The GOS 233 – Perumal & Adiyen 34 – Agastya appears again!

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When Kali ran away, Varaha and Booma Devi discussed the whole thing with Venkatava where Booma Devi confessed that she pretended as if she was under the spell of Kali only to show that such swaying of mind can happen even to the celestials. Varaha appreciated her for setting the world an example.

As Kali ran away, he decided that his drama won’t tick with the celestials and decided that he has to deal only with the humans. As he proceeded towards the Earth, a voice stopped him. It was Agastya Muni. Kali folded his hands as a reflex on seeing Him. Agastya asked about his motive where he burst out crying:

“Brahma Deva created me for a purpose, but I am not able to do anything towards it. I have been meeting with failures after failures. Can’t you please explain my situation to Venkatava who creates every possible obstacle in my way?” – he cried.

“Kali, the world is going to be under your spell slowly but surely. The people on Earth are going to follow the path of Adharma. Why are you worried?”

“O Maha Muni! If this comes from your mouth, then it will happen for sure. But I am not able to do anything in the presence of Venkatava, you know that very well.”

“Kali, you should know whom to fight with. You are trying to fight with Lord Vishnu himself. It’s natural that your plans are getting defeated.”

“It is true. But I should know what my strengths are. Hence I tried my luck.”

“You are following your purpose of creation. But Venkatava will protect those who surrenders to him. What’s wrong in it?”

“O foremost of Siddhas! I am getting demoralized that I face failures after failures. I even think I should abort this mission.”

“No. Brahma’s purpose of creating you is to divert people towards Adharma, thereby making them realize their purpose of life and search for the Almighty. You should not refrain from your duty.”

“It is easier said than done my Lord. Do you know how much I have to suffer?”

“One cannot decide anything with a temporary situation. The world is going to be in your spell shortly. Then it is up to you and the Lord. What am I going to do in between?” – when Agastya said this, Kali started laughing. When asked for reason, he said that Agastya was encouraging him to do what he was created for, while warning him of the presence of the Lord.

Agastya said: “I will be there where Dharma is. At the same time, you are not my enemy either, if you understand.”

“Thank you O Siddha! I might seek your help in the future. Please do not wash me away in the name of dharma or justice.”

“I think you will not get such a situation. We shall see if it comes.”

Kali bowed down to Agastya and went downhill. As Agastya watched him descend, He spotted the very old Vishnu devotee Narayana. His body showed he had crossed a hundred years but his eyes had an unquenchable fire. He wore the Vaishnava symbols and barely could walk. He would walk a step, then sit down, stand up with the help of the walking stick while constantly chanting ‘Narayana or Govinda’ from the bottom of his heart. Agastya himself felt like folding His hands on seeing such a devotee. Narayana was carrying the pooja items in a small bag on his head. Agastya felt that He had to help him somehow.

He changed himself looking like a 22 year old, held the old man’s hand and walked uphill. Narayana asked:

“Who are you boy? I am surprised you volunteered to help me?”

“I am the devotee of devotees.”

“Oh, so you don’t have a name given by your parents.”

“For sure, they called me “Agathi”

The wise man laughed within.

“You said Agathi, which is an incomplete word. But you are not an ordinary person.”

“O Sire, I am not anything that you think but a very ordinary person. I don’t have the knowledge in Tamil as much as you.”

“Ok, what do you do for living?”

“I just help people who climb up the mountain.”

“Oh I am sad. In that way, I don’t have any gold to give you.”

“I don’t need them.”

“I don’t have silver either.”

“It’s alright.”

“Then how can I return the favour I am receiving from you?”

“Sir. Please do not talk so. I am receiving a great favour myself by helping such great devotees like you. What else do I need?”

“I have a doubt.” – said Narayana, the old man.

“Please..”

“You look very young. But your actions, words seem like that of a wise Maharishi. Who are you truly?”

“I am just an ordinary person.” – said Agathi and caught hold of the old man who seemed like falling down. Right then the Salagrama stone he had kept in the bag fell down. There appeared a stream and the Salagrama was seen inside the water.

The GOS 232 – Perumal & Adiyen 33 – Kali tries to confuse Varaha Murthy

The Grace of Siddha series can be read here.

The answers of Agastya Muni to the generic questions posted by devotees can be found here. The readers are requested to send their spiritual experiences related to the Siddhas to GnanaBoomi at Gmail dot com. Though the experiences are unique and personal to them, it can shower some light or guidance to those who read them. Thanks!
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Right after Hanuman went with Vali to Kishkinta, the Anjana couple could not bear his separation. They wanted to go to Kishkinta immediately. But they kept their patience level intact due to the presence of the all powerful Lord. Kali Purusha was hiding and witnessing all these and went to Varaha Murthy who was seated in the western side and prostrated before him.

He opened his eyes after a long time. Kali stood before him humbly with folded hands. He said:

“I am prostrating to the Lord Varaha.”

“What’s the matter Kali?”

“I request your blessings and grace.”

“Fair enough.”

“There is nothing you do not know. But it woulnd’t be nice if you remain patience.”

“Kali, speak to me directly. Why are you beating around the bush?”

“I am blessed my Lord. Please do not get angry at me. I am sure you are aware of the happenings in Tirumala.”

“Yes.”

“This is but your holy shrine.”

“Yes.”

“Since Venkatava pleaded, You have given a shelter to him.”

“He did not plead. I gave it myself whole heartily.”

“This is where you are cheated.”

“How?”

“In such a huge place as Tirumala, you are seated in a small place as that of a cow’s shelter. If seated, one cannot get up. If one gets up, they can’t be seated. One cannot stretch their legs and hands and lie down.”

“Hmm..proceed.”

“But Venkatava has forsaken you and has encroached all the seven hills, the beautiful waterfalls, the gardens and all around. You never objected.”

“What if I have?”

“Venkatava cannot have the complete authority. You also would have got a big mountain, beautiful garden etc.,”

“Kali! What happened to you, suddenly you have so much of concern for me?”

“O Lord. I think you have mistaken me. I always have tremendous love and respect for you.” – Kali prostrated again.

“Well, are you looking for a space for yourself in Tirumala for which you speak all these?”

“If I had such a desire my Lord, I would have asked You well before Venkatava himself. Now there is no chance for all these.”

“How are you saying so?”

“I advised Garuda but he stares at me as if he would pierce me with his beak. I then tried advising Adisesha who is blowing poisonous air unto me after having listened to all that I explained. Venkatava on top acts like he has taken the avatar only to destroy me.”

“Why do you create such an enmity towards all of these?”

“I think it is my bad time, that’s all I can say. You have given all the seven hills to Venkatava right?”

“Even beyond the Seven Hills.”

