Fight between Virabhadra and Vishnu and others ||4||

1Lomaia said: On hearing the words uttered by Vishnu, Daksha spoke these words: “O slayer of Madhu (Vishnu) you have made it appear that Vedas are not authoritative (pramana ).
2How can one forsake the Vedic rite and accept the doctrine of the authoritativeness of lsvara? Let this be explained. O Mahavishnu, by whom Dharma has been established?”
3-5On being asked by Daksha, Mahavishnu said to him consolingly: “The Vedas have the three Gunas for their object. They cannot be otherwise. How can the rites mentioned in the Vedas become fruitful without lsvara? They definitely become fruitless. Hence seek refuge in Isvara by a means.” Even as Govinda (Vishnu) was saying thus, the ocean of an army, similar to Virabhadra’s came there. All the Suras (Devas) saw it.
6Indra laughed at Vishnu who was engaged in explaining the doctrine of Atman then. With the Vajra (thunderbolt) in his hand, he became desirous of fighting, accompanied by the Suras.
7He was made to go hurriedly by Bhrigu who was bent upon routing (the Ganas). Then, the Ganas in the formation of groups fought with the Suras.
8They struck one another with arrows, iron clubs and sharp-pointed missiles. In the course of that great festival of war, many conchs were blown.
9So also drums like Dundubhis, Patahas, Dindimas, etc., were sounded. Thanks to that great sound. the Suras considered themselves flattered. Accompanied by the Guardians of the Quarters, they killed the servants of Siva.
10Some were killed by means of swords. Some were smashed by means of iron clubs. All of the hundreds and thousands of the Ganas were entirely routed by the Devas.
11It was by the power of the Mantras of Bhrgu, that those Ganas were instantaneously defeated and driven back by the Guardians of the Quarters headed by Indra.
12Their extermination was affected by Bhrigu who performed the Yoga as the fire-worshipper. He was initiated in this for the sake of the worship, on behalf of the Devas and for their pleasure too.
13By that alone did the Devas become victorious at the very instant. On seeing the defeat of his own army, Virabhadra became angry.
14-15He made the goblins, ghosts and vampires go to the rear and the bull-riders advance at the front. The leader of great strength took up a sharp trident and struck down the Devas, Yakshas, Pisacas, Guhyakas and Rakshasas in the battle. Striking with spears, all the Ganas began to kill the Devas.
16Some of them were split into two by means of swords. They were smashed with iron clubs. In the course of the battle, some were cut into pieces with battle-axes.
17Hundreds were pierced with spears; some were torn to pieces. Thus, all of those being defeated, began to run away.
18Embracing each other, they went back to heaven. Only the guardians of the worlds led by Indra remained there, eager (to fight). They consulted Brihaspati, “How can we have victory?”
19-22Brihaspati immediately replied to Indra thus Brihaspati said: “What had been spoken by Vishnu formerly has become true today.” If there is Isvara as (bestower of) the benefit of a holy rite, he assigns it (the benefit) to the performer (of the rite). He is not powerful over one who does not perform (the rite). Neither Mantras nor all the medicinal herbs, neither black magic nor secular rites, neither holy rites nor the Vedas, nor the two systems of Mimamsa are capable of understanding lsvara. He can be known only through unswerving devotion. By calmness and great contentment, Sadasiva should (i.e. could) be known.
23It is through him that the entire universe with happiness and misery as its characteristic features, takes its origin. But I shall speak further with a desire to explain (what are the) right and wrong actions.
24O Indra, you have been foolish in accompanying the (other) guardians of the worlds here. What can you do further now with the self-same folly?
25These extremely splendid Ganas, the assistants of Rudra, have become infuriated. Those persons of exalted fortune cause nothing to be left over.
26On hearing these words of Brihaspati, all the heaven dwellers and all those great gods, the guardians of the worlds, became anxious.
27-28Then Virabhadra who was very closely surrounded by the Ganas, said: “On account of your ignorant nature, you have come here for the sake of Avadana (glorious achievement). For the sake of your satisfaction, I shall immediately give you Avadanas (cutting into pieces).” After saying this, he furiously hit them with sharp arrows.
29Hit by those arrows, all of them fled in all the ten directions.
30When the guardians of the worlds bad left the place and when the Devas had fled, Virabhadra came into the sacrificial enclosure accompanied by the Ganas.
31At that time all those sages who were desirous of intimating everything to Janardana (Vishnu), the god of gods, said to him all at once:
32-33Protect the Yajna of Daksha. Indeed, there is no doubt that you are Yajna incarnate.” On hearing these words of the sages, Janardana, the all-pervading lord, the illuminator of spiritual faculties, became desirous of fighting and stood there ready for the battle. Virabhadra of powerful arms spoke these words to Kesava (Vishnu):
34“Why have you come here, O Vishnu, you who know the great strength (of mine)? How will you be victorious by taking up Daksha’s side? Tell me that.
35Did you not observe? What has been done by Dakshayani, O sinless one? You too have come for the sake of a share in the course of the Yajna of Daksha. O lord of powerful arms, I shall give oblation to you also.”
