Namaste folks! Today, it’s all about the fifth avatar of Lord Vishnu, Lord Narasimha! Let’s go!
Hearing the news of Hiranyaksha’s death, his brother, Hiranyakashipu, was seething with anger. He wanted to punish Vishnu severely. He left his kingdom and went to perform penance to please Lord Brahma.
Meanwhile, the Devas took the opportunity to attack Hiranyakashipu’s kingdom. They killed all the Asuras and advanced towards the palace. Indra went into the palace and strode to Hiranyakashyap’s pregnant wife, Kayadhu’s chambers. He raised his weapon to kill the heir of Hiranyakashyap. Sage Narada, the messenger of the Devas, intervened and reminded Indra of righteousness. Narada took Kayadhu to his hermitage and took care of her there.
Sage Narada recited the Vedas and other texts to Kayadhu, the unborn child in Kayadhu’s womb absorbed all this knowledge. Sage Narada was a great devotee of Lord Vishnu, so he often sang the praises of Lord Vishnu. The child in Kayadhu’s womb absorbed this too.
Meanwhile, Hiranyakashyap did penance for months, without consuming anything, even water! Seeing this, Lord Brahma got pleased and appeared before Hiranyakashyap.
‘Hiranyakashyap, ask me for anything, and I will give it to you.’
Hiranyakashyap bowed to Lord Brahma and said, ‘I want immortality!’
Brahma was shocked, ‘Immortality can’t be given to anyone. ask me for anything except that, child.’
Hiranyakashyap decided to trick Brahma and asked, ‘O Lord Brahma! I should not meet death by the entities created by you. Grant me that I will not die within a residence, or outside, in the daytime, or at night. I should die neither on the ground nor the sky. Grant me that I will be immune to all weapons.’
Brahma nodded and said, ‘So be it.’
Hiranyakashyap returned to his kingdom and found out that it had been conquered by the Devas. He used his boon from Lord Brahma and took back his kingdom. He attacked Swarga and gained lordship over the three worlds. He wreaked havoc over the three worlds, killing innocents and destroying holy rites.
What will the Devas do? Who will save the three worlds now? Stay tuned for the next part to find out.
Till next time! Namaste!