The fight between Devas and Asuras ||13||

1-2Lomasa said: Then (those Asuras) roared at the Suras. the chief among whom was lndra. and whose strength and valour was great. They challenged them for a fight. The noble-souled son of Virocana got into his aerial chariot. He was accompanied by Daityas who were very powerful and who came in various (groups). With his entire army he rushed at Suras in a terrible way.
3They had assumed their (original real) forms. They attacked (the enemies) in thousands. Some of them rode on tigers and others on buffaloes.
4-6Some of them rode on horses, others on elephants; while some others rode on lions, panthers and Sarabhas (eight-footed mythical animal), peacocks, royal swans, cocks, horses, elephants, camels, mules and asses. Some drove in carts. Many Daityas came on foot with swords, javelins and daggers in their hands.
7-8There were demons with iron bars as weapons. Others had nooses, javelins and iron clubs in their hands. Some had thin-bladed swords. Others had bhushundi (a sort of missile) and iron bolts as their weapons. Others came on horses, chariots and elephants and began to strike. Thousands of Asuras, the chief among whom was Bali, rode in aerial chariots.
9They vied with one another roaring frequently. Vrishaparvan then said to Bali. the leading Daitya:
10“O mighty one, an alliance was entered into with Indra by you. One should not place too much of faith in an evil-minded person.
11-12By no means should one trust and enter into an alliance with a base person, even if one happens to be weak and inferior. Friendship must be formed with an intelligent person. In case of emergency (he will help one) to make the mishap ineffective. One must not believe in a person who has been an enemy previously. It is because of you, O Bali, that we have been defeated now! Why should those chronic rogues not try to undo what has been agreed upon?”
13Those (sturdy Asuras) who could not be thwarted and were desirous of fighting said thus and arrayed themselves suitably. They adorned the battlefield with banners, umbrellas and flags.
14-15They covered all the quarters with chowries. The battlefield was completely covered up. Similarly all Suras were also eager to (fight with) Daityas. Those persons of exalted fortune drank the nactar, put on the coats of mail and got on their respective vehicles. Mahendra the valorous one with vajra (thunderbolt) in his hand, rode on his elephant. The Sun was seated on Uccaihisravas and the Moon rode on a deer.
16They were equipped with umbrellas and chowries. They were rendered splendid by the martial glory born of victory. Desirous of victory, all those persons beginning with Indra bowed down to Vishnu.
17-18Permitted by Vishnu, they angrily (rushed at) Asuras. Asuras of huge body, terrible eyes and dreadful exploits (withstood them). The fight of Devas with Danavas was very terrible, tumultuous and exceedingly dreadful, instilling fear into all living beings.
19-20Arrows were continuously showered. Everything became excessively wonderful. The rough and harsh noise like Catacata reverberated in all the ten directions. Within a moment, they were wounded by arrows. Struck and hurt by arrows, iron clubs, javelins and iron-tipped missiles, they fell on the ground.
21-22Even as they were being split and pierced, they split and tore others in the battle. They were shattered with Bhalla , arrows and smashed to pieces by Naracas (iron-tipped arrows). Some of the Daityas, Danavas and Rashasas were hit with many Kshurapras (arrows with horseshoe-shaped tips) and they appeared to be torn with them. Some Danavas were shattered and killed by Silimukhas (sharp-pointed arrows).
23On seeing the army of Danavas broken up thus, Devas roared and moved all round. Delighted, they assembled together and celebrated the victory they had gained.
24-26The three worlds were filled with the sounds of conchs and musical instruments. Danavas of great strength became furious with Devas. Bali and all the others rose up once again with great excitement. They were equipped with many aerial chariots resembling the sun. With a desire to conquer each other Devas and Danavas engaged themselves in tumultuous duels.
27Mahendra fought with Bali, the lord of Danavas. Similarly, Yama of great and powerful arms met Namuci in combat.
28Naiqta fought with Praghasa. Varuna clashed with Kurbbha. Sadaraya (Wind-god) fought with Nikumbha.
