Devi Parvati Makes a Request (Bal Kanda)

Jaani priya aadaru ati keenha/ Baam bhag aasanu har deenha//

Baidim siv samip harshaayi/ Purab janma kadha chit aayi//

With great love and respect, the Lord invited his wife to sit by his left side. With great joy, Devi Parvati seated herself next to her husband. She remembered her previous birth.

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Pati hiyam hetu adhik anumani/ Bihasi Uma bolim priya bani//

Kadha jo sakal lok hitkari/ Soyi puchan chah sailkumari//

Knowing that her beloved loved her more than ever (compared to her previous birth as Sati), Parvati smiled and spoke sweetly.  (Sage Yagyavalkya says that…) Parvati wished to enquire about that story whose narration benefits everyone  of us.

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Biswanath mam nadh purari/ Tribhuvan mahima bidit tumhari//

Char aru achar naag nar deva/ Sakal karahim pad pankaj seva//

‘Lord of the universe, my husband, the vanquisher of Tripurasura! All the three worlds are agig with your greatness. All beings which move or are static, serpents (Naag), humans and gods (deva) serve your lotus feet.’

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Doha:

Prabhu samaradh sarbagya siv sakal kala guna dham/

Jog gyan bairagya nidhi pranat kalpataru nam//

‘Dear Lord, you are all capable, omniscient and the embodiment of auspiciousness and prosperity. You are the seating place of all good qualities and fine arts. You are the master of yoga, wisdom and detachment. Your name is the Kalpvriksha for all refugees who seek moksha.’

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Jaum mo par prasann sukhrasi/ Jania satya mohi nij dasi//

Tau prabhu harahu mor agyana/ Kahi Raghunath kadha bidhi nana//

‘Dear Lord, giver of all joys, if you are pleased with me and know that I am your truthful servant (totally and utterly devoted), please tell me about the different stories of Sri Ramachandra and remove all my ignorance.’

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Jasu bhavanu surtaru tar hoyi/ Sahi ki daridra janit dukhu soyi//

Sasibhushan as hriday bichari/ Harhu nadh mam mati bhram bhari//

‘When one’s house is in the shades of the Kalpvriksha, why should one suffer pangs of poverty? (When you, who know Sri Ramji’s story that removes all sins, are my husband, why should I stay in the dark?) The one who uses the moon as his adornment (Sasibhushan), please remove the heavy burden of my mind.’

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Prabhu je muni paramaradhbadi/ Kahahim Ram kahu brahma anadi//

Ses sarada bedh purana/ Sakal karahim raghupati guna gana//

‘The sages who know of Para Brahma speak of Sri Ramji as ‘Anadi Brahma’, or the eternal Brahma. The revered Sesh Nag, Saraswati, Vedas and Puranas all hail the fine qualities of Raghunath!’

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Tumh puni Ram Ram din rati/ Sadar japahu anang aarati///

Ramu so avadh nripati sut soyi/ Ki aj aguna alakhgati koyi//

‘Enemy of Kamdev! You reverently recite ‘Ram, Ram’, every moment of day and night too! Is this Ram the prince of Ayodhya? Or is it some other Ram who is beyond birth and death, transcends all qualities, and remains unperceivable?’

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Doha:

Jaum nrip tanay ta brahma kimi naari birah mati bhori/

Dekhi charit mahima sunat bhramati buddhi ati mori//

‘If he is a royal prince, how can he be Brahma? If he is Brahma, why is he lamenting due to the loss of his wife? Looking at what’s happening in the world and hearing about his greatness elsewhere, I am lost and confused!’

(Note: The wisdom which Sati lacked, Parvati possesses. She seeks guidance from her Lord instead of setting out to find the truth of Sri Ramji by herself!)

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Jaum aneeh byapak bibhu kovu/ Kahahu buchayi nadh mohi sovu//

Agya jaani ris ur jani dharahu/ Jehi bidhi moh mitai soyi karahu//

‘If the Brahma which is desireless, omnipresent and all powerful is different from Sri Ramji, then make me understand it, dear Lord! Do not get angry with me on my foolishness. Do that which will remove my ignorance.’

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Mai ban deekhi Ram prabhutayi/ Atib hay bikal na tumhahi sunayi//

Tadapi malin mann bodhu na aava/ So phalu bhali bhanti hum paava//

‘In my previous birth, I had witnessed the greatness of Lord Ram. But being stricken with fear, I could not speak about it, my beloved! Even then my polluted mind did not learn the truth. I had to endure the fruits of that sin of mine.’

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Ajahu kacchu samsavu mann morem/ Karahu kripa binavavu kar jorem//

Prabhu tab mohi bahu bhanti prabodha/ Nadh so samuchi karahu jani krodha//

‘There are doubts persisting in my mind even now. Please take compassion on me, I plead with folded hands. You tried to explain in many ways in the past, and I still did not understand. Dear Lord, please don’t get vexed with me.’

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Tab kar as bimoh ab nahim/ Ramkadha par ruchi mann mahim//

Kahahu puneet Ram guna gadha/ Bhujagraj bhushan surnadha//

‘I am not befuddled anymore; I yearn to listen to Sri Ramachandra’s story. Dear Lord of devas, who wears the Seshnag himself as an adornment,  please narrate the pristine story of Sri Ramji’s great qualities.’

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Doha:

Bandavu pad dhari dharni siru binay karavu kar jori/

Barnahu Raghubar bisad jasu shruti Siddhant nichori//

‘I prostrate myself at your feet and beg with folded hands. Squeeze the essence of the Vedas and describe the pure radiance of Sri Ram’s glory.’

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Jadapi joshita nahim adhikari/ Dasi mann kram bachan tumhari//

Gudavu tatwa na sadhu duravahim/ Aarat adhikari jah pavahim//

‘Though I don’t deserve to listen to the story, I am your devoted servant with my mind, words and deeds. When the sages discern deserving listeners, they don’t hide even the most cryptic of enigmas.’

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Ati arathy puchavu suraraya/ Raghupati kadha kahahu kari daya//

Pradham so karan kahahu bichari/ Nirgun brahma sagun bapu dhari//

‘Dear Lord, I am beseeching you piteously, kindly tell me the story of Sri Ramji. First of all, explain why Nirgun Brahma (Brahma that has transcended qualities) has assumed the Sagun Roop (Guise of a manifestation with the finest qualities).’

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Puni prabhu kahahu Ram avatara/ Balcharit puni kahahu udara//

Kahahu jadha Janaki bibahim/ Ram taja so dushan kahim//

‘Then my Lord, tell me the story of Rama’s avatar and about his childhood days. Then narrate the story of his marriage with Sita and the reason why he had to renounce his kingdom.’

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Ban basi keenhe charit apara/ Kahahu nadh jimi ravan mara//

Raj baidi keenhi bahu leela/ Sakal kahahu sankar sukhseela//

‘Lord, tell me about the great deeds of Sri Ramji during his stay in the forests and how he killed Ravan. Dear Lord Shanker, the incarnation of joy,  then tell me about all the glorious actions of Raghunathji as he sat on the royal throne.’

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Doha:

Bahuri kahahu karunayatan keenh jo acharaj Ram/

Praja sahit Raghubamsamani kimi gavane nij dham//

‘Dear Lord, tell me about the wondrous actions of SriRamji, how he and the citizens of his kingdom returned to Lord Vishnu’s abode.’

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Puni prabhu kahahu so tatwa bakhani/ Jehim bigyan magan muni gyani//

Bhagati gyan bigyan biragaa/ Puni sab barnahu sahit bibhagaa//

‘Lord, elucidate about that mystery in which wise sages remain immersed in meditation. Then explain about the differences between bhakti, wisdom, knowledge and detachment.’

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Auravu Ram Rahasya aneka/ Kahahu nadh ati bimal bibeka//

Jo prabhu mai pucha nahim hoyi/ Sovu dayal rakhavu jani goyi//

‘Apart from these, tell me about the unknown secrets of Ramji’s avatar. Dear Lord, your wisdom is pristine, so tell me those nuances about which I am unaware. ‘( Kindly tell me about those aspects  about which I have not asked you… )

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Tumh Tribhuvan gur bedh bakhana/ Aan jeev pavar ka jana//

Prasn Uma kai sahaj suhayi/ Chal bihin suni siv mann bhayi//

‘The Vedas hail you as the guru of the three worlds! How can any other illiterate being know about these mysteries?’ Listening to Uma’s straight forward, simple and beautiful questions, Lord Shiva was pleased.

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Lord Shiv Returns to Kailasa (Bal Kanda)

Bahu bidhi sambhu saasu samuchayi/ Gavni bhavan charan siru nayi//

Jananim Uma boli tab leenhi/ Lai uchhang sundar sikh deenhi//

Lord Shiv mollified his mother-in-law affectionately. Maina bowed at the Lord’s feet and returned to her house. Then the mother called her daughter near, and seating her on the lap, provided beautiful advice.

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Karehu sada sankar pad puja/ Naridharmu pati devu na duja//

Bachan kahat bhare lochan bari/ Bahuri layi ur leenhi kumari//

‘Dear Parvati, always be devoted to your husband (worship his lotus feet) and this is the wife’s dharma. For her, the spouse is the god and there is no other deity.’ Speaking lovingly, tears filled the mother’s eyes and she embraced her daughter close to her heart.

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Kat bidhi srijim naari jag mahim/ Paradheen sapnehu sukhu nahim//

Bhai ati prem bikal mahtari/ Dheeraju keenh kusamay bichari//

(The mother lamented at the impending separation from her beloved daughter) ‘Why did the creator make women? There is no happiness even in dreams for she belongs to someone else.’ The mother lost her composure but slowly regained her poise, recognising that the time was not for mourning.

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Puni puni milati parati gahi charna/ Param premu kachhu jayi na barna//

Sab narinh mili bheti bhavani/ Jayi Janani ur puni lapatani//

 Maina was hugging Parvati and falling at her feet. The love cannot be expressed in words. After taking leave of all other women, Girija embraced her loving mother again.

