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Those who commit mistake won’t know fear. Their eyes will be blindfolded with anger and rage. But when Dharma rises up, they will be scattered in to pieces with no chance of getting up again. Adi Sesha was in such a condition, blindfolded with anger. In spite of it, he had a little fear that Lord Narayana has not responded to anything – be it not sending a messenger to him to talk peace, in knowing well that he was with Kali and Shani, He did not respond at all, he feared. He also had a strong faith. If he surrenders to the Lord, He will definitely forgive his mistakes and embrace him again.
But what they say in the sky was terrifying. There were countless Garudas shielding even the sun flying around everywhere. Sesha has never seen this massive amount of Garuda before. All the Garudas stooped down to catch every snake who ran for their lives here and there. The snakes started hiding themselves in the tree holes and gaps in the rock. But the Garudas skillfully took them out of these gaps with their beaks. Some even rolled the rocks with their beaks and caught hold of the snakes. Shanishwara was also scared of this sight but Kali began to threaten Sesha.
“Why are you silently witnessing? Shouldn’t you break the neck of all these garudas and send them to Yama Loka?”
“Is it one or two to break neck? These are in thousands! Just see how Shani is scared too!” – Sesha was frustrated. “O Shani, aren’t you thinking that we should hide somewhere?”
“Sesha is right. It is ideal that we leave at once.” – said Shani.
Kali seldom liked this thought.
“What’s the point in getting scared about everything? Why did we come here? What word did we give Brahma Deva? I am so sad how I am going to rule this earth in Kali Yuga with such cowards.” – he gasped.
Sesha and Shani became furious.
“Kali Purusha!” – roared Shani like a lion. “Do not insult us for there is none who dared to do so. I am sparing you as you came as a friend.”
“..or else? Will you have jumped out and thrashed all the garudas and saved Sesha’s heirs? None. You were just witnessing how Sesha’s heirs are getting killed by Garudas. You could not do anything. I am shameful of it.” – Kali spoke his mind.
Shani turned towards Sesha. “Why are you silent?”
“What else can I do when my heirs are getting killed thus. I could not save them right?” – Sesha’s teary eyes shook Shani. He came closer and held Sesha’s shoulders tightly.
“Sesha, look at me! Will I abandon you? Why are you talking all these by listening to Kali? I will bring back the lives of all these snakes with my power.”
Sesha was pleased. “How are you going to do it?”
“I will tell Yama, who lives trusting me to bring them back to life.”
“Will Yama listen to you? What if he rejects your query?”
“Sesha, you are asking a childish question. Yama has never refused my bidding. He won’t either. If he does, his life wouldn’t be his.” – laughed Shani. This gave a lot of hope to Kali and Sesha.
As the three of them were talking, the Garudas and Eagles began to fly circling them.
“As per the orders of Garuda, we are arresting you three and are taking you to Venkatava. The rest is all in front of the Lord.” – the Garudas said these with respect and carried them first to Garuda Himself. Garuda did not even face them but ordered them to be taken in front of Lord Venkatava.
Garuda’s act created a burning sensation in Sesha’s stomach. However, he could not know that Garuda was facing the other side trying to hide his tears as he thought, “the friend who was with me serving the Lord has got confused by listening to Shanishwara.”
The three were made to appear in the Sabha of Lord Venkatava. There seated Maha Muni Agastya as well, who was the primary advisor for the Sabha. Lord Narayana appeared and sat in the Sabha suddenly with the radiance of thousands of crores of sun. When everyone paid their respects to the Lord in the form of ‘Charanagathi (surrendering in the lotus feet of the Lord), the Lord said:
“Sesha, you could come and sit beside me.”
The moment Sesha heard this, he started crying profusely. The Lord laughed within and looked at Shani, “O Shanishwara, I feel heavy hearted to see you standing. You could sit next to the Maha Muni Agastya.”
When Shanishwara saw that huge Simhasana, he had an immeasurable respect and devotion towards the Lord. He was thinking that he will be punished severely for his acts. He folded both his hands and the Lord said with a voice that was choked with compassion:
“This day you have stepped on Tirumala is very auspicious. Hereafter, this Shani will stay here besides me and will relieve those who are possessed by Shani, may I say?”
Shani said: “Your wish is my command, O Lord. Whoever visits this Tirumala to have your darshan on Saturdays, thier Shani-Dosha will vanish completely. This hill will become even holier every Saturday.” – Shani spoke in a state of forgetting himself completely, scaring Kali purusha totally.
“Enough, Shani, enough! Stop it or there will be disaster here.” – roared Kali.
~ to be continued…!
The title for this episode is inspired by Amar Chitra Katha’s ‘Garuda to the rescue’. Featured image courtesy – Swamy’s indology blog.