The greatness of Bhimeshvara ||64||
1 -2Suta said: While the grandson of Bhima thus resided there on the banks, engaged in the propitiation of the goddess and worship of the seven Lingas, the Pandavas who had been defeated in the game of dice, came there after some time in the course of their travels over the earth by way of pilgrimage.
3At the outset itself, all of them with Draupadi as the sixth member reached (the shrine of) goddess Candika situated in the north-east of the holy spot. They had become extremely tired on the way.
4-5At that time the group of Candikas sat there itself. Barbarika saw those warriors arriving there but he did not know the Pandavas nor they him, because ever since his birth there had been no contact between he and the Pandavas.
6After entering the temple, the Pandavas approached (the idol of) the goddess and offered rice balls etc. Then they looked for water to quench their thirst.
7Therefore Bhima entered the Kunda in order to drink water. As he was entering it, Yudhishthira said these words:
8“Take water out and wash your feet. Thereafter you may drink water. Otherwise great sin will befall you.”
9With eyes extremely agitated on account of thirst, Bhima did not hear those words of the king. With a desire for water, he entered the Kunda.
10On seeing the water, he resolved to drink it there itself. For the sake of cleanliness, he washed his face, hands and feet.
11If anyone drinks water without washing, ghosts and vampires will enter him and drink it.
12While Vrikodara (i.e. Bhima) was washing his feet thus, Suhridaya who was above, spoke these truthful words:
13“O vicious one with sinful resolve, what is this that you are doing? You are washing your face, hands and feet in the Kunda of the goddess.
14It is with this water that the goddess is always bathed by me. Therefore, are not you afraid of sin in dropping dirty water therein?
15-16As it is, dirty water is not worthy of being touched even by men. How can it be touched by gods? Why do you incur this sin? Tell me the truth. Come out of this Kunda immediately. Stand outside and drink. O sinner, if you are such a fool, why do you roam about (as a pilgrim) to holy spots?”
17-19Bhima said: O ruthless, base Raksasa, what are you saying? Why do you speak harshly? Indeed, water is meant to be utilised by all living beings. It has been said by excellent sages that one should have holy ablution in Tirthas. Washing the limbs is also said to be (a form of) ablution. Why then do you rebuke me? If people do not drink or wash their limbs, what for are the holy rites of Purta (i.e. endowing wells, tanks etc.) performed by virtuous persons?
20-23Suhrdaya said: One should necessarily take bath in important Tirthas. This is true. There is no doubt about it. But, in Caras (mobile ones, i.e. flowing rivers and streams) you can enter (the Tirtha for bathing) but in Sthavaras (immobile ones, i.e. tanks, wells etc.) you must stand outside (for bathing). It is not ordained that bath in the Sthavaras should be performed by entering them. In places where water is not taken by devotees for bathing the deities, or in those lakes where the water level is above hundred Hastas, it is ordained so. Even in the case of (permitted) entry, the procedure is to wash the feet outside (before entering) and then to take bath. Otherwise, it is said, there is sin. Has not this verse, formerly pronounced by the lotus-born Lord Brahma, been heard by you?
24-26“Those who discharge faeces, urine, rubbish, phlegm, spittle, tears and gargled water (in Tirthas) are on a par with slayers of Brahmanas.” Hence come out quickly. If you have no control over your sense organs, O puerile one of evil conduct, why do you roam about the holy spots (for pilgrimage)? Only he whose hands, feet, and mind are perfectly under control and whose activities are free from aberrations, will attain the benefit of the Tirtha.
27Bhima said: Let it be sin or virtue, I am unable to come out. Neither hunger nor thirst can ever be controlled by me.
28Sundaya said: Why do you commit a sin for the sake of life? Tell me. Has this verse uttered by Sibi not been heard by you?
29“A man should live even for a short while with ‘white’ (i.e. pure) actions but not for a Kalpa with actions opposed to both the worlds.”
30Bhima said: My ears have become deaf due to your crowing sound. I will certainly drink water here. You may very well lament or become dried up.
31Sundaya said: I am born in the family of Kshatriyas who protect virtue. Hence I will not allow you to commit a sin at any cost.
32-36Hence, O pitiable wretch, come out of this Kunda immediately. Otherwise I will smash your head with brickbats. After saying this, he took a brick and hurled it at his head. Bhima dodged that brick and jumped out. Both of them began to revile each other. Both of them were of immense strength. Both of them were masters of warfare. With their long mighty arms, they fought with each other. Both of them had broad chests and long arms. Both were experts in close combats and duels. They struck each other with fists, knees and heels. Then within a short while, the son of Pandu, the descendant of Kuru, became exhausted.
37Even when he was exhausted, Bhima tried again and again to get up to fight. He became still more exhausted, but Barbarika grew (in power).
