Shani Dev Kee Mahimaa
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Shani and Others - Shaap to Shani by Shani's Wife
Taken from "Shani Graha Peedaa Nivaaran Vidhi" by Pt Shyam Sundar Lal Vats, p 103-
When Shani came to see and bless Shiv's son Ganesh and kept his eyes low, Paarvatee Jee asked him why did he keep his eyes low and was not looking at the child. Shani said - "Devee, All Jeev (living beings) enjoy or suffer according to their Karm, because whatever good or bad Karm has happened, it is never destroyed, not even in millions of Kalp. A Jeev takes birth in Brahmaa, Indra or Soorya's house according to his Karm, or as an animal or bird etc species. His Karm take him to Narak or Swarg or even Vaikunth. He is born rich or poor; or as a king or a beggar according t his Karm only. In short everything happens according to a Jeev's Karm.
Hey Priyaa of Shankar Jee, I tell you one past even, although it is shameful and is not to be told in front of mother, still I say it to you. I was a devotee of Krishn from my childhood. I always thought about Him. I was always busy in doing Tapasyaa for Him. My father married me to the daughter of Chitrarath. She was a very Satee woman, and also used to be busy in Tapasyaa. One day she came to me after taking bath. I was busy in meditating on my Prabhu, so I did not know what was happening outside. My wife thought that her period was going waste, so she cursed me - "From now on to whoever you will look, he will be destroyed." She went away after cursing me. Later when I woke up from my meditation I pleased her, but now she was unable to free me from her curse, so she started repenting. Hey Maa, For the same reason, since then I don't look at anything and look below only fearing lest somebody dies."
Hearing this Paarvatee Jee and other dancers started laughing at him. Remembering Shree Hari Paarvatee Jee said to him - "The whole world is under the control of Hari, so he should not worry about this and he can look at the child." and insisted Shani to look at her child. Shani thought and thought whether to look at the child or not, because "if I will look at the child, I am sure something bad will happen to the child, an if I don't Jagat Jananee Paarvatee will be angry with me." So he took the name of Dharm and decided to look at the child. With great difficulty he looked at the child only with the corner of his left eye. As he saw him, his head got separated from his body. His blood shedding body remained in Paarvatee Jee's lap and his head got absorbed in Krishn in Go-Lok. Paarvatee Jee started crying clinging the headless body with her bosom. Then she fainted. Everybody got surprised to see all this.
Seeing all this Hari rode on His Garud and went to the bank of Pushpbhadraa River in the North. There He saw an elephant who was sleeping near his wife and children, his head towards North. Shree Hari immediately cut his head from his neck and kept it on His Garud. At he same the she-elephant also woke up. She woke up her children too. She started crying for her husband and prayed Shree Hari. At this Shree Hari bestowed her with boon, and He fixed the head of another elephant to her husband's body. He touched him with His foot and blessed him to live with his family up to one Kalp. Soon He arrived on Kailaash Parvat, took the child's body from Paarvatee, clung it to His body and fixed the elephant's head on the child's body after making it beautiful. Thus Ganesh became alive again. He brought Paarvatee to her senses and kept the child in her lap. Then He gave her spiritual knowledge.
Vishnu's Preaching to Paarvatee
Vishnu said - "Hey Gauree, You are the intellect of the world in person. You know very well that everybody, from Brahmaa to a tiny insect, enjoys and suffers according to his Karm. Every living being enjoys or suffers his Karm-earned Bhog (pleasure or pain whatever) in his every birth and Yoni (species in which he takes birth). Hey Paarvatee, Even Indra can take birth as an insect because of his Karm; and without the fruit of his Karm of his previous lives, even a lion is unable to kill even a fly. And a tiny insect can kill even an elephant on the basis of his Karm of his previous lives. One gets the Bhog of his Karm in this Lok and Par Lok (other world), but Karm can be earned only in Bhaarat. Only Shree Krishn assigns the fruit of every Karm. He is the destroyer of the destroyers; Vidhaataa of Brahmaa; Kaal of Kaal; and is the Master of masters. We three, Brahmaa, Vishnu and Mahesh are only His parts." Hearing this Paarvatee Jee got satisfied and prayed Vishnu.
Then she started feeding the child. Vishnu also blessed the child and put His own Kaustubh Mani in the child's neck; Brahmaa gave him his crown and Dharm gave him a jewel studded ornament. Then all other Devee and Devtaa etc gave the child appropriate gifts. Shiv and Paarvatee also donated many things to Braahman to celebrate the child's rebirth. Himaalaya donated 100 elephants and 1,000 horses to Bandee. Vishnu completed the auspicious ceremonies of the child. But Shani was still sitting embarrassed. Seeing him sitting like this Paarvatee Jee got angry and she cursed him - "Go and become limbless."
Hearing this curse, Soorya, Yam and Kashyap Jee got angry and started to move from Shiv's home. They wanted to curse Vishnu and Paarvatee in the witness of Dharm, but other Devtaa consoled Shiv, Paarvatee, Vshnu and Soorya etc Devtaa. Kashyap Jee said - "Shani has already been cursed by his wife, and he looked at the child only at the request of Paarvatee and that also with great care, then why Paarvatee Je should be angry with him?" Soorya said supporting Kashyap Jee - "Yes, He looked at the child only at the request of Paarvatee and that also with great care, still she cursed my son, her son will also be limbless. There is no doubt about it." Yam said - "They ordered him to look at the child, still they cursed him; then if we curse them, what is A-Dharm in it?"
Brahmaa Jee said - "That is all right that Paarvatee Jee has cursed him, but Saadhu are of forgiving nature, therefore you forgive her." Then he addressed Paarvatee Jee "Hey Devee, You yourself asked him to look at the child, then why did you curse your innocent guest?" Then he asked her to free Shani from her curse. Paarvatee Jee said - "Hey Shani, By my Var, you will be the Lord of the planets, dear to Bhagavaan and long lived. My curse does not go waste, so you will be a little bit lame." Shani greeted her and came back to Devtaa.
Created by Sushma Gupta
Updated on 05/25/09