The marriage ceremony of Siva: The Arrangement for accommodating Devas and others ||24||

1Lomasa said: Similarly, the Lord of Mountains with the greatest joy, made all arrangements for the sake of his daughter. (The Mountain) of exalted magnani1nity made Garga (the priest) in-charge and decorated the place for the auspicious ceremony with the greatest magnificence.
2He sent for Visvakarman and eagerly made him build the hall (for the ceremony of marriage). It was very extensive and exceedingly fascinating with raised seats.
3lt extended to ten thousand Yojanas, O excellent Brahmanas. The hall was of very fine quality with various specimens. of wonderful workmanship.
4-7Everything mobile and immobile was equally charming . The mobile one was excelled by the mobile one and the immobile one was excelled by the mobile one. There dry ground was excelled by water. There people did not know clearly which was water and which was dry ground. In some place there were lions and in some other places there were swans and cranes of great lustre. In some place there were very beautiful artificial peacocks. So also there were artificial elephants, horses and deer.
8(People could not find out) which were real (animals) and which were unreal (i.e. artificial) ones created by Visvakarman. Similurly wonderful gatekeepers were made.
9There were men drawing bows. They were immobile but appeared (life-like) like mobile ones. Similarly, there were (statues of) horses with horsemen and elephants with elephant-riders.
10There were some men holding flowers and sprouts and being fanned by chowries. Some persons shone there, wearing garlands.
11There were many artificial banners made there. (The statue of) Mahalakshmi, born of the Ocean of Milk, was stationed at the gateway.
12There were well-caparisoned artificial elephants and horses along with elephant-riders and horsemen. They appeared like real ones.
13There were artificial chariots with charioteers. They were like real ones. In order to confuse everyone, assembly halls and courts of justice were created.
14At the main gate of the hall (a statue of) Nandin was made by him. It was as white as the pure crystal just like Nandin (in real life).
15Above him there was a great divine aerial chariot embellished with gems and jewels. It shone and it was rendered splendid by means of sprouts, umbrellas and chowries.
16On the left side there were two elephants resembling those made of pure saffron. They had four tusks. They were sixty years old. They were noble-souled and exceedingly refulgent.
17Similarly on the right side two horses had been made. They had armours on. Visvakarman had made Guardians of the Quarters too endowed with gem-set, jewel-studded ornaments.
18The sixteen Prakrtis were realistically made by that intelligent one. All the Devas were depicted (by way of statues) by Visvakarman (in life-like) poses.
19-21Similarly, all the sages and ascetics, beginning with Bhrigu, Visvedevas, along with their Parsadas (retinues) and Indra in his true form (were made by him). All those noble-souled ones were realistically depicted by the intelligent (Visvakarman). Such a Mandapa of a divine form was made by him. It was divine and divinely fascinating with many wonderful features. In the meantime there came Narada in front of him.
22-25It was directed by Brahma that Narada came to the house of Himavan. Narada saw in front of him (a statue of) himself depicting him as one endowed with humility and modesty. Seeing that artificial (statue) Narada became confused. The sage of great fame then became engaged in viewing (the various things) made by Visvakarman. He entered the Mandapa of Himavan, studded with gems of various colours. There were (statues of) Rambha and golden pitchers. The Mandapa was rendered splendid by them. It had a thousand columns. Then Mountain Himalaya entered the Mandapa surrounded by his own people. He welcomed and adored the sage and enquired of him what should be done (by him).
26Narada said: Those noble-souled lords have come with Indra at their head. So also, the great sages surrounded by the Ganas. Mahadeva has come for the marriage celebration riding on his Bull.
27-30(The first two hemistiches in verse 29 should have preceded verse 26.) Then after hearing his words the excellent Mountain Himavan adored him duly and spoke to Narada the following great words very praiseworthy and sweet: “Go to Sankara along with these Mountains, viz. Mainaka, Sahya and Meru, O highly intelligent one. Be quick and bring here Siva whose feet are worshipped by both Suras and Asuras and who is accompanied by Devas and the excellent sages.”
31Thinking that it should be so, that noble-souled one, the most excellent among sages, went quickly aJong with those leading Mountains. Hastening, he came to Sambhu immediately.
32-34Then Mahadeva was seen surrounded by Devas. Brahma, Vishnu, Rudra, all the Suras and those who were close followers of Rudra asked Narada: “Let this be spoken to us since we ask. (Otherwise) it is not spoken. Does each of these Mountains, Sahya, Mainaka and Meru, want to give his daughter to Sambhu? What is going on now?”
35-40After keeping Brahma in front of him(?), then Narada, the excellent sage of great splendour, meaningfully spoke to Vishnu. Resorting to a lonely place, Narada spoke these words to Surendra: “A great abode has been built up by Tvastri. All of us are fascinated by it. Has what had been done by you to that noble soul formerly, entirely been forgotten by you, O Lord of Saci? Therefore, he is desirous of defeating you even while living in the abode of the noble-souled Mountain. Oh. (I) have been deluded by that shining replica, that image of great likeness. Similarly Vishnu too has been made by him holding conch, discus, iron club etc. Brahma too has been made by him. A bull of the nature of Maya has been made by him and also the serpent Asvatara. Similarly understand, O lord of the immortal ones, that many other things too have been carved by him.”
