Thursday, September 20, 2018

Rigveda Lopamudra / Quote

In the Rig Veda (I 179 1–2) we find a long conversation between her and the sage Agasthya, her husband, as quoted by Brihaddevata.

According to the Mahabharata, Lopamudra was created by Agasthya and given as a daughter to the King of Vidarbha. The royal couple were delighted and gave Lopamudra the best cultural education. She was brought up in the midst of luxury. When she attained marriageable age Agasthya, who was under vows of celibacy and poverty, asked for her return. Lopamudra agreed and, renouncing all her worldly wealth and not apparently seeing any contradiction in the marriage, left with her husband for the hermitage.

Lopamudra is credited with two stanzas in a hymn dedicated to love where a strange dialogue is portrayed. Tired of her husband’s practices of austerity and continence, the wife, who had served faithfully for a long period, feels herself neglected and makes an impassioned appeal for his love and company. She writes:

For many long years in the past, both by day and by night,
And in the mornings, have I wearied myself serving you;
Now decay impairs the beauty of my limbs;What then?
—Let husbands approach their wives.
The ancient sages who attained truth,
And talked of truth with the very gods,
They did beget children, but did not break their penance
Therefore should the wives be approached by their husbands.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018


Agastya and kaveri began praying to Shiva in Kailash. Shiva appeared and asked Agastya what boon he desired. Agastya wanted help in pushing Vindhya down and establishing a holy place in bhuloka. Shiva agreed, made Kaveri a river and placed her in Agastya’s kamandalu to help him establish a theertha.
When Agastya was on his way back, Kruancha asura was son of Mainaka, who was the son of Mena blocked his way in the form of a mountain and made it rain heavily. Agastya lost his way and roamed the forests for a long while.
Finally he understood what happened and with 3-4 drops of kamandalu cursed that Krauncha would remain in that form. He said that Krauncha would get salvation from an arrow shot by Subramanya. As per Skandapurana Asurakanda Krauncha remained in that form from then on.