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Jananihi bahuri mili chali uchit asees sab kahu dayim/

Phiri Phiri bilokati matu tan tab sakhim lai siv pahim gayim//

Jachak sakal Santoshi sankaru uma sahit bhavan chale/

Sab amar harshe suman barshi nisan nabh baje bhale//

  Parvati bid farewell to her mother and everybody showered blessings on her. She was often turning to take a backward glance at her mother. Her maids ushered her to Lord Shiva’s presence. The Lord benevolently gave the beggars whatever alms they needed and proceeded to Kailas with his wife and entourage. All the devatas started showering flowers and the sound of drums resounded ecstatically from the skies.

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Doha:

Chale sangh himavantu tab pahuchavan ati hetu/

Bibidh bhanti paritoshu kari bida keenh brishketu//

 King Himavan accompanied the couple. Then Lord Shiv very affectionately bid him farewell, making his heart glad in many ways.

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Turat bhavan aaye girirayi/ Sakal sail sar liye bolayi//

Aadar daan binay bahumana/ Sab kar bida keenh himavana//

On returning to his palace, King Himavan called all the mountains and rivers to his side. With great reverence and humility,  after giving gifts, with great respect, he bid farewell to all his guests.

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Jabahim sambhu kailasahim aaye/ Sur sab nij nij lok sidhaye//

Jagat matu pitu sambhu bhavani/ Tehim singaru na kahavu bakhani//

When Lord Shiva reached his abode, all the gods returned to their own homes. Tulsidasji says, “Since Shiv and Parvati are the father and mother of the universe, I cannot explain the ways of their mutual love.”

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Karahim bibidh bidhi boh bilasa/ Gananh samet basahim kailasa//

Har girija bihar nit nayavu/ Ehi bidhi bipul kaal chali gayavu//

 Enjoying their great love for each other, and indulging in sensory pleasures, the young couple lived in Kailasa with the bhootgana. Everyday they would explore new nuances of love. Thus, time went by.

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Tab janamevu shatbadan kumara/ Taraku asuru samar jehim mara//

Aagam nigam prasiddh purana/ Shammukh janmu sakal jag jana//

The birth of Lord Shiva and Parvati’s son, Kartikeya took place. (Shanmukha, six faced one) He defeated Tarakasura in a ferocious battle as a young prince. Vedas, Sastras and Puranas describe his birth and the whole universe is familiar with the story.

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Jagu jaan Shanmukh janmu karmu pratapu purushardhu maha/

Tehi hetu mai brishketu sut kar charit samchepahim kaha//

Yeh Uma sambhu bibahu je nar nari kahahim je gavahim/

Kalyan kaaj bibah mangal sarbada sukhu pavahim//

The universe is aware of the birth, actions, valour and great deeds (purushartha) of Kartikeya. So, Tulsidasji says, ‘I have told the story of Shiva’s son succinctly. The men and women who speak or sing about the glorious marriage of Shiv and Parvati shall be blessed with happy marital lives and prosperous events.’

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Doha:

Charit sindhu Girija raman bedh na pavahim paru/

Barnai tulsidasu kimi ati matimand gavaru//

‘The story of Lord Shiva is as immense and vast like the ocean, which even the Vedas cannot cross. Now, how can an illiterate and mentally deficient Tulsidas ever claim to do it?’

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Sambhu charit suni saras suhava/ Bharadwaj muni ati sukh pava//

Bahu lalasa kadha par baadi/ Nayananhi neeru romavali taadi//

Listening to Lord Shiva’s glorious and interesting story, sage Bharadwaj became delighted. His eagerness to listen to more of the divine story increased greatly. His eyes filled with tears and hair stood on end.

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Prem bibas mukh aav na bani/ Dasa dekhi harshe muni gyani//

Aho dhanya tav janmu muneesa/ Tumhahi pran sam priya gaureesa//

Bharadwadji became overwhelmed with love and no words were escaping his mouth. Sage Yagyavalkya became pleased and said, ‘ Dear sage, you are truly blessed. For you, Gauri’s Lord Shiva is as beloved as your very life…’

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Siv pad kamal jinhahi rati nahim/ Ramahi te sapnehu na sohahim//

Binu chal Biswanath pad nehu/ Ram bhagat kar lacchan ehu//

‘The one who is not devoted to Lord Shiva’s lotus feet, cannot be accepted by Sri Ramachandra even in his dreams. The sign of Sri Ram’s devotee is one who loves Lord Shiv with a pure heart.’

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Siv sam ko raghupathy bratdhari/ Binu agh taji sati as inari//

Panu kari raghupathy bhagati dekhayi/ Ko siv sam ramahi priy bhayi//

‘Who is the one who has undertaken the devotion to Lord Ram better than Lord Shiva? He relinquished a woman like Sati, who had not committed any sin, and showcased his steady devotion to Lord Sri Ramachandra. Brother, is there anyone more beloved to Sri Ramji like Lord Shiva?’

Doha:

Pradhamahim mai kahi siv charit bucha marmu tumhar/

Suchi sevak tumh ram ke rahit samast bikar//

‘I know your deep sensitivity (Love for Lord Shiv), and that’s why you narrated the story of Lord Shiv first. You are pure hearted and an ardent devotee of Lord Sri Ramachandra.’

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Mai jana tumhar guna seela/ Kahavu sunahu ab raghupathy leela//

Sunu muni aaju samagam torem/ Kahi na jayi jas sukhu mann morem//

‘I have discerned your nature and qualities. Now, listen, I will narrate Sri Ram’s story.  Dear sage, the joy I feel on meeting you today, cannot be described.’

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Ram charit ati amit muneesa/ Kahi na sakahim sat koti aheesa//

Tadapi jadhashrut kahavu bakhani/ Sumiri girapati prabhu dhanupani//

‘Dear sage, the story of Sri Ram is ineffable, and even one hundred Seshnag cannot narrate it completely. Even so, I remember Sri Ramachandra with the bow in his hand; the One who controls the flow of words (the One who inspires me).’

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Sarad darunari sam swami/ Ramu sutradhar antarjami//

Jehi par kripa karahim janu jani/ Kabi ur ajir nachavahim bani//

Sri Ram, the omniscient,  is the puppeteer who controls the thread which makes Devi Saraswati move (the one who controls the gift of words, is the Lord himself.) Knowing a poet as his devotee, the Lord takes compassion on him, and makes Saraswati dance inside the garden of his heart!

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Pranavau soyi kripal raghunadha/ Barnau bisad tasu guna gadha//

Param ramya giribaru kailasu/ Sada jahan siv uma nivasu//

I am bowing before the ocean of compassion Sri Ramji and going to narrate the story of his pristine qualities. The mountain Kailas, where Lord Shiva and Uma reside, is great and extremely enchanting in its beauty.

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Doha:

Siddh tapodhan jogijan sur kinnar munibrindh/

Basahim taham sukriti sakal sevahim siv sukhakand//

On the mountain peak reside siddhas, saints, deva, kinnar and groups of monks. They are all elevated souls and serve Lord Shiva, the giver of all joys.

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Hari har bimukh dharma rati nahim/ Te nar tah sapnehu nahim jahim//

Tehi giri par bat bitap bisala/ Nit nutan sundar sab kala//

The person who has turned away from Shiv and Vishnu (Har and Hari), who does not walk on the path of Dharma, can never approach Kailas even in his dreams. There is a majestic banyan tree on the pinnacle which remains eternally green and lush every season of the year.

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Tribidh sameer suseetali chhaya/ Siv bishram bitap shruti gaaya//

Ek baar tehi tar prabhu gayavu/ Taru biloki ur ati sukhu bhayavu//

The breeze around is soothing, gentle and fragrant; and it is always cool. The tree under which Lord Shiv rests, about which the Vedas have sung, stands on the pinnacle. One day, Lord Shiv went near the tree and his heart was brimming over with happiness.

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Nij kar daasi nagaripu chhala/ Baide sahajahim sambhu kripala//

Kund indu dar gaur sareera/ Bhuj pralamb paridhan municheera//

After spreading the tiger skin underneath the tree, Lord Shiv seated himself. His body shimmered like kund pushpa (jasmines), the moon and the conch shell. His  long arms were arresting in sight,  and his attire was vatkal ( from bark of trees ), which the mendicants wear.

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Tarun arun ambuj sam charna/ Nakh duti bhagat hriday tam harna//

Bhujag bhuti Bhushan Tripuraari/ Aananu sarad chand chhabi haari//

His feet resembled newly blossomed lotus flowers, and the glimmer of his nails conquered all darkness in the hearts of devotees. Serpents and ashes were his adornments; Lord Shiv, the one who is also known as Tripurari ( One interpretation says : He who destroyed three cities of demons with a single arrow; Tripurantaka. Another says, He who killed Tripurasur), the radiance of his face defeated the beauty of the autumnal full moon !

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Doha:

Jata mukut sursarit sir lochan nalin bisaal/

Neelkanth lavanyanidhi soh balbidhu bhaal//

His hair was knotted in the crown from which divine Ganga flowed. His eyes were big, shaped like lotus petals. The Lord’s throat was blue ( He is the blue necked one, having swallowed the bitter venom, Kalkoot/Halahal to protect the universe during the churning of the milky oceans), and He is the embodiment of beauty. The new crescent moon shone resplendent on his forehead.

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Baide soh kamaripu kaisem/ Dharem sareeru santharasu jaisem//

Parbati bhal avasaru jani/ Gayim sambhu pahim matu bhavani//

How was Lord Shiv ( the enemy of Kamdev) looking, seated thus? He was the incarnation of serenity itself! Perceiving it was an auspicious time,  Devi Parvati approached her husband.

