Kumara Becomes Commander-in-chief of the Deva Army (?) Legend of Arbuda ||29||

1Narada said: As she was going ahead, the daughter of the Mountain saw a friend of her mother. She had great refulgence. She was the deity of the Mountain. Her name was Kusumamodini.
2That deity looked at the daughter of the Mountain with her mind agitated and overcome with affection. After embracing her, she asked her loudly, “Where are you going?”
3She told her everything regarding the cause of her anger with Sankara. Thereafter the daughter of the Mountain mentioned this to that deity honoured by her mother:
4-6“O uncensured (i.e. praise-worthy) one, you are the presiding deity of the Lord of the Mountains. You have always been present here and you have been greatly affectionate to me. Therefore, I shall tell you what should be done now. If any other lady were to enter the premises of the Pinaka-bearing Lord, O splendid lady, you must mention it to me. I shall later on do what is befitting in that respect.” When that deity said, “So be it”, the goddess went towards the Mountain (her father).
7-8aRenouncing her ornaments and other things, the daughter of the Mountain put on bark-garments. There on the great beautiful peak which was rendered extremely splendid with various mysterious features, she performed penance while her son protected her.
8b-11During summer, she scorched herself in the midst of the Five Fires. During rainy season, she spent the time in water. During Hemanta (i.e. early winter) she sat (and slept) on bare ground. She performed the penance without any intake of food. In the meantime, a powerful Daitya, son of Andhaka named Adi, the brother of Baka, performed an extensive penance, because he wished to defeat Hara . He did not forget the old enmity, because Daitya Andhaka, the enemy of the immortal beings, had been defeated by Girisa. He was on the lookout for an opportunity (to take revenge) in secret. He knew that the daughter of the Mountain had gone away.
12Brahma who was delighted with his penance came to him and said, “O excellent one among Asuras, tell me, what you wish to acquire by means of penance?”
13-14The Daitya said to Brahma, “I choose exemption from death.” Brahma said: O Asura, there is no living creature without death. O lord of Daityas, an embodied being has to meet with his death from one cause or other. On being told thus, the lion-like Daitya spoke thus to the Lotus-born Lord:
15“When my form is changed, O Lotus-born Lord, let my death take place. Otherwise, I should be immortal.”
16On being told thus, the delighted Lotus-born Lord said, “So be it”. On being told thus, the Asura, established in the kingdom of Daityas, considered it to be immortality itself.
17He came to the abode of the Slayer of the Tripuras. On arrival, he saw Viraka stationed at the entrance.
18Adi assumed the form of a serpent and deceived him. Unhindered by Viraka, he entered the place near Hara.
19He forsook the form of the serpent. Deluded in his mind, the great Asura, in the guise of Uma, wanted to deceive Girisa.
20-21He assumed the form of Uma, very exquisite and unbelievably beautiful. It was perfect in every limb and it contained many signs and symbols of recognition (of being Uma). On account of the delusion of his intellect, he attempted to kill Girisa. For that purpose the Daitya had kept within the vaginal passage some hard adamantine teeth with sharp points.
22-25After assuming the form of Uma thus, the Daitya stationed himself near Hara. On seeing that great Asura, Girisa was delighted and he embraced him thinking him to be the daughter of the Mountain (due to similarity) in every limb. He asked him (her), “Oh, your feelings are perfectly genuine. You are not a fake (i.e. impersonation of the) daughter df the Mountain. O lady of excellent complexion, you have understood my desire and come here. Separated from you, I feel all the three worlds a void. You have come back to me in a delighted (mood). This is but proper.” On being told thus, the Asura in the guise of Uma concealed his activities and spoke:
26“I went away to perform penance at your calling me ‘Kali’ (black). But I did not have any pleasure in the same. Therefore, I have come near you.”