“You should get at least two mountains from him now.”

“Why?”

“For you. You have been the sole owner of all these places. This tiny place is not sufficient for you. Hence you should get back at least two of the mountains and enjoy it. I would like to have the darshan of that. That’s all is my wish.”

Varahamithra did think about what Kali said. Right at that time, Booma Devi appeared. Kali folded his hands in showing respect.

“Let there be auspiciousness.” – blessed Boomi Devi.

“O Mother Boomi! I think I did some great merits. Else, how would I get a blessing from you on auspiciousness?”

“Kali, it is the first thing that Varaha Swamy says too. It was the first Upadesha He gave me.”

“It is true Mother. But Varaha Swamy did not say this but you did, and blessed me. I am very happy.”

Varaha Swamy smiled within seeing this.

“Kali, what’s going on within your mind?”

“This mountain was Hayagreeva’s. Then you took over. This mountain should therefore be called as Varaha Murthy Mountain. You gave this to Venkatava. Now everyone calls this as Venkata Mountain or Thiruvenkata Malai. The name of this mountain should be changed to Varaha Murthy mountain. Then you should get back at least two mountains. That is why I came here.”

Boomi Devi listened to Kali’s words with patience. She felt he makes sense.

“Swamy, what Kali says makes sense. Can we call upon Venkatava and have this discussed through?”

“Devi, did you think this through?”

“What’s wrong in this Swamy?”

“..as this comes from Kali.”

“Yes.”

“He has come with this request all of a sudden.”

“What has he to gain here. He is just concerned about you.”

“No one does anything without a gain, including Kali, right?” – Varaha Swamy looked at Kali.

“Swamy, if you are well, I will be too.”

“Then there’s a gain.”

“Let us just call Venkatava and discuss this through instead of futile talks.” – said Booma Devi with frustration, unlike her very polite nature. Varaha Swamy was taken aback. Kali has begun his play, even she fell in his trap, He felt.

When Venkatava got the request to meet Varaha Swamy, He knew that Kali is out to play. Even Varaha Swamy knew Kali’s intention. But he began to play along for teaching a lesson to Booma Devi.

“I hear you called me upon?” – said Venkatava who was welcomed by Varaha Swamy.

“Nothing. You had asked me to stay here in this mountain for some time. I agreed. But I hear you are staying here forever. Is this true?”

“Yes. There is a lot to be done for the people at Earth. Kali is making trouble for all walks of lives. I intend to stay here to take care of him for a little longer.

“This is indeed a great news but this mountain is mine. It is being renamed as Venkata Malai after yours. This should be Varaha Murthy Malai in all fair means.” – said Booma Devi.

“That’s all right. I shall have this name changed right away. That’s all right?”

“Venkatava! I know you very well. I don’t have any desire for name of places. Probably Booma Devi has got such thoughts.” – Varaha Swamy winked.

“Those who are born in Earth will have such a desire and it is natural. It is no surprise to see such a desire on the one who is named Boomi Devi herself.” – smiled Venkatava.

Boomi Devi reacted…”Kali explained all these and I felt he makes sense. What is wrong in it?”

“O Boomi Devi, have patience. Do you want this mountain to be named as Varaha Murthy Mountain?”

“I want both”

“Fair enough. You may have it right away. But do not blame me for all the after-effects.”

“No I won’t. You should leave this mountain at once and this place should not be called as Tirumala. This should forever be called as Varaha Malai” – just as she mentioned this, a huge thunder hit and it began to rain profusely as if it will flood Tirumala to its whole. Venkatava saw this and sat down in Tapasya.

“Venkata, can’t you stop this thunderstorm?”

“No Varaha.”

“Why?”

“This is your mountain now. You have to take responsibility and ask Varuna Deva.”

“How can that be possible when this is called Tirumala.”

“You wanted it to be named after you just a while back.”

“It wasn’t me but Boomi Devi who wanted it.”

“Then let Boomi Devi pray to Varuna to have this stopped.”

“But this rain is flowing only this side. Your side is not stagnant with water or even a single drop of rain is yet to touch you.”

“I think you should ask Varuna.” – the Lord said sarcastically.

Varaha called Boomi Devi.

“Let me ask you a question. Who will the grand-father’s property go to?”

“It goes to the grand-children without a doubt.”

“It has happened just so here, right?”

“How?”

“If Venkatava is my grandson, this mountain should go to him only right? Just so I gave this to him. Why do you want to take it back?”

“Please pray to Varuna to have this stopped and hand ovfr the mountain to Varuna.”

“I am very happy.” – said Mahalakshmi. Right after she said so, the rain stopped. Varaha explained to Boomi Devi on how she reacted like any other normal human being, and hence Varuna came to the rescue.

“I realize it. But if those who come here go straight to Venkatava, how will one ever know that it was yours before? What is Venkatava going to do about it?”

“That’s all right? Those who come and have my darshan straight ahead will have only 1/4th of the merits. But if one taks holy dip in the Pushkarini, have yours and Booma Devi’s darshan and then come to me, each of them will get 100% merit.

Those who worship Boomi Devi sametha Varaha Murthy here, they will get every sowbhagya. Their debts will disappear. There won’t be any distraction in education. They will get fame. They will be healthy. This wordly people will get all such merits. This is Venkatava’s promise. Is this enough?” – asked Venkatava. The couple felt very happy. As they walked out, Kali stayed hidden. When the Lord went his way, he stood before Varaha and Boomi Devi.

She looked at him and thought that he was about to spoil her relationship with Varaha. She breathed heavily which turned out as a flame and started chasing Kali. The couple laughed aloud on seeing Kali being chased out thus.

~ to be continued…!

 

The GOS 231 – Perumal & Adiyen 32 – Hanuman to Kishkinta

The Grace of Siddha series can be read here.

The answers of Agastya Muni to the generic questions posted by devotees can be found here. The readers are requested to send their spiritual experiences related to the Siddhas to GnanaBoomi at Gmail dot com. Though the experiences are unique and personal to them, it can shower some light or guidance to those who read them. Thanks!
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Everyone felt very surprised on seeing Hanuman hanging in mid air. Even his father Kesari was taken aback by surprise. Vali was surprised too, but he wanted to bring back Hanuman at the earliest. Then..

“Why are you all worried? Hanuman has taken birth to do a number of miraculous things. I showed this only to affirm that I have the responsibility to guide him and to protect him.” – Vayu was carrying him in both hands. Vali was angry at seeing this.

“O Vayudeva! We are going to meet Venkatava to decide something very important about Hanuman. It is not fair for you to play with Hanuman at this crucial hour. Still, it would be nice if you give back the property of Kishkinta back to us. Enough of your playtime.” – though Vali was folding his hands, he said that with a ferocious tone.

