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 – 17 – Uchchaihshravas ☆
Suras were doing churning of ‘Kshirasāgara’ without interest because it was already told by Lord Vishnu that next gem whatever it will be must be go to king of Asura ‘Bali’.
Indira in his mind thinking what will be the next outcome of our churning? What will happen when it appears something most powerful than we Suras possess? Then Asura will definitely defeat Sura. No, I must have faith on Lord Vishnu.
At the other hand Bali is thinking, “What will be our first gem as a churning of ocean? Will it be useful or useless? Whatever be the outcome I’ll accept it as the will of Shri Narayana.”
Then sound of neigh started coming from the ocean. All were stunned there because that sound was looking very impressive and good to all ears, very different from normal horse sound.
All eyes were stop blinking they saw a most beautiful horse anyone ever saw coming out from ocean. Colour of that horse was snow white. No one can remove their eyes from that horse. That horse contains seven heads all of seven different colours similar to colours of rainbow. So that horse has seven different colour heads but snow-white body.
That horse was literally flying from ocean surface towards king of Asura ‘Bali’ from his white colour wings.
Horse stop just in front of ‘Bali’ and said, “O! Bali, the king of Asura I am ‘Uchchaishravas’ meaning “long-ears” or “neighing aloud”, from now onwards you are my master and I am your servant. I will follow your command in each case. Whenever I am with you no one can defeat you. I can fly in seven realms and five elements; no weapon can harm me. I am very happy that I have got chance to server brave and honest king like you”
King of Asura said, “Thank you best among the horses. Don’t think me like your master rather I am your friend and it is promise of Bali that I’ll treat you always be my friend till my last breath”
All there were happy except ‘Indira’. he was thinking that this is not right the best product of churning of ocean is given to ‘Bali’ this great horse deserve master like ‘Indira’.
Without second though ‘Indira’ throw ‘Indrajaal’, net of Indira or bound of ‘Indira’ to arrest ‘Uchchaishravas’ but Bali come in between Indrajaal and ‘Uchchaishravas’ and arrest in that.
Brahma said to Indira, “Indira what are you doing, Asura accepting all their faith and not done anything bad, even till now they didn’t get any gem of churning and you?”
Sage kashyapa said, ”Indira your name is perfectly suited to you. Desires of your ‘indriayas’ senses never fulfill. This is our order release the ‘Bali’ right now”
Meanwhile all the Asura who were participating in this churning of ‘Kshirasāgara’ got angry from this action of king of Sura and all together run fast towards Sura to do fight and release their king ‘Bali’.
But meanwhile ‘Uchchaishravas’ reaches where Indira has arrested ‘Bali’ in Indrajaal and within no time he cut all the bound of him from his teeth. Then he said to Bali, “My master is you alright? “
Bali reply, “Yes my dear friend”
Then ‘Uchchaishravas’ said, “I will kill ‘Indira’ right now”
Bali said, “No my dear friend. I know the role of ‘Indira’ to run affairs of universe so we can’t kill him”
Both teams were sitting apart and not doing anything. Churning of ‘Kshirasāgara’ is not taking place.
Lord Vishnu appears and said,” Indira you forgot what promise we have done with king of Asura Bali. You are least reliable demigod of universe. Bali just forget about ‘Indira’ fault and be remember that this churning will be beneficial for both of Sura and Asura. So, both teams go and start churning again. And Indira this is our last warning to you. And for ‘Uchchaishravas’, from today onwards Indira and his weapon can’t harm you and also in general rain will never harm to any horse”
After this Lord Vishnu disappear and churning stated again.
© Ashish Kumar
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