27-32On being told thus, Sankara had some doubt and he thought thus: ‘The lady of slender body became angry with me directly. She is steadfast in holy observances. But without realizing her desired object, she has came back. What is this? I am doubtful about it. He thought this in secret. Then he thought about the various signs of recognition. He did not see the scar in the shape of a lotus on the left side, nor the curly hair over the folded skin. Thereupon the Pinaka-bearing Lord understood that it was the magical deception of the Danava. With a slight smile on his face, he fixed the terrible Rudra missile in his penis and did everything to fulfil the desire of the Daitya. The Asura cried aloud making (piteous and) terrible shrieks. He became utterly dead. Viraka did not know about this killing of the leading Asura. When the Daitya was killed, the deity of the Mountain was informed of the fact by the Wind-god, that went there quickly. She intimated this to the daughter of the Mountain.
33The goddess heard the same from the Wind-god. Due to anger, her eyes became excessively red. She saw her son Viraka with an afflicted heart.
34-35“You have abandoned me, your mother, agitated due to affection. Thereby you provided an opportunity for women (to go in) for Sankara’s secret activities. Hence your(?) mother will be rough, hard, insentient, devoid of heart, a rock and similar to the syllables Ganesha (Ganesaksarasadrisa?).
36When the daughter of the Mountain uttered this curse, (her) anger came out of her mouth in the form of a lion of great strength.
37-40Afterwards the goddess regretted and let off the lion of terrible jaw with great mane round the neck. He continued to shake his strong tail. His mouth was fierce like a cave with terrible curved teeth. The tongue was lolling from the gaping mouth. His belly was thin (in size). He was desirous of eating. Then the chaste gentle lady endeavoured to be stationed (i.e. enter) in its mouth. After realizing the mental inclination of the goddess, the Four-faced Lord came to the hermitage that was an abode of riches. After coming, Brahma spoke to Girisa in polished speech:
41“O goddess, what are you desirous of obtaining? What rare thing can I give you?” On hearing it, the daughter of the Mountain said with due reverence to elders:
42-43“Sankara has been obtained by me through the extremely difficult process of penance, as my husband. Bhava called me many times ‘black-complexioned one’. I shall be golden-complexioned with his love secured. I must be able to be on one side of the Lord of goblins, my husband, without any hesitation, whatsoever.”
44On hearing her words, the Lotus-seated Lord spoke: “Let it be so. Further you will be the occupant of half of the body of your husband .”
45-46Thereupon a lady of the bright lustre of a blue lotus came out of her body. She was very terrible. She had three eyes. She had a bell in her hand. There were many kinds of ornaments covering (i.e. decorating) (her) limbs. She had put on a yellow silken robe. Thereupon, Brahma spoke to the goddess of the lustre of the blue lotus:
47-50“At my bidding and through the contact of the body of this daughter of the Mountain, you have attained blessedness of satisfaction. You are single (entire) without parts(?) You have the previous form(?).
Let this lion that has come out of the anger of the goddess, O lady of excellent face, be your powerful vehicle as well as the emblem in your flag. Go to the Vindhya mountain. There you will perform the task of Devas, after killing Sumbha and Nisumbha, the commanders of the army of Taraka. This Yaksa, named Pancala, has been given to you, O goddess, as your servant. He has a hundred thousand Yaksas as his followers and attendants. He has hundreds of great Mayas.”
51-59On being told thus, the goddess Kausiki said to Brahma, “Let it be so ” After Kausiki had gone, all the good qualities that she had acquired in her previous birth, came to her by themselves. They resorted to her. After realizing her ambitious desire, Uma regretted the same. Censuring herself, she went near Girisa. As she was going in, Viraka who held a gold (topped) staff, stopped her with great care. He said to her angrily, “Stop. Stop. Where are you going? You have no business here. Go away, lest I should rebuke you. A Daitya who had assumed the form of the goddess, entered (this abode) in order to deceive the Lord. He was not seen (by me). He was killed by the Lord. After he had been killed, I was rebuked by the intelligent Nilakaptha. I have been commanded earnestly: ‘Dear son, nobody should be allowed to go in by you.’ Hence, even if you were to be standing at the entrance for many years, you will not gain entry. Go away, only one shall enter (this abode) (i.e.) my mother who is very affectionate towards me. She is the daughter of the Lord of Mountains, Parvati, the beloved of Rudra.” On being told thus, the goddess thought in her mind:
60-62‘Oh, that was not a woman! It had been a Daitya! The Wind-god did not see him clearly. In vain was Viraka cursed by me, overwhelmed by anger. What should not be done is being done generally by the deluded (stupid) persons overwhelmed by anger. Reputation is destroyed by anger. Anger destroys stable prosperity and glory. Without understanding all the facts I cursed my son. Mishaps easily befall those who misunderstand facts.’
