Sunday, September 27, 2015

Chyavan Rishi and Prahlad

After the Narsinh incarnation of Lord Vishnu killed the demon Hiranyakashyap, Prahlad was blessed to be the king of the demons until the end of the manvantara.   Once, when Chyavan Rushi went to bathe in a lake, some demons captured him and took him to Vaasukinaag, the serpent king of the netherworld. Due to his prayers, the serpent's deadly poison had no effect on Chyavan Rushi. However, Chyavan Rushi was unable to free from Vaasukinaag's grip.

When Prahlad saw Chyavan Rushi, he made a deal that if he was allowed to accompany the sage on a pilgrimage, the sage would be released. (Prahlad, though a staunch devotee of Lord Vishnu, was born into an asura (demon) family. Because of this, he was unable to visit the holy places of Mrutyulok.)

Chyavan Rushi happily agreed to go on the pilgrimage.

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