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varaali IF-Dazzler

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Posted: 12 June 2012 at 2:06am | IP Logged
Originally posted by NandiniPS

We were talking rishi markandaya on the other thread. He has seen and survived pralaya. There is a pic in our house where lord vishnu in baby form is lying on a leaf with water all around and rishi markandaya bowing to him. My grandma says it is a dipiction of pralaya and what remains beyond. Rishi markandeya has written devi puran and durga saptashati and has created mantras like ya devi, jayanti mangala kali, sarva mangal mangalye etf

The story behind this incident is something like this. 

Markandeya,  was blessed by Shiva / Devi to be a chiranjeevi for ever. By their grace, he also conquered human emotions like greed, anger, lust etc. Once he prayed to Vishnu to show him what 'maya' was (since he had overcome such feelings) . Lord Vishnu said he would oblige. At once, Markandeya saw the world around him dissolving. Everything began submerging under huge tidal waves. He found himself walking even amidst all the water. When there was nothing but water all around him. he saw Lord Vishnu lying on a banyan leaf, in the form of a baby, sucking the big toe of his foot with his mouth- as if to imply that the whole world is transient, and He, Narayana, alone is the only constant aspect. 

This occurred only in Markandeya's mind- not in reality.

This forms the basis of the famous sloka

Karaara Vindeyna Padaara Vindam
Mukhaara Vindey Vinivey Shayantam
Vatasya Patrasya Kuche Shayaanam
Baalam Mukundam Manasaa Samaraami.


Edited by varaali - 12 June 2012 at 2:11am

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varaali IF-Dazzler

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Posted: 12 June 2012 at 2:43am | IP Logged
Devi Bhagavatam, Devi Purana and Devi Mahatmiya

Each of the above three is distinct and different from each other.

I will write about the third one (since we are discusing Rishi Markandeya).  

Devi Mahatmiya, also known as Durga Saptashati or Chandi Path is a 700 verse Sanskrit text which occurs as a part of Markandeya Purana. In this, Rishi Markandeya narrates the story of how a king, Suratha and a trader whose name is Samadhi, gain the Devi's grace. 

The king,Suratha, is betrayed by his ministers and ousted from his kingdom. Fleeing from them the king enters a dense forest and he finds himself in front of a hermitage, where Rishi Medhas is in deep meditation. The king is joined by another person- a trader named Samadhi whose has also been cheated of his wealth by unscruplous relatives. 

The rishi. Medhas, in an attempt to assuage their grief, narrates the story of Devi and her battle against Shumbha and Nishumbha. This forms the text of Durga Saptashati and descibes Durga's victory over Mashishasura, Chanda and Munda, Dhumralochana, Raktabeeja and finally Shumbha and Nishumbha.

It is common to recite the Devi Kavach Stotra, Argala Stotra and Keelaka Stotra before the actual Saptahati. All the above three were also composed by Rishi Markandeya.

There is a lot  of spiritual and symbolic significance behind the apparently straightforward stories in the Devi Mahtmiya. Scholars have pointed out how  a subtle shift of letters in the words reveal hidden meanings. 

Edited by varaali - 12 June 2012 at 2:48am

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NandiniRaizadaa IF-Stunnerz

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Posted: 12 June 2012 at 6:43am | IP Logged

Yes durga saptashati is a beautiful creation. I love the durga kavach, argala strotra and 108 names chant. Also the entire ya devi chant. Its wonderful

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mnx12 Moderator

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Posted: 12 June 2012 at 7:38am | IP Logged

The entire order of various stotras, the Durga Saptashati is to be read is amazing. Specially the Kunjika stotra in the end is just owesome.

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Posted: 12 June 2012 at 11:40am | IP Logged
Is Maa Durga a roop of Parvathi or the combined shakti of Laskhmi Saraswathi & Parvathi?

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Posted: 12 June 2012 at 12:13pm | IP Logged
DSS has mainly 3 charitas. 1st is Pratham charitra of Mahakali, 2nd is Madhyam charitra of MahaLakshmi, killing Mahishasur, 3rd Uttam charitra of MahaSaraswati, where Kalika & other Devata's shakti like Varahi, Aindri, Brhmani etc comes to fight & kill Chanda, Munda, Dhumralichana, Raktabeeja, Shumbh, Nishumbh etc.
In the Murti-Rahasya in DSS, MahaLakshmi is worshipped as 18 handed Goddess with Mahishasur at her feet. MahaSaraswati is 8 handed form, Mahakali is in her original form with 10 hands.
To kill Mahishasur with the combined energy of all the Devatas 18 handed Ma Durga had appeared, after killing him she merged in Parvati.
When Shumbh Nishumbh started troubling Devatas then on their prayer, Ma Durga appeared from Parvati, that was her 8 hands form.

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tptwi IF-Rockerz

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Posted: 13 June 2012 at 12:27pm | IP Logged
I just wanted to get something straight- Sati and Parvati are the same person, but they are born in different circumstances. 

Why is Parvati AdiShakti herself, when Sati is a form of AdiShakti? (that is what Vishnuji said today)

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Posted: 14 June 2012 at 7:06am | IP Logged
^^^^ Don't believe what they showed... they also showed Sati and Parvati having a conversation.  Total hooey, but hey, Mouni fans got to relish her appearance once more LOL

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