Vijaya’s Accomplishment of Siddhi ||63||
1-3Suta said: Repeating the important Mantras named Bala and Atibala, he performed Homa with mustard mixed with saffron in the fire of Avattha (‘holy fig tree’) and Laksha (‘lac’). When the first Yama (3 hours) passed by, a certain woman came there. She had a single cloth drenched in blood. Her hair was standing up over her head, Her eyes were very frightful. Her teeth were white. She instilled fear even in other frightful persons. She came near the spot where the Homa was being performed and roared loudly.
4On seeing her Vijaya was immediately bewildered like a man much afraid. But Barbarika was fearless. He came in front of her.
5The most excellent one among the intelligent persons, the heroic (Barbarika) caught hold of her throat and roared twice loudly like a thundering cloud.
6On seeing him, she was much surprised. She was about to discharge her dagger, when her throat was pressed with force. She could not hurl it at him.
7When the throat was pressed again and again by that powerful (son of Ghatotkaca), she emitted all sorts of sounds like a mountain struck by thunderbolt.
8After letting out groans, she cried out “Save me, save me.” Then she was let off by that sympathetic one. She fell at his feet and said:
9“I have sought refuge in you. I am your servant and slave. Know me as Mahajihva, the demoness who can assume any form she pleases.
10-13My abode is the cremation ground of Kasi. I used to dispel the pride of Devas and Danavas. O hero, if you grant me the rare gift of my vital airs (i-e- if you spare my life) I shall begin to perform penance granting immunity from fear to all living beings. In this matter, I shall take the solemn oath on my own lord and myself. If I were to act contrary to this, let me be reduced to ash instantaneously.” When she said thus the hero made her take a vow solemnly and then released her. Released from the painful situation, she became delighted and then went to the forest. The hero remained there itself with the sword in his hand.
14-18aThen at midnight, a loud roaring sound was heard. Darkness spread everywhere having the appearance of the hell Tamondha. Thereafter, a mountain with a hundred peaks was seen there. It was very extensive. It discharged different kinds of rocks and various types of tall trees. It showered much blood having the rumbling sound of different kinds of torrents. On seeing that mountain, the son of Ghatotkaca was un-daunted. He became himself another mountain twice the size of the other and suddenly pounced on it. With his feet, he hit the other mountain. Then that mountain became shattered and scattered over the ground.
18b-25Thereupon (a demon named) Repalendra rushed out from that spot. His body was a Yojana long. He had a hundred heads and a hundred bellies. He emitted great flames through his mouths. On seeing him fleeing, Barbarika of great strength assumed a form like his and chased him as he continued to roar. Then, at mid-night, both of them fought perfectly and vigorously in diverse ways, with volleys of arrows like two clouds in the rainy season. When their bows were cut, they fought with swords. When their swords were cut, they fought with their fists. Like two mountains with wings intact, they steadily fought for a long time. Then (Barbarika) whirled him for a while after severing him at the armpit. He then dashed him on the ground. He released him as he lay sprawled on the ground. Then he hurled him in the south-east corner on the shores of Mahi-Sagara. A little away from it, even today there is the village named Repalendra. Thus (the demon) named Repala whose exploits were similar to those of Vritra, who was the lord of the cremation ground in Avanti and who caused obstacles, was killed. After killing him the hero Barbarika once again stood (at the place of his duty).
26-30aThen, in the third Yama, a she-mule named Duhadruha came from the western direction. She resembled a mountain. She emitted a loud roaring sound. She appeared to shake the earth with her feet (i.e. hoofs). She appeared like a lightning streak falling down from clouds. She had the lustre of the sun and fire. On seeing her coming, the son of Ghatotkaca went near her and rode on her quickly and laughingly. When she ran speedily, he hit her on her snout with his fists. He stopped her there itself. On being afflicted she stood there. Thereafter Duhadruha became furious and roared loudly. Leaping and jumping, she hurled Barbarika on the ground. That was what Barbarika wished for.
30b-35aShe then roared loudly and kicked him. The hero caught hold of the legs and hurled her sportingly on the ground. Again she got up and began to run. He restrained her. With a blow of his fist, he made her fall on the ground and pressed her throat and teeth. He then squeezed her as though she were a wet cloth and killed her immediately. Thus the queen of Sakinis, whose place of origin was the cremation ground in Sikarottarasthana was slain by Barbarika. After slaying her, he hurled her sportingly to the western quarter. Even today there is a village there named Duhadruha. Thereafter Barbarika remained guarding as before.
35b-40Then in the fourth Yama, a mysterious Digambara Jaina mendicant came there. He had a shaven head. He was naked and he held a fan of peacock feathers. He appeared to be a man of great holy rites. He spoke these words: “Alas, it is painful indeed! Non-violence is the greatest virtue. Why then does the fire burn brightly? When Homa is performed there is a great slaughter of small living beings.” On hearing these words of his Barbarika spoke smilingly: “Fire is the mouth of all Devas. When we perform Homa therein, O sinner, why do you utter lies? O wicked one, you are worthy of being punished and taught a lesson.” After saying this he suddenly jumped up and held him fast by the armpit. He then hit his teeth with his fist blows and made him fall onto the ground. As he fell down with his face covered with blood, Barbarika left him there.