Vayudeva laughed at this.

“Why are you laughing Vayu?” – Kesari asked humbly. He somehow felt Vayu as his brother and he did not get angry at all.

“Kesari, don’t you think it is fair to consult me before handing over Hanuman to Kishkinta? I am at the stage of his step-father. Why did you all forget me?” – Vayu was very sad when asking this.

“I don’t think it is necessary. Isn’t it enough to get the parents who gave birth to the kid??”

“Vali! You are talking without knowing respect. Kesari-Anjana has already given Hanuman as an adoption. You do not know this. Else, you wouldn’t talk like this immaturely.” – Vayu replied.

“Probably, but better than you and me, the one who creates, sustains the universe, Lord Venkatava is whom we were about to meet for an auspicious thing, how is it fair to interfere in our way? The conversation must happen in the presence of the Lord Almighty.” – said Vali swiftly.

“You should have asked me straight up. I would have welcomed you with both arms. But instead, you play with Hanuman like a ball.” – Kesari opened his mouth for the first time. Vayu realized that it is the presence of the mighty Vali that makes Kesari speaks like this. He handed over Hanuman to them. They all proceeded to meet Venkatava, stood before Him with great respect and devotion and prayed. The Lord looked at everyone, blessed them and asked Anjana what’s the matter.

Anjana explained everything that happened and said, “The decision is yours My Lord.” He listened to it completely as if He comes to know of all these for the first time and smiled beautifully.

“Kesari, where does a river start?”

“In the mountain.”

“Where does it end its journey?”

“In the ocean”

“Isnt’t it fair that the river reaches where it is supposed to reach?”

“Yes indeed.”

“Does the mountain desire to keep the river with itself, just because it is born at the mountain?”

“No it shouldn’t.”

“Perfectly said Kesari. Now you must have got the answer.”

“I understood my Lord. But the river that flows is different than my son Hanuman.”

“Kesari, your eyes are covered with the attachment towards your child. You don’t understand about nature either. Hanuman is your son. He is the foster son of Vayu. But it is destined that he should be in Kishkinta.”

“You too my Lord? Why should Hanuman go to Kishkinta when he can live peacefully and blissfully in Tirumala?”

“Is this what you say Kesari?”

“Yes, even I wanted to make my son Hanuman the future king of my province. I don’t have anybody else other than Hanuman either. But I obeyed your orders.”

“Was that a mistake Kesari?”

“Not at all my Lord. You are the protector of the world who knows everything. Let Hanuman go to Kishkinta, but let it happen after some time. I myself will take him there.”

“What’s the difference between taking him a little later and now? Here stands Vali, you know nothing about him. He is capable of withstanding all three worlds by himself. If Hanuman is with him, it is very beneficial for Hanuman. Do not spoil it.”

“I will take care of him even if he is in Kishkinta. But…” – said Vayu.

“Am I not worthy of getting the respect which is given to a monkey from Kishkinta? Even if Vali himself has asked, isn’t it right Kesari asking me for the sake of it? How is it fair that he thinks that Hanuman is all his?” – asked Vayu.

“Do not get angry Vayu. Such negative talks rise when there is anger and attachment. Forget it. Did you think it was right to push Hanuman and to hold him in mid air yourself. You scared everyone there. Was that fair?”

Vayu remained silent and so did everyone around.

“Let Vali take Hanuman to Kishkinta on an auspicious day. Let Anjana and Kesari accompany Hanuman. Vayu can visit there frequently, train him on various things.” – then the Lord looked at Vali and said:

“Do not hasten. Take Hanuman as you wished. Let his parents come along and do not stop them whenever they wish. They won’t stay in Kishkinta for long. The final phase of their lives will be spent in Kishkinta.” – said the Lord.

Kesari was postponing the Yagna as much as possible as he did not want to send Hanuman to Kishkinta. Vali became furious and rolled his tail, smashing those trees which stood for thousands of years to ground. Kesari was shocked at this. If he can smash such mighty trees with his tail, what sort of a power will he possess? He realized Vali’s prowess and said:

“It was the love for Hanuman that I lost my balance, I dared to postpone this event even after the Lord commanding me to do so. Let me make arrangements for the yagna right away.” – he folded his hands.
Vali was convinced only then. In a few moments, arrangements were made with invitation to Lord Brahma, Narada and so on for sending Hanuman to Kishkinta. Anjana was relieved that she could visit there to see Hanuman whenever she wants to, in spite of feeling the heaviness in separation.

But she was worried about Hanuman’s adamant nature and Vali’s short temper if things would work between them. But she surrendered completely to the holy feet of the Lord and was relieved. When the ritual was proceeding, an old Maharishi came and went straight up to Vali:

“Vali Mahraj”

Vayu who was looking fondly at Hanuman looked around. There stood the Maharishi.

“Do you realize that there is a small error in this ritual. Can the Lord Venkatava allow this?”

“I don’t understand what you mean.”

“Who is Hanuman?”

“The son of Anjana-Kesari, my foster-son.”

“Rightly so. Then you and your wife should sit in this yagna and give Hanuman as an adoption to Kishkinta? You and Hanuman are related anyway..” – said the Rishi.

“My and my wife didn’t think of this at all. But it is all the same now. I am not going to make this a big issue.” – Vayu turned around.

“Vayu, do you know? The moment when someone gives an adoption with Agni as the witness, then all the rights for that child is for the person who receives him. When Anjana and Kesari are giving Hanuman as an adoption to Kishkita, your right as a foster father goes away.”

“What are you saying?”

“No one can call Hanuman as Vayu Putra hereafter but he would be known as Kishkintapuri Putra. Think about it.”

“I don’t get it?”

“With Venkatava as the witness, Anjana and Kesari gave Hanuman as adoption to you. Now Kesari is scared of Vali and he is giving away Hanuman to him. This is where you and Venkatava are making a mistake. When they gave Hanuman as an adoption to you, then you have all the rights. Not them.

Vayu thought for a moment and said, “I did mention this to the Lord. But he didn’t say anything.”

“Vayu, don’t mistake me. He is the source of this play. That’s all I can say.”

“What do you want me to do?”

“You and your wife should conduct this yagna and hand over Hanuman to Kishkinta.”

“Then Hanuman will become like my foster-son.” – said Vayu.

“Yes, but give him as an adoption temporarily. Do not give him away forever. Go now and stop this yagna.”

“You seem to know all these in detail. But you never said who you are.”

“Don’t worry about me, just think of me as your well-wisher. Don’t waste time and don’t lose your rights.”

Though Vayu was worried and confused, he took the Maharishi’s words as a divine ordaince. Right at that time, Venkatava walked in. On seeing the Lord, Vayu went back to his seat. Right then the important part of the yagna of giving adoption started. The Lord looked around and asked: “Where is Vayu?”

