Sati’s arrival at Daksha’s sacrifice ||2||

1Lomasa said: Once, a great sacrifice was commenced by him (Daksha). All were invited to be present there by the ascetic (Daksha) (who was) initiated for the sacrifice.
2-3A number of sages including Vasishtha and others came there. Agastya, Kasyapa, Atri, Vamadeva, Bhrigu, Dadhica, holy lord Vyasa, Bharadvaja and Gautama, these and many other great sages assembled there.
4Similarly all the groups of Suras (gods), the Guardians of the Quarters and others, Vidyadharas, Gandharvas, Kinnaras and groups of celestial damsels (came there).
5Brahma, the grandfather of worlds, was invited from Satyaloka. Similarly, Vishnu was invited from Vaikuntha to the place of sacrifice.
6Devendra of great lustre came along with Indrani. Similarly, the Moon-god came along with Rohini and Varuna came in the company of his beloved.
7Kubera came there riding in his aerial chariot Pushpaka, Wind-god riding on his deer, Fire-god riding on his goat and Nirriti riding on a ghost.
8All these came to the sacrificial enclosure of the Brahmana. All of them were received and honoured by the evil-minded Daksha.
9Great and divine abodes of great value and good splendour were skilfully constructed by the noble-souled Tvastri.
10-13(The visitors) occupied all those abodes according to their pleasure. When the great sacrifice commenced in the holy spot Kanakhala , the ascetics beginning with Bhrigu were appointed as Ritviks by him. Then Daksha underwent due initiation. The solemn. auspicious ceremony was duly performed. Benedictory rites were completed by the Brahmanas for the sake of Daksha accompanied by his wife. Always surrounded by his friends, he shone remarkably, thanks to his greatness. ln the meantime, Dadhici spoke these words there:
14Dadhici said: These leading Suras (gods), the great sages and the Guardians of the Quarters have come to your (sacrifice). Still the Yajna does not shine properly without (the presence of) the noble-souled Pinaka-bearing Lord.
15Great learned men say that everything becomes auspicious and splendid through him. That primordial Purusa (person), the bull-bannered, blue-throated lord with matted hair, is not seen here.
16Presided over and authorized by him, O Daksha, even inauspicious things become auspicious. (Without) the Three-eyed Lord, very auspicious things become instantly bereft of their auspiciousness.
17-20Hence, he must be invited only by you immediately through Brahma, Vishnu the powerful lord and Sakra. All of them should go where lord Mahesvara is present. Bring him along with Dakshayani. Hurry up. Everything shall become extremely sanctified through that Yogin Sathbhu by remembering whom and by uttering whose names, merits become well-accomplished. Hence, with all your efforts, the Bull-bannered Lord should be brought.
21-26On hearing these words of his, the evil-minded (Daksha) said laughing (derisively): “lndeed the root cause of Devas is Vishnu in whom the eternal virtue (Dharma) is present. In him Vedas, Yajnas and the different kinds of holy rites are established and that Vishnu has come here. Brahma, the grandfather of the worlds has come from Satyaloka along with the Vedas, Upanishads and various kinds of Agamas (scriptural treatises). Similarly the king of Suras (gods) himself has come along with the groups of Suras. So also you, the sinless sages, have come. All those tranquil ones who are worthy (of being present) in a Yajna have come. All of you are conversant with the Vedas, Vedic expositions and reality. All of you are steadfast in your holy rites and observances. Of what avail is Rudra to us in this matter? Of course, my daughter has been given to him by me, O Brahmana, (but that was) when I had been urged by Brahma.
27He is not of noble birth, O Brahmana. He is doomed and he is always a favourite of the doomed. He is the sole lord of goblins, ghosts and vampires. He is unfathomable.
28He esteems himself very much. He is deluded and stubborn. He is taciturn, jealous and malicious. lo this holy rite he is utterly unworthy. Hence indeed he was not invited by me now.
29Hence, words like these should not be uttered by you again, O Brahmana. My great Yajna should he made successful by all of you collectively.”
30On hearing these words of his, Dadhici made the following statement:
31Dadhici said: Great injustice has been done to all these excellent sages and Devas of sanctified soul by not having the noble soul with them.
32-33A great ruin will soon befall all those who are present here. After saying thus, Dadhici alone walked out in protest from the sacrificial enclosure of Daksha and hurriedly went to his hermitage. When the sage went out. Daksha said this laughingly:
34-36There, a heroic supporter and friend of Siva named Dadhici, has gone out. All those slow-witted rogues whose minds are possessed by evil spirits, who are enamoured of heretic doctrines, who are excluded from the Vedas and whose behaviour and acts are vicious, should leave this holy rite. You are all devoted to Vedic doctrines having Vishnu as your leader. O Brahmanas, make my Yajna fruitful ere long.” Then all of them along with the sages performed the worship of the lord.