29Rahu fought a very terrible combat with Soma (the Moon). The Amrita (nectar) arising from the body of the Moon was imbibed by Rahu. Due to the contact with nectar (another figure) like Rahu rose up.
30-32All these things were seen by Sambhu, the great lord. “There is no doubt about this that I am the base and support of all living beings. I am affectionate and dear to all, Asuras as well as Suras.” On being told thus Rahu bowed down to Siva. The Moon stationed on his crest discharged nectar out of fear. On account of it, many such heads were produced simultaneously. Sambhu made them into a beautiful garland and tied it to his head like a (decorative) head-ornament.
33By swallowing Kalakuta for the purpose of accomplishing the objective of Devas, he became blue-throated with a garland of skulls (thus) made.
34Mahesvara wore the garland of skulls.
35By means of that garland shone the noble-souled Hara, the primordial lord of Devas, the destroyer of Tripura. He is the lord by whom the great demon Gaja (Elephant) was struck down and the huge (demon) Andhaka was reduced to dust.
36-37It was Siva by whom Ganga was held in the middle of his head. He, the dispeller of fear, kept the Moon on his crest. Vedas, Puranas, Agamas, different kinds of Srutis and scriptures argue and discuss variously in accordance with difference in their respective texts. In the course of their discussion they become dumb. Siva, the sole friend of the universe, is being investigated and described differently according to the opinion of the preceptors of different Agamas.
38Abandoning the eternal lord Siva, the supreme spirit that could be comprehended only through the Vedas, deluded people commit blunders. They do not realize Siva of the form of the Great Spirit.
39Siva is the Paramatma (Supreme Soul) by whom everything is created and sustained. He pervades everything and evolves everything. The entire universe is a part of this Lord. He may, perhaps, be comprehended through the Vedanta.
40A person always engaged in devotion to Siva is undoubtedly Siva, whether he is rich or poor, noble or base.
41If a person becomes delighted on seeing the splendid worship of Siva performed by others, he gets a gift (i.e. merit) equal to his (i.e. that of the worshipper).
42People should offer rows of lamps in the month of Karttika with great faith. A devotee who offers lamps thus is honoured in heaven for as many thousands of Yugas as the number (of hours) during which those lamps burn in front of the Linga .
43If the lamps with safflower oil are offered in the temple of Siva, those who offer them rejoice in Kailasa in the presence of Siva.
44If the lamps with linseed oil are offered in the temple of Siva, those who offer them rejoice in Kailasa in the presence of Siva.
45-46As a result of the offering of lamps, people become Jnanins (endowed with perfect knowledge). If the lamps with gingelly oil are offered in the temple of Siva, they (the offerers) go to Siva in the company of a hundred members of their family.
47Those by whom lamps are filled with ghee and Jit in the temple of Siva, go to the highest abode in the company of a hundred thousand members of own family.
48Those who worship Siva always with camphor, aloe and incense and those who perform the rite of waving lights everyday along with camphor, attain Sayujya (identity with the Divinity). There is no doubt about it.
49Those who worship the Linga once, twice or thrice a day with care are Rudras (themselves). There is no doubt about it.
50If the devotees wear Rudraksha beads at the time of the worship of Siva, when charitable gifts are offered, when penance is performed, in the holy spots and during festive occasions with care, their merit is infinite, O Brahmanas.
51Listen, O excellent Brahmanas, to what Siva has said about Rudraksha beads. There are Rudrakshas with one face, two faces etc. up to sixteen faces. Among these, two should be known as the most excellent ones, O Brahmanas. which redeem (devotees).
52They are the five-faced Rudraksha and the single-faced Rudraksha. Those men who always wear the single-faced Rudraksha, go to the world of Rudra and rejoice in the presence of Rudra.
53Japa, penance, holy rites, yogic practice, holy bath, charitable gift, worship etc. -if these splendid rites arc performed while wearing Rudraksha beads, these rites yield infinite results.
54If a Rudraksha bead is tied round the neck of even a dog, it will be redeemed thereby. There is no doubt about it.
55Due to the association of the Rudraksha bead one’s sin will be destroyed. Knowing this one should perform auspicious rites after wearing a Rudraksha bead.