Vayu stood in front of the Lord.

“You are supposed to be here in the center and blessing Hanuman. Should you hide like this? Take this akshadhai, bless Hanuman.”

Vayu was surprised. He began to speak and the Lord said: “I know. An old Maharishi must have spoken to you right? Did he also say that you should stop the yagna and clarified you of your rights?”

“Yes”

“Well, it was me who tested your state of mind. Just look around, you won’t find the Maharishi. Look closely at me and you’d find him in me.”

Thus, the Lord carried out the play of giving away Hanuman to Kishkinta.

~ to be continued…!

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The GOS 230 – Perumal & Adiyen 31 – Vali’s Proposal

The Grace of Siddha series can be read here.

The answers of Agastya Muni to the generic questions posted by devotees can be found here. The readers are requested to send their spiritual experiences related to the Siddhas to GnanaBoomi at Gmail dot com. Though the experiences are unique and personal to them, it can shower some light or guidance to those who read them. Thanks!
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When Hanuman was playing in Tirumala, the king of Kishkinta, Vali came to Tirumala. He made arrangements for a penance to get the darshan of Lord Venkatava. After a severe penance for several years, Venkatava appeared before Vali and asked him why he was doing such a severe penance.

“I had to ask you for a favor my Lord.”

“What is it?”

“I saw a small child flying towards the sky some years back. I began to collect all information about him and knew that he is under your protection.”

“Oh Hanuman! He is not under my protection. He has parents.”

“You are the mother and father of all beings. Hence I wanted to get your darshan.”

“What else do you want as you have got my darshan?”

“I want to see Hanuman.”

“Then?”

“If you approve, I want to take him and his parents to Kishkintha and have them with me.”

“You should be asking this to his parents. Why are you asking me?”

“My Lord. Hanuman will come with me only if you allow.”

“I don’t have any control over Hanuman. Ask this to the Anjana couple. If they agree to your proposal, I am happy too. But why are you asking about Hanuman in particular?”

“O Sire, aren’t you aware? It is well written in the palm leaves of Siddhas and Maharishis such as Vashishta!”

“Oh you are asking this based on them. Why would I be an hindrance if its ordained? Go and ask the couple yourself.”

When Vali came to the ashram, Anjana was very surprised. But Kesari was doubtful about his intention since there were a huge amount of Vanara army with Vali. He guessed that it was to do with Hanuman that this mighty king of Vanaras has come all the way here. As he was a king himself, he welcomed Vali as he would do for another king. Vali inquired about Hanuman as Kesari rightly guessed.

Kesari called upon Hanuman and introduced him to Vali. He asked to do Namaskara for Vali. Hanuman did not do so for some reasons. He was restless and was running here and there without listening to Kesari, upsetting him. He became angry as well as he felt insulted before an emperor. Vali persuaded him saying he is just a kid and would become alright as he grows.

“May I know why your mighty being has honored this poor man’s hut?” – Kesari asked humbly.

“I saw the prowess of your son in the sky a while back. I really liked him. If you allow, if you wish too, I would like to take Hanuman to Kishkinta. Hence I came here myself.”

Anjana was shocked hearing this.

Kesari did not expect this too. It was because of Hanuman that he left his kingdom and is staying here at Tirumala. If Hanuman is sent to Kishkinta, how can he be peaceful?

“What are you thinking O King! Hanuman is not just your son. He is a close friend of Kishkintapuri. It will be very beneficial for the world if he is taken there. I will raise him as a prince myself.”

“O King of Kishkinta! I know about you very well. Hanuman will be blessed greatly if he grows up in Kishkinta, no doubt. But…” – said Anjana.

“What is the problem then?”

“Tirumala’s Lord should approve of this first. Then Kesari should agree. Then..”

“..then its your approval?”

“It is not mine. But Hanuman should like Kishkintapuri.”

“He is just a boy right? My servants in the palace will take good care of him. I spoke to the Lord already, He doesn’t have any objection. I am not sure what King Kesari would say..” – said Vali.

“O King. I won’t speak what is not in my heart. I do not wish to send Hanuman to Kishkintapuri.” – said the straightforward Kesari.

“This wouldn’t be a problem if you both agree to live with Hanuman at Kishkintapuri.” – said Vali.

Kesari became thoughtful. “I am a king of a smaller province. I cannot stay in another palace for more than three days as per the rules. I cannot stay in the palace for long.”

“Let us then ask the Lord Venkatava himself.” – said Anjana.

“Would you agree to whatever the Lord says?” – asked Vali.

Kesari expressed his consent. They all proceeded to the Lord. While on their way, Hanuman was running in front of everyone where he peeped in to the right side of the mountain and fell down in a huge valley next to it. That was a place where survival is next to impossible for those who falls down. But when they saw, Hanuman was hanging in the mid air.

~ to be continued…!

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The GOS 229- Perumal & Adiyen 30 – Bala Hanuman

The Grace of Siddha series can be read here.

The answers of Agastya Muni to the generic questions posted by devotees can be found here. The readers are requested to send their spiritual experiences related to the Siddhas to GnanaBoomi at Gmail dot com. Though the experiences are unique and personal to them, it can shower some light or guidance to those who read them. Thanks!
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“You need to go across the river right? My coracle is on its way. Get on board, I shall take you across safely.” – said an old man.

“When will it come? I don’t see any coracle coming nearby?”

“Just a moment. It will be here, bear with me.” – the old man was humble. A few minutes passed by. Four men came along with a coracle on their head.

“There is a small hole in it. I shall fix it in no minute. Then it will be ready.” – said one of them. Kesari could not say anything. It is better for me and Hanuman to escape from this place. Let us worry about Anjana later, he thought. He could not think of anything else, including what he will feed if the infant Hanuman gets hungry. When the coracle got ready, he asked:

“Should I climb up alone or can the horse get on it too?”

“Both can.”

“Nothing to worry right?”

“Nothing.”

“I am just asking as you said there was a hole in it that needs fixing. The flood is raging too.”

“You are a king with enough army and mental strength. If you get scared of this yourself, how’s that?” – the coracle man was sarcastic. Though Kesari did not like this talk, he kept quiet thinking of the task at hand. In a while, the huge horse somehow got in to the coracle. Kesari sat in it with Hanuman who was wrapped in a silk cloth and was kept inside a carrying box (without a cover of course).

The coracle went on its way in the river. Half way through Kesari felt a chilling feeling in his foot. There was a small hole through which water was getting inside. He got scared so much. He shouted at the old man to turn the coracle to the banks.

