Mr Ashish Kumar
(It is difficult to comment about young author Mr Ashish Kumar and his mythological/spiritual writing. He has well researched Hindu Philosophy, Science and quest of success beyond the material realms. I am really mesmerized. I am sure you will be also amazed. We are pleased to begin a series on excerpts from his well acclaimed book “Samudramanthanam” . According to Mr Ashish “Samudramanthanam is less explained and explored till date. I have tried to give broad way of this one of the most important chapter of Hindu mythology. I have read many scriptures and take references from many temples and folk stories, to present the all possible aspects of portrait of Samudramanthanam.” Now our distinguished readers will be able to read this series on every Saturday.)
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☆ Weekly Column – Samudramanthanam – 15 – Varunai ☆
It is bright morning of Kartik month Kirshna paksha fourth Tithi means day of Karva Chautha. Gentle breeze was blowing over ‘Kshirasāgara’ and churning was going on. Asuras were again doing it with hope that gems which will now emerge surely deserve them because till now they have got nothing.
Slowly smell of that place started to tuning passionate than charming. With each passing time Suras and Asuras started vacillating here and there. Then started dancing. They have lost their grip over Naga Vasuki body, from which his body fell over ocean liquid with sound of Chappak, splash. All Suras and Asuras got wet from this sudden splash of ‘Kshirasāgara’ liquid.
They all were dancing when saw a beautiful damsel emerge from ‘Kshirasāgara’. She was looking so pretty. Her body color was dark transparent brown. She has smiling face. Her ornaments were of white and light color. She has light green color hairs long enough and having yellowish eyes. Intoxication was flowing from her eyes. All Devtas and Danvas means Sura and Asura were losing their senses after seeing this beauty.
King of Asura ‘Bali’ ask from that beautiful lady, “O! divine beauty who are you? Are you incarnation of Goddess Gauri or Kali? or essence of this ‘Kshirasāgara’. We all Sura and Asura losing our sense after seeing your beauty. Please give us your identity”
That beautiful lady start saying, “King of Asura and all of you I am the goddess of toxin. My name is ‘Sura’ because I am the essence of Sura or demigods to whom you are doing this churning of ‘Kshirasāgara’. Actually, I am root of Suras desires and their ego which make them arrogant. Due to which they started thinking that all the affairs are run by them and not by Lord Vishnu. I am goddess of all the liquids who makes people lose their senses. I am in wine and all types of alcohol. Do you know the meaning of name of ‘Indira’? it means one whose Indriyas, senses are always engaging outer world towards different subjects. I am responsible to make Soma, the favorite drink of ‘Indira’ toxify which makes loose of control of ‘Indira’ over his senses. From many years you all are doing this churning of ‘Kshirasāgara’ because of it all your desires which is actually most toxin in this world come into liquid of ocean and I was born out of it. I have basic incarnation of Goddess Kali. Because I was born from the properties of Sura so got name ‘Sura’ means opposite of Asura”
King of Asura Bali said, “O! goddess you are born from the toxins of Suras or Devtas so you must be need to come at our side”
Goddess Sura said, “Great Bali, Asuras are all having dominating tamas Guna or property of nature. And toxin is also of tamas quality so if I’ll come your side then it will increase your negativity and restlessness”
Lord Brahma said, “I think best companion for Goddess ‘Sura’ is Devta of salty water Varuna. What you all have to say?”
Before Indira the custody of whole water of universe including sweet and rain water was in the hand of ‘Varuna’ and also at that time the king of heaven was ‘Varuna’, but Indira has done some trick to make Lord Brahma believe that Indira will be better king of Devtas than ‘Varuna’ so the kingdom of heaven as well as rights of Rain and sweet water was given to ‘Indira’. from that day ‘Varuna’ like to enjoy company of Asura more than Sura.
So, Bali said to Brahma, “you are right. I think Varuna will be good husband for goddess ‘Sura’”
Then ‘Varuna’ accepted goddess of toxins, wine and all types of alcohols ‘Sura’ as his wife.
Brahma said, “from today’s onward Goddess Sura will be called ‘Varunai’.
Asura are still sad and little angry because till date they haven’t got anything out of churning of ocean ‘Kshirasāgara’.
© Ashish Kumar
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