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The Marriage of Lord Shiv and Princess Parvati

Doha:

Bhayi bikal abala sakal dukhit dekhi girinari/

Kari bilapu rodati badati suta sanehu sambhari//

Seeing Queen Main’s agony, all the women were stricken with grief. Remembering the loving nature of her beautiful daughter, Maina was weeping and lamenting thus…

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Narad kar mai kah bigara/ Bhavanu mor jinh basat ujara//

As upadesu Umahi jinh deenha/ Baure barhi laagi tapu keenhu//

‘What harm had I ever done to Narad that he has ended up destroying my home? Listening to his advice, Parvati performed penance to gain such a lunatic husband!’

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Sachehu unh kem moh na maya/ Udaseen dhamu dhamu na jaya//

Par ghar khalak laaj na bheera/ Baach ki jaan prasav kai peera//

‘In truth, Narad has no desire for anything, no illusions, no money, no house, no wife; he is the most indifferent and laid-back. That is why he decided to shake the foundation of somebody else’s home! Afterall, how shall a barren woman know the pain of giving birth?’

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Jananihi bikal biloki bhavani/ Boli jut bibek mridu bani//

As bichari sochahi mati mata/ So na tarayi jo rachayi bidhata//

Seeing her extremely distressed mother, Parvati spoke pleasing, soothing words. ‘ Dear mother, whatever destiny has in store, it cannot be stopped. So, stop worrying so much.’

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Karam likha jaum bavur nahu/ Tau kat dosu lahayiya kahu//

Tumh san mitahim ki bidhi ke anka/ Matu byardh jani lehu kalanka//

‘If a crazy husband is written in my destiny, why blame someone else for it? Can you rewrite whatever the creator has written?

So, let us not accuse anybody and cause that stain in the character.

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Jani lehu matu kalanku karuna pariharahu avasar nahim/

Dukhu sukhu jo likha lillar hamare jab jah pavub tahim//

Suni Uma bachan bineet komal sakal abala sochahim/

Bahu bhanti bidhihi lagayi dushan nayan baari bimochahim//

‘My dear mother, let us not blame anyone, leave aside this grieving, this is not the time to be sad. Whatever happiness and misery is written in my fate, I shall receive them wherever I go.’ On listening to Paravati’s sweet and consoling words, all the women started brooding and censuring the creator’s act, started shedding tears.

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Doha:

Tehi avasar narad sahit aru rishi sapt samet/

Samachar suni tuhingiri gavane turat niket//

King Himavan took Naradji and the Saptarishi home as soon he heard of the news.

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Tab Narad sabahi samuchava/ Purab kadhaprasangu sunava//

Mayana satya sunahi mam bani/ Jagadamba tav suta Bhavani//

Then Narad narrated the story of  Parvati’s previous incarnation (Sati’s story) and said, ‘Maina, listen to the truth. Your daughter is the ‘Mother of the Universe, Bhavani’ herself.’

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Aja anadi sakti abinasini/ Sada Sambu ardhang nivasini//

Jag sambhav palan laya karini/ Nij iccha leela bapu dharini//

‘She is indestructible Shakti without birth or death. She is the ardhangini of Shiva and will remain an inseparable part of Him. She is the one who creates, maintains and destroys the universe. She assumes any physical form based on her wishes.’

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Janamim pradham dacch grih jayi/ Namu Sati sundar tanu payi//

Tahahu Sati Sankarahi bibahim/ Kadha prasiddh sakal jag mahim//

‘She was born in King Daksha Prajapati’s home first. Her name was Sati then and was extremely beautiful. Sati married Shiva. The whole world knows this story.’

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Ek bar aavat Siv sanga/ Dekhevu raghukul kamal patanga//

Bhayavu mohu Siv kaha na keenha/ Bhram bas beshu Siy kar leenha//

‘Once Sati , when she was with her husband, saw the sun of (lotus) Raghukul clan, Sri Ramachandra himself. She got confused by Maya and disregarding Shiva’s warning, assumed Sita’s guise (to test Sri Ramachandra).’

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Siya beshu Satim jo keenh tehim aparadh Sankar pariharim/

Har birah jayi bahori pitu kem jagya joganal jarim//

Ab janami tumhare bhavan nij pati laagi darun tapu kiya

As jani samsay tajahu Girija sarbada Sankapriya//

‘For the sin of assuming the physical form of Sita, Lord Shiva rejected Sati. Burning with the pain of separation from her beloved, she went to attend her father Daksha’s yagna and burnt herself to ashes in the sacrificial pyre. Now Jagadamba has taken birth in your home as Girija and did excruciating penance for acquiring Shiva as husband again. So discard all apprehensions, Parvati has always been Shiva’s beloved.’

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Doha:

Suni Narad ke bachan tab sab kar mita bishad/

Chhan mahu byapevu sakal pur ghar ghar yeh sambad//

Listening to Sage Narad’s words, all grief was driven away and in a matter of moments, the good news spread across the city.

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Tab maina himavantu anande/ Puni puni parbati pad bande//

Nari purush sisu juba sayane/ Nagar log sab ati harshane//

Maina and Himavan were overwhelmed with joy and were bowing at Parvati’s feet again and again. The women, men, children, youth and old folk of the city were delirious with joy.

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Lage hon pur mangal gaana/ Saje sabahim hatak ghat nana//

Bhanti anek bhayi jevnara/ Supsastra jas kacchu byavahara//

The city resounded with auspicious songs and everyone started decorating the golden pots for worship. As per the dictates of the art of cooking, many kitchens were being readied.

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So jevnar ki jayi bakhani/ Basahim bhavan jehim matu bhavani//

Sadar bole sakal barati/ Bishnu biranchi dev sab jati//

How can the greatness of the food be described, when the Mother Goddess herself dwells in that home? Himavan reverently invited Lord Vishnu, Brahma and all other devas.

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Bibidh panti baidi jevnara/ Lage parusan nipun suaara//

Naribrind sur jewat jani/ Lagim den gaarim mridu bani//

There were many rows of guests seated to have the feast. Talented cooks started preparing the food. Groups of women started teasing sweetly knowing that the devas were having food.

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Gaarim madhur swar dehim sundarim bingya bachan sunavahim/

Bhojanu karahim sur ati bilambu binodu suni sachu pavahim//

Jewat jo badyo anandu so much kotihu na parai kahyo/

Achavayi deenhe paan gavne baas jah jaako rahyo//

The beautiful women were mocking sweetly and hinting at innuendos. The devas were relishing their teasing and so were taking a long time in finishing their repast. The joy of enjoying the feast was so great that hundred lakh ( crore) tongues cannot do justice in describing the experience! After the feast and ablutions, everyone was served with paan. Then the guests dispersed to their dwelling places.

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Doha:

Bahuri muninh himavant kahu lagan sunayi aayi/

Samay biloki bibah kar padaye dev bolayi//

The sages returned to show the wedding time (lagn patrika) to Himavan and at the due time for the auspicious function, called the devas.

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Boli sakal sur sadar leenhe/ Sabahi jadhochit aasan deenhe//

Bedi bedh bidhan samwari/ Subhag sumangal gavahim nari//

All the devas were invited respectfully and seated with due diligence. The pandal was decorated as per Vedic rites and the women were singing soulful, auspicious songs.

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Singhasanu ati dibya suhava/ Jayi na barni biranchi banava//

Baide Siv bipranh siru nayi/ Hridayam sumiri noj prabhu Raghurayi//

There was a stunning throne on the stage, which was made by Brahma himself. Its beauty was incomparable. Bowing his head and showing respect to the elevated souls, bearing Sri Ramji in his heart, Lord Shiva was seated therein.

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Bahuri munisanh uma bolayi/ Kari singaru sakhim lai aayi//

Dekhat roopu sakal sur mohe/ Barnai chhabi as jag kabi ko hai//

The sages asked that Parvati be ushered inside. The maids got the princess ready and brought her inside. She was so lovely that every deva was enchanted at her sight. Is there a poet in this universe who can describe the gorgeous Girija?

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Jagadambika jaani bhav Bhama/ Suranh manahim mann keenh pranama//

Sundarata marjad bhavani/ Jaayi na kotihu badan bakhani//

Knowing that they were seeing the ‘Mother of the Universe’, the consort of Lord Shiva, all the devas were reverently worshipping her in their hearts. Parvati’s beauty was so great ( the ultimate) that not even with a crore tongue could that glory be described.

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Kotihu badan nahim banai barnat jag Janani sobha maha/

Sakuchahimkahat shruti sesh sarad mandmati Tulsi kaha//

Chabikhani matu bhavani gavanim madhya mandap siv jaha//

Avaloki sakahim na sakuch pati pad kamal manu madhukaru taha//

Even from one crore faces, the radiance of Parvati (Mother of the Universe) cannot be elucidated. When the Vedas, Seshnag and Goddess Saraswati cannot do justice to her beauty, where does the mentally backward Tulsidas stand a chance? The embodiment of beauty and radiance, Girija proceeded to the middle of the mandal, where Lord Shiva sat. Since she felt extremely shy, Parvati did not dare to look at her bridegroom’s lotus feet; however the honey bees of her mind were buzzing nearby those lotus flowers.

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Doha:

Muni anusasan ganapatihi pujehu sambhu bhavani/

Kovu suni samsay karai jani sur anadi jiya jani//

Following the instructions of the sages, Shiv and Parvati did the worship of Ganpati first of all. Let not any doubt arise in any mind on hearing this fact, please know that there is no origin for the gods.

(Note: Remove the doubt that Ganpati is the son of Shiva and Parvati, where did he appear from at the time of their wedding?)

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Jasi bibah kai bidhi shruti  gaayi/ Mahamuninh so sab karvayi//

Gahi girees kus kanya pani/ Bhavahi samarpim jaani bhavani//

Following all the rites of marriages enunciated in the Vedas, the sages conducted the wedding. With kush grass in hand, King Himavan bestowed his daughter’s hand to Lord Shiv, knowing that she was the ardhangini,  the better half of the Lord.

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Panigrahan jab keenh mahesa/ Hiyam harshe tab sakal suresa//

Bedmantra munibar uccharahim/ Jay jay jay sankar sur karahim//

When Lord Shiv took Parvati’s hand (panigrahan), all the gods, Indra and other devas found their hearts filled with delight. The evolved sages started reciting the shlokas of Vedas and the devas started hailing Lord Shiva enthusiastically.

