Originally posted by Nandiniraizaada
Who is this andhak details please
Andhakasura was a demon born from Lord Shiva's sweat. Yeah, gross whatever.
OK, so do you remember one episode where Parvati puts her hands n Mahadev's eyes, and his third eye comes out? THAT should have been when they showed Andhakasura. WHen Parvati closed his eyes, Mahadev opened his third eye. Due to the heat generated, his sweat drops fell on the ground. And since Mahadev's normal eyes were closed, the sweat drops became a blind child. Parvati brought him up as her own son.
And now... HIranyaksha, the demon killed by Lord Varaha... This comes before his death ok?
So HIranyaksha prayed to Mahadev and asked him for a son. Mahadev promptly took Andhaka and gave it to HIranyaksha.
When both Hiranyaksha and Hiranyakashipu died, Prahlada's other brothers (Anuhlada, Samhlada and Hlada) teased A-ndhaka about his blindness. So Prahlada -told him to worship -L-o-rd -Brahma and ask him for boon. So Andhaka started Tapasya. In the meantime, Prahlada's brothers died in some Devasura war and Prahlada got Moksha, and his son Virochana was not yet king. So Lord Brahma appeared and restored Andhaka's sight. Andhaka asked him the boon of being killed ONLY if he lusted his mom. Brahma said, "Okay" and disappeared as usual.
Now Andhaka became very powerful and defeated the devas (once again, as usual) and decided to conquer Kailash. There he saw Parvati (his mom) and wanted to marry her. She said no.
Andhaka got furious and attacked Kailash. At that time Lord SHiva had gone somewhere (I think to fulfil some BHakta's wish). So Parvati along with the other deities fought Andhaka and other asuras. But like Raktabeeja, even his blood created more Andhakas. At that time Lord SHiva also arrived. So Parvati once again became Kali, and with the other Matrikas (Brahmani, Vaishnavi, Maheshwari, Kaumari, Indrani, etc) drank his blood while Lord SHiva held him aloft on the Trishul. So he stayed in this way for many years. Between this time SHukracharya (Bhargava) was reviving other asuras by Sanjeevani, so Lord Shiva got very angry. He swallowed Bhargava and kept him in his stomach so that all asuras would remain dead. Bhargava saw the whole universe inside Mahadev's stomach. Afterwards Bhargava was freed from Shiva's stomach through his private organ (Shukra) and so he became SHukracharya.
At last Andhaka also saw light and understood everything. He then asked forgiveness and Lord SHiva said ok and made him a SHivagana.
Additional information from Matsya Purana:
The Matrikas meanwhile became very wild and bloodthirsty. So Lord Vishnu became Lord Narasimha and calmed the Matrikas with a Devi called Shushka Revati. Praising Narasimha, Lord SHiva composed the Narasimha Stotra.
Edited by Surya_krsnbhakt - 30 June 2013 at 8:21am