63After thinking thus, the daughter of the Mountain had her face lowered due to shame, her face that had the lustre of lotus. She spoke to Viraka thus:
64“O Viraka, I am your mother. Let not your mind be confused. I am the beloved wife of Sankara, the daughter of Himalaya mountain.
65O son, do not entertain any doubt because of your error in noting the present state of my body. This whiteness of my complexion has been granted to me by the “Lotus-born Lord who had been propitiated.
66You have been cursed by me because the events brought about by the Daitya had not been known. It was thought that a woman entered (the place) while Sankara was seated there alone.
67It is impossible to revoke the curse, but I shall tell you this. You will be born of Silada in a rock of human shape.
68-73In the holy forest of Arbudarariya which yields heavenly pleasures and liberation unto men, O Viraka, there is the Linga called Acaresvaralinga. It yields the same benefit unto men as the Visvanatha Linga at Varanasi. Its benefit is equivalent to that of ten pilgrimages to Prabhasa. It is said that by taking one trip to the great mountain Arbuda, the same can be acquired. By performing penance in this place and by casting off the essential ingredients of the body (i.e. by dying) in this place, men will never become Samsdrin (i.e. subjected to births and deaths), as Mahesvara himself has uttered. If (a pilgrimage to) Arbuda could be (performed) by persons who are miserable due to frequent births and they can resort to it, why should they remember Varanasi and Kedara? It is not necessary. There you shall propitiate Lord Bhava. Bearing the name Nandin, you will come here quickly and will attain the status of gatekeeper.” On being told thus, Viraka experienced the greatest pleasure. His hair stood on end. He bowed down to her, eulogized his mother with various words and spoke to her:
74-75“I am blessed, O Goddess, because I will get the rare (blessing of) human birth. This curse is in the form of a blessing, particularly in the Arbuda Mountain, because very near it is the holy meeting place of Mahi and the ocean.
76-77(If the earth had the form of a cow) this region would constitute the udder of the earth. It is between the mountain and the sea. I shall go there and attain great merit, thanks to the devotion to Bhava. Then, O mother, I shall return.” After saying this, he became the son of a rock. The goddess entered the abode of the Moon-crested Lord. The end of the narrative of Arbuda.
78-81On seeing her, the Three-eyed Lord said to her, “Fie upon women!” She bowed down to him and said, “This is true. Not false. Women who constitute the insentient part of Prakriti surely deserve censure. It is by the favour of Puranas (men, souls) that they are liberated from the ocean of worldly existence.” Thereupon, the delighted Hara said to her, “O splendid lady, you are a befitting one now. I shall confer upon you a son, O splendid one, whereby you will attain fame.” Thereupon Hara, the abode of many mysterious features, sported with the goddess .
82Thousands of years (passed by). Devas who were impatient-minded urged Fire-god to know about the activities of Sankara.
83In the form of a pigeon, Fire-god deceived the gate-keeper stationed at the entrance and entered the place near Hara.
84-85The Lord of Devas saw him. Observing that Parvati had bent down, he said to Fire-god, “What has been done by you is not proper. O vicious one, my excellent semen virile has been emitted from its source. Take it or I will burn you down with my fury.”
86He (Fire-god) became frightened and imbibed it up. Since he was the mouth of all Devas, those Suras were made bewildered and excited along with Fire-god.
87Breaking open the bellies of these (Suras) the semen virile of Mahesvara came out and that became a lake of mercury extending to a hundred Yojanas.
88Vahni (Fire-god) too became exciited. He discharged it (i.e. Siva’s semen) into Ganga. Burning within herself that goddess cast it off by means of her waves.
89-90Thereby it became the Sveta (white) mountain famous in the three worlds. In the meantime, Vahni was called to Himalaya by the Seven Sages who were performing Homas. They invoked him through the power of Mantras. After coming there, Vahni accepted his share of what was offered as Homa.