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Bajahim bajan bibidh bidhana/ Sumanbrishti nabh bhai bidhi nana//

Har Girija kar bhayavu bibahu/ Sakal bhuvan bhari raha uchahu//

A panoply of musical instruments started playing. Different varieties of flowers were showering from the skies. The marriage of Lord Shiva and Devi Parvati became a reality and the whole of the Brahmand, ( all the universes created by Brahma) became enthralled with joy

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Dasim das Turag radh nagaa/ Dhenu basan mani bastu bibhaaga//

Ann kanakbhajan bhari jana/ Dayij deenh na jayi bakhana//

Maid servants, male servants, horses, chariots, cows, clothes, precious stones , rice, golden vessels,  and many other gifts were laden in many vehicles as Parvati’s dowry; and describing those is not possible.

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Dayij diyo bahu bhanti puni kar jori himbhutar kaho//

Ka devu purankam sankar charan pankaj gahi raho//

Siva kripasagar sasur kar santhoshu sab bhantihi kiyo/

Puni gahe pad padhoj mayana prem paripuran hiyo//

After showering the couple with many gifts, and folding his hands respectfully King Himavan said, ‘Lord Shiva, you are the fulfiller of all wishes, what can I give you?’ He prostrated himself at the Lord’s feet and the Lord, ocean of compassion, consoled his father-in-law in many ways. Queen Maina, her heart overwhelmed with love, clutched at the Lord’s lotus feet.

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Doha:

Nadh Uma mam pran sam grihkinkari karehu/

Chamehu sakal aparadh ab hoyi prasann baru dehu// ‘ Dear Lord, my daughter Uma is as beloved to me like my very life breath! Make her your life companion (Sah-dharmini, who walks with you every step devotedly) and forgive all her mistakes. Give me this blessing with joy.’

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Unseen Worlds

There are infinite, parallel worlds which are unseen by mortal eyes. The ones who know the key to the ciphers, open the doors, and walk in. Welcome to a new, marvellous world of ineffable joy. These worlds are not the ones accessible through drugs, alcohol or any intoxicating substances. Yes, I remember the Oliver Stone movie, ‘The Doors”, and the original William Blake reference which inspired the rockband.

If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, Infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro’ narrow chinks of his cavern.”

I speak of invisible threads connecting the worlds of knowledge: art, poetry, prose, plays, books, movies, sculpture, languages, dance, running, theatre, science….keep adding ad infinitum. These are portals to worlds filled with great joy, and often run into hall ways where others who walked in through different doors meet one another.

For example, you read about Francoise Gilot, the only woman who walked away from Picasso (his women either committed suicide or suffered mental breakdowns…( Ahem, classic Bluebeard who killed off their independent spirits!) and then discover that she was a very evolved woman, successful as an artist, and led a happy life with the great scientist Jonas Salk.

One might read her book ‘Living with Picasso’ or watch the Merchant Ivory movie ‘Surviving Picasso’ (starring Anthony Hopkins as the eponymous artist) and end up in the ‘hallway’ to just sit and sigh over human lives! Only few, very few ‘get you’ and what a joy to spend time discussing the whole world of art and its peccadilloes!

Somebody who walked in through the door called ‘Swedish cinema’ ( to which you did not have the key of the cipher) might gently hint at ‘Liv and Ingmar’: a seemingly parallel story of two great creative souls and their lives together. Liv Ulmann the brilliant actress and Ingmar Bergman, the great Swedish director. Were all creative geniuses troublesome when it came to relationships? Wasn’t the documentary great? How beautiful Liv is, and how compassionate and spiritual are her ruminations over her deep friendship with Ingmar Bergman.

Maybe, another would suggest, from behind his newspapers, having come in through the door called Urdu literature , Irish or Arab literature (imagine the hall way to be populated by human beings from different times and lands and languages that even the Tower of Babel couldn’t conceive….), that one should most definitely read ‘The magic lantern’ and then compare the director’s childhood with that of both Satyajit Ray and Akira Kurosawa. And yes, do read Kurosawa’s ‘Something like an autobiography’. All of them were super sentitive to sights, smells, lights and shade, and subtle nuances of life earlier on…

‘Contentment’ is a strange lady. She is far more finicky than the elegant woman called, ‘Happiness’. But there are human beings who woo the former, because the latter comes closely at her heels more often than not. And every day, every moment, someone is trying a key to unlock another door and reach the hallway where the human souls meet.

Let us teach the secrets of the cipher to our children earlier on in life. So then, they will realize, that life has secrets more tantalizing than the visible circus that often passes of in its name. And all it costs, is the strength of the human spirit and the willingness to learn. It will make us kinder, humbler, more tolerant and aware of the esential oneness of humanity. We get to see beyond what the ‘powers that be’ want us to believe all across the world. We discover truths for our own selves.

As a start, let us read C.S.Lewis’s essays….Ah, man, he was the master keysmith! Following his footsteps, one ends up in dazzling worlds.

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Parvati’s Mother, Queen Maina, is Shocked…(Bal Kanda)

Sail sakal jah lagi jagmahim/ Laghu bisal nahim barni sirahim//

Ban sagar sab nadim talava/ Himagiri sab kahu nevat padava//

Himavan had sent wedding invitations to all small and big hills and mountains on earth, all oceans, rivers and lakes.

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Kamroop sundar tandhari/ Sahit samaj sahit bar nari//

Gaye sakal tuhinachal geha/ Gavahim mangal sahit saneha//

All these assumed guises to their liking and accompanied by their beautiful wives and families proceeded  to King Himavan’s palace. They were all singing auspicious songs very lovingly.

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Pradhamahim giri bahu grih samvaraye/ Jadhajogu tah tah sab chaye//

Pur sobha avaloki suhayi/ Lagayi laghu biranchi nipunayi//

Himavan had readied many suitable houses for his guests. They disembarked from their vehicles and moved into their welcoming abodes. The city was shining so beautifully that even Brahma’s creations seemed diminished by its glory.

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Laghu lag bidhi ki nipunata avaloki pur sobha sahi/

Ban bagh koop tadag sarita Subhag sab sak ko kahi//

Mangal bipul toran pataka ketu grih grih sohahim/

Banita purush sundar chatur chabi dekhi muni mann mohahim//

Brahma’s reputation as a creator seems inferior on seeing the resplendence of Himavan’s city. The forests, groves, wells, lakes, rivers are all beautiful, and who indeed can describe them? There are lovely festoons and flags decorating every house. The beauty of the women and men in Himavan’s city was enough to enchant even the hearts of sages!

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Doha:

Jagadamba jah avatari so puru barni ki jayi/

Riddhi siddhi sampati sukh not nutan adhikayi//

Can anyone eulogise perfectly the city where Jagadamba (Mother of the universe) has taken birth? The place witnesses great fortune, peace, mastery of all skills, prosperity growing fresh and new every day.

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Nagar nikat baraat suni aayi/ Pur gharbharu sobha adhikayi//

Kari banaav saji bahan nana/ Chale len sadar agvana//

Hearing that Lord Shiva’s wedding procession has reached the city, there was a thrill in the air and the loveliness of the place increased. Those assigned the task of welcoming the wedding procession adorned themselves and with various vehicles went to receive the bridegroom.

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Hiyam harshe sur sen nihari/ Harihi dekhi ati bhaye sukhari//

Siv samaj jab dekhan lage/ Bidari chale bahan sab bhage//

On sighting the group of devas, all were delighted and the vision of Sri Hari was greatly wonderful to everybody’s eyes. But on seeing Lord Shiva’s bhootgana, all the animals like elephants, horses, bulls, drawing the vehicles bolted in terror!

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Dhari dheeraju tah rahe sayane/ Balak sab lai jeev parane//

Gaye bhawan puchahim pitu mata/ Kahahim bachan bhay kampit bata//

Some elders gathered courage and stayed put. The young lot fled with their lives, scared out of their wits. On reaching their homes, their parents questioned them. Then, with trembling bodies, they tried to speak.

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Kahia kah kahi jayi na bata/ Jam kar dhar kidhaum bariaata//

Baru baurah basah asavara/ Byal kapal bibhushan chara//

However, they are unable to speak a word properly. ‘Was it a baraat (wedding procession) or the army of Yama himself? The bridegroom is crazy and is seated on a bullock! His ornaments are ashes, serpents and skulls!’

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Tan char byal kapal bhushan nagan jatil bhayankara/

Sang bhoot pret pisach jogini bikat mukh rajanichara//

Jo jiat rahihi baraat dekhat punya badh tehi kar sahi/

Dekhihi so Uma bibahu ghar ghar baat asi larikanh kahi//

‘The bridegroom is smeared with ashes all over; snakes and human skulls are his jewellery! He is naked, hair is matted and tangled and terrible to behold. Accompanying him are ghosts, spectres, yoginis and demons. Those who survive the shock of seeing Shiva’s baraat shall be fortunate and shall remain to see Parvati’s wedding!’

All the young lot spread the news in the houses.

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Samuchi Mahes samaj sab Janani janak musukayi/

Baal buchaye bibidh bidhi nidar hohu daru nahim//

The parents understood they were describing Shiva’s entourage and smiled with understanding. They tried to soothe their children not to be afraid and stay calm.

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Lai agavan baratahi aaye/ Diye Sabahi janvas suhaye//

Mainam subh aarati Sanwari/ Sangh sumangal gavahim naari//

The welcoming group ushered the wedding procession inside the city and showed them the beautiful houses to dwell in.  Queen Maina, Parvati’s mother, arranged the welcoming lamps (aarati) and the women started singing auspicious songs.

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Kanchan dhar soh bar pani/ Parichan chali harahi harshani//

Bikat besh Rudrahi jab dekha/ Abalanh urb hay bhayavu bisesha//

With golden plates laden with lamps and flowers, held in lovely hands, Maina and her ladies went to greet Shiva. On seeing Rudra in his bizarre attire, terror seized hold of their hearts.

