A Sacrificial Session of Twelve Years ||2||
1-2The sages who were rich in religious austerities (or who considered religious austerities as their wealth) spoke to Suta again: “Where did the Sattra (sacrificial session) of those sages of miraculous deeds take place? How long did it last? How did it function? How did Vayu (the Wind-god happen to) recount the Purana to them?
3Please narrate this in details as we are extremely eager to hear this.” Thus urged, Suta spoke (the following) auspicious words in reply.
4Suta said: Listen where the wise sages performed the excellent Sattra, how long it continued and how it was accomplished.
5They performed it where, of yore, the creator of the universe desirous of creating the universe, performed the holy Sattra for a thousand years.
6In that Sattra, Tapa was the householder (performing the sacrifice); god Brahma assumed the office of the priest designated as ‘Brahma.’ Ila had the status of the consort (of the performer of sacrifice). The intelligent Mrtyu (god of death) of great splendour performed the Samitra rite (of killing the sacrificial animal) in that sacrifice of those noble souls.
7The sages performed the sacrifice for a thousand years in the place where the rim of the revolving Dharma-cakra (the wheel of righteousness) was shattered. Thanks to that event, that place, sanctified by the sages, became famous as Naimisa.
8It is the place where the holy river Gomati, worshipped by Siddhas and Caranas, flows. There, Rohini gave birth to Budha by Soma.
9Where Sakti, the eldest son of Vasistha, was born; where Arundhati gave birth to a hundred sons of excellent brilliance.
10Where king Kalmasapada was cursed by Sakti and where the enmity between Visvamitra and Vasistha had cropped up.
11Where sage Parasara was born of Adrsyanti. Even as he was born, the mortification of Vasistha1 was brought about.
12There, at Naimisa, the expounders of the Vedas performed the sacrificial session. Since they performed the sacrifice at Naimisa, they were called Naimiseyas.
13It was while the valiant king Pururavas was ruling over the earth that the sages performed the Sattra for twelve years.
14We have heard that though Pururavas enjoyed the eighteen continents, surrounded by the oceans, he was never content due to his covetousness for hoarding precious stones.
15Urged by Devahuti, Urvasi loved him. Accompanied by this celestial damsel, the king desired to perform a sacrifice.
16It was during his reign that the Naimiseyas performed the Sattra. The highly refulgent foetus which Ganga conceived from the Fire-god, was deposited on the mountain and it was transformed into gold.
17Then, for promoting the welfare of the world, god Visvakarma, of his own accord, made of gold, the sacrificial hall (lit. the enclosure for the sacrifice) of those noble-souled sages.
18Brihaspati (the preceptor of gods was) there among the (sages) of incomparable brilliance. During the course of hunting, Pururavas, the son of Ila, happened to visit that place.
19On seeing that great wonderful sacrificial hall of gold, his faculty of judgement (wisdom) was overwhelmed by covetousness and he tried to seize it.
20Thereupon, the Naimiseyas got extremely infuriated. Urged by fate, they killed him towards the close of the night with adamantised Kusa grass.
21Pounded by the adamant-like Kusa grass, the king cast off his mortal body. The sages made his son, born of Urvasi, the ruler of the Earth.
22This king (Ayu) was the noble-souled father of Nahusa. He was virtuous and devoted to religion, and he behaved well with the sages. The health of that excellent person was very fine, and he enjoyed a long life.
23After mollifying the king (Ayu), the sages who were excellent among those who know Brahman, resumed their Sattra duly for increasing their religious merit.
24That Sattra of those noble sages became as wonderful as that of the creators (of the universe) which they undertook before, with a view to create the universe.
25The Sattra was attended by Vaikhanasas, the friendly Valakhilyas, Maricikas and other sages who were as brilliant as the sun and fire.
26It was attended by Pitris, Devas, Apsaras, Siddhas, Gandharvas, Nagas, and Caranas. It was equipped with the auspicious requisites in the same manner as the assembly hall of Indra by means of all these.
27They worshipped the Devas through hymns, Sattra-chants and Graha-incantations. They worshipped the Pitris with the rites befitting their status. They worshipped the Gandharvas and others according to their respective position in the prescribed way.
28The Gandharvas sang Saman hymns; the Apsaras danced. They were desirous of propitiating (the invitees) in this rite.
29The sages uttered auspicious words full of graceful expressions. Those who were versed in the philosophy of the mantras argued with one another.
30Some disputants overcame their adversaries by fallacious arguments. The sages there were learned men, well- versed in the Samkhya and Nyaya school of philosophy.
31Brahma Rakshasas did not perpetrate any foul deeds; nor were there the Daityas who destroy the sacrifice, nor the Asuras who plunder it.
32There was no need for expiation or imprecation. By the combination of (steady) activity, intellect and efficiency, the injunctions were carried out.
33In this manner the intelligent sages performed the Sattra of twelve years duration. Bhrigu and other wise sages performed the Jyotistoma sacrifices separately. They paid ten thousand (coins) as fee to those returning priests.
34After concluding the sacrifice, O Brahmanas, they asked the great lord Vayu of noble soul what I have been asked by you. Urged to describe the various dynasties of Kings, the lord spoke to them.
35He (Vayu) was a disciple of Brahma. He could see everything directly. He had perfect control over his senses. He was endowed with the eight supernatural powers like Anima and others.
36He sustains all the worlds with their special characteristics of the non-human (and human) species. He perpetually flows through his seven courses (regions) as arranged.
37The forty-nine Maruts arranged in seven groups of seven were stationed invariably in his jurisdiction. He is very powerful who could make the assemblage of three kinds of living beings. He could make embodied beings sustain through Tejas (fire).
38He sustains bodies of living beings urging them with his five-fold activities and through the organs of sensation and activity.
39It has been said by the learned that his source of origin was ether, attributes were sound and touch and that he was the origin of fire.
40Lord Vayu is the extremely active presiding deity called Vatarani. He was expert in the science of language.
41He was adept in ancient (Purana) tradition. By means of sweet words full of Puranic contents he could delight the learned sages.