37-40In the meantime, there on the mountain Gandhamadana the great goddess Dakshayani was engaged in various. kinds of sports. She was surrounded by her female friends. Sometimes she played beneath in the Dharagrha (chamber fitted with fountains and water-jets). Sometimes she moved about in an aerial chariot. Sometimes she stood in the middle of the aerial chariot and indulged in thousands of sports with balls etc. While engaged in playing the games, the great goddess Sati saw the Moon-god going to the place of sacrifice along with Rohini. She said to her maid Vijaya, “Where is Candra going now? O Vijaya, go and enquire immediately.” On being thus instructed by her, the gentle lady Vijaya asked him suitably.
41Everything about Daksha’s sacrifice and other things were told by him. On hearing it the gentle lady Vijaya became agitated. Hurriedly (she went to Sati) and told her everything exactly as it was said by the Moon-god.
42-43The goddess began to ponder over the reason thus: “Why does he not invite (us)? Daksha is my father. Why has my mother forgotten me now? I shall ask Sankara now about the reason (thereof).” After deciding thus, she asked the friends to stay there and approached Sankara.
44-49She saw the Three-eyed Lord in the centre of the assembly stationed there, in an extremely wonderful seat, and surrounded by all his Ganas (attendants) beginning with Canda and Munda, Bana, Bhrinigin, Nandin of great power of penance, the son of Silada, Mahakala, Mahacanda. Mahamunda, Mahasiras, Dhumraksha, Dhumraketu and Dhumrapada-these and many other Ganas, the followers of Rudra, (were present there). Some were hideous and terrifying. Others were mere headless trunks. Some had no eyes. Others were devoid of chests. There were hundreds like these. All of them had elephant-hides for their clothes. Clusters of matted hair were their ornaments. All were adorned with Rudraksha beads. They were devoid of attachment. They had conquered their sense-organs. They were antagonistic to objects of sensual pleasure. Sankara, the benefactor of the worlds, was seen by her surrounded by all these.
50-52Bewildered in her mind, she suddenly went to Siva’s presence. The beloved wife was placed in his lap by Siva who was pleased. She was addressed with loving words with due respect: “O lady of excellent waistline, what is the purpose of your arrival? Tell me quickly.” On being spoken thus by him, the dark-eyed lady said:
53Sati said: O lord, O lord of the chiefs of Devas, how is it that going to the great sacrifice of my father is not approved of by you? Tell (me) everything.
54-55This is the duty of friends, O Mahadeva, that they (regularly) associate with their friends, thereby increasing the pleasure and love of their friends. Hence make all efforts (to be present there). Oh, go there even if you have not been invited. Go to the sacrificial enclosure of my fat her today at my request, O Sadasiva.
56-57On hearing her words (Siva) spoke these kind and sincere words: “O gentle lady, you must not go to the sacrifice of Daksha. All those persons who honour Daksha, including Suras, Asuras and Kinnaras, have undoubtedly gone to the sacrifice of your father.
58-59O lady of fine eyebrows, those who go to other mansions without being invited, meet with insult which is more (painful) than death. Even lndra who goes to the abode of others meets with contempt and disrespect. Hence, O splendid lady, you must not go to Daksha’s sacrifice.”
60On being told thus by the noble-souled Siva, Sati, the most excellent one among those who are conversant with modes of expression, spoke these words full of anger:
61“It is true that you are (the real) Yajna in this world, O most excellent lord of Devas. (How is it) that you have not been invited by my father of evil conduct today? Hence, I wish to know thoroughly the attitude of that evil-minded one.
62Hence I shall go to the sacrificial enclosure of my father today itself. Grant me permission, O my lord, lord of the universe, lord of Devas.”
63-65aOn being told thus by that goddess, Lord Siva himself, who has knowledge and vision of everything, the lord who is the sanctifier of all living beings, the lord of Devas, Mahesa, the bestower of all Siddhis said to her: “Go quickly, O gentle lady of holy rites, at my instance, riding on this Nandin and accompanied by various kinds of Ganas.”
65b-68At the bidding of Siva, sixty thousands of the terrifying Ganas went (along with her). Surrounded by those Ganas, the goddess went to the abode of her father. Observing the entire army, Mahadeva became excessively surprised. Mahadeva, the unperturbed scorcher of enemies, sent very valuable Ornaments to her through his attendants. He sent them immediately after her. Pondering over the departure of the goddess to her father’s abode, Lord Mahesa exclaimed: “On being insulted by her father, Sati, the daughter of Daksha, will never come back to her city again.”