91On another day (still) stationed there, he saw their wives who were on a par with the trunk of the golden plantain tree (in complexion). They were like the digit of the moon (in beauty).
92-95Looking at them with full-blown eyes, Vahni was overcome by sexual desire. He thought again, ‘It is not justifiable (i.e. proper) that I should be excited too much (at the sight of these ladies). I am loving the chaste wives of the Brahmanas. Those ladies do not entertain love for me in return. This is a very serious sinful crime. It is clear that I will perish like a blade of grass. By committing this, my fame will be destroyed. The ignominy will last as long as the moon and the stars stay.” After thinking thus in various ways, he went into a deep forest. He was unable to restrain his mind even through numerous means. Thereupon that love-lorn one became unconscious.
96Then his wife named Svaha understood his misdemeanour. On understanding it, she thought in her mind; she was greatly delighted.
97-98‘Since I am with him for a long time, he is treating me with indifference and contempt. He has abandoned me, his own wife, and has begun to desire carnal gratification from the wives of the noble-souled Seven Sages. Therefore, I shall assume the form of these ladies and sport about with him.’ There was an exceedingly splendid lady named Siva. She was the wife of Angiras.
99-101(Svaha) assumed her form and approaching Fire-god, she said: O Agni, I have been scorched by the god of Love. It behoves you to love me in return. If you don’t do so, O Lord, consider me (no better than) dead. O Hutasana, I am the wife of Angiras and my name is Siva. I came here along with all of them. They too will come here in due order. You are our perpetual lover and our mind is constantly fixed in you.”
102Already afflicted with love, he had his sexual intercourse with her. When he was delighted, that gentle lady too became delighted. She came out of the middle of the forest.
103-107She thought thus, ‘If they see this form of mine in the forest, they will falsely attribute to the Brahmana ladies, the fault coming from Fire-god. Hence, I shall protect this and become a Garudi. Assuming the form of Suparna, she saw the Sveta mountain abounding in stems of reeds (Sara’) and guarded by Rakshasas and Pisacas. She soared suddenly to the top of the mountain and deposited the semen virile in a golden pot because she was unable to bear it. She assumed the forms of the remaining wives of the noble-souled Seven Sages and had amorous dalliance with Fire-god. But she could not assume the divine form of Arundhati.
108-109It was on account of the power of penance (of Arundhati) as well as the regular services rendered by her to her husband that Svaha could not assume her form. O leading scion of the family of Kuru, Agni’s semen virile was deposited by her like that six times in that pot. It was deposited by Svaha on the first day in the dark half of the lunar month of Caitra. Thereupon Fire-god bewailed and swooned on account of his misery.
110-113‘Alas, sin has been committed by me.’ Thinking thus, he resolved to cast off his physical body. Thereupon an ethereal voice said, “Do not die. This is the inevitable future. O Fire-god, who is free from (the shackles of) future destiny. It was due to the inevitability of the future events that other men’s wives were resorted to by you, though mentally. In the great sacrifice of Svetaketu you will suffer from indigestion brought about by continuous (pouring in of) offerings of ghee. But give up your sorrow. These were not they (i.e. the wives of the Seven Sages). It was your own wife Svaha. It behoves you to see your son in the pitcher on the Svetaparvata.” Thereupon, Fire-god went there and saw his son, the Holy Lord.
114-115Arjuna asked: Why did Svaha assume the forms of those six (ladies), O great sage? They are all devoted to their husbands. They are chaste ascetic women (refulgent) like fire; Svaha was guilty. Was she not afraid of those six (ladies)? For, O sage, they are competent to burn the entire universe through their devotion to their husbands.
116-120Narada replied: This is true, O most excellent one among the descendants of Kuru. Listen to that reason also why they did not curse her (though) their forms had been assumed by her. Due to their ignorance, those six wives took their baths in Ganga at the place where formerly the semen virile of Rudra had been cast off by Fire-god. Therefore, they got excited with passion and they were deluded by that brilliance (of semen virile). Bashful (to come in the presence) of their husbands, they remained in secret on the banks of Ganga. On observing this opportunity, Svaha wanted to fulfil her desire. She entered their bodies and took away their refulgence (semen virile). The wife of Vahni sported with him as has already been mentioned by me.
