Friday, April 4, 2014

NAVRATRA SPECIAL 4 : The Slaying of Madhu and Kaitabha

At the end of a Kalpa (era), when Lord Vishnu went into the mystical sleep on the universal ocean, dreadful evils, the notorious Madhu and Kaitabha, spawned from the dirt of Lord Vishnu's ears, and these 2 devils wanted to slay Lord Brahma. The latter, also the creator of the universe, was sitting on the lotus that sprung up from Lord Vishnu's navel. Seeing these two ferocious asuras and Lord Vishnu asleep, Lord Bramha chanted the pious verses with the intent to awaken him.
Vishnu, Lord of the universe, arose from his slumber on a serpent couch and saw the two asuras. Madhu and Kaitabha, who were exceptionally heroic and powerful, with eyes red in anger, desiring to overwhelm Lord Brahma. Lord Vishnu fought with the asuras for thousands of years. Mislead by Mahamaya, the asura yelled at Lord Vishnu, "Ask a boon from us".
"You both be slain by me now" replied Lord Vishnu. He then took the duo on his thighs and sliced their heads with his chakra.

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