By Devdutt Pattanaik
Smeared with ash, draped in animal disguise, he sits atop the snow-capped mountain, cranium in hand, withdrawn, with canines for corporation, destroying the realm along with his indifference. he's God who the Goddess shall wake up. His identify is Shiva. Locked in his tales, symbols and rituals are the secrets and techniques of our ancestors. This e-book makes an attempt to free up seven.
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4 A long version of this story also appears in the MPM, where it serves as the charter myth establishing Hardwar’s sanctity. The sharp differences between these accounts point partly to different phases in the story’s development but partly to differing authorial concerns. The story’s key events are the death of Shiva’s wife Sati and the destruction and restoration of her father Daksha’s sacriﬁce. The site now identiﬁed as the locus for these events is the temple of Daksheshvara (“Daksha’s Lord”) in Kankhal, about three miles south of Hardwar.
In this version, there is only one son, and a bad son at that! The text’s earliest versions report the death of the sixty thousand sons but mention no efforts to redeem them, or even the idea that they might need to be redeemed. In the Ramayana and the later accounts, this soteriological desire drives the family for three generations. The extreme example is Bhagirath, who leaves home to perform austerities even before he has children. When Brahma ﬁnally offers Bhagirath a boon, the latter’s requests explicitly show the connection between redemption and progeny: “O lord, if you are pleased with me, if my austerities [will be] fruitful, by my [efforts] may all the sons of Sagar obtain [Ganges] water.
In such cases, the shorter text is usually assumed to be the earlier, but this is not necessarily true here. Much of the Shiva Purana story is panegyric, which a 24 GOD’S GATEWAY discerning editor could have stripped away, leaving the narrative skeleton intact. 6 These three versions seamlessly weave a single narrative describing the story’s two major parts— Sati’s death and the destruction of Daksha’s sacriﬁce. Yet based on other accounts, such narrative unity is the exception. ). ). ) and the Brahmavaivarta Purana (Bvv).