121It was because they remembered this service, O descendant of Bharata, that she was not cursed by them. For curse should not be given to a person who has helped.
122On coming to know by means of their (spiritual) know-ledge that they had become impure, the great sages abandoned the six of them except (the seventh) the gentle lady Arundhati.
123The holy lord Visvamitra sought refuge in Kumara. He composed a divine hymn to Mahasena.
124It consists of one hundred and eight names. By repeating them, sins are destroyed and one shall attain perfect knowledge. Hymn to Mahasena .
125You are Brahmavadi (expounder of the Vedas); you are Brahma and Brahman, Brahmana-vatsala (one who loves Brahmanas), Brahmanya (one friendly to Brahmanas), Brahmadeva (Lord of Brahma), Brahmada (bestower of the Vedas), Brahmasangraha (epitome of the Vedas),
126Param Paramam Tejas (the supreme and the greatest refulgence), Mahgalanam ca Mahgalam (auspiciousness in the auspicious things), Aprameyaguna (one of immeasurable good qualities). You are Mantranam Mantraga (i.e. you are present in the Mantras).
127O Lord, you are Savitrimaya (identical with the Savitri Mantra). You are Aparajita (unvanquished) everywhere. You are the Mantra identical with Lord Sarva. You are the most excellent one among those deities of six syllables.
128You are Mali (having a garland), Mauli (wearer of a crown), Pataki (having a banner), Jati (having matted hair) Mundi (having a shaven head), Sikhandi (having a tuft), Kundali (decorated with ear-rings), Langali (having a ploughshare), Bala (boy), Kumara (infant), Pravara (perfect one), Vara (the most excellent one).
129You are Gavamputra (son of Gaus i.e. cows or rays etc.), Surarighna (destroyer of the enemy of the Suras), Sambhava (birth), Bhavabhavana (sanctifier of worldly existence), Pinakin (holding the Pinaka bow), Satruhan (slayer of foes), Sveta (white one), Gudha (hidden one), Skanda, Karagrani (leader of makers and creators).
130Dvadasa (twelfth one), Bhu, Bhuva, Bhavi (one who will be born), Bhuvah Putra (son of Bhu), Namaskritahi (one who is saluted or bowed to), Nagaraja (identical with the king of serpents), Sudharmatma (excessively righteous-souled), Nakapristha (vault of the Heaven), Sanatana (the eternal one).
131You are Bhartr (lord, the supporter), Sarvabhutama (the immanent soul of living beings); you are Trata (saviour); you are Sukhavaha (conducive to happiness); you are Saradaksha (clever in discharging arrowa), Sikhi (having tresses), Jeta (conqueror), Sadvaktra (six-faced), Bhayanasana (destroyer of fear).
132Hemagarbha (golden-wombed one), Mahagarbha (large- wombed), Jaya (victory), Vijayesvara (lord of victory). You are the Karta (maker). You are Vidhata (creator), Nitya (permanent one), Nitydrimardana (ever-suppressor of foes).
133Mahasena (having a great army), Mahatejas (having dazzling refulgence), Virasena (having heroic army), Bhupati (king), Siddhasana (i.e. one occupying the posture called siddha or ii. one who has perfected the postures), Suradhyaksa (presiding deity of Suras), Bhimasena (one who has a terrible army), Niraymaya (devoid of ailments).
134Sauri (identical with Krshija), Yadu (identical with Yadu), Mahatejas (one who has excessive brilliance), Viryavan (endowed with heroism), Satyavikrama (of truthful exploit), Tejogarbha (having refulgence within), Asuraripu (enemy of Asuras), Suramurti (having the form of Suras), Surorjita (having the prowess of Suras).
135Krtajna (? grateful or one who is conversant with what is done), Varada (bestower of boons), Satya (truthful), garanya (one worthy of being a refuge), Sadhuvatsala (one who is affectionate to good men), Suvrata (one of good holy rites), Suryasahkasa (resembling the sun), Vahnigarbha (having fire within), Bhuvahkana (identical with even a bit of earth).