56If the devotees have Tripundra (three horizontal parallel lines on the forehead) (marked) with Vibhuti (sacred ash) sanctified by Mantras. they will undoubtedly become Rudras and (rejoice) in the world of Rudra.
57The dung of a tawny-coloured cow should be gathered before it touches the ground. It must be dried and burned by the devotees of Siva for preparing Vibhuti.
58-59It is called Vibhuti. It destroys all sins. At the outset, a single line should be drawn carefully with the thmnb on the forehead. Then, two lines should be drawn, one above and one below the previous line by means of two fingers avoiding the middle finger. If the three lines are clearly visible on the forehead, that person is a devotee of Siva. He should be known as the destroyer of sins by (his) mere sight, like Siva.
60-61Those devotees of Siva who keep matted hair, keep five, seven or nine such clusters. Those who do so in accordance with the injunctions in Saiva treatises, do attain Siva. There is no doubt about this. Rudrika beads should be worn particularly by Siva’s devotees.
62Sadasiva can be worshipped with a very little quantity (of materials) or with profusely rich material. The devotee redeems thereby ten million members of his family and rejoices with Siva.
63Hence, O excellent Brahmanas, there is nothing greater than Siva. When this is told in the scripture (it must be known that), everything has Siva for its cause.
64Indeed Siva is the bestower of the worlds. He is the maker of the worlds. He rejoices along with (his devotees). Know, O excellent Brahmanas, that the whole universe consists of both Siva and Sakti.
65The two-syllabled name Si-va saves one from very great danger. Hence, O excellent Brahmanas. let Siva be contemplated upon and remembered.
66-68The sages said: The greatness of Somanatha has been understood. It was due to his grace that all were saved from the fear of the heads of Rahu by Parameshtin. Suras beginning with Indra and others (were saved by the lord) in that dreadful battle. Thereafter, what did all those Suras do? Let it be narrated. Everything about the greatness of Siva as narrated by you was heard directly (while) uttered by you orally. Let the narration of the battle be made exactly as it happened.
69Lomasa said: When Suras were defeated by Daityas, all of them sought refuge in Sambhu. The excellent Suras bowed down to Siva. All of them immediately decided to fight.
70Similarly, all Daityas who were very powerful and enthusiastic began to fight. Equipped with great missiles, they came into contact with Devas and fought again and again.
71Thus, all Suras and Asuras who were desirous of victory and who were exceedingly furious, fought with one another with javelins, swords, spears, iron bars and axes. Being struck down and hit by Suras with many great arrows and missiles combined with one another Asuras (though) indomitable fell down in the same manner as Jions falling into Ganga.
72They made the entire earth muddy with flesh and blood. They made the entire earth including oceans, forests, mines, trees and mountains (full of blood and flesh).
73Deep rivers of blood Iashed and swept heads, headless bodies, great armours, flags, chariots, banners and heads of elephants and horses.
74These rivers instilled fear into the minds of cowards. Brahmarakshasas crossed these bloody rivers and made the other goblins, ghosts, Pramathas and Rakshasas cross them.
75There were groups of female devils such as Sakinis, Dakinis etc. and thousands of Yakshinis. Rejoicing in the company of each other, they were engaged in various sports.
76Th us, in that highly dreadful battle Devas and Asuras clashed directly with one another. There Bhutas, Pramathas and Rakshasas continued their sports.
77Devendra of wonderful exploits fought with Bali. The infuriated son of Virocana (Bali) struck Devendra with a javelin.
78-79Mahendra of quick and nimble steps dodged that javelin. He struck “Bali, the lord of Daityas, with great effort and force with his great thunderbolt of sharp edges The valorous (lord of Devas) cut off his (Bali’s) arms. (Thereupon) he fell down dead on the ground from his aerial chariot resembling the sun.
80-81On seeing Bali fallen, Vnaparvan furiously showered Mahendra and his elephant with a volley of arrows like
the cloud showering a mountain. Mahendra bore the sharp arrows. Then a terrible battle ensued between Mahendra and Vrisaparvan.