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Bhagi bhavan paidi ati trasa/ Gaye Mahesu jaham janvasa//

Maina hriday bhayavu dukhu bhari/ Leenhi boli Giriskumari//

The women fled desperately and escaped into their homes while Lord Shiva returned to his dwelling place. Maina’s heart was filled with fear and unhappiness. She called Parvati near.

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Adhik sanehu godh baidari/ Syam saroj nayan bhare bari//

Jehim bidhi tumhahi rupu as deenha/ Tehim jad baru bavur kas keenha//

Seating her daughter on her lap, with her blue lotus like eyes brimming over with tears, Maina lamented thus: ‘  The Lord who gave you such incomparable beauty, why did he make your bridegroom demented?’

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Kas keenh baru baurah bidhi jehim tumhahi sundarata dayi/

Jo bhalu chahiya surataruhim so barbas baburahim lagayi//

Tumh sahit giri tem giraum pavak jaraum jalnidhi mahu paraum/

Dharu javu apajasu hovu jag jeevat bibahu na haum karamu//

‘The god who made you so lovely, why did he create a lunatic for your husband? The fruit which should be shining from Kalpvriskha (The divine tree) is now hanging from a babul tree (thorny and inauspicious tree)! I will take you along and dive from the mountain top, burn in fire or dive into the ocean…Let the house get shattered and infamy spread across the world but as long as I am alive, I shall not let this crazy bridegroom marry you!’

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Note: There is an interesting spiritual interpretation that the Lord Shiva’s bhootgana, whom He controls, simply embodies all the six relentless enemies always wrestling inside the human mind: Kama, Krodha, Lobha, Moha, Mada and Matsarya. (Lust, Fury, Greed, Desire, Pride/Ego, Competition)The Lord always accepts all sinners and gives refuge. He is the epitome of inclusivity: all the marginalised, the laughed at, the outliers, the sufferers are given a place in his entourage…


And He Appears…

The first copies of Lanka Kanda … I am so awed and happy. Super grateful.

May the epitome of kindness and compassion, Lord Ram, bless us all.

Dedicated to my Hanumanji.

https://www.nageenprakashan.in/product/lanka-kanda-devotional-lord-hanuman-spirituality-prayer-book


Shiv Ki Baraat (The Astounding Wedding Procession of Lord Shiva)

Sabu prasangu giripatihi sunava/ Madan dahan suni ati dukhu pava//

Bahuri kahevu rati kar bardana/ Suni himavat bahut sukhu mana//

The seven sages (Saptarishi) narrated all the events to King Himavan. On hearing about Kamdeva’s demise, he was extremely upset. However, on being told about the boon given to Rati Devi, he was mollified.

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Hridayam bichari sambhu prabhutayi/ Sadar munibar liye bolayi//

Sudinu sunakhatu sukhari sochayi/ Begi bedbidhi lagan dharayi//

Reflecting on Lord Shiva’s greatness King Himavan invited the learned sages to help him decipher the auspicious star, the date and time for Parvati’s marriage. All the wedding details were as per the dictates of the holy Vedas.

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Patri saptarishinh soyi deenhi/ Gahi pad binay Himachal keenhi//

Jayi bidhihi tinh deenhi so pati/ Bachat preeti na hridayam samati//

Himavan handed over the ‘Lagna patrika’ (the wedding invitation with all auspicious details) to the seven sages and fell at their feet. They went to Brahmaji and gave him the invitation. The Lord became overwhelmed with love on reading the patrika.

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Lagan bachi aj Sabahi sunayi/ Harshe muni sab sur samudayi//

Suman brishti nabh bajan baje/ Mangal kalas dasahu disi saje//

Brahmaji read aloud the details to everyone and all the devas and sages were blissful. Flowers were showered from the skies, drums started sounding and all ten directions readied themselves with propitious arrangements.

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Doha:

Lage samvaran sakal sur bahan bibidh bimaan/

Hohim sagun mangal subhad karahim apachar gaan//

All the devas were getting their divine vehicles and planes ready. Auspicious signs could be seen everywhere and lovely apsaras were singing.

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Sivahi sambhu gana karahim singara/ Jata makut ahi mauru sanwara//

Kundal kankan pahire byala/ Tan Bibhuti patt kehari chala//

Shivaji’s gana (his followers) started decorating their Lord. They tucked up his tangled mane into a knot and draped snakes around it. Serpents were around his wrists and ears (his earrings and bangles), ashes were smeared on his handsome body and tiger skin was his dress.

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Sasi lalat sundar sar ganga/ Nayan teeni upabeet bhujanga//

Garal kand ur nar sar mala/ Asiv besh sivadham kripala//

On Shiva’s attractive forehead glittered the crescent moon, Ganga flowed from his tresses, his three eyes shone bright, serpent became his janeyu (sacred thread), blue poison gleamed on his throat, on his chest, the Lord wore a garland of human skulls. Though his dress was weird, he continued to be the epitome of compassion, prosperity and goodness.

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Kar trisul aru damaru biraja/ Chale basah chadi bajahim baja//

Dekhi sivahi suratriya musukahim/ Bar layak dulahini jag nahim//

Lord Shiva is holding the trisul (trident) in one hand and the damaru ( kettle drum) in another. He is astride his divine vehicle, the bull.  There is a chorus of musical instruments. The devas are smiling seeing the Lord, and remarking, ‘There is no bride worthy of this bridegroom in the universe.’

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Bishnu biranchi aadi surbrata/ Chadhi chadhi bahan chale barata//

Sur samaj sab bhanti anupa/ Nahim barat dulah anurupa//

Vishnu and Brahma were in their divine vehicles and the groups of devas were looking splendid. However, the bridegroom’s procession or barat, was not as excellent as the bridegroom.

Doha:

Bishnu kaha as bihasi tab boli sakal disiraj/

Bilag bilag hoyi chalahu sab nij nij sahit samaj//

Then Vishnu called every dikpal (Gods of the direction) and asked each to travel separately with his or her entourage.

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Bar anuhari barat na bhayi/ Hasi karaihahu par pur jayi//

Bishnu bachan suni sur musukane/ Nij nij sen sahit bilgane//

‘Our procession is not up to the mark. Will we make a laughing stock of ourselves in the bride’s town?’ Listening to Vishnuji’s words the devas smiled and then separated, with their groups.

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Manahim mann mahesu musukahim/ Hari ke bingya bachan nahim jahim//

Ati  priya bachan sunat priy kere/ Bringihi preri sakal gana tere//

Lord Shiv was smiling to himself that Lord Vishnu’s innuendoes were so playful. Listening to his beloved Vishnu’s words, Lord Shiv sent Bhringi to call all his followers for the ‘baraat’ or wedding procession.

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Siv anusasan suni sab aaye/ Prabhu pad jalaj sees tinh naaye//

Nana bahan nana besha/ Bihase siv samaj nij dekha//

On getting the summons from their master, all bhootgana came running and prostrated themselves at Lord Shiva’s lotus feet. Seeing the medley of different attires and vehicles of his devoted followers, Lord Shiva could not help laughing.

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Kovu mukhheen bipul much kahu/ Binu pad kar kovu bahu pad bahu//

Bipul nayan kovu nayan biheena/ Rishtapushta kovu ati tankheena//

Some are without faces, and some others  have multiple faces! Some have no limbs whereas someone else has many hands and legs! Someone has myriad eyes and someone else is eyeless! Someone is very fat and hefty whereas another is extremely thin and weak!

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Tan kheen kovu ati peen pavan kovu apavan gati dhare/

Bhushan karal kapal kar sab sagh sonit tan bhare//

Khar swan suar srikal mukh gana besh aganith ko ganai/

Bahu jinas pret pisach jogi jamat barnat nahim banai//

Some are flabby, some are thin, some are dressed pristinely whereas others are shabby. Some were wearing monstrous jewellery and holding skulls in their hands. All of their bodies were covered with fresh blood. Their faces were like donkeys, dogs, pigs and foxes. Who can ever count the innumerable dresses of the bhootgana? There were fascinating groups of yoginis, ghosts and ghouls. It is not possible to describe them.

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Nachahim gavahim geet param tarangi bhoot sab/

Dekhat ati biparit bolahim bachan bichitra bidhi//

The bhoot-pret (ghosts-spectres) were doing their macabre dances and singing and were highly enthusiastic. They were bizarre to look at and were jabbering in strange languages.

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Jas doolhu tasi bani barata/ Kautuk bibidh hohim mag jata//

Iham Himachal rachevu bitana/ Ati bichitra nahim jayi bakhana//

Now the baraat suited the bridegroom! There were many delightful episodes happening as the procession proceeded to the bride’s place. King Himavan readied such an astounding mandap for the wedding. Indeed, there are no words to praise it high enough.


The Wisdom of Devi Parvati (Bal Kanda)

Hahakar bhayavu jag bhari/ Darpe sur bhaye asur sukhari//

Samuchi kamsukhu sochahimbhogi/ Bhaye akatank sadhak jogi//

The universe was wrapped in horror. The devas were grief stricken while the demons rejoiced. The sensual folk maundered about losing physical pleasures while the sages became steady and spotless in their minds.

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Jogi akatank bhaye pati gati sunat rati murchit bhayi/

Rodati badati bahu bhanti karuna karati sankar pahim gayi//

Ati prem kari binati bibidh bidhi jori kar sanmukh rahi/

Prabhu aasutosh kripal Siv abala nirakhi bole sahi//

The minds of the saints were focussed. Kamdev’s wife Rati fainted on hearing about her husband’s death. Shrieking and lamenting, Rati reached Lord Shiv’s side. She stood with folded hands, beseeching for her lost love. Lord Shiva, quick to be pleased, took pity on the helpless woman and spoke consolingly to her.