136Pippali (Prob, a Saman of that name, acc to MW 628, bestower of sensual enjoyments), Sighraga (one who goes quickly), Raudri (terrible one), Gahgeya (son of Ganga), Ripuddrana (terror of enemies), Karttikeya (son of the Krttikas), Prabhu (lord), Kshanta (one who forgives), Niladamstra (one with blue curved teeth), Mahamanas (lofty-minded).
137Nigraha (one who curbs), Nigrahanam Neta (leader of those who curb and restrain). You are Suranandana (delighter of Suras), Pragraha (hospitable), Paramananda (having supreme bliss), Krodhaghna (destroyer of anger), Tara (one with a high tone), Ucchrita (lofty one).
138Kukkuti (having cock as emblem), Bahuli (identical with pleiades), Divya (divine), Kamada (bestower of desired objects), Bhurivardhana (of the abundant increase), Amogha (infallible) Amritada (the bestower of nectar), Agni (identical with Fire-god), Satrughna (slayer of enemies), Sarvamodana (delighter of all).
139Avyaya (immutable), Amara (immortal), Sriman (endowed with glory), Unnata (lofty one), Agnisambhava (born of Agni), Pisacaraja (king of ghosts), Suryabha (having the lustre of the sun), Siwama (identical with Siva), Sivanandana (son or delighter of Siva).
140Aparapara (one like the boundless vast expanse), Durjneya (incomprehensible), Sarvabhutahiterata (one who is engaged in the welfare of all living beings), Agrahya (one who cannot be comprehended), Karanam (cause), Karta (agent, doer), Paramesthi (stationed in the supreme excellence), Parampada (the highest region).
141-142Acintya (one who cannot be thought of), Sarvabhutama (the immanent soul in all living beings), Sarvatma (one who is the soul of all). You are eternal. Thus that Lord of all living beings was eulogized by Visvamitra, the great sage, by enumerating these one hundred and eight names. The Lord was delighted and appeared in front of him- He spoke thus to the leading sage: “Let (the boon) be chosen.
143O excellent Brahmana, my eulogy has been composed by you (well). This will be conducive to the achievement of the desires of living beings on the earth.
144-147Fortune will flourish in the family of that person who reads this regularly. Neither Rakshasas nor Pisacas, neither goblins nor mishaps cause obstacles in that house where they eulogize me thus. He will not have evil dreams. The person who is bound will be liberated from bondage. By the power of this hymn (prayer) the man will attain a divine status. It behoves you to consecrate me by means of those consecratory rites mentioned in the Vedas, since a life without consecratory rites is said to be like that of a brute. You too, by the boon granted by me, will become a Brahmani.”
148Then the sage performed his post-natal holy rites. Further at the bidding of Lord Skanda, he took up the work of his priest.
149-152Thereupon, Vahni came there and saw his son Guha who had six heads, ears twice as many and twelve eyes, arms and feet. He had only one neck and one body. He looked at Kumara who was a mere lump of flesh on the first day. On the second day it had the form of an individual. On the third day he became an infant. On the fourth day he became a complete (i.e. full grown) one. He was consecrated on the fifth day. He saw Fire-god. Thereupon, O son of Pritha, Pavaka (Fire-god) embraced him and kissed him. He addressed him as “O son” and granted him the Sakti missile himself.
153-157He received the Sakti and bowed down to Fire-god. He then climbed on to Svetasniga, seeing and surveying all the ten directions with his faces. He shouted terribly striking terror into the whole universe including the Asuras. Then, with his Sakti he split the peak of Sveta mountain that extended to a hundred Yojanas and that was surrounded by ten thousand billions of Rakshasas. With a single stroke it fell down on the earth in smithereens. Those Rakshasas who were the perpetual enemies of Dharma (virtue, piety) were smashed. Then the ground all round was agitated (i.e. quaked heavily) and was shattered completely. All the mountains became frightened. Everyone cried aloud as though at the time of ultimate deluge. All the living beings shouted loudly, “Save, save (us).”