“We are half way through. We cannot go that way as its too windy. Just bear with me for a while, we can reach the other side quicker.” – said the old man without even looking at Kesari’s face.

“Oh man! There is a hole in this coracle.”

“Do not worry. I shall take you across safely. Just be seated as the horse is freaking out. Please try to control it.”

Kesari was worried, how is he going to take Hanuman across this raging river? This coracle man is not going to listen. Let whatever happen be the will of the Three Eyed Lord, he thought. As he saw Hanuman feeling hungry, he tried to give him the cow’s milk he had taken along. But Hanuman did not want the milk but his mother Anjana. He began to cry loudly and was not able to be controlled no matter what Kesari tried. Kesari was tired. As it happened, the hole became bigger and the coracle began to drown. The horse freaked out like never before and Hanuman was not to be controlled either. He cried aloud surrendering totally to the Lord saying: “O my Lord Venkatava! Only you can save us!”

That happened then, only after Kesari surrendered completely. Someone lifted Bala Hanuman in their hands. The hole got closed by itself. The water disappeared. Someone was seen consoling the horse as well by tapping it. Miraculously enough, the raging flood disappeared along with the coracle man. The coracle was smoothly floating like a boat. Kesari was shocked seeing all these. He first thought that the old man was washed away in the flood. Then a divine voice was heard from the North-Eastern corner:

“Kesari! Don’t be surprised. Your child is safe in my hands. It was me who came as the coracle man and it was me who fixed the hole in it. I wanted to give a small shock treatment to your wrong decisions. You were not able to console a crying child for a brief period of time. How is it fair to take him away from his mother and Tirumala, did you think you can raise him yourself?” – asked Venkatava.

Kesari was quiet for a while:

“Please forgive me. We both shall return to Tirumala.” – Bala Hanuman was seen laughing and smiling.

“It is a sin to separate the child from its mother. But as this child is of a divine nature, it is not an issue to give him as adoption. This child is an avatar of Lord Mahadeva Himself. That Three Eyed Lord wanted to be at Tirumala Himself. This child is going to give a mighty protection to the king of Ayodhya, Sri Rama. Not just that. He will live as a Brahmachari and will help the people in many ways.

His fame will spread in all eight directions. He will appear in the Krishnavatar which will come after Ramavatar. As the Kali’s atrocities will appear, Venkata avatar had to happen.”

Kesari did not understand anything. He was thinking, this child is given as adoption anyway. There is not going to be another child for me as Anjana wanted to stay in Tirumala to serve the Lord. It is better if I become a Sannyasin, Kesari decided. Anjana questioned his decision for which he said, “You are aware of this already, then why do you question? There isn’t many children for us. The only one we had, we gave it for adoption. You are going to stay in Tirumala for serving the Lord. I cannot stay here as I don’t like this place, Venkatava or Vayu.”

Anjana suggested Kesari that he should marry another woman and through her, he can get another son to succeed his throne. He did not expect this from Anjana. He explained to her that he does not have such a thought but he would love if Anjana comes with him to be his queen. Anjana declined. She said it was enough for her to have this one child who is of divine nature.

Kesari was upset with her decision and he began to leave the place at once. Anjana wasn’t able to bear it. She thought, “O Lord! You gave me this life. Please make my husband understand.”

The Lord smiled and appeared before her. “Anjana, do not worry. He will come back and live with you. You do not have to serve me any longer but be his queen.”

“Thank you my Lord.”

“Please raise Hanuman as your own for some more time. But do not show him too much of love.”

Hanuman’s naughtiness was unbearable for others around but everyone liked him. Kesari was not able to live alone for long. He kept sending messengers to both the wife and son. One day when he was doing his pooja, he saw the sky becoming dark all of a sudden. As it was a summer, he was surprised to see the sky becoming darker. As he looked up, he could see a small boy floating in the sky. Before he could make sense of what was happening, the boy was slapped on his cheek, began to fall down and was caught by Surya Deva. He kept the unconscious boy in Anjana’s ashram.

Surya was telling the devas and other rishis in Tirumala:

“As he came to catch hold of me, I slapped him slightly as the world will become dark if he does so. I was wondering how he got the power to fly. I think it is due to Vayu.”

Kesari realized that it was his son. He could not live in his place any longer and he came back to Tirumala. The Lord was pleased to see the family reunited.

~ to be continued…!

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The GOS 228- Perumal & Adiyen 29 – Naming of Anjanadhri!

The Grace of Siddha series can be read here.

The answers of Agastya Muni to the generic questions posted by devotees can be found here. The readers are requested to send their spiritual experiences related to the Siddhas to GnanaBoomi at Gmail dot com. Though the experiences are unique and personal to them, it can shower some light or guidance to those who read them. Thanks!
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Though Kesari was happy that the Lord himself named their son as Hanuman, he did not like the idea of adopting their son to Vayu completely. He lamented about this to Anjana. She said that the Lord will take care of everything and that she was not convinced about the adoption either.

“You could have spoken to Lord Venkatava and got the child back, but somehow you kept silent. We went through a number of ordeals and are in a situation where we lost our child.”

“O Kesari, my beloved! It wasn’t just me who kept quiet. We both were speechless before the Lord. Even you could have tried getting our child back, but we couldn’t.”

“Anjana, can we speak to the Lord once again to get our child back?”

“O Lord. Hanuman is our child. He will be raised by us. Vayu will visit him often to bestow the knowledge and power as agreed. Why are you worrying? It won’t be nice to go back to Lord Narayana again with such a query.”

Kesari could not speak further. It was saddening for Anjana to see Kesari struggling not able to be without the child. Anjana tried consoling him with a thought that the Lord wanted to show them that nothing is permanent in this world. The next day, she went to have the darshan of the Lord alone as Kesari was not willing to join. The Lord asked Anjana affectionately:

“Is there any confusion? Why didn’t Kesari come along?”

“He would. He doesn’t feel well.”

“What’s wrong?”

“It’s all about our child O Lord.”

“He doesn’t want to give his child for adoption right?”

“Yes. He nodded before you at first but he is not able to bear that thought. He hasn’t slept the whole night.”

“Then let me call Vayu. We shall discuss it straight through.”

“O Lord. Please do not test us any further. Let things happen as per your divine will.”

“O Anjana. Your mind has reached the state of maturity. No one will be ready to give a newborn child as an adoption. You have a divinity within you, hence you were able to accept what I suggested. But Kesari may not have reached that state.”

“I shall manage him. He doesn’t want to stay here in Tirumala any longer. He wants to leave right away. Please allow us.”

“Very well then. But there is going to be a big yagna and Namakarana in this Tirumala. Then you can return to your kingdom with Hanuman.”

“Your wish is my command. But it is difficult to persuade Kesari.”