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Doha:

Ab tem rati tav nadh kar hoyihi naam anangu/

Binu bapu byapihi sabahi puni sunu nij milan prasangu//

‘Hey Rati, your husband shall be known as Anang (Formless) from now on.  Without corporeal (physical)presence, he will encompass everyone. Now listen, I will narrate how you’ll meet him again.’

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Jab jadubans krishn avatara/ Hoyihi haran maha mahibhara//

Krishn tanay hoyihi pati tora/ Bachanu anyadha hoyi na mora//

When Lord Vishnu assumes Krishna avatar, born in Yadu clan, to lighten the burden of earth, then your husband Kamdev will be reborn as his son. My words shall not be in vain.’

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Rati gavani suni sankar bani/ Kadha apar ab kahavu bakhani//

Devanh samachar sab paye/ Brahmadik baikund sidhaye//

Rati listened to Lord Shiva’s words and left the place. Now, I will narrate another story in detail. After observing the unfolding events, Brahma and the other gods went to meet Lord Vishnu at Vaikunda.

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Sab sur Bishnu biranchi sameta/ Gaye jaham Siv kripaniketa//

Pridhak pridhak tinh keenhi prasansa/ Bhaye prasann chandra avatansa//

Along with Vishnu and Brahma, the devas then proceeded to the compassionate Lord Shiv’s place of prayer. When they sang paeans in his praise, Lord became pleased.

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Bole kripasindhu brishketu/ Kahahu amar aaye kehi hetu//

Kah bidhi tumh prabhu antarjami/ Tadapi bhagati bas binavavu swami//

Lord Shiv, ocean of compassion, spoke: ‘Tell me devas, what is the purpose of your visit?’ Then Brahmaji replied, ‘Lord, you are omniscient, yet due to my devotion towards you, let me place my supplication before you.’

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Doha:

Sakal suranh ke hriday as sankar param uchahu/

Nij nayananhi dekha chahahim nadh tumhar bibahu//

‘ Lord, all the devas are overwhelmed with eagerness to witness your marriage.’

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Yeh utsav dekhiya bhari lochan/ Soyi kacchu karahu madan mad mochan//

Kamu jari rati kahu baru deenha/ Kripsindhu yeh ati bhal keenha//

The vanquisher of Kamdev’s hubris, do something so that everyone can delightedly see this great festival (of your holy marriage). The kind boon you have bestowed on Devi Rati after burning Kamdev to ashes, is very benevolent.

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Sasati kari puni karahim pasavu/ Nadh prabhunh kar sahaj subhavu//

Parbatim tapu keenh apara/ Karahu tasu ab angeekara//

‘Hey Lord, it is in the nature of great masters that they first punish you for your sins but then shower compassion. Parvati has undertaken intense penance for you, please accept her now.’

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Suni bidhi binay samuchi prabhu bani/ Aiseyi hovu kaha sukhu mani//

Tab devanh dundhubhi bajayi/ Barshi suman jay jay sur sayi//

Listening to Brahma’s request, the Lord remembered what Sri Ramji had told him and spoke, ‘Let it be so!’ The devas delightedly started beating the dundhubhi (drums) and showering flowers. The atmosphere resounded with their gleeful cries: ‘May the Lord of the devas be ever glorious, ever victorious…!’

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Avasaru jaani saptarishi aaye/ Turantahim bidhi giribhavan padaye//

Pradham gaye jah rehi bhavani/Bole madhur bachan chal sani//

At the opportune time, the Saptarishi arrived, and Brahmaji sent the seven sages to Himavan’s palace. They first visited Parvati and spoke to her in deceptive, teasing tones.

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Doha:

Kaha hamar na sunehu tab narad kem upades/

Ab bha chhut tumhar pan jarevu kaamu mahes//

‘Well, listening to Narad’s words, you discarded our advice. Now your oath has become futile, because Shiva has burnt Kamdev himself to ashes!’

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Suni bolim musukayi bhavani/ Uchit kahehu minibar bigyani//

Tumhare jaan kaamu ab jara/ Ab lagi sambhu rahe sabikara//

On hearing their mockery, Parvati spoke smilingly, ‘ Oh, learned sages, you spoke befittingly indeed! In your  perspective, Shiva has burned Kamdev recently, until now, he was fully in the grip of desires!’

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Hamarem jaan sada siv jogi/ Aj anavadhya akaam abhogi//

Jaum mai siv seye as jani/ Preeti samet karm mann bani//

‘In my view, Lord Shiva has always been a yogi, without birth or death, detached and devoid of desires. I have lovingly devoted myself to him with my mind, words and deeds.’

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Tau hamar pan sunahu muneesa/ Karihahim satya kripanidhi eesa//

Tumh jo kaha har jarevu mara/ Soyi ati badh abibeku tumhara//

‘ The compassionate Lord will ensure my oath becomes true! The words you spoke about Shiva burning Kamdev to cinders is due to your lack of understanding.’

**

Taat anal kar sahaj subhavu/ Him tehi nikat jayi nahim kavu//

Gayem sameep so avasi nasayi/ Asi manmadh mahes ki nayi//

‘It is in the innate nature of fire that snow cannot approach it, or else it will vanish without a trace. What occurred between Lord Shiva and Kamdev has to be comprehended accordingly.’

**

Doha:

Hiyam harshe muni bachan suni dekhi preeti biswas/

Chale bhagvanihi nayi sir gaye Himachal pas//

After hearing Parvati’s sagacious words, the sages were impressed by her deep love and faith towards Lord Shiva. They bowed to her and proceeded to meet Himavan.

**


Kamdev is Burnt into Ashes

Bhaye magan siv sunat saneha/ Harshi saptarishi gavne geha//

Manu dhir kari tab sambhu sujana/ Lage karan raghunayak dhyana//

 On hearing about Parvati’s deep love for him, Lord Shiv was immersed in bliss. The seven sages went away to Brahmalok joyously. Then the omniscient Lord Shiv calmed his turbulent heart and started meditating on Lord Vishnu.

**

Tarku asur bhayavu tehi kala/ Bhuj pratap bal tej bisala//

Tehim sab lok lokpati jeete/ Bhaye dev sukh sampati reete//

In those times, a demon called Tarakasura was terrifying everyone due to his strength and prowess. He defeated all the devas and the gods were bereft of their peace of mind and prosperity.

**

Ajar amar so jeeti na jayi/ Hare sur kari bibidh larayi//

Tab biranchi san jayi pukare/ Dekhe bidhi sab dev dukhare//

He was not bound by laws of ageing or death and hence was unbeaten. The devas had tackled him in myriad battles yet had to cede defeat. Then they proceeded lamenting to Lord Brahma’s abode. Brahmaji gazed at the agonised devas.

**

Doha:

 Sab san kaha buchayi bidhi danuj nidhan tab hoyi/

Sambhu sukra sambhut sut ehi jeetayi rann soyi//

Brahma said, ‘ This demon can be defeated only by a son born of Lord Shiva’s great manliness.’

**

Mor kaha suni karahu upayi/ Hoyihi eeswar karihi sahayi//

Satim jo taji dacch makh dekha/ Janami jayi himachal geha//

‘Listen to my words and all shall be well. The divine providence shall aid you  in accomplishing the mission. Devi Sati, who relinquished her body in Daksha’s yagna, she has been reborn as Parvati in the home of Himavan.’

**

Tehim tapu keenh sambu pati laagi/ Siv samadhi baide sabu tyaagi//

Jadapi ahayi asamanjas bhari/ Tadapi baat ek sunahu hamari//

‘She had vowed that she would become Shiva’s bride and has been doing penance for that goal. Shiv on the other hand, has renounced the world and is in deep meditation. Though it is a matter of great delicacy, I shall suggest a way forward.’

**

Padavahu kamu jayi siv pahim/ Karai chobu sankar mann mahim//

Tab hum jayi sivahi sir naayi/ Karavavub bibahu bariaayi//

‘Send Kamdev to Shiv’s place of meditation. He will create turbulence in Shiva’s mind and disturb the meditation. At that moment I shall bow at Shiva’s feet and request for his marriage with Parvati.’

**

Ehi bidhi bhalehim devahit hoyi/ Mat ati neek kahayi sabu koyi//

Asthuthy suranh keenhi ati hetu/ Pragatevu bishamban chashaketu//

Everybody agreed that Brahmaji’s advice was for the best. They praised him with tributes and it was then that Kamdev appeared, with his five arrows and flag with the motif of fish.

**

Doha:

Suranh kahi nij bipati sab suni mann keenh bichaar/

Sambu birodh na kusal mohi bihasi kahevu as maar//

The devas informed Kamdev about their predicament. On hearing it, the percipient Lord of Love voiced his ruminations aloud. ‘Making an enemy of Lord Shiv can lead to my destruction.’

**

Tadapi karab mai kaju tumhara/ Shruti kah param dharam upkara//

Par hith laagi tajayi jo dehi/ Santat sant prasamsahim tehi//

‘Yet I will carry out my assignment because the Vedas proclaim that work done selflessly is the ultimate dharma. The one who renounces his body for helping another, the sages always eulogize him.’

**

As kahi chalevu sabahi siru nayi/ Suman Dhanush kar sahit sahayi//

Chalat maar as hridayam bichara/ Siv birodh dhruv maranu hamara//

Having spoken thus, Kamdev proceeded with his flowery bow, accompanied by spring and other cohorts of his. He was pondering that his death was inevitable since he was going to antagonise Lord Shiva.

**

Tab aapan prabhavu bistara/ Nij bas keenh sakal samsara//

Kopevu jabahim baricharaketu/ Chan mahu mite sakal shruti setu//

Kamdev cast a spell all over and enchanted everything with love and allure. When Kamdev became determined and started bewitching the earth, all the rules and strictures of the Vedas became sidelined that moment.

**

Brahmacharju brat sanjan nana/ Dheeraj dharam gyan bigyana//

Sadachar jap jog biraga/ Sabhay bibek kataku saby bhaga//

Brahmacharya, rules of living, composure, courage, dharma, knowledge, wisdom, science, morality, meditation, yoga, detachment and all cohorts of discretion fled in fear.