158-163On hearing this, Devas spoke to Indra collectively: “He by whom the three worlds have been agitated by means of a single blow, O Vasava, will instantaneously destroy the entire universe if infuriated. But we have been created by Brahma for the purpose of protection. That task of protection should be carried on always even if (our) vital airs be on the point of departure. If the universe is being agitated even as we watch and observe, fie upon the birth of heroes (like us)! Indeed, immediate death is more praiseworthy. Therefore, O Vasava, it behoves you to resist him along with us.” On being told thus Sakra said “So be it”, and went to him along with Devas in order to make his vigour more impetuous. That fierce, impetuous and unssailable army of Devas began to bellow and roar. On seeing it Guha roared like ocean.
164On account of that loud sound, the army of Devas ran here and there irrationally, resembling the ocean excited and thrown up.
165On seeing Devas arrived (there) desirous of killing him, the son of Fire-god discharged from his mouth increasing flames of fire.
166-167He burned the armies of Devas rolling on the ground. With their heads and bodies blazing, with their weapons and vehicles burning brilliantly, they appeared like the clusters of stars dropping down suddenly from the firmament. While being burned thus, they sought refuge in the son of Fire-god.
168Devas said to the wielder of the thunderbolt, “O Satakratu, discharge the thunderbolt.” Sakra who was told thus by Devas, hurled the thunderbolt against Skanda.
169-173(The thunderbolt) discharged by him, O excellent one among the descendants of Kuru, hit the right side of Skanda. On account of the blow from the thunderbolt the right side of the noble-souled Skanda split and another person was born. He was youthful. He had golden armour and other equipments. He held a Sakti. He had divine ear-rings. He became well-known as Sakha. He too roared in a mysteriously wonderful manner. Then once again the infuriated Indra pierced (i.e. wounded) the chest of Skanda. There also a person like him was born. He became well-known as Naigameya. The four persons beginning with Skanda roared and rushed at him. Thereupon Indra abandoned the thunderbolt. With palms joined in reverence, he sought refuge in him. Skanda, the most excellent one, granted freedom from fear to him as well as to his army.
174Thereupon the delighted gods played upon the musical’ instruments. On account of the blow from the thunderbolt, excessively powerful daughters (girls) were also born to him.
175-179These terrible ones carry away the infants still in the wombs or immediately after being born. These Sisumatris (‘Infant Mothers’) are seven, viz. Kaki, Hilima, Rudra, Vysabha, Aya, Palala and Mitra. The infant (Lord Kumara) enriched by the vigour and vitality of these (mothers) became excessively terrific. The son born as a result of the blessings of Skanda was the fearful Lohitaksha. Thus the mysterious group of Skandamatris (named) Virashtaka (‘eight heroic ones’) has been recounted. This group has to be devoutly worshipped always. It bestows, peace and calmness after subduing all types of Apasmaras (‘epileptic fits’). Sri (‘glory and prosperity’) assumed a body and approached and served Skanda who had golden armour and necklace, who was clad in red robes and had youthful lustre, the most excellent one in all the three worlds. Sri resorted to him herself and bowed down to him.
180-181All the Devas bowed down to him when Sri conjoined him and said, “O Lord of golden complexion, be the benefactor of all the worlds. May you be our Indra, O Lord, for the sake of the welfare of the three worlds.”
182Skanda enquired: O excellent Suras, what does Indra do to all the worlds? How does Suresvara (Indra) always protect the groups of Devas.
183Deva said: Indra bestows upon all living beings, strength, splendour, progeny and happiness. Suresvara grants intelligence and everything they inherit.
184He takes away (everything) from those who are vicious in their activities. He grants (everything) to those who adhere to good activities. Very powerful in his own activities, he instructs and commands all living beings.
185-186He becomes the sun where there was no sun (before); there shall be moon where there was no moon (before); there shall be fire and wind, the cause (and sustenance) of life on the earth. This should be done by Indra. Indra has vast power and potentiality. O hero! be our Indra; kill Taraka. Obeisance to you.
187Indra said: O mighty one, of powerful arms, you be Indra, causing happiness to all of us. O Skanda, I bow down to you and pray. Kill Taraka and protect us.
