Disagreement between Bhima and Yudhishthira: Installation of Kelesvari ||65||
1Suta said: After spending seven nights in this holy spot along with his brothers, Yudhishthira of great splendour set about to depart.
2After taking bath in the clear morning, he worshipped the Devis and the Lingos. After circumambulating the shrine and the holy spot, he repeated the prayer to the goddess. It had been pronounced by Krsna that it should be always repeated at the time of journeys.
3-6Yudhisthira said: O goddess worthy of being adored! O goddess of great power, O beloved sister of Krsina! After bowing to you I seek refuge in you mentally, verbally and physically. O goddess who granted immunity from fear to Sankarsaija whose lustre is on a par with Krisna’s splendour, who are (one whole without any parts) Ekanamsa , O great goddess, O Siva, protect me like your son. This universe is entirely pervaded by you whose form is of unmanifest nature. Thinking thus, I have sought refuge in you. Protect me, O splendid lady. At the outset of all new enterprises, my Atman is always dedicated to you by me in the company of my followers. O gentle lady, after understanding this, let me be pitied.
7Suta said: As the king said this with joined palms placed on the head, the son of Vayu (Bhima) laughingly and disdainfully spoke these words:
8“O king, people say about you that this Yudhisthira is (i.e. you are) omniscient. Their words are idle and vain, because you do not know even a bit.
9Which leader among intelligent persons, the most excellent one among those conversant with all scriptures, will seek refuge in women, like you with an honest and simple mind and intellect?
10For, you yourself know that it is proclaimed in all sacred books that this Prakriti is Jada. (‘insentient’) and Mudha (‘deluded’). It is by her that the universe is enchanted and stupefied.
11Learned men say that Purusha is conscious and Prakriti is insentient, O presiding lord of men; that Prakriti is the beloved of Purusha.
12Therefore, O Yudhisthira, O foolish-minded one, you yourself are Purusha but you bow down to and praise Prakriti. The fact that you bow down to her, causes much laughter in me.
13No one will take the shoes and place them on one’s head like that foolish person who is engrossed in devotion to a goddess.
14O son of Pritha, if speech abides in you without any restriction as in the case of heralds and bards, why do you not eulogize Mahadeva, the slayer of Tripura.
15If you do not eulogize Mahesana, O (King) of great intellect, due to the consideration that he is unmanifest, why do you not eulogize Dasarha (Krishna), Purushottama (the best among men) (who is visible)?
16It is by his grace that the daughter of Drupada was obtained by us, the kingdom at Indraprastha was secured and the sacrifice of Rajasuya was performed by you.
17A bow was obtained by Vijaya (i.e. Arjuna); Jarasandha was killed by me. Similarly we wish to regain our glory from the Kauravas.
18-19All these things we accomplished by the grace of Krishna. You eulogize (someone else) leaving that Krishna and still wish to win. You know yourself that you are born in the excellent family of Kauravas. Still, if due to the meagreness of your intellect, you do not pray to Yadava (Krishna), why don’t you eulogize Arjuna of great vigour?
20It was by him that the target (set in Draupadi’s Svayamvara)was formerly hit; Karna and others were defeated; the Khandava forest was burnt and kings were subdued in the course of a Yajna.
21-23It is heard that even Mahesana has been defeated by him by dint of his valour. Take refuge in him because he has been able to stay in the heavenly world (for some time) and praise him. Or you may be thinking like this: ‘Why was not my kingdom returned to me by him through (the help of) Sakra?’ Thinking thus you do not praise my brother. Then, O Yudhisthira, why do you not eulogize me, a heroic warrior by whom you have been formerly saved from the house of lac.
24The Lord of Madra was struck with a tree and forced to sprawl in the dry river . The emperor Jarasandha was struck down.
25The eastern quarter was conquered. Baka was killed formerly as well as Hidamba, the great warrior, and Kirmira was killed in the forest now.
26I am your perpetual follower and I protect you on different occasions. But I don’t find her protecting you, (the goddess) whom you eulogize, O descendant of Bharata.
27-28Or, if you, the most excellent one among those who forgive, do not eulogize me because you have come to know that I am the most voracious person, that I am weak due to hunger, that I am cruel and that I am reckless, then be a person of good self-restraint and utter the Mantra OM. Why don’t you go about your way thus? Indeed a person who indulges in useless talk becomes defective (and sinful).
29Ghosts, vampires and demons haunt a man engaged in useless talk. One haunted by them will speak irrelevant, senseless words again and again.