“Let me take care of him. But you haven’t asked why this Namakarana and Yagna for?” – the Lord smiled.

“You did severe tapasya in this place. Hence this place will be called after you and will remain even if there is Pralaya happening in the Earth.”

“In my name?”

“Yes. This place where you lived will henceforth be called as Anjanadhri.”

“I am pleased my Lord.”

“There is a question though.”

“If I name this place after you, will Kesari have any objection? Can you check with him?”

“What play is this O Kesava. Why wouldn’t he agree when You say so?”

“Nevertheless, you and Kesari are different. You came forward for the adoption but he didn’t. Now if this naming is going to be after yours, how can he accept his name be left out?”

“He hasn’t done anything against my will my Lord.”

“But he feels otherwise in case of Hanuman.”

“Your play is known only to you. Why do you want to separate us?” – Anjana asked amidst tears.

“No, it isn’t me. Your husband wants to do so.”

“No my Lord. It is true that he was concerned about this adoption. But he wouldn’t go against your words or my wish.”

“Anjana. Go back and see if Kesari is there. Bring him if he is around.” – Anjana left the place at once for she knew that the Lord wouldn’t say so if something hadn’t happened. Just as she feared, Kesari was not to be found and Hanuman was missing too! She searched everywhere but no avail. She went back to the Lord with tears.

“Anjana, did Kesari agree to have this hill named after you?”

“Swami, please do not test me any further. Please let me join my husband and child.” – she began to cry.

“While we were talking, Kesari took Hanuman and went downhill. He is now nearing the banks of Koneri. Tell me now, am I the one who separated you both?”

Kesari was not willing to give the child for adoption. So he took Hanuman in the early hours of morning and came down. When he reached the banks of Koneri, he found that the river was flooding. He must cross the river but there is no boat or anything available around. He cannot take the horse in this raging flood plus Hanuman must be protected. He did not want to go back to Tirumala either. He was in a dilemma now for it wasn’t sure when the flood will come down or should he go back to TIrumala.

The GOS 227- Perumal & Adiyen 28 – Anjaneya for Anjana

The Grace of Siddha series can be read here.

The answers of Agastya Muni to the generic questions posted by devotees can be found here. The readers are requested to send their spiritual experiences related to the Siddhas to GnanaBoomi at Gmail dot com. Though the experiences are unique and personal to them, it can shower some light or guidance to those who read them. Thanks!
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When testing phase comes again and again, the devotion rises up. The Lord incarnates himself out of mercy. This is a repetitive miracle right from the days of yore. The Lord appeared as Venkatava and blesses people in spite of the hardships given by Kali. He tried Anjana not to visit Tirumala but was not successful this time either. She got conceived after a long time on a Full Moon day of Panguni month.

When Kesari was worried about the delivery, the Lord assured him that His consort Goddess Lakshmi Devi will assist Anjana herself along with Saraswathi and Parvathi assisting her. Kesari was speechless.

“This son of yours will rule the world in his own way. There will be none to quote an example for devotion other than him. Not just that, no one can defeat him either. He is a parakramasali.” – blessed the Lord. When Kesari mentioned this to Anjana, she felt happy but she was worried about something.

“Whatever be it, I cannot imagine giving my child as an adoption to someone else.”

“What are you talking about Anjana?”

“We came here seeking an offfspring, right?”

“Yes.”

“The Lord blessed us with one..”

“Indeed..”

“Then how can one come forward to give such a child as an adoption to the Wind God Vayu?”

“What happened to you Anjana?” – as Kesari wasn’t aware of the vision, he was taken aback. Anjana mentioned about the vision then.

“Ah! You must be mad. Everyone gets similar visions everyday. If we give importance to these, we cannot live peacefully. We have the Lord by our side. He will take care of everything.” – Kesari tried consoling her. She did feel better.

As the days pass by, Anjana wanted to have the ritual of Seemandham, to ensure long and healthy life for the child. Tirumala didn’t have the facilities and her relatives were living far away. She prayed to the Lord expressing this wish. The all merciful Lord said:

“Purattasi month will have a lot of Rishi Muni, Devas visiting here to have my darshan. I shall ensure that the Seemandham and Valai Kaappu happens, ok?”

(Valai Kaappu is a ritual where the pregnant woman is given a long of bangles to wear after a specific time period of her pregnancy which she continues to do so, believed to have beneficial efffect on the child in womb)

Anjana was speechless this time. The Lord asked what she was thinking.

“Nothing my Lord. I have surrendered everything at your holy feet. But an unknown fear casts me as the time of delivery comes closer. I am afraid if Kali will trouble me somehow.”

“The brave Anjana is scared, in spite of all the assurances given is it?”

“O Lord, it is the nature of a woman to think about a lot of things and worry. Please do not mind.” – she fell at His feet.

The Purattasi month came and Tirumala was in festival mood again. As the Lord said, the Valai Kaapu and Seemandham for Anjana happened in full grandeur at Tirumala with many visiting from all three worlds. As this was the first of its kind, Kesari-Anjana couple got the fame of having this ceremony conducted at Tirumala first. Once the festivities got over, Lakshmi Devi took utmost care of Anjana. Lord Dhanwantri gave the herbs and medicines for the delivery himself.

During the month of Margazhi in Moola star, Anjana gave birth to a beautiful male child. The Goddesses of the holy trinity expressed their love by affectionately kissing the child. It was one of its kind where the three great Goddesses kissed and cuddled a baby at the same time. The child bathed in bliss and love. Upon witnessing, they found the attributes of Brahma-Vishnu-Maheshwara were present in it.

While Anjana was very happy about everything, she kept worrying whether this child will remain with her for a long time. Kesari felt that they should return to their places as its long since they started living here. Anjana wanted to get the consent of the Lord.

“The woman who visited her mother’s house for delivery should stay there at least for three full moon day. Why hurry?” – the Lord said with a meaning. The couple decided so as well and then that miracle happened.

When they were discussing all these, Lord Vayu appeared there, paid his respect to the Lord who blessed him.

“I came with a request to you, Anjana and Kesari. Please have mercy on me.” – said Vayu.

“Vayu had never got any request for me. Ask what you want.”

“You are the Lord who gives without asking. You know precisely what I want. But…”

“But what?”

“This is a matter concerning this couple. Hence I have to think well before I speak.”

Kesari said that he will offer anything that Vayu might ask. Anjana agreed to the same. Vayu said:

“This holy child of Anjana, I want to adopt him in front of the Lord and raise him as my own son.”

Anjana was shocked. She took the child inside the ashram at once as she could not stand there anymore. Kesari could not say or do anything. He stood there speechless. The Lord asked Vayu slowly:

“Why is this desire Vayu?”