41-43On hearing his words, Devendra spoke these words to Vishnu: “I shall see it and return quickly. Wait here. Let me find it, under what pretext has he done this. He is dejected and distressed on account of (the death) of his son.” On hearing his words, Janardana, the lord of Devas, spoke these words laughingly to Sakra who had become frightened:
44-48“Formerly you had fallen into a swoon, O Indra, (in a clash) with Nivatakavacas. There the Vidya (Magic Spell) Amrta was brought by me for rendering service (to you). It was due to the power of that great Vidya that you could make this Hi ma van and other excellent Mountains devoid of wings. It was at my instance that all of them were made wingless, O Vasava. Thanks to the power of the Mahavidya, Tvastri entered the Mandapa now and did this by means of his Maya. Stupid fellows desire to win success. There is not even an iota to be afraid of.” Thus Vishnu consoled those Devas who were arguing thus. They then said to Narada:
49“Does or does not the Lord of Mountains give his daughter? Let this be ascertained quickly. What has been done by him today? Speak everything, O Narada, obeisance to you.”
50On hearing it, Sambhu said these words laughingly: “If Mountain Himalaya gives his daughter to me, what have I to do with Maya? O Vishnu, tell me exactly.
51This is opined by Jcarned men conversant with Logic (Nyaya) that the fruit must be achieved by some means or other. Hence all of you with lndra at your head seek only the object of desire. Go ahead quickly.”
52At that time even Siva, the immanent soul of the universe, was deluded by god of Love having only five arrows. The lord of Bhutas (goblins) has been (afflicted) by a greater Bhuta (i.e. god of Love). What will be the condition of others?
53Sambhu is highly splendid. In spite of that he has been won over by the bodiless lord of Love, just like an ordinary man of no culture.
54Indeed Marlana is very powerful. By him this entire universe including Devas and sages has been conquered by means of his mature prowess.
55Indeed Anariga (god of Love) is the powerful king of all living beings and particularly of Devas. His order is strong.
56-57With the womanly form of Parvati, Madana is invincible in all the three worlds. On seeing that lady, all the clever sages, Devas, human beings, Gandharvas, Pisacas, Serpents and Rakshasas do not dare to transgress the order of the noble-souled Marlana.
58O Brahmanas, Madana cannot be pierced (vettum – ‘to understand’ also) by the power of penance or charitable gifts except through humility.
59-61Hence the great anger of Ananga is excessively powerful. On seeing Tsvara thus deluded by Madana, Madhava who was conversant with the proper use of words, said these words: “O lord, do not worry. What has been said by Narada (is true). Everything wonderful that has been created in the Mandapa by Tvastri was actuated by lord Madana.” Then Sankara said to Madhusudana:
62-63“Indeed, this Mandapa has been made by Tvastri as one covered by Avidya. (Ignorance). But we will say, O Vishnu, that the Mandapa (is made by him) alone. O highly fortunate one, marriage too has Avidya as the root cause. Hence let us all go now for marriage celebration.”
64-65Keeping Narada at the head, all the Devas including Vasava and accompanied by Himavan went to the mansion of very wonderful features and variegated in form made by Visvakarman. Therefore, that sacrificial chamber was excellent and very holy. It was honoured by many persons. That intelligent one (i.e. Visvakarman) made that sacrificial chamber one that captivated the mind and was endowed with various wonderful features.
66On entering, all the leading Suras and the sages were seen by Himavan who stood up in honour of them.
67Similarly for their sake pleasing mansions were made by him. Gandharvas, Yakshas, Pramathas, Siddhas, Devas, serpents and groups of celestial damsels could live in them happily. He made parks and gardens here and there for their sake.
68On their behalf very valuable bathrooms with shower jets and enclosed spaces for toilet were made by him. They shone wonderfully. Those had been made by that noble-souled (Visvakarman).
69Amply spacious abodes for the purpose of the residence of all the Devas and the sages of sanctified souls were made by him.
70Thus Visvakarman expanded many abodes suitably and befittingly for those who stayed there.
71-73Wherever these Bhairavas and others sat, Visvakarman made abodes for them in those very same places. For Bhairavas, Kshetrapalas, others who resided in the fields (sacred spots), the residents of cremation grounds, those who stayed on Nyagrodha trees (banyan trees), those staying on Asvattha (the holy fig) trees, those who moved about in the sky, wherever they were seated, very beautiful great mansions were built by Visvakarman. They were extremely suitable to those spirits.
74Suras, along with lndra, Yakshas, Pisacas, Rakshasas, the groups of Gandharvas, Vidyadharas and celestial damsels wereaccommodated along with Ganas there alone by Himavan himself.