vasudeva and Jagannatha with their respective wives, vehicles and followers. But what Mena saw then instilled terror in her. She saw Pramathas of all shapes & sizes- fat, thin, tall, short, abled, crippled, and so on; they were blowing Tibetan drums, trumpet, horns, lutes, Damarus, cymbals etc even as the marched in. None of them looked civilised, all of them were of ghastly appearance and were dancing wildly while laughng, howling and growling. As they parted, Lord Shiva was revealed. Not Shiva actually, He was Mahakala Bhairava of formidable appearance. Roaring inhumanly and appearing to be death itself, The Lord rode a bull while Nandi held an open umbrella upon His head.

"There He comes!" said Narada.

Devi Parvati came to the balcony and smiled seeing the antics of Lord Shiva. Others on the other hand were astonished and terrified upon seeing Him. Mahakala Bhairava descended from His bull and ran towards Mena while howling furiously. Mena shut her eyes in fear as her hands trembled upon seeing The Lord. She opened her eyes and saw Mahakaleshvara leaping with His talons pointed towards her."

"O re baba re!!!!" screamed Mena as she collapsed and fainted. Himavanta grabbed her to prevent her fall and signaled maids to take Mena inside.

To be continued.......

Mena opened her eyes and looked around. Himavanta held her and said "It's good to see that you have regained your consciousness."

"Mother!!!" exclaimed Parvati.
Mena grabbed Uma by Her hair and slapped Her hard across Her face, shocking everyone. 

Friday, 4 October 2019

Ayi Girinandini - Aparna's Story

Recap:

Mahakala Bhairava said "Hey Kalike! You are the overlord of all, but no sovereign above you is known. Hence I have a request; wherever you will be worshiped, may the corpse of Shiva remain under your foot, and may the whole world know you to be Shavavahana Bhagavati Kalika."

Dakshina Kali said "So be it!"

"Why do you have to go to the forest?" asked an agitated Mena.

After Shrimad Dakshina Kalika returned to Aushadhiprastha by re-assuming the form of Gauri, Shangkara too went away to Mt. Kailasha after many eons, with Shriman Mahakala Bhairava- the actual Shivatva of Shiva infused back into that corpse. Upon returning home, Parvati had declared that She intended to perform severe austerities in order to attain Lord Shiva as Her husband.

"I don't have any other choice, mother." spoke Gauri.

"I will have to go."

Mena said "You are a young and delicate. How will you bear the exhaustion of this penance? Listen to me for once, I am not your enemy after all. You can worship Lord Shiva by staying at home and observing Nandavrata, just like Devi Sati did."

Parvati narrowed Her eyes and said, "So that I too get separated from Shambhu?"

Himavanta intervened now.

"Let Her go, Mena. Don't stop Parvati."

Mena was shocked. She said "Do you hear yourself? Are you suggesting that I should let my daughter go to forest and become death's morsel?"

Himavanta said "Don't worry Mena, Gauri won't be alone. Jaya and Vijaya would be there to guard Her."

Mena now had no arguments left.

Next morning Parvati prepared to go to forest. Discarding Her royal finery, She wore simple red clothes of a Kaula, some garlands of Rudraksha, moderate jewelry and a scabbard sheathing Her favorite sword.

Even when Gauri was stepping out of the fortress, a teary-eyed Mena said "Uma! Don't go!!"

Parvati embraced Her mother and said "I will be back, I promise."

Parvati had set Her hermitage at the very same Yonipitha where She met Lord Shiva for the first time. Everyday She would perform Tantrika Sandhya & other rites, and would sometimes chant Shiva Mantra while meditate other times. At first She lived only on fruits, then only on a leaf; once She gave that up as well, She came to be known as 'Aparna'. Later She lived only on water, then only on air and finally She stopped breathing as well and kept standing on Her left bigger toe, Her hands raised above in a Namaskara, eyes closed and lips chanting Shiva Mantra constantly. This went on for three thousand years. Unable to bear the sight of Mridani torturing Herself, deities went to Brahmadeva and Narayana. In response to their prayers, Lord Brahma with Devi Savitri and Lord Vishnu with Devi Lakshmi & Devi Sarasvati went to Kailasha where Lord Shiva was situated.

