Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Balakandam !! 29. The legend of Lord Vamana !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!
Iha Rama Mahabhaho Vishnur Deva Namaskrutha |
Varshani Subhahuni Iha Thadha Yuga Shathani Cha ||
Thapa: Charana Yogartham Uvasa Su Mahathapa: |
Yesha Poorva Ashramo Rama Vamanasya Mahathmana: ||
Siddha Ashram Ithi Khyatha: Siddho Hi  Athra Mahathapa: |
The illustrious Sage Vishwamithra described about the tranquil woodland to Rama “Oh! Rama, this is the most sacred land on Earth, where the supreme Lord Vishnu who is worshipped by the deities resided in a hermitage and underwent severe austerities and Yoga for hundred eras.  Previously it was the hermitage of Lord Vishnu, later Lord Vamana and Sage Kashyapa also underwent austerities in here.  While Lord Vishnu was undergoing austerities, there was a King Bali, son of King Virochana conquered the three worlds, there by Lord Indra and the deities lost their power and glories.  Emperor Bali decided to conduct a grand Yagna.  All the deities approached Lord Vishnu and appealed to assume the form of a dwarf to protect the deities.  In the meantime, Sage Kashya who has the brilliance of ritual fire and his chaste wife Aditi underwent severe penance and worshipped Lord Madhusoodhana, slayer of the demon Madhu.” 
Sage Kashyapa eulogized the Supreme Lord Vishnu “ Oh! Supreme Lord Purushothama, you are the epitome of asceticism and I can envision you with all those austere means that you are the embodiment of austerities.  I can visualize the entire Universe in your physique, you have no beginning and you are impossible to describe. I am taking refuge in you.  
Thapomayam Thaporashim Thapomoorthim Thapathmakam |
Thapasa Thvam Suthapthena Pashyami Purushothamam ||
Shareerey Thava Pashyami Jagath Sarvam Idham Prabho |
Thvam Anadhi: Anirdheshya: Thvam Aham Sharanam Gatha: ||
Lord Vishnu was pleased at the devotion of Sage Kashyapa, son of Sage Maricha and informed him to ask for a boon.  Sage Kashyapa requested Lord Vishnu to assume the form of a child to this pious couple and young brother to Lord Indra, in order to annihilate Emperor Bali and protect the deities from the agonies.  Thus, Sage Kashyapa earnestly prayed to Lord of Lords to become his child and the hermitage came to known as Siddhashrama, an auspicious place of accomplishment.
Sage Vishwamithra continued, “ In this way, Supreme Lord Vishnu assumed the form of a dwarf and born to Sage Kashyapa and Aditi.  Lord Vamana approached Emperor Bali at the Yagna arena and requested for a piece of land measured by his three strides with his teeny tiny feet, but covered the three worlds under his feet to protect the deities and for the welfare of the Universe. Ultimately, Lord Indra and deities regained their power and glories once again.  This hermitage is belonged to Lord Vishnu, destroyer of enemies and provider of Salvation from the cycles of birth and death.   I am fortunate to be a part in this hermitage due to my devotion and dedication to Lord Vamana.  Oh! Rama, demons who creates impediments in the hermitage should be eliminated.  Oh! Dear son, I will take you to the unparalleled Siddhashrama, the hermitage belongs to me will be known as yours too.”  Sage Vishwamithra pleased at heart took Rama and Lakshmana to the Siddhashrama, he was shone like Lord Chandra between the two warriors.  As soon as they entered in the marvelous Siddhashrama, all the sages assembled Sage Vishwamithra and offered veneration, likewise Rama and Lakshmana was received with great honor.  The princes of Raghu dynasty with folded hands spoke to Sage Vishwamithra, “Oh! Revered Sage, You may undertake the proceedings of the ritual by today, let this magnificent Siddhashrama become the accomplished one in eradicating the evils and let your promise given to my father and the purpose of brining me here should come true.”  Sage Vishwamithra carried out the vow of the rituals with the sages assembled in Siddhashrama.   On that night, Rama and Lakshmana was wide awake, in the early hours of dawn, they completed the procedures of ablutions and recitation of holy hymns of Gayatri.  They proceeded to Sage Vishwamithra who was seated before the Alter of Fire and initiated the ritual fire.
 Jai Sriman Narayana !!