“I somehow felt that I should raise this child my Lord. A divine voice said that this child will rule the entire universe and do marvellous things. It also said that Anjana will refuse this request first and then will happily give it over. The voice said that I should raise this child as my own son, for the past three days. Hence I came here. Please show me a way.” – Vayu fell at the Lord’s feet.

“Please do not separate our child from us in the name of divine voice, O Vayu.” – Kesari pleaded.

“I did not come here to separate. This was an order given by Lord Brahma. You might have got a dream three days back right?”

“Even if Lord Brahma appears in front of us, we are not ready to give our child for adoption.” – said Kesari.

“It is not an adoption dear Kesari. I do not intend to do the ritualistic way of changing his Gothra after doing the religious ceremonies. This child will be raised by me for some time. He will grow in your mighty presence for sometime. In the future, he will be called Vayu-Putra.”

“You said adoption first. Now you are saying that we should raise the child at allotted time period. Is this like a trade with the newborn child?” – Kesari expressed his frustration.

Anjana came out after placing the child safely inside and pleaded to the Lord if it was fair in Vayu asking thus. The Lord said:

“Anjana, this son is and will be yours. He will be called as Anjani Putra at all times. But just like how in a big family, someone will not have an offspring where they would want to cuddle and love a child born to another family member. Vayu’s desire is of that kind. What is wrong in it?”

“It is of no issue if he wants to express his love to the child. But why is he asking for adoption?”

“Fair enough..”

“O Lord. I have a slightly different thought. This child of Anjana is a divine one. I want to give all my powers to him. Not just mine, but I want to give all the powers of all five elements and make him the Deva of Devas.” – said Vayu.

“Good thought, I am very pleased to hear it.”

“Please bless me. If this child is raised by Anjana, it wil grow only as a normal child.”

The Lord nodded.

“Hence I came here with all 5 elements. Please bless me.”

“Kesari, what is your opinion?” – asked the Lord.

“I won’t give my child for adoption.”

“Ok.”

“Vayu can however visit my child whenever he wants. If he wants to bestow his powers and that of the five elements, let him do so in front of my eyes.”

“Ok”

“My child should not get any disgrace in the name of Vayu or because of Vayu.”

“Never. I promise.” – assured Vayu.

“What do you say, Anjana?” – asked the Lord with a smile.

“O Kesava. You never move a single thing without a reason. All I can see is your play. Our role is just to play our part right? I agree to what my husband said but I am worried that something is going to happen.”

“Anjana, do not worry. I shall take care of everything. By the way, what have you named your child?”

“I haven’t. Please choose a name for this child yourself.”

“Can we call him Hanuman?”

“Very happy. Let him be called so.” – said the couple happily.

~ to be continued…!

The GOS 226 – Perumal & Adiyen 27 – The Lord clarifies Anjana

The Grace of Siddha series can be read here.

The answers of Agastya Muni to the generic questions posted by devotees can be found here. The readers are requested to send their spiritual experiences related to the Siddhas to GnanaBoomi at Gmail dot com. Though the experiences are unique and personal to them, it can shower some light or guidance to those who read them. Thanks!
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When Anjana woke up, she wanted to believe all that she saw was a dream. Hence she did not speak to anyone about it. Her husband thought that she fell down because of tiredness. He comforted her and they set forth to Tirumala. They reached Garudathri, named after Garuda and made a tent to stay. The natural surrounding took their attention completely for they haven’t seen such a beauty before.

A gentle breeze, the flowers that spread fragrance in all directions. Krishna-Thulasi, the plant whose leaves are used for Venkatava. Waterfalls appearing like a silver line, constantly falling down with a steady pace, huge trees as if holding an umbrella against the heat. The murmuring of bees, animals such as deer and rabbits with white peacock, grass that look fresh green on top of which dew appearing like pearls. The clouds up there in the sky coming down to bow down to Tirumala and touch it.

The couple thought that they should just stay here for the rest of their lives, even if they are not blessed with a child. Such a natural, serene environment with Tirumala on top, a small hut to live. What else does one need, they both thought. The Lord blessed the couple who came up thinking of Him, surrendering to Him.

The couple should be doing severe penance for one and a half years. They should consume one fruit given by the Lord for a day. She will become pregnant only after one and a half years. The couple readily accepted these conditions. They even tied a holy thread with a resolve and to pray that the penance should succeed without any obstacles. Then on a Chathurthi day on a growing moon, during Ashwini star on a Shubha Horai, they began their penance after obtaining the blessings of Guru Bhagawan. Lord Venkatava Himself gave them both a pommegranate fruit before they started. The couple’s joy knew no bounds, thinking that the Lord Himself has given them the fruit.

Anjana was completely determined in her penance. But Kesari, her husband wasn’t. It might be said that he did not make use of the multiple opportunities given. One and a half years passed somehow. Anjana completed her penance and looked at her husband. She saw Kesari hunting the rabbits, she felt very sad. She resented that he had not followed the Lord’s instructions.

Kesari replied aloud, “Vigils and penance are for ladies. Not for brave men like me who killed a wild elephant all alone.”

“What happened to you? You were so supportive and were talking so softly till yesterday. Shouldn’t we get our child only for which we came here? Why are you acting different?” – pleaded Anjana.

“You are a crazy woman. You are going to give birth to a child. Why should I suffer?”

Anjana cried within thinking deeply. Is this Kali’s play again? Has he changed my husband’s mind? Is the Lord aware of this? Why is He keeping silent? What sort of a test is this? She kept thinking while a voice was heard only to her:

“Anjana! Do not worry. Your wish will be fulfilled. The son who will born to you is not ordinary. He will be praised by all three worlds. Your husband is not interested in a family life now. He is neither interested in chanting divine names. There is a reason for these, I shall explain to you later.

You felt unconscious on seeing a vision remember? What you saw will happen. The child born to you and Kesari will be given as adoption to Vayu by Kesari himself. This is as per law, fate. None can change it. By being Kesari’s son, this boy cannot do all those miracles. He has to fly and do things which are even hard to imagine. Vayu’s help will be assisting here. This son will be called as ‘Anjana’s Putra’ in all three worlds.

Don’t persuade Kesari. He will give you a son and will do to Himalayas to perform tapasya. He then will be called as Kesari Siddha. The son born to you will protect you, be with you always.” – the voice said.

Anjana could not understand what was happening. Should she feel happy about the son who will born to her or should she go along with Kesari to perform tapasya after their son is adopted to Vayu?”

Venkatava appeared before Anjana while she was thinking these. She fell at His feet.

“What do you want Anjana?”

“O Lord who gives everything that is asked for! I need a son and I also wish my husband stay with me. Please bless me for both.”

“Then?”