**

Bhagevu bibeku sahay sahit so subhatt sanjug mahi mure/

Sadgranth parbat kandaranhi mahu jayi tehi avasar dure//

Honihar ka kartar ko rakhvar jag kharbharu para/

Duyi madh kehi ratinadh jehi kahu kopi kar Dhanu saru dhara//

 All sense of right and wrong, discretion, with accompanying virtues, seemed defeated in the battle. They had dived inside the deep crevices of the mountain epitomising holy books! (The virtues were limited to the pages of the books) Utter pandemonium broke free on earth. Everybody lamented, ‘Who will protect us now? Who is the dual faced one against whom Rati’s beloved Kamdev has flexed his bow and arrows?’

**

Doha:

Je sajeev jag achar char naari purush as naam/

Te nij nij marjad taji bhaye sakal bas kaam//

Every being, distinguished as male and female, existing on earth, moveable or fixed, became enthralled by lust and lost all sense of propriety.

**

Sab ke hriday madan abhilasha/ Lata nihari navahim taru sakha//

Nadim umagi ambudhi kahu dhayim/ Sangam karahim talav talayim//

Desire filled the hearts of all. The branches of trees bent to embrace the creepers. The rivers started flowing forcefully towards the ocean and the waves started mixing with one another.

**

Jah asi dasa jadanh kai barni/ Ko kahi sakayi sachetan karni//

Pasu pacchi nabh jal dhal chari/ Bhaye kambas samay bisari//

When natural entities like rivers and trees started exhibiting such behaviour, who can describe the condition of sentient beings? All the animals and birds living on earth, in sky and sea was spell bound by lust and desire.

**

Madan andh byakul sab loka/ Nisi dinu nahim avalokahim koka//

Dev danuj nar kinnar byala/ Pret pisach bhoot betala//

Everybody became stricken with endless longing. The shelducks (chakva-chakvi bird pair) were mating irrespective of night and day.  Now,  the devas, asuras, humans, kinnar, serpents, ghosts, ghouls, spectres… (the poet pauses)

**

Inh kai dasa na kahevu bakhani/ Sada kaam ke chere jaani//

Siddh birakt mahamuni jogi/ Tepi kambas bhaye biyogi//

Now, these beings (as described above) are always enslaved by lustful desires, so I (the poet says) have not tried to elucidate on their state! The siddhas, the detached ones, the great sages and yogis also became beguiled by Kama and started pining with desire.

**

Bhaye kambas jogees tapas pavaranhi ki ko kahai/

Dekhahim charachar narimay je brahmamay dekhat rahe//

Abala bilokahim purushamay jagu purush sab abalamayam/

Duyi dand bhari brahmand bhitar kamakrit kautuk ayam//

When this was the predicament of learned saints and yogis, why explicate about ignorant humans? The whole universe, which was seen as the manifestation of Brahma, became redolent of feminine energies. The women saw everything as male, and the men, saw everything as feminine. For two hours, this illusion by Kamdev reigned all over the universe.

**

Dhari na kahu dheer sab ke mann mansij hare/

Je rakhe Raghubeer te ubare tehi kaal mahu//

Nobody could gather courage and compose himself since Kamdev had conquered all hearts. Only the devotees of Sri Ramji, whom the Lord protected,  remained unaffected.

**

Ubhay dhari as kautuk bhayavu/ Jau lagi kamu sambhu pahim gayavu//

Sivahi biloki sasankevu maru/ Bhayavu jadhathithi sabu samsara//

The farce lasted for two hours until Kamdev reached the place where Lord Shiva was meditating. Seeing the Lord, Kamdev became afraid and the universe regained its inherent balance.

**

Bhaye turat sab jeev sukhare/ Jimi mad utari gayem matvare//

Rudrahi dekhi madan bhay mana/ Duradharash durgam bhagvana//

All the beings became sensible again, much like a drunkard regains his senses after the effects of intoxicating liquor weans off. Gazing at Lord Shiv, the Rudra, who epitomises all the six divine qualities of perfect radiance, dharma, fame, prosperity, wisdom and detachment, Kamdev felt petrified.

**

Phirat laaj kacchu kari nahim jayi/ Maranu  daani mann rachesi upayi//

Pragatesi turat ruchir rituraja/ Kusumit nav taru raji biraja//

To return was cowardice and Kamdev could not do that. So after readying himself to die,  Kamdev wove his magic. Beautiful spring  season was ushered in and all the trees became resplendent with  enchanting flowers and buds.

**

Ban upban bapika tadaga/ Param subhag sab disa bibhaga//

Jah tah janu umagat anuraga/ Dekhi muehu mann mansij jaga//

All the orchards, groves, forests, ponds, lakes were radiant with beauty. Everywhere the eyes gazed looked beautiful. The hearts were overwhelmed with love and even the indifferent minds seemed to be touched by Kamdev’s spells.

**

Jagayi manobhav muyehu mann ban subhagata na parai kahi/

Seetal sugandh sumand marut madan anal sakha sahi//

Bikase saranhi bahu kanj gunjat punj Manjul madhukara/

Kalhans pik suk saras rav kari gaan nachahim apachara//

Even detached minds were affected by Kamdev’s frolic and the loveliness of the forests was ineffable. The cool, gentle, fragrant breeze inflamed the embers of passion. Clusters of lotuses bloomed in lakes and bees started buzzing around them. Rajhans (Swans), parrots and cuckoos were making their presence felt and lovely apsaras were singing and dancing enchantingly.

**

Doha:

Sakal kala kari koti bidhi harevu sen samet/

Chali na achal samadhi Siv kopevu hridayaniket//

Kamdev accompanied by his army tried innumerable trickeries, arts of seduction. But Lord Shiva’s meditation continued undisturbed. Then Kamdev became furious.

Dekhi rasal bitap bar sakha/ Tehi par chadevu madan mann makha//

Suman chap nij sar sandhane/ Ati ris taki Shravan lagi tane//

Kamdev clambered upon a branch of a mango tree. Then he aimed all his five arrows from his famous bow, pulling the string to his ears.

**

Chadde bisham bisikh ur lage/ Chuti samadhi sambhu tab jage//

Bhayavu ees mann shobhu biseshi/ Nayan udhari sakal disi dekhi//

The five arrows of Kamdev pierced Lord Shiva’s heart and he woke from his deep meditation. The Lord’s mind slowly filled with anger and he gazed all around.

**

Saurabh pallav madanu biloka/ Bhayavu kopu kampevu trailoka//

Tab Siv teesra nayan ukhara/ Chitwat kamu bhayavu jari chara//

On seeing Kamdev hiding behind the mango leaves, Lord Shiv blazed with fury. The three worlds quaked in terror. Lord Siva opened his divine third eye and Kamdev was burned into ashes. **


The Saptarishi Tests Parvati (Bal Kanda)

Doha:

Bhayavu manoradh subhal tav sunu girirajakumari/

Pariharu dussah kales sab ab milihahim Tripurari//

‘Hey daughter of the King of Mountains! Listen, your mind’s desire shall be fulfilled. Now relinquish your extreme penance. Lord Shiv will become your beloved husband.’

**

As tapu kahu na keenh bhavani/ Bhaye anek dheer muni gyani//

Ab ur dharahu Brahma bar bani/ Satya sada santat suchi jani//

‘Bhavani, there have been many valiant souls, sages and scholars but nobody ever undertook such a tough penance. Knowing that the words of Brahma shall be truthful, pure and eternal, accept in your heart what I say.’

**

Aavai pita bolavan jabahim/ Hadh parihari ghar jayehu tabahim//

Milahim tumhahi jab sapt risheesa/ Janehu tab praman bageesa//

‘When your father arrives to call you home, relinquish your obstinacy and return. When you meet the Saptarishi-the famed seven sages- you will understand the meaning of this divine prophecy.’

**

Sunat gira bidhi gagan bakhani/ Pulak gaat Girija harshani//

Uma charit sundar mai gaava/ Sunahu Sambhu kar charit suhava//

Listening to the Akashvani-divine announcement- Uma was joyous and her hair stood on end. (Sage Yagyavalkya says to Sage Bharadwaj) ‘I have told you about Parvati’s beautiful story. Now listen to Lord Shiv’s pleasing story.’

**

Jab tem satim jayi tanu tyagaa/ Tab tem sib mann bhayavu biragaa//

Japahim sada Raghunayak nama/ Jah tah sunahim Ram guna grama//

From the moment of Sati’s self-sacrifice, Lord Shiva became totally dispassionate. He started reciting the name of Lord Ram and listening to Sri Ramji’s stories.

**

Doha:

Chidanand sukhdham Siv bigat moh mada kaam/

Bicharahim mahi dhari hridayam Hari sakal lok abhiaram//

Lord Shiva- Chidananda, repository of all joys, devoid of desires, ego or passions, meditated on Lord Vishnu (Sri Ramachandra) who granted happiness to everyone, and started wandering on earth.

**

Katahu muninh upadesahim gyana/ Katahu Ram guna karahim bakhana//

Jadapi akaam tadapi bhagvana/ Bhagat birah dukh dukhit sujana//

He was found advising sages on wisdom at some places, at other times, he would be found describing the glories of Sri Ramji. Though Lord Shiv was unattached to any action, he still was unhappy about the departure of his devoted wife and devotee, Sati.

**

Ehi bidhi gayavu kaalu bahi beeti/ Nith nai hoyi Rampad preeti//

Nemu premu Sankar kar dekha/ Abichal hridayam bhagati kai rekha//

Much time passed in this manner. Everyday, Lord Shiva’s love for Sri Ramji grew stronger. When Sri Hari saw the pure, strong, resolute devotion for him in Lord Shiva’s heart….

**

Pragate Ramu kritagya kripala/ Roop seel nidhi tej bisala//

Bahu prakar Sankarahi saraha/ Tumh binu as bratu ko nirbaha//

Then, Sri Ramji, his heart full of gratitude, compassion, epitome of beauty and good qualities, the  great, radiant Bhagwan,  appeared before Lord Shiva. He praised Lord Shiva and wondered who else but Shiva, could undertake such tough penance.