30Whatever one who indulges in futile talk eats, whatever auspicious rite he performs, shall entirely give satisfaction only to ghosts etc. This is the conclusion in the sacred scriptures.
31Indeed this world is not for him; how can the other world belong to him? Hence futile talk should be scrupulously avoided by a sensible man.
32Even after being reminded thus, if you do the same again, we shall have to presume that you are haunted by ghosts and therefore, you should be treated by means of different kinds of medicines.”
33Suta said: On hearing this extensive speech made by Bhimasena, as though a big canvas curtain was spread on the stage, Yudhisthira laughed and said:
34“Certainly you are one with very little good knowledge. The Vedas have been studied by you in vain, because you do not think about and honour Ambika, the mother of all living beings.
35Why do you disregard and insult her considering her as one among the mass of women? O Vrikodara, is not Kunti a chaste woman worthy of being saluted by you?
36If there be no Mahamaya adored by Brahma, Vishnu and Siva, O son of Pritha, how could your physical body have come into existence? Tell me truthfully.
37The Lord, the Supreme Soul, is not at all capable of abandoning her. Since he again and again resorts to the goddess, I consider her to be very powerful.
38Vasudeva also always eulogizes Sakti who is greater than the greatest. If I am to be treated (medically) he too should be so treated. What about you?
39Nothing like this should be uttered again about the great goddess out of foolishness. Prostrate yourself on the ground and seek refuge (in her), if you wish for happiness.”
40Bhima said: Catas (i.e. those who win over the confidence of others and cheat them) convince a man in their grip by means of all tricks. This alone is the remedy here that one should cease to talk to them.
41The brain in different heads is different (i.e. opinions differ). This is obviously true, O king; everyone does as he pleases. We shall also do as we please.
42Vrikodara, the son of Vayu, possessing the vital power of ten thousand Nagas (serpents/elephants) shall not at all seek refuge in a woman even verbally.
43After saying this Bhima (quietly) followed that king. The king too proceeded ahead along with his followers saying frequently “It is not proper”.
44Then within a moment, Bhima became weak and dispirited. Getting very much confused and faltering in his speech, he spoke these words to the king:
45“O Dharmaraja of great intellect, O excellent king, see me. I am unable to see with my eyes. Why this deficiency in me?”
46The king said: O Bhima, O Bhima, indeed the goddess, the great deity, is angry with you. O powerful one, O you great lover of adventure, thereby you have lost your sight.
47Therefore, seek refuge in the great goddess. Becoming pleased once again, perhaps she may grant you your eye-sight.
48-50Bhima said: Oh! I too know that there is no one equal to the goddess. It is for getting a proof of her power that I have been censuring her again and again. So, having seen her power thus, I am falling on the ground seeking refuge in her mentally, verbally and intellectually. After bowing to her I eulogize my mother.
Suta said: After saying this to his elder brother and after bowing down making the eight limbs touch the ground, Bhima sought refuge in the goddess and eulogized the Mother.
51Bhima said: O goddess, O mother of all living beings, O goddess filling hundreds of Cosmic Eggs, save, save your own child, this foolish one. Obeisance to you.
52You are Brahmi, the Sakti of Brahma; You are Vaishnavi (i.e. Vishnu’s power) and Sambhu (i.e. Sambhu’s power). You are having the three forms. You have the form of Sakti. Protect, protect. Obeisance to you.
53You are the Sakti (Power) respectively of (gods) Indra, Agni, Yama, Nairrti, Varuna, Vayu, Kubera. Obeisance to you.
54O goddess, Aisani (i.e. Sakti pertaining to Isana, i.e. Siva), Varahi (Sakti pertaining to Varaha, i.e. Divine Boar), Narasimhi (Power pertaining to the Man-lion), O bestower of victory, O Kaumari (i.e. Sakti pertaining to Kumara), O harbinger of welfare unto the family, O goddess of mercy, obeisance to you!
55You abide in the Sun, in the Moon, in Mars, in Mercury, in Jupiter, in Venus; you are stationed in Rahu and Ketu. Obeisance to you!
56You reside in the wheel of Dhruva (the Pole Star), in the multitude of sages (the Great Bear). You dwell in the circles of stars and heavenly bodies and in the circle of earth. Obeisance to you!
57O goddess, you are stationed in the seven continents, in the seven oceans, and in the seven nether worlds. Obeisance to you!
58O goddess, you render help to Vishnu in all his incarnations. You are being requested by Vishnu for the same. Hence, O mother, protect (me). Obeisance to you!