38-40Then Barbarika lifted him with great force and dashed him (against the ground) furiously to the surprise of everyone. When he swooned and trembled again and again, he lifted him up and walked towards the sea in order to hurl him into the deep waters there. With their eyes restrained by the goddess, the Pandavas did not see this.
41When the leading scion of the heroic family of Kuru was caught like that by that hero of wonderful valour, Devas and Devis (goddesses) became surprised on seeing him from the sky.
42On seeing Barbarika gone to the seashore, Lord Rudra spoke to him from the sky:
43“O Barbarika of great strength, tiger among Raksasas, let go off this Bhima, your grandfather, the most excellent one among the descendants of Bharata.
44Indeed he is on a pilgrimage in the company of his brothers and Krishna (i.e. Draupadi). He came to this Tirtha in order to take his ablution.
45In every respect the descendant of Kuru deserves your honour and respect. One’s grandfather should be revered irrespective of his being sinful or sinless.”
46-48Suta said: Immediately after hearing these words of Rudra, he released (Bhima) and fell at his feet. He then said: ‘‘Alas! Fie upon me! Alas! Let me be forgiven. Let me be forgiven.” He said thus repeatedly. Beating his own head he cried again and again. As he was lamenting regretfully and fainting down frequently, Bhimasena embraced and kissed him. Then he spoke these words:
49-55“We do not know you nor you us ever since your birth. (Of course) your stay here had been heard from Ghatotkaca and Krishna, O dear son. But as we had been overwhelmed by various kinds of calamities, we forgot it completely. It is clear that all faculties of memory will be lost in the case of persons suffering from misery. All our sorrows have been brought about by (the evils of) time. Do not bewail, dear boy. The fault is not yours even in the least. Everyone going astray deserves to be punished by a Kshatriya. Even one’s own self should be punished by a good man if it goes along evil path. What to say of father, mother, friend, brother, son etc.! Blessed indeed am I. My delight is very great indeed. My ancestors too are blessed, because my grandson is a knower of virtue and protects Dharma. You deserve boons because you deserve the praise of good people. Hence give up your sorrow. It behoves you to be calm and composed.”
56Barbarika said: I am a sinner, O grandfather. I am more accursed than a Brahmana-slayer. I am despicable. I am not worthy of being praised, O Lord; it does not behove you even to see or touch me.
57Expiation has been prescribed by learned men in the case of all sins. But there is no expiation for one wanting in devotion to one’s parents.
58Hence I shall myself cast off my body in Mahi-Sagara-Sahgama, the body by which my grandfather has been afflicted.
59In this manner let me avoid being sinful in (subsequent) births. It does not behove anyone to make me desist from this intention.
60That is because one who prevents someone from expiation will be partly afflicted and affected by the same sin. After saying this, the powerful hero went to the sea and jumped into it.
61-68The sea trembled. It thought, ‘How can I kill him?’ Thereupon, Siddha Mother (goddess Siddhambika) and the fourteen goddesses steadied him and embraced him. Accompanied by Rudra, they said to him, “O leader among heroes! There is no sin if the act is done due to ignorance. This is a statement in the scriptures. It does not behove you to make it otherwise (disobey it). See your grandfather; he is closely behind you. He is repeatedly uttering, ‘O son, O Son.’ He is ready to die after you. If you give up your body now, O hero, Bhima too will forsake it (i.e. his own). That will be a great sin on you. Realise this and retain your physical body, O highly intelligent one. Or if you are desirous of abandoning your body, there too listen to these words. It has been destined that your death will take place in a short while at the hands of Krishna, the son of Devaki. Wait for it, if you wish, since death at the hands of Vishnu is far more excellent. Hence, wait for that period at our request.” On being told thus Barbarika returned, though he was dejected.
69-70He tauntingly spoke these words to Rudra, Camunda and other goddesses, “O goddess, you certainly know that Pandavas are being protected by the Sarnga-bowed Lord. But why did you ignore them in their act of acquiring kingdom? But Vrikodara has been protected by you after coming here.”
71Devi said: I shall protect my devotee from death at the hands of Krishna. Since he fought a great fight in the rite connected with Candika, he will be universally worshipped by the name Candika.
72After saying this all the Devas and Devis vanished. Bhima took him with him and spoke everything to the Pandavas.
73The Pandavas were surprised. They adored him again and again. They actively performed their holy bath and other rites in accordance with the injunctions.
74In the place where he was set free by Rudra, Bhima installed a very lustrous Linga well-known as Bhimesvara.
75A devotee must observe fast on the fourteenth day in the dark half of the month of Jyestha. He must worship Bhimesa at night. He will be liberated from all sins of this birth.
76Just as the seven main Lingas hereof yield great benefits when worshipped well, so also this Bhimesvara Linga dispels all sins. It is worthy of being worshipped well.