“We should chant your divine name by staying here in this holy place till the rest of our lives and reach your holy feet.”

“Then?”

“I wish to bear your holy feet with both my hands all the time. Bless me please with these.”

“Let it all be. Where is your husband?”

“He was right here. But Lord, you are the all knower. Can’t you find him?”

“Anjana, see there! He was hunting rabbits a while back. Now he is in deep meditation.”

“That’s good. Let him continue doing meditation.”

“No Anjana, he spoke rationalism a while back.”

“Yes!”

“He said it is your fate to give birth to a child.”

“Yes.”

“I asked him to do tapasya here. But he didn’t.”

“True.”

“Seeing all these, what do you think?”

“I think he is mentally unstable.”

“Perfectly said. Not just in this birth, your husband Kesari was a bit insane in his previous birth as well.”

“O Lord. He killed a wild elephant all alone with just a spear. Isn’t it bravery? My father was impressed by that act and got me married to him.”

“It is true as well.”

“Then what about my future O Kesava!”

“Do not worry. I will take care of your son and yourself. Kesari will go to Himalayas after giving you a son. You will follow your husband after some time.”

“My son?”

“Vayu will adopt him as his own. I will have an eye on him too. Are you happy?”

“O Lord, but You haven’t answered to my wishes earlier?”

“Time will answer them.” – replied the Lord. Anjana thought she might fall down unconscious again.

~ to be continued…!

Featured image courtesy: Ghumakkar. There is an interesting article in the link about the birth place of Hanuman.

There is a valid question posted by Pruthviraj on the time of birth of Hanuman, which happens during Treta Yuga where Kali’s presence is not yet started. How come then Kali tries to interfere in this? Pretty valid indeed. While we try to get the answer from the original post’s author, we can only say that it is a narration of what is told by Agastya Muni. Stay tuned, as always 🙂

The GOS 225 – Perumal & Adiyen 26 – Kali’s plot against Anjana

The Grace of Siddha series can be read here.

The answers of Agastya Muni to the generic questions posted by devotees can be found here. The readers are requested to send their spiritual experiences related to the Siddhas to GnanaBoomi at Gmail dot com. Though the experiences are unique and personal to them, it can shower some light or guidance to those who read them. Thanks!
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Anjana and her husband reached Tirumala in the night. Since the horses were tired too, they made them take some rest in a nearby small town, gave them water. Then they let them graze nearby. One of the horses did not go anywhere so they cut some grass and hanged it as a pile in a nearby tree. The soldiers began to watch them for the night whilst a tent was arranged for them to take rest.

When it was midnight, Kali came to the place. He knew Anjana. He also knew that the son from Anjana is going to take over the entire world. He knew that Venkatava will bless them for a child, whose name will be Hanuman. If Hanuman is born, Venkatava’s glory will spread all the worlds, thereby hindering every activity he is planning to do. He therefore decided that they should not have the darshan of Lord Narayana. He thought of various means and then decided that he will appear as Venkatava himself and drive them back. He did not waste any time in taking action. He stood as Him, before Anjana couple.

Anjana’s joy did not know any bounds. They fell at His feet saying, “It is our blessing that you appeared before us yourself.”

“What do you want? Tell me and I shall fix it.” – said Kali, in disguise of the Lord.

“We are yearning for a child as you know Lord.”

“That’s all right? Are you going all the way to Tirumala for this simple request? You don’t have to go there to have my darshan. I have given it to you right here and am blessing you for a child as well. But…” – dragged Kali.

“What Swami?” – Anjana was worried.

“Putra-Kameshti yagna should be done for two years, that too by Narada and Brahma. They won’t accept this that easily. That’s the problem.” – said Kali.

“Venkatava himself says this? The moment you blessed us with your words, we think that we are indeed blessed with a child. Why then a yagna, that too with the help of Narada and Brahma. I don’t quite understand.” – said Anjana’s husband.

“Fair enough. Let it not be Narada or Brahma. Let it be done on a Ashtami day with the help of Badra Kaali.”

“What?!” – screamed the couple at the same time.

“Are we talking to Venkatava himself? We never heard of a Putra Kameshti yagna done by Kaali Devi? How come Tirumaal say such a word?” – Anjana asked, terrified.

Kali did not expect this question.

“Alright alright. There need not be a yagna done with Badra Kaali. You don’t have to go to Tirumala. Just pray from here. The Kali Purusha himself will bestow all the blessings you need. Is it enough?” – asked Kali who was still disguising as the Lord Himself.

Anjana felt the conversation to be irrelevant and she infact started suspecting the form which stood before them. She began to pray earnestly to the Lord.

“O Paranthama! I came here seeking your blessings. Please do not test me and my husband now. Please bless me with a son.” – she went deep in to her prayers, sincerely. Won’t the Lord hear it? He did, and understood that Kali is in to something. The next moment…

A circle of fire surrounded the couple with a divine voice…

“O Anjana couple! Fear not! This is the play of Kali. He is distracting you in my form. Do not trust his words. Me and my Sudarshana Chakra will take care of him.”

The moment they heard it, they were prepared for the next set of action. Within then, the circle of fire surrounded the tent, the soldiers and the horses. Kali was exposed. He ran away.

“Thank God! We are saved.” – said Anjana. They became grateful on the mercy shown by the Lord. They both chanted “Venkatanatha Govinda” right from the bottom of their hearts.

“Kali won’t come near you. Your Tirumala pilgrimage will be successful. Due to your past lives’ merits, a beautiful male child will be born to you.” – the divine voice said again.

“If such a child is born, then let it be called as your own child O Lord, though he will be called as the son of Anjana. Let him grow in your holy feet.” – Anaja said pleasingly. Though Anjana’s husband did not like it much, he got angry in fact. He moved from that place at once. Anjana was grateful as to what she said only to find her husband missing. She asked the soldiers to look for them. When they couldn’t find him either, she began to pray to the Lord again who said:

“Do not worry. He won’t leave you. But he is upset about the promise you made for he wanted to raise the boy himself and not as Venkatava’s son. Now Vayu is consoling him near the stream. Go there and bring your husband here.” – the Lord showed her the way. A vision she saw there gave her goose bumps.

Varuna, Vayu, 18 Siddhas, The Holy Trinity all were seated where her husband was giving a male child to Vayu with Agni as the shakshi (agni is considered a witness in any holy practices in Sanatana Dharma. Hence the term ‘agni-shakshi’) as if giving an adoption.

She could not believe this vision whether it is true or not. She touched her belly to see if she feels anything. As this vision continued to appear within her mind again and again, Anjana thought, I haven’t even got pregnant, how is my husband giving a child as adoption, she thought and fell down unconscious.

~ to be continued…!

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