They said "Hey Maheshvara! Our obeisance to you. Jaganmata Parvati is performing severe penance to appease you, because of which the entire earth is getting scorched. Oh Lord! Please do something about this."

Lord Shiva said "So be it" and vanished.



While Parvati prayed to Lord Shiva, Jaya and Vijaya would worship Gauri alternatively while one of them would be on guard. One day while Jaya was plucking flowers for her daily worship, a Vaishnava Brahmana wearing Kanthimala and sporting Urdhvapundra too arrived there to pluck flowers for his Shaligrama Seva. However, the very sight of Jaya made him feel disgusted and he began to chant Harinama immediately.

"Don't move!" yelled Vijaya, while aiming an arrow at the Vaishnava.

"Hare Krishna Hare Krishna! Foolish woman! You dare to hold weapon against the greatest devotee of Radharamana! How dare you?"

"Stop talking or else my sword will speak." said Jaya, as she swiftly drew out her sword and held it against the Vaishnava's throat.

Vijaya said "Don't overreact, we are only doing our duty; we are the bodyguards of Her Highness Princess Parvati of Aushadhiprastha, and She if performing severe austerities to appease Lord Shiva and attain Him as Her husband. She verily is The Mother Goddess, and we are Her worshipers."

The Vaishnava was astonished and said "What? A woman is performing penance? Where? Show me."

Vijaya laughed at the narrow-mindedness of the Vaishnava and motioned towards the spot where Parvati was meditating. But what the Vaishnava did next was outrageous.

"Woman!" he yelled at Gauri.

"Don't you know that Shiva is Shmashanavasi? Why are you so keen to marry that brute out of so many men? He is known to have beheaded his father in law because of his disobedient wife Sati. Your Shiva is a demigod, a slave of my Krishna. He is a rascal who gives boons to demons and is uncultured. He is a pervert who runs after others' wives, which is why he is worshiped as a phallus. He is so lusty that he couldn't even control himself when Krishna appeared as Mohini in front of him. Truly, you women are less intelligent and have smaller brains than us. You like a man who is expert at rape, which is why you are so keen to get raped by that pervert of Kailasha. Just wait and watch how Krishna will kill your Shiva one day and all you Shaivas will rot in Hell for eternity!!”

Upon hearing Shivaninda, Gauri's eyes glowed red like burning charcoals as She glared venomously towards the Vaishnava Brahmana. But the very next moment, She burst out into thunderous laughter and said "Are you done with your act, Devadhideva Mahadeva?"

Jaya & Vijaya were stunned. Even as they watched, the Vaishnava revealed His true form.

He said "Hey Durge! I am eager to have you soon as my Vamangi. Become mine and come to my abode as my consort."

Mridani said "I too am excited for this, however I wish to fulfill the desires of my parents as well. Hence please send your marriage proposal for me to my father."

Lord Shiva said "Mysterious are your ways, Bhavani; your wish is my command."

To be continued.....

"Where is Lord Shiva?" asked Mena impatiently.

"There He comes!" said Narada.

"O re baba re!!!!" screamed Mena as she collapsed and fainted.

Thursday, 3 October 2019

Ayi Girinandini - he Thousand Names

Recap:

Kāma was immobilised by fear and could not flee from his spot; hence the moment Maheśvara eyes fell on him, Kāma instantly got reduced into a heap of ashes. Seeing this macabre scene unfold, Rati fainted while everyone fled. With a shocking expression, Girijā too expressed Her astonishment. Once everyone-including Nandī & Jayā-Vijayă, Pārvatī dropped the basket and let out a triumphant laughter while applauding. Now Lord Śiva was astonished; why was the daughter of Himāvanta so happy at the destruction of Kāma?

