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LORD VISHNU RECEIVES SUDARSHAN CHAKRA
The deities went to lord
Vishnu, after being tormented by the demons. They requested him to
annihilate the demons. After assuring them, Lord Vishnu went to Kailash
mountain to do his penance. But even his tremendous penance was not
enough to please Lord Shiva.
Lord Vishnu then worshipped lord
Shiva by chanting the mantras of Shiva Sahastranamavali. He also offered
one thousand lotus flowers to lord Shiva in course of his worship.
day Shiva wanted to test the devotion of lord Vishnu. He disappeared
one lotus flower from among the one thousand flowers. When lord Vishnu
began his worship he found that there was one flower less. To make up
for this deficiency, he was offering his one eye to lord Shiva - his eye
which has been compared with a lotus flower.
Lord Shiva was very
mush impressed by his exceptional devotion. He appeared before Vishnu
and asked him to demand any boon he wished. Lord Vishnu demanded a
divine weapon to annihilate the demons. Lord Shiva gave him a sparkling
Sudharshan Chakra. On the request of Lord Vishnu he established himself
in the form of Harishwar Shivalinga. At last lord Vishnu killed the
demon with his Sudarshan Chakra.
Krishna Prays to Have a Son
Lord Krishna was consumed with the desire to have a son. So he went to seek the advice of a particular sage. When the sage saw Lord Krishna, he was overwhelmed with joy. Everybody was shouting, "Krishna has come, Krishna has come!" and they all started worshipping Krishna.
The sage asked Krishna, "Please tell me what I can do for you. Is there anything that you would like me to do?"
Krishna answered, "It is a very simple thing that I want. I want to have a son. Please tell me how I can have a son."
"Only Lord Shiva can help in this matter," said the sage. "You have to pray to Lord Shiva. First, you must gather one thousand flowers. With these flowers you must worship Lord Shiva for many years. When Lord Shiva is pleased with your worship, you will be granted a son."
Krishna left the cottage of the sage and entered into seclusion. He put ashes all over his body and clothed himself in the bark of a tree. For years and years he prayed, only to have a glimpse of Lord Shiva and to ask him for a boon.
With her third eye, Parvati saw that Krishna was praying and praying all alone in the heart
of the forest. She said to her husband, "My Lord, what are you doing? Why are you not responding? Lord Krishna has been worshipping you, only you, for so many years."
"What do you want me to do?" asked Shiva.
"Just go and stand before him," pleaded Parvati. "As a matter of fact, let us go together."
Both Parvati and Shiva appeared before Krishna. Shiva said to him, "What are you doing? Why should you, of all people, pray to me? You are Narayana, you are Vishnu, you are the avatar of this era, you pervade everything. Why then are you praying to me?"
Krishna responded, "Lord Shiva, I know that you are the only one who can fulfill my desire."
"Is there any desire which you yourself cannot fulfill?" asked Shiva.
"I was told that only you can fulfill this particular desire. Therefore, I have come to you," answered Krishna.
"What is your desire?" asked Shiva.
"I wish to have a son exactly like you," Krishna said to Shiva. "It has to be exactly like you, otherwise I do not want it."
Shiva and Parvati both smiled and immediately Shiva granted Krishna the boon. Krishna returned home and, after some time, his wife, Jambavati, bore a son. They named him Samba.
Sri Ram's worship of Lord Rameshwar
The Legend according to Sri Ramcharitmanas by Goswami Tulsidas
When Sri Ram along with the army of monkeys started towards Lanka to attain Sita Ji, on their way they encountered the vast ocean. Though Sri Ram could dry up a hundred oceans; yet, being a master of propriety, He consulted Vibhisana and in accordance with his suggestion asked passage of the ocean with a heart full of compassion. But three days elapsed, the crass ocean did not answer the Lord's prayer, thereupon Sri Ram indignantly said, "There can be no love without inspiring fear. Lakshman, bring Me My bow and arrows I shall now dry up the ocean". Seeing Sri Ram with His terrible bow and arrow the presiding deity of the ocean giving up his pride appeared before Sri Ram and apologized. The ocean informed about the boon that Nila and Nala (the two monkey brothers in the army) got earlier, that by their touch even huge mountains would float on the ocean; and thus the ocean can be bridged. Then taking the permission of Sri Ram the monkeys started to construct the bridge.
When the All-merciful saw the exceedingly beautiful construction of the bridge, He smiled and observed thus: "This is a most delightful and excellent spot; its glory is immeasurable and cannot be described in words. I will install (an emblem of) Lord Shambhu here: it is the crowning ambition of My heart."
Hearing this Sugreev, the lord of the monkeys dispatched a number of messengers, who invited and fetched all the great sages.
Having installed an emblem of Lord Shiva and worshipped it with due solemnity, Sri Ram said, "No one else is as dear to Me as Shiva. An enemy of Shiva although he calls himself a devotee of Mine, cannot attain to Me even in a dream. He who is opposed to Shankar and yet aspires for devotion to Me is doomed to perdition, stupid and dull-witted as he is. Men, who, though devoted to Shankar, are hostile to Me and even so those who are enemies of Shiva but votaries of Mine shall have their abode in the most frightful hell till the end of creation. They who will behold Lord Rameshwara will, on quitting the body, go direct to My abode. And a person who takes the water of the Ganga and pours it on the Lord will attain liberation in the form of absorption into My being. Again, whosoever adores the Lord with a simple mind and without any material desires will be blessed by Shankar with devotion to Me. And he who sees the bridge erected by me will be able to cross the ocean of worldly existence without any exertion".
Sri Ram's words gladdened the heart of all and the great sages returned each to his own hermitage.
Edited by Vedo - 12 March 2011 at 5:12pm