36After saying this, at the very outset, he bowed down to Vishnu whose form was similar to his. Virabhadra then went in front of Vishnu and spoke these words:
37“You are to me just like Sambhu . There is no doubt about this. Still, O lord of powerful arms, you face me with a desire to fight. If you continue to stay here yourself, I shall give you liberation (Apunaravritti).”
38On hearing those words of the intelligent Virabhadra lord Vishnu, the lord of all lords, said laughingly:
39-41Vishnu said: “O highly intelligent one, you are born of the splendour of Rudra. You are very pure and holy. I had been requested by this (Daksha) before repeatedly for attending this Yajna. I am subservient to my devotees. So also is the case of Mahesvara. It is for that reason that I have come to this sacrifice of Daksha, O Virabhadra, born of the wrath of Rudra. Either I shall restrain you or you shall restrain me.”
42When Govinda said this much, that (Virabhadra) of mighty arms laughed and after bowing down humbly said this to Janardana (Vishnu):
43“lust as Siva, so also you. Just as you, so also Siva. All of us are servants both of you and of Sankara.”
44On hearing his words, Acyuta, Vishnu, the greatest lord, spoke these important words laughingly:
45“Fight with me unhesitatingly, O lord of powerful arms. I shall go to my own abode when I am surfeited with your arrows and missiles.”
46Saying “so be it”, Virabhadra, the hero of great strength, took up the greatest of his missiles and roared like a lion.
47Vishnu too blew his conch of loud report. On hearing it, those Dcvas who had fled away from the battlefield, returned once again.
48-50All the Guardians of the Quarters including Indra made an array (of their soldiers). Then Nandin was struck by Indra with his Vajra (thunderbolt) that had a hundred spikes. Sakra was hit in the middle of his chest by Nandin with his trident. Bhringi was struck by Vayu and Vayu was struck (in return) by Bhringi. Standing well prepared with his trident of sharp edge, Mahakala, endowed with great strength, fought with Yama holding the heavy rod.
51-55The lord of Kusimandas clashed with Kubera. Munda of great strength fought with Varuna. He fought with such a great strength as surprised the three worlds. The exceedingly powerful Canda clashed with Nirrita and fought with a very great missile, mocking his demoniac nature. Bhairava, the great leader, accompanied by the circle of Yoginis tore through all the Devas and drank their wonderful blood. All the Kshetrapalas, Bhutas, Pramathas, Guhyakas, Sakinis, Dakinis, the terrible nine Durgas, Yoginis, Yatudhinis, Kushmadakas and others roared, drank blood and devoured a lot of flesh.
56On seeing that his army was being devoured, the king of Suras left Nandin behind and challenged Virabhadra.
57Leaving off Vishnu, Virabhadra engaged Devendra. The battle between them was as terrible as that between Mars and Mercury.
58-61When Sakra was desirous of killing Virabhadra and hastily prepared for the same, Virabbadra became furious and filled lndra who was seated on his elephant, with a mass of arrows. The extremely mighty Virabhadra who was unrestrainable, was immediately struck by Indra with his Vajra of a hundred spikes. Then he (Virabhadra) attempted to swallow Indra along with his elephant and thunderbolt. All the Bhutas who saw Virabhadra like that desirous of killing lndra, raised the loud shouts of “Ha-Ha” (Alas-Alas). Seeing Virabhadra desirous of killing lndra, Vishnu came there in a hurry and stood in front of Virabhadra.
62He pushed Sakra behind and fought with Virabhadra. The battle between them was very tough.
63-64They then fought with various kinds of weapons and missiles. Seeing Nandin once again, Sakra who was an expert in battle, engaged him in a tumultuous duel. There was a great clash between Devas and Pramathas. Pramathas were smashed by Devas and all of them fled from the battle.
65On seeing the Ganas turning their faces away (from the battle) all those (bacterial) ailments that had originated from the fury of Rudra rushed against Devas.
66On seeing Devas afflicted with the fevers, Vishnu laughingly seized Devas alive separately.
67He called Asvini Devas in order to quell the ailments. The highly intelligent (lord) made them carefully work out and consider the requisite nourishment (medicine) and sustenance and gave the same to them.
68Asvini gods caught hold of the fevers and Sannipata (fevers) as well as other inimical elements and quelled them. They joyously made Devas free from fever and rejoiced for a long time.
69The Yogini Cakra also was subdued by them. With sharp-pointed arrows, they toppled down Bhairava who was highly excited and felled the Ganas too.
70On seeing his army routed by Suras and felled down by them, Virabhadra became furious and spoke these words to Vishnu:
71“You are a heroic warrior, O mighty one. Indeed, you are the protector of Devas. If you think so, come on, fight with me strenuously.”
72After saying thus, Virabhadra of great strength, approached Vishnu, the lord of all lords, and showered him with sharp arrows.
73Then the lord attacked Virabhadra with his discus. On seeing the discus coming, it was instantaneously swallowed (by Virabhadra).
74-75On seeing that his discus was swallowed, Vishnu, the conqueror of the cities of his enemies, stroked and pressed his mouth. Thus the (discus) was caused to be spitted out by Vishnu. Taking his discus, Vishnu of exalted nature, the sole lord of the universe, went to heaven. On understanding everything that had been done and was unbearable to the enemies he became satisfied (of having done his job).