188-189Skanda said: You alone rule over the three worlds. May you alone be Indra forever. I shall perform the tasks of Indra but the status of Indra is not desired by me. You alone are the Lord. Welfare unto you. You are the king of the three worlds as well as my king. O Sakra, what bidding of yours shall I carry out? Tell me.
190Indra said: If this statement is true, if it has been decisively uttered by you, O excessively powerful one, be invested with the powers of the Commander-in-chief of Devas.
191Skanda said’. For the destruction of Danavas, for the sake of the achievement of the objectives of Devas and for the sake of cows and Brahmanas, let your words be so.
192-194When this was uttered, there arose a very loud shout of the Suras as well as of all the living beings. It caused a quiver in all the three worlds. They eulogized him saying, “Be victorious.” They played on the musical instruments. They danced. They eulogized him and made applauses. On account of that noise, the daughter of the Mountain became surprised. She said to Sankara, “O Lord, what is this overpowering noise?”
195-196Rudra said: It is the different kinds of words and utterances of the delighted Suras that are heard now, O gentle lady, since a son has been born to you. O meritorious lady, your son will wipe off the tears of the heaven-dwellers, of chaste ladies, of cows and of Brahmanas.
197-198While he said thus, the goddess became very eager to see him. Since Sankara of great splendour had a great deal of affection for his son, Bhava along with his Ganas rode on his bull together with the goddess. Eager to see his son, he came there with great enthusiasm.
199-203Then Brahma, the Prajapati (‘Lord of created beings’) said to Mahasena: “Go ahead to meet your father Mahadeva and your mother, O Lord. Your birth at the outset was due to the mingling of the semen virile of these two.” After saying “So be it”, Mahasena of immeasurable soul adored his father Mahesvara, and his mother. Parvati and Paramesvara embraced their son for a long time and blessed him. They were extremely delighted. The delighted Sankara handed over to him the essential principle of Siddhasaras?) The goddess who was pleased and delighted extremely, granted him liberation from Prakrti. In the meantime, the six goddesses (i.e. wives of the Sages) came there.
204-206They had been abandoned by the sages. They addressed him “O son, Parvati then said, “This is my son and not yours”. Svaha said, “Mine”. Fire-god also said, “Mine.” Rudra said, “Mine.” The divine river (Ganga) too said, “Mine.” They argued and quarrelled with one another terribly. Indeed, O son of Pritha, the love for one’s son is very powerful. What is it that it does not cause one to do?
207Then (the Lord) laughingly told them, “Argument is not proper. Guha is son unto all of you. Let the boon be chosen from me.”
208Then the six goddesses said, “Let heaven be everlasting unto us.” Guha said to them, “So be it”. Sakra said thereafter:
209-211“The rival Devi (‘shining star’) Abhijit who is (really) the younger sister of Rohini is vying (with her), O Skanda, because she is desirous of getting the status of the elder and a separate identity. Ever since then I am confused. Therefore fix (her) in her proper place.” When he said: “So be it,” then Krittikas went to heaven. That star (Abhijit) shines as though it has seven heads. It is the star with Vahni (Fire-god) as the deity. Then Svaha said to him, “I am not a favourite with Agni of great flames. Therefore, grant me his favour and love as well as perpetual stay with him.”
212-215Skanda said: Whatever Brahmanas offer into the sacred fire such as Havya and Kavya, they will offer them with your name. Your residence shall be along with him forever. Fire-god prayed for shares in the sacrifices and also for sons. He (the Lord) said, “From today do obtain the shares in sacrifice.’* The others requested, “You, be our reputed son.” “It shall be so”, said Skanda to them. Indeed it was a rare (privilege). Then all the Yogins, Sanaka and others, joined together and crowned him on that mountain as the overlord of all Yogins.
216Thereupon, the Yogins called him Yogisvara. The Devas were delighted and they played on different kinds of musical instruments.
217With him (Skanda) crowned (thus) the Sveta mountain shone like the very beautiful Udaya (rising) mountain with the sun radiant with (many) rays.
218-219Then Devas, Gandharvas and celestial damsels began to dance. The loud sound of all the delighted living beings was heard. Thus, the entire universe along with Indra stationed on the Sveta mountain never reached satiety by looking at the delighted Skanda.