"No!!!!" Cried Rati as she regained her senses and realised what has happened.

Grabbing fistful of Kāma's ashes, Rati wailed."Come back!!!!!"

Gaurī turned to her and said "Your husband will return in Dvāpara. Now go away from here. Go!"
Lord Śiva was astonished hearing such insensitive words emerging from Umā's mouth. "Who are you?" He asked.

"You desired me to be your wife, and yet you destroyed Kāma! What is the use of a wife for you now? For vanquishing desires is the Dharma of Yogins." Said Girirāja.

Mahadeva rose from His seat as Rati fled in fear. He gazed into the eyes of Girijā for a moment, and then descending on His knees and joining His palms, Maheśvara said "I know that you are the very same Ādyāśakti whom I was propitiating for years. Today I am grateful that you have shown yourself to me."

Gaurī laughed fiercely and said "Satisfied with your Sādhanā, I have incarnated at the household of Himāvanta. Hey Śambho! Earlier you were enchanted by my charms and were attached to my Dākşāyanī form, because of which I had to abandon you and subject you to immense miseries in order to turn your attached heart into a cremation ground, which is my favourite haunt."
Mahādeva said "I have now fully realised that you are me and I am you; we are indistinct. Hence, I am ever blissful, irrespective of the circumstances. The sorrows I had experienced were but results of my ever blissful nature. This is why even if others are seeing you as Gaurī, the one who is standing in front of me is in reality Kālī."



Hearing this, Umā laughed thunderously. Gaurī's skin turned black and Her braided hair came undone & flew with the winds. Her lips trembled furiously and three eyes blazed like the fire of dissolution. She was stark naked, except the apron of severed arms and a garland of severed heads of various deities adorned Her. Bejewelled and four-armed, She held a sword with Her upper left hand, a severed head with Her lower left hand, displayed Abhaya Mudrā with Her upper right hand and Varadā Mudrā with Her lower right hand. Her forehead was smeared with Sindūra, Her blood-stained tongue was lolling, Her crown was adorned by a digit of crescent moon and Her ears were decked with corpses of two infants. Jackals howled and many pyres blazed up as Dakşiņā Kālī levitated over the ground.

Seeing Ādyā Devī Herself expand Her true form, Lord Śiva rejoiced. Mahādeva having three red eyes uttered an inhuman growl as His crystal white skin turned darker and a garland of severed heads descended from His neck. The hide of elephant drapped as the upper garment wanished and instead a black cloth coiled around His waist. Having pointed teeth and four arms, The Lord held a flaying knife, a skull-cup, a trident and a skull-topped staff. A tiara consisting of the skulls of five Buddhas appeared on His head, and the body of Śiva dropped dead as Mahākāla Bhairava emerged out of it.
Bhagavatī Kālikā immediately placed Her foot on the chest of corpse-Śiva and rolled out Her tongue gleefully.

Mahākāla Bhairava said "Dakşiņa Kālike! 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Hey Devi! My obeisance to you."

Hearing this eulogy of Shriman Mahakala Bhairava, Shrimad Dakshina Kali spoke thus "You have performed great Sadhana to attain my husbandhood; therefore our union will happen after I have returned this gesture of you. But this time, I would be your Vamangi, your Shakti your Sadhanasangini and yiur Aradhya simultaneously."

Mahakala Bhairava said "Hey Kalike! You are the overlord of all, but no sovereign above you is known. Hence I have a request; wherever you will be worshiped, may the corpse of Shiva remain under your foot, and may the whole world know you to be Shavavahana Bhagavati Kalika."
Dakshina Kali said "So be it!"

To be continued.....

"Don't you know that Shiva is Shmashanavasi? Why are you so keen to marry that brute out of so many men? He is known to have beheaded his father in law because of his disobedient wife Sati.”
Upon hearing Shivaninda, Gauri's eyes glowed red like burning charcoals as She glared venomously towards the Vaishnava Brahmana.