41-44Within a moment, he regained consciousness and assumed the terrible form of a Daitya. Afraid of the grandson of Bhima, he fled and entered the hollow of a cave. There was a city named Bahuprabha, sixty Yojanas long. He entered that city and following him closely Barbarika too entered it. On seeing Barbarika, the demons Paladins there began to shout, “Run. Let him be killed. Let him be cut. Let him be split.” On hearing it, nine crores of terrible Daitya heroes armed with different kinds of weapons rushed at the hero Barbarika.
45On seeing the crores of those Daityas, the infuriated grandson of Bhima, closed his eyes and suddenly rushed into their midst.
46-51He killed some of them by kicking; others with the blows of the fists; he quickly despatched a few to the abode of Yama by hitting them with his chest. Just as an infuriated elephant makes a forest of reeds razed to the ground, so also the nine crores of Rakshasas along with that demon were killed by Barbarika. Then the serpents, the chief of whom is Vasuki eulogized Suridaya by means of various utterances and spoke to him: “The greatest task of the serpents has been accomplished by you, O son of Ghatotkaca. This is a Daitya named Palasi who has been slain along with his followers. O hero, we had been harassed by this wicked demon along with the company of his followers. By different means, we were sent even beneath the nether worlds. Hence choose your desired boon from the serpents. We are all bestowers of boons to you because we have been extremely delighted.”
52Suridaya said: If the boon is to be granted to me, I shall choose this. Let Vijaya be absolutely free from all obstacles. Let him obtain Siddhi.
53Thereupon, the serpents became delighted. They said, “So be it.” He was honoured by the serpents. After giving them the city, he returned.
54-56On his way back through the hole he saw a Linga of great lustre and made of all kinds of jewels. It was stationed beneath the Kalpa tree and was being worshipped by many serpent maidens. He was surprised and so asked the serpent maidens, “By whom was this Linga of the lustre of the sun and the moon installed? There are pathways from the Linga going to the four direction. What are they?”
57On hearing these words of the hero (a serpent maiden) of large buttocks and breasts said thus bashfully, smilingly and glancing through the extremities of the eyes:
58“This great Linga has been installed here by the noble-souled Sesa, the king of all serpents, after performing a penance.
59-61aIt yields all Siddhis when it is seen, touched, meditated upon and worshipped. This pathway to the east of the Linga goes to Sriparvata on the earth. This has been made by Elapatra for the serpents to go there. This pathway to the south goes to Surparaka on the earth. This has been made by the serpent Karkota for going there.
61b-63This path to the west goes to Prabhasa of great lustre. It has been made by Airavata for the serpents to go. This path to the north through which you are waiting to go, goes to Siddhalihga in Guptaksetra. It has been bored by the Sakti of Guha. The path is made by Takshaka of noble-soul for going there.
64Thus, O hero, this has been described. Let my request be heard. Who are you? It was only just now that you went along this way, pursuing a Daitya. Now itself you have come back alone. What is this? Tell us.
65All of us are your servants. We choose you as our husband. Sport with us on the various grounds here.”
66-70Barbarika said: I am born of the race of Kurus. I am the grandson of the son of Pandu, well-known as Barbarika. I had come to kill that Daitya. That sinner of a demon has been killed. I shall go back to the earth. I have nothing to do at all with you (maidens), because I have adopted a vow of perpetual celibacy. Having said thus he worshipped that Linga and prostrated before it like a staff. The hero then went up wistfully glanced at by those maidens. Then he came out and saw the face of Vijaya that was bright due to delight like the face of the eastern quarter. By that time Vijaya had concluded all his rites.
71Within a moment he came up with a refulgence like that of the sun. Thereupon a number of flowers were showered by Devas from the sky.
72Leading Gandharvas sang. Groups of celestial damsels danced. Thereupon, Vijaya spoke these words to Barbarika:
73-77“It was by your favour, O lord of heroes, that the incomparable Siddhi was attained by me. Live long, rejoice long, stay long. Be victorious for a long time. That is why good persons wish for the association of good people, since association with good people is a panacea for all evils. Take the sacred ash from the Homa. It has the lustre of saffron- It removes all acute pains. It heals all wounds. It has inexhaustible benefits in the course of a battle. If you discharge it at the outset, it will cause the death of your enemies. It will destroy their bodies. Thus you will have easy victory over your enemies.”
78-79Barbarika said: He who renders help to others without any return benefit in view is called a good man. If anyone helps with some selfish motive, what merit is there in his goodness? Therefore, give this ash to someone else. I have not even the least concern with anything like this. I do not expect anything from you except a pleasant and gentle glance.
80-81Devas said: A great battle will take place between the Kurus and the Pandavas. If the Kauravas were to obtain this ash kept on the ground, it will be exceedingly risky and dangerous to the Pandavas obviously. Hence accept the ash. He too carried out their suggestion.
82-83Devas accompanied by goddesses honoured Vijaya also who had acquired all fortune, glory and riches. They gave him the name Siddhasena also. Thus Vijaya, the Brahmana, achieved the rare Siddhi. Barbarika remained devoted to the goddess after doing this.