King Harishchandra, the king of Ayodhyaa was the son of Satyavrat. He was the 28th king in solar dynasty.He had a devotee wife and a son, Rohit.He was famous for his tuthfulness.One night Sage Vishwaamitra came in his dreams and asked his whole kingdom.Although it was all in dream, still Sage Vishwamitra appeared in his court next day and asked for it. As per promise he was firm to gave the kingdom to Sage Vishwamitra.King decided to go to Kaashi with wife and a son. At the last moment Sage demanded “Dakshina” also.But since King didn't had anything after donating the whole Prithvi to Vishwaamitra, he sold his wife and son,Rohit to a Braahman, still he couldn't met the demand of Vishwaamitra, so he sold himself to a Chaandaal (who normally does the lowest jobs in Hindu society such as cremation of dead bodies). So he made Harishchandra the guard of cremation place. He gave all that money to Vishwaamitra.Once, the son had been to the garden to pluck flowers for his master's prayer, when he was bitten by a snake and he died instantly. His mother, having nobody to console her, carried his body to the cremation grounds. In acute poverty, she could not even pay the taxes needed to cremate him. Harishchandra did not recognise his wife and son.He asked the lady to sell her golden Mangalasutra and pay the tax.It is at this instance that his wife recognises the man as her husband.She has a boon that her husband only could see her mangalasutra. Harishchandra then came to her and recognised her as his wife . Seeing his only son dead he filled with grief.But, Harishchandra, was dutybound . He demanded taxes before last ceremonies.But she was helpless.So, he asked his wife, if she was willing to undergo further hardships and stand by him in this hour of calamity. The faithful wife readily gave assent. She had in her possession only a saree, a part of which was used to cover the dead body of her son. She offers half of her lone dress as the tax, which Harishchandra could accept and perform the last rites of his son.As she was taking off her half remaining Saree off to pay taxes, Bhagvaan Vishnu appeared there along with Indra and Vishwaamitra. Chandaal was non else but Yama, came to his original appearance.Lord Vishnu made Rohit alive and asked them to come to Heaven, but Harishchandra refused to go there on the basis of that his public would have been sad without him.Harishchandra asked Indra to take all his public to Swarg, but Indra said that it is not possible because every one has it’s own good and bad karmas. Then Harishchandra said - "Then I donate my all Punya Karmas to them and I am ready to go to Hell." Indra got very happy to hear this, so all people of Ayodhyaa went to Swarg with Harishchandra. Vishwaamitra inhabited Ayodhyaa with new people and appointed Rohit the king of that kindom.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
In Surya dynasty there was a king Ambreesh.Ambareesh was great devotee of Lord Vishnu.Pleased with his devotion Vishnu appointed His Chakra to guard him.Once, Ambarish followed Nirjala Ekadashi Vrat (waterless fast observed on the eleventh day of each phase of lunar month) for a year. During one such fast, on the twelfth day, king Ambarish was about to break his fast, when sage Durvasa arrived there along with his ten thousands disciples. Welcoming him, the king requested Durvasa to accept food. But the sage turned down the request saying that it was prayer time for him, so he would first go to take bath, then worship and take food. But the sage Durvasa did not return for long. As per rule of fasting it was necessary to beak the fast before the next tithi. At the same time he was in dilemma because he could not took food before serving to Sage Durvasa.With the Braahman's consultation he decided to take water to break the fast.Just then sage Durvasa returned and saw Ambarish breaking his fast. So taking it as an insult. he broke a flock of his hair from his skull and produced a Krityaa to kill Ambareesh. She proceeded towards Ambareesh to kill him but Ambareesh stood unmoved. Vishnu's Chakra killed the Krityaa and then proceeded towards Durvaasaa.
When Durvasa saw Sudarshan aimed at him, he ran for his life. Durvasa reached Vaikunthdham, the supreme abode of Lord Vishnu. He was feeling intense heat of the wheel. He felt at the Lord's feet and asked for help. He said - "I am under the control of my devotee, so I cannot help you, go to king Ambreesh for forgiveness". He went back to Ambareesh and fell down on his feet. Ambareesh prayed Chakra. Lord Vishnu the Chakra back.King Ambreesh fed Sage Durvasa.At the end Sage Durvaasaa blessed him and went to his Lok.
Sunday, January 13, 2008
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King Satrajit, who secured a jewel syamantaka from Surya, did not part with it even when Krishna the Lord of Dwaraka, asked for it saying it would be safe with him. Prasena, the brother of Satrajit went out hunting wearing the jewel but was killed by a lion. Later in forest Jambavant (another character of the Ramayana) killed the lion and gave it to his son to play with. When Prasena did not return, Satrajit falsely accused Krishna of killing Prasena for the sake of the jewel. Krishna, in order to remove the stain on his reputation, set out in search of the jewel and found it in Jambavant's cave, with his child. Jambavant attacked Krishna thinking him to be an intruder who had come to take away the jewel. They fought each other for 28 days. Later Jambavant recognized Him as Lord Rama. As a repentance for his having fought Krishna, Jambavant gave Krishna the jewel and also his daughter Jambavati in marriage. Krishna returned to Dwaraka with Jambavati and the jewel, and returned it to Satrajit, who in turn repented for his false accusation. He promptly offered to give Krishna the jewel and his daughter Satyabhama in marriage. Krishna accepted Satyabhama as his wife but did not accept the jewel. The one who read this story will be librated from the charge of false acusation
Friday, January 4, 2008
Vishwamitra wanted Vashishtha to call him “Brahmarshi”,a title given to a person who has attained the absolute highest. But Vashishtha refused to use that title when he was speaking to Vishwamitra. This was sufficient to irritate Vishwamitra .He said, "If he did not confer the title of Braharishi then I shall kill all your children one by one." Even then Vashishtha would not address him by that title, so Vishwamitra killed Vashishtha's one hundred disciples. Still Vashishtha would not declare that Vishwamitra had achieved the status of Brahmarshi. His wife, Arundhati, requested him that he should change his decision. In spite of his wife's request, Vashishtha remained firm. One night Vishwamitra had come to kill Vashishtha. As he stood in front of the door to Vashishtha's cottage, he overheard Vashishtha's wife say, "Why do you not want to tell him that he has realised the highest Truth?". Then he heard Vashishtha's words of reply: "Because I love him. If I tell him at this stage of his life that he has realised the Highest, then it will be a lie. He will think that he has realised the Highest and yet he will not be able to get the results of the Highest. He will not be able to drink Amrit. Since I love him, I cannot tell him a lie." Vashishtha's words touched Vishwamitra's heart, and immediately he fell at Vashishtha's feet. At once Vashishtha forgave him. By touching Vashishtha's feet, Vishwamitra did reach the Highest.