82-85Indra, the tormentor of the enemy’s army, caused Vrisaparvan to fall down. Then he killed Danavas in the battle with his great thunderbolt. Some were pierced through the head. Some were hit in the neck. Some were rendered bewildered and afflicted by the furious Indra. Similarly, Danavas were killed by Yama, Vayu and Varuna. Others were killed by Kubera and Nairrita. Some were killed by Agni and torn asunder by Isa.
86Thus the powerful Asuras of great exploit where killed by Suras and the guardians of the worlds. It was due to the favour of Siva that they were killed then.
87Then the great and excellent Daitya who was equipped with excellent missiles and weapons came in to kill the excellent Suras. The evil-minded demon who was very cruel in his heart advanced alone.
88Armoured and armed with a trident, he rode on a lion surrounded by one hundred millions of Daityas, all riding on lions.
89All those lions of great strength and exploit were equipped with coats of mail. The great Daityas riding on those lions were also equal to them.
90On seeing the entire army of Daityas, that was adorned by lions and led by Kalanemi, advancing, the Devas with lndra, their leader. became exceedingly frightened. Then they began to ponder.
91“What shall we alI do now? How will we conquer this wonderful and countless army surrounded by lions?”
92-93When they were thinking thus, Narada happened to come there. The old story of Kalanemi’s power of penance was told to Mahendra by Narada. He told him about his invincibility in battle, by virtue of the power of boons granted to hint.
94“O Devas, we are not competent to conquer (this army) in the battle ground without Vishnu’s help. Hence, let the great lord Vishnu, the lord dark in complexion like the Tamala leaves, the bestower of boons, be remembered by (all of you) desirous of conquest.”
95On hearing the words of Narada, Devas hurriedly meditated on Mahavishnu, the tormentor of the enemy’s army. The Supreme Soul. Remembering the lord, they prayed to him thus:
96Devas said: Obeisance to you, the lord, the cause of the auspiciousness of the universe. O Srinivasa (Abode of Sri), obeisance to you. O Sripati (Consort of Goddess Lakshmi), obeisance, obeisance to you.
97Today we are exceedingly frightened. We are oppressed by the fear of Kalanemi. It behoves you, O lord, the bestow er of freedom from fear to Devas, to save us from the Daitya.
98On being meditated and remembered thus, the dark complexioned Hari, the bestower of freedom from fear to all the worlds, appeared before them riding on Garuda.
99The lord with the discus in his hand came there for the victory of Devas. They all saw Mahavishnu seated on Garuda and stationed in the firmament, the invincible lord Srivasa (the resort of Sri) who was desirous of fighting.
100On seeing the lord like that, Kalanemi who was very mighty and highly infuriated, said laughingly (loudly): “Who arc you, 0 exalted one of great fortune? You are excellent in form and features. You are young and dark-complexioned and possess the valour of an elephant in rut. A sharp-edged brilliant discus is held by you in your hand. Why? Let me know, O Lord.”
101The Lord said: I came here for the purpose of fighting, for the fulfilment of the cause of Devas. Be steady, O stupid one, I shall undoubtedly burn you now.
102On hearing the words of the Lord, the valorous Kalanemi became angry and said to lord Adhokshaja (Vishnu):
103“You are the lord and root-cause of Devas. You are highly proud of your ability to fight. If you are a brave warrjor, fight with me now.”
104-107Lord Mahavishnu of great lustre laughed and said: “Either you be stationed in the sky. or I shall be stationed on the earth. O mighty one, fight i either in the sky or on the ground, so that the battle will not be on uneven planes and blameworthy.” Saying “So be it” the Daitya of great mangificence, surrounded by one hundred million Daityas who were dignified and glorious and seated on lions, who were powerful and ruthless, rose up in the sky slowly. He was accompanied by the groups of Asuras. He was desirous of killing (Vishnu) the lord of cosmic form. He took up another fierce trident with a desire to fight with Hari. His mouth and face had a hideous form due to his (curved ferocious) teeth as well as (his desire to send) an oral message (to his followers).