59O goddess with four arms and four faces, O bestower of fruits, O goddess fond of (staying) at the meeting place of four roads, O goddess eulogized by mobile and immobile beings, I bow down to your feet.
60O highly terrible goddess, O dark night, O one with multitude of bells, O hideous and brilliant one, O goddess always worthy of being adored on the seventh day (of the lunar fortnight), O bestower of eyes, be (my) refuge.
61O goddess residing on the Meru, O goddess with tawny- coloured eyes, O goddess the sole saviour of eyes, O goddess who destroyed Daityas with Humkara (i.e. the hissing sound Hum), O goddess worthy of being the refuge, be (my) refuge.
62O goddess of loud sound, of great vigour and potentiality, O destroyer of great delusions, O destroyer of the great bondages, O goddess, grant three eyes unto me.
63O Ambika, if you are really the cause of auspiciousness unto all auspiciousness, grant me auspiciousness through the gift of eyes; obeisance to you!
64If really you are the most merciful of all merciful ones, be merciful unto me; grant me the eyes; obeisance to you!
65If you are angry with me thinking ‘He is sinful’, it is in vain (i.e. wrong), O goddess. You delude me thus. Don’t you have that (sin)? Obeisance to you.
66A person raises dust himself and is angry when he is enveloped in it. You are angry with me in that manner, O mother. Reveal yourself to me, the helpless one.
67On being eulogized by the son of Pandu thus, the goddess with the lustre similar to that of Krishna, the lady with delightful face, manifested herself.
68She was highly resplendent with the crown having the lustre of a crore of lightning streaks. She was adorned with a pair of ear-rings having the lustre of the solar disc.
69She shone with her garland as though with the current of the Celestial River. She was embellished completely with the flowers of Kalpa tree.
70With the lustre of the teeth resembling moonlight, she dispelled the great fear of delusion in devotees. In her four hands shone a sword, a shield, a trident and a noose.
71She was clad in a cloth having the lustre of lightning whereby she resembled a cloud. She was brilliant with a garland of flowers with a swarm of bees (hovering round it).
72She shone with anklets in her feet that bestow refuge on good people. She is worshipped by Sakra and others with showers of flowers uttering “Be victorious”.
73-78Hundreds of great and pure lotuses were showered on by deities and Ganas. On seeing the mother in the sky in such a manner like Ganga flowing through the firmament that prominent king fell on the ground uttering “Obeisance! Obeisance!”. On seeing the mother (goddess), Bhima too rushed like a boy in front of her, saying “Be victorious, O mother.” Merely by the sight of the goddess he had three auspicious eyes then. Falling down he repeated frequently, “Obeisance to you, obeisance to you.” “Be pleased, O lotus-eyed goddess, O mother, be pleased with me. Be pleased with me, a sinner. O goddess disposed to forgive, be pleased with me.” On being eulogized thus, the goddess herself raised the king, She placed Bhima on her lap mercifully and spoke these words:
79Sri Devi said: I am pleased with you for the prayer uttered by you. Hence three eyes have been granted to you, two external ones and one internal, the greatest one.
80O Vrikodara, I do not exhibit my anger indiscriminately on everyone. You are an important person of authority. Hence I showed my anger.
81This is not pleasing to Krishna. I have done something that will make my brother angry, since all of you are his great friends as though his own vital airs but moving externally.
82-86O Vrikodara, I know that you always censure me. It is to make you know, of what nature is my power (that I did like this). So this should never be repeated at all by you. Viewing venerable persons askance causes great pain. Now we shall mutually forgive everything. What I am going to tell you, O heroic descendant of Bharata, listen to it. Whenever there is decline and decay of Dharma, Hari incarnates and at that time 1 assist Vishnu.
87Now Hari is born on the earth as the son of Vasudeva. I am the daughter of the cowherd Nanda with the name Ekanamsa.
88Therefore, just as Lord Krsna, my brother, is honoured, so also all of you, sons of Pandu always are my brothers.
89With great delight I destroy all troubles and distresses of those people, the excellent among men who eulogize me as ‘Bhima’s sister’.
90O hero, in the great battle you will bring victory to your brother. At the time of defeating the sons of Dhrtarashtra I will abide in your arms.
91You will rule over the kingdom thirty-six years and will walk over the earth doing Mahaprasthana (‘Great Final Departure’).
92-93When you lay down your weapons, a great Asura named Loha will endeavour to kill you in this very same land. He cannot be killed by any living being. For your sake, I will make him blind and cause him to fall. Then you will proceed ahead.