**

Bahubidhi Ram sivahi samuchava/ Parbati kar janmu sunava//

Ati puneet Girija kai karni/ Bistar sahit kripanidhi barni//

Lord Ram consoled Lord Shiva and informed him about the birth of Parvati. Kind hearted Sri Hari elaborated on Parvati’s pure and ardent devotion for Shiva.

**

Doha:

Ab binati mam sunahu Siva jaum mo par nij nehu/

Jayi bibahahu sailajahi yeh mohi magem dehu//

Then Sri Ramji said, ‘Lord, if you have love towards me, please listen to my request. Assure me that you shall marry Parvati.’

**

Kah Siv jadapi uchit as nahim/ Nadh bachan puni meti na jahim//

Sir dhari ayasu kariya tumhara/ Param dharmu yeh nadh hamara//

Lord Shiv replied; ‘Though it is not proper, I cannot disregard your words. It is my ultimate duty to carry out your wishes.’

**

Matu pita gur prabhu kai bani/ Binahim bichar kariya subh jani//

Tumh sab bhanti param hitkari/ Agya sir par nadh tumhari//

The words of one’s mother, father, guru and master should be carried out without further thoughts, understanding that those words shall be auspicious. And you are my ultimate well-wisher! Lord, I accept your order with sincerity.’

**

Prabhu toshevu suni Sankar bachana/ Bhakti bibek dharm juta rachna//

Kah prabhu har tumhar pan rahevu/ Ab ur rakhevu jo hum kahevu//

Lord Ram became pleased with Lord Shiva’s words which were replete with devotion, wisdom and dharma. Lord Sri Hari said, ‘Your oath has been fulfilled. Kindly accept my words in your heart.’

**

Antardhan bhaye as bhashi/ Sankar soyi murati ur rakhi//

Tabahim saptarishi Siv pahim aye/ Bole prabhu ati bachan suhaye//

Sri Ramachandra disappeared soon after. Lord Shiv captured the image of Sri Hari in his heart. The Saptarishi (seven famous sages) reached Shiva’ side then. Lord Shiv greeted them with the most pleasing words.

**

Doha:

Parbati pahim jayi tumh prem parichha lehu/

Girihi preri padehu bhavan duri karehu sandehu//

‘Kindly go to Parvati and test her love for me. Ensure that her father takes her away from the forests. Kindly remove all apprehensions she has in her heart.’

**

Rishinh Gauri dekhi tah kaisi/ Muratimand tapasya jaisi//

Bole muni sunu sailkumari/ Karahu kavan karan tapu bhari//

The sages proceeded to where the princess Girija was meditating. Their gaze was prayerful, as they were observing the embodiment of devotion and penance. The sages asked, ‘ Daughter of the Mountain King, tell us, why are you undertaking such a difficult penance?’

**

Kehi avaradhahu ka tumh chahahu/ Hum san satya marmu kin kahahu//

Kahat bachan manu ati sakuchayi/ Hasihahu suni hamari jadtayi//

‘Who are you worshipping? What do you desire? Why don’t you reveal the truth to us?’ Girija replied, ‘ I am hesitant to divulge my heart’s secret. You will end up laughing at me for my foolishness.’

**

Manu hadh para na sunayi sikhava/ Chahat baari par bhiti udava//

Narad kaha satya soyi jana/ Binu pankhanh hum chahahim udana//

‘My mind is obdurate and does not listen to reason. It wishes to erect a wall in flowing waters! Accepting Sage Narad’s words as true, I seem to desire to fly without wings!’

**

Dekhavu muni abibeku hamara/ Chahiya sada sivahi bhartara//

‘Sages, look at my ignorance…I wish to have Lord Shiv as my husband !’

**

Doha:

Sunat bachan bihase rishay girisambhav tav deh/

Narad kar updesu suni kahahu basevu kisu geh//

On hearing Parvati’s words, the seven sages burst out laughing. They said, ‘ You were born from the mountain after all! (Ignorance is natural) Tell us, has anyone ever set up a happy home, after listening to Narad’s advice ?’

**

Dachhasutanh upadesenhi jayi/ Tinh Phiri bhavanu na dekha aayi//

Chitraketu kar gharu un ghala/ Kanakakasipu kar puni as hala//

‘Narad went and advised Daksha’s sons and they could never glimpse their home again! He devastated the household of Chitraketu too! Hiranyakashipu met with the same fate.’

**

Narad sikh je sunahim nar nari/ Avasi hohim taji bhavanu bhikari//

Mann kapati tan Sajjan cheenha/ Aapu saris Sabahi chah keenha//

The men and women who follow Narad’s advice leave home, and end up as beggars! Narad looks a gentleman but his mind is treacherous. He wishes to convert everybody into his league!’

**

Tehi kem bachan maani biswasa/ Tumh chahahu pati sahaj udasa//

Nirguna nilaj kubesh Kapali/ Akul ageh digambar byali//

‘Trusting Narad’s words you are desiring a husband who is  habitually lazy, devoid of good qualities, shameless, dressed tardily, who wears a garland of human skulls , someone with no home or clan, naked, and found adorning his body with snakes!’

**

Kahahu kavan sukhu as baru payem/ Phal bhulihu dag ke bourayem//

Panch kahem sivam sati bibahi/ Puni avaderi marayenhi tahi//

‘Tell us, what happiness will you get from such a bridegroom? You came under the influence of that trickster (Narad) and forgot everything! Didn’t Shiv marry Sati based on the counsel of five advisors? Then he abandoned her and she killed herself!’

**

Doha:

Ab sukh sovat sochu nahim bheek magi bhav khahim/

Sahaj ekakinh ke bhavan kabahu ki naari khatahim//

‘Now Shiv roams around, eats the alms he gets by begging, and sleeps without any worry. Will any woman be able to live in the home of someone who is such a loner by nature?’

**

Ajahu manahu kaha hamara/ Hum tumh kahu baru neek bichara//

Ati sundar suchi sukhad suseela/ Gaavahim bedh jasu jas leela//

‘Now listen to us, we have found a suitable bridegroom for you. He is extremely handsome, pure, generous and pleasant natured! The Vedas praise his play-acts and glories!’

**

Dushan rahit sakal guna rasi/ Sripati pur baikund nivasi//

As baru tumhi milavub aani/ Sunat bihasi kah bachan bhavani//

‘ He is flawless, epitome of all  great qualities, is the Lord of Lakshmi and resides in Vaikunda.  We shall ensure you get such a husband.’ On hearing the words of the seven sages, Parvati laughed.

Satya kahehu giribhav tanu eha/ Had na chut chutai baru deha//

Kanakau puni pashan tem hoyi/ Jarehu sahaju na parihar soyi//

Parvati said, ‘It is true that my body originates from the mountain! Even if the body is relinquished, the resoluteness shall not change. Now, gold is formed from the rocks, and even on heating it in furnace, it never loses its inherent pristine golden nature.’

**

Narad bachan na mai pariharavu/ Basavu bhavanu ujaravu nahim daravu//

Gur kem bachan prateeti na jehi/ Sapnehu sugam na sukh sidhi tehi//

‘So, I shall not discard Naradji’s advice. Whether my dream is fulfilled or devastated is irrelevant to me. (Whether my home gets set up or that desire fails, that does not frighten me) If anybody does not have faith in his Guru, happiness and achievements shall remain unattainable even in dreams.’

**

Doha:

Mahadev avaguna bhavan Bishnu sakal guna dham/

Jehi kar manu ram jahi san tehi tehi san kam//

‘ I accept that Shiva personifies inferior qualities and Vishnu, all good ones! But whoever has fallen in love with someone, she is concerned only with him.’

**

Jaum tumh miltehim pradham muneesa/ Sunativu sikh tumhari dhari seesa//

Ab mai janmu sambhu hith hara/ Ko guna dushan karai bichara//

‘Respected sages, had I met you first (before Narad), I would have ceded to your advice. But having surrendered my life to Shiv, why would I bother about what is good and bad about him?’

**

Jaum tumhare hadh hriday biseshi/ Rahi na jayi binu kiyem bareshi//

Tau kautikanh aalasu nahim/ Bar kanya anek jag mahim//

If you are obstinate about discussing the topic of marriage, there are many unwed women across the world. Those who want to play mischief never rests anyway. (Kindly put in your ardent efforts elsewhere.)

**

Janma koti lagi ragar hamari/ Baravu sambhu na ta rahavu kuaari//

Tajavu na narad kar upadesu/ Aapu kahahim sat bar mahesu//

As for me, even after crores of births, I am determined about becoming Shiva’s wife, else I will remain unmarried. Even if Shiva himself were to tell me a hundred times otherwise, I will not relinquish Naradji’s advice!

**

Mai pa paravu kahayi jagadamba/ Tumh grih gavanahu bhayavu bilamba//

Dekhi premu bole muni gyani/ Jay jay jagadambike bhavani//

The mother of the universe, Jagadamba Parvati, said, ‘I will prostrate myself at your feet. Kindly go home, much time has been wasted already.’ Understanding her deep love for Lord Shiv, the seven sages praised her. ‘Mother of the universe, Bhavani, may you be victorious forever!’

**

Doha:

Tumh maya Bhagwan siv sakal jagat pitu mata/

Nayi charan sir muni chale puni puni harshat gatu//

‘You are Maya and Shiv is the Lord. Both of you are the parents of the universe.’ The sages bowed at Parvati’s feet and went away. They were ecstatic at what they had witnessed.

**

Jayi munin himavantu padaye/ Kari binati girijahim grih lyaye//

Bahuri saptarishi siv pahim jayi/ Kadha uma kai sakal sunayi// The sages approached Himavan, who fetched Parvati home after making many requests to her. Then the saints went to Lord Shiv and told him about Uma and her deep devotion to him.