Daksha curses the Moon God | Sun follows Dhruva Mandala | Story of Prithu and Bhoomi Devi | Hari Vamsa-07
King Prithu was not the begotten son of Vena. Following the death of King Vena, the sages and the mystics ordered for the churning of King Vena’s body. First, his right hand was churned. From there emerged a dark being known as Nishada. This clan was then popularly known as the Nishada clan, who inhabit the tribal regions of Bharat. At the time of churning Vena’s left arm, King Prithu appeared. King Prithu was the partial incarnation of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. In the same clan of Dhruva Maharaja, there appeared a king known as Prachinabarhis. King Prachinabarhis after marriage, begot 10 elevated sons who are jointly known as Prachetas. The Prachetas had performed severe austerities throughout the country on seats made of Kusha grass. Since there was nobody else to take care of the kingdom, the whole kingdom was covered with forest. Trees grew all over the place. This was because the Prachetas had undergone austerities for over 10,000 years at a stretch and not focused on the kingdom. When they learnt about the trees having taken over their kingdom, they abandoned their pursuit and opened their mouths which let out gusts of wind and fire. This burnt down all the overgrown trees that covered their kingdom. The trees then started praying to the Prachetas. They advised the Prachetas to accept a daughter from them, which they would give birth to. They promised that an elevated being will be born out of the marriage of the Prachetas and their daughter. The daughter of the woods was known as Marisha. She was married to the Prachetas and she begot a son who was the chief of the progenitors known as Daksha Prajapati.
Daksha Prajapati had 60 daughters. Ten daughters were given in marriage to Yama Dharma Raja. Yama is the son of Sun God Surya. Yama’s sister is the great river Yamuna Devi. 13 daughters were married of to Kashyapa Muni. 27 daughters were married off to Chandra Deva, the Moon. The 27 daughters are the 27 auspicious stars which are so important in astrology. The Moon was interested only in one wife known as Rohini. This matter came to the notice of Daksha Prajapati. He cursed the Moon to become diseased. The Moon then prepared to go to a place called Thiruindalur on the banks of the river Kaveri. The presiding deity of this place is the Parimala Ranganathan form of the Supreme Lord. “Indu” means the Moon and Thiruindalur is the place where the Lord (Thiru) put an end to the curse of “Indu” or the Moon. “Oor” in Tamil means place.
Now, as Janamejaya was listening to the Hari Vamsha from his preceptor Vaisampayana, he enquired “The Daksha that you are talking about has come many generations below the Grandsire of the universe Sri Brahma. I have heard of Daksha to be the direct son of Brahma, born out of his right thumb. Are these two personalities the same? Kindly clear my doubt.” To this, the preceptor of Janamejaya said “The cycles of the 4 Yugas namely Satya, Treta, Dwapara and Kali happen a 1000 times in a day of Brahma and Manu appears 14 times in that cycle. It is to be understood that many of the characters who appear in one Manvantara repeat their births in forthcoming cycles of a day in Brahma’s life. Hence Daksha has appeared many times during the course of 1000 cycles of the 4 Yugas. It should be understood that although Daksha is the same, the chronology of his appearance may differ and his ancestry may differ according to a certain Manvantara.”
One may also observe that it is mentioned in the Shrimad Bhagavatham that Prahalad Maharaja prayed to Sri Krishna. Now one may wonder that Lord Narasimhadeva appeared at an earlier time in Satyuga compared to the birth of Lord Krishna who appeared in Dwapara Yuga, at a much later time. How is it that Lord Krishna’s name is being mentioned in Satyuga? The answer to this question is that, the many cycles of the 4 Yugas have seen the repetition of all incarnations of the Lord. Hence in a cyclic occurrence, one can never say which the first incarnation is and which a later incarnation is, with respect to time chronology. The word Krishna also means the most attractive form. It is an epithet that is used in the Sanskrit language to denote God.
Published at Fri, 19 Feb 2021 19:01:37 +0000