94After crossing the completely snow-filled places you will be sunk in the ocean of sand , you will go to heaven. The king alone will go there along with his physical body.
95There will be a city named Lohana in the place where Loha is to be made blind. I will always stay there with a digit of mine.
96Then in Kaliyuga there will be a devotee of mine named Kela. I will be known as Kelesvari after him.
97Another excellent devotee of mine there will be named Vailaka. In Kaliyuga I will become famous by his propitiation.
98If people faithfully worship me stationed at Lohana on the seventh day in the bright half of lunar months it is as good as I am worshipped everywhere.
99On being propitiated with devotional feelings on that day, O son of Pandu, I will grant eyes to the blind in future.
100You will make a Kunda there with your big toe. A bath there on that day will be on a par with holy dips in all the Tirthas.
101I will take out the splendour from the eyes of fish and fix it (to the eyes of the blind). This will be directly visible.
102-104Thus the great holy spot of mine named Lohana will become very famous in Kaliyuga, O mighty one, and my name will be Kelesvari. Thereafter, O descendant of Bharata, I will kill (the demon) named Durgama in this holy spot to the east of Mahi-Sagara. My name will be Durga. I will reside in Dharmaranya for the purpose of protecting you all.
105-108On the ninth day in the bright half of the month of Asvina or Caitra, men should worship me stationed in Dharmaranya after taking bath in Mahi-sagara. I will then grant them whatever they desire. If they worship in accordance with the injunctions, if they worship me with faith, I will grant them sons and grandsons, heavenly pleasures and salvation. There is no doubt about it. At the time of the advent of Kali, Vatsaraja , a king born in your family, that of the Pandavas, will with effort delight (me). Hence I will be known as Vatsesvari after his name, in Kaliyuga. I will be granting all riches to king Vatsa.
109By my grace that king will kill the demoness named Attalaya who will cause great distress to the world.
110The place where she will be killed, will become a city named Attalaja. He will install me there.
111If people worship me, Vatsesvari, in the village Attalayaja(?) on the seventh day in the bright half of the month of Asvina, (it is as good as) I am worshipped always.
112There is no doubt about this that every benefit will be attained by those men who worship goddess Vatsesvari.
113-114Thus my stay will be in Attalaya, Lohana, in the great holy spot Dharmarariya and in the vicinity of Mahi-Sagara for the sake of the welfare of the whole world. Listen about Loha. Loha who is to be made blind by me will perform penance for many years.
115-116He will become invincible like Vritrasura. He will exterminate the worlds. The learned Hari, the intelligent Lord of the universe, will incarnate and kill him. The place where he will be killed will become a village named Lohati.
117The great Daitya named Gaya will cause obstacles in your journey like Loha. I will make him a eunuch. Men will worship me there as Gayatrada.
118-121The village there will become famous as Gayatrada. If on the eighth day in the month of Magha, men worship Gayatrada in Gayatrada, all their troubles will cease. If people make me angry, me who have been propitiated al-ways by the Pandavas, I will remove their manliness. My attendants presided over by Maharudra will all be eunuchs here in that terrible Kaliyuga, when Rudra is exceedingly ruthless. This will be my third holy spot here.
122When all of you have gone to heaven, Gaya will perform a very great penance. After regaining his manliness, he will harass all the worlds.
123He will go to the Tirtha of Gaya with a desire to destroy Gaya; Budha (? Mercury, Buddha), the lord of the universe, will kill him there .
124Thus the Yellow-robed glorious Lord will incarnate as Budha (Buddha?), carry out many tasks and will go to his own abode.
125Thus the future has been succinctly mentioned by me, O Pandavas, for giving delight to your minds. May more also be heard.
126This excellent Tirtha of mine should always be resorted to. It is pleasing. Since I have come here, I am exceedingly delighted.
127I have been perfectly delighted by the grandson of Bhima, so also all the goddesses. My form cannot be known otherwise.
128Go to other Tirthas as well where you have not already gone. In the course of all troubles I should be remembered like a sister.
129I take leave of all of you. You are on a par with Krisna to me.
130-131Suta said: On hearing the words of the goddess, their eyes became beamingly delighted and surprised. They bowed to her again and again. When she vanished like a lamp, they did not notice her. Thereafter, they established Barbarika here itself. They told him, “When the time for our reunion arrives you also come.” After saying this, they went on their pilgrimage to important Tirthas.