Skip to main content

Goutami Ganga or Godavari - Story of Maharshi Goutama and Lord Ganesh

Goutami Ganga or Godavari - Story of Maharshi Goutama and Lord Ganesh


Part of the water of the Ganga that got stuck in Shiva’s hair was brought down to bhoomi by Bhagiratha. The remaining part was brought down by the sage Goutama. But how and why???

Parvati was married to Shiva, but Shiva seemed to be fond of Ganga also. Parvati resolved that a way had to be found to remove Ganga from Shiva’s kesham. She tried persuasion, but Shiva refused to listen.

At the time, there was a terrible baragaalam on bhoomi which went on for fourteen years. The only pradesham that was not affected by the baragaalam was the Maharshi Goutama’s ashramam. Other then Maharshi Goutama's praja, even outside praja also gathered in the ashramam to save themselves from the baragaalam and Goutama made swagatam of them all. Lord Ganesha thought that he might be able to devise a way to free his maata of the Ganga problem. He went and began to live in Goutama’s ashramam.

Ganesha cultivated the snehitam of the other sages and became quite friendly with them.

One of Parvati’s companions were Jaya. Ganesha told Jaya that she was to adopt the form of a Go (cow) and up the dhanyam in Goutama’s kshatram. And the samayam she was struck, she was to lie down on the bhoomi and do naatyam as a mrityu shariram.

Goutama noticed that a Go was having his dhanyam as bhojanam. He tried to drive away the Go by striking with a blade of grass. As soon as he did this, the Go uttered a shrill below and fell down on the bhoomi. Ganesh and the other munis came running to see what had happened. They discovered that, to all intents and purposes, a Go had been struck down dead by Maharshi Goutama. They therefore refused to stay in an ashramam where such a paapam had been committed.

Maharshi Goutama tried to restrain them. Please do not go away and make don't do tyagam of me, he said. Tell me how I may perform tapasya for the same and to get out of this paristiti.

You will have to bring down Ganga from Shiva’s jattha (hair), replied Ganesha. When that jalam touches the mruta deham of the Go, your paapam will be forgiven.

Ganesha was so friendly with the other rushis that they all accepted his solution. Goutama also agreed to do the avashya karyam (needful).

Accordingly, Goutama went to Kailasa Parvatam and began to do prarthana to Shiva. Shiva was pleased at Goutama’s tapasya and offered to grant an aashirvaadam. Goutama naturally wanted the aashirvaadam that Ganga might be brought down to earth. Shiva agreed. It was thus that Ganga was brought down to earth by the Maharshi Goutama. Ganga has four upanadi in swargam, seven on bhoomi and four in the paataalam. Since it was Goutama who brought Ganga down to bhoomi again (first it was Bhagiratha), the river is also known as Goutami Ganga or since Maharshi Gowtama had killed a Go it is also called Godaavari.


OM NAMO NARAYANAYA

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Maharshi Kashyapa, his wives and there children

Maharshi Kashyapa, his wives and there children




Kashyapa married thirteen of Daksha’s daughters. Their names were Aditi, Diti, Danu, Arishta, Surasa, Khasa, Surabhi, Vinata, Tamra, Krodhavasha, Ida, Kadru and Muni.

Aditi’s sons were the twelve gods known as the adityas. Their names were Vishnu, Shakra, Aryama, Dhata, Vidhata, Tvashta, Pusha, Vivasvana, Savita, Mitravaruna, Amsha and Bhaga.

Diti’s sons were the daityas (demons). They were named Hiranyaksha and Hiranyakshipu, and amongst their descendants were several other powerful daityas like Vali and Vanasura. Diti also had a daughter named Simhika who was married to a danava (demon) named Viprachitti. Their offsprings were terrible demons like Vatapi, Namuchi, Ilvala, Maricha and the nivatakavachas.

The hundred sons of Danu came to be known as danavas. The danavas were thus cousins to the daityas and also to the adityas. In the danava line were born demons like the poulamas and kalakeyas.

Arishta’s sons were the gandharvas (singers of h…

Fighting between Krishna and Shiva: Story of Vanasura (Banasura), Usha and Anirudhha

Fighting between Krishna and Shiva: Story of Vanasura (Banasura), Usha and Anirudhha

Krishna had more than one lakh and eighty thousand sons. But the best of them was Pradyumna and Pradyumna’s son was Aniruddha. 
Vali’s son was Vanasura and Vanasura’s daughter was Usha. Usha once met Parvati and Shiva. She asked Parvati who her husband would be. Parvati replied that in the month of Vaishakha a person would appear in Usha’s dreams. And this person would be her husband.

As promised by Parvati, Usha did see a person in her dreams. But she did not know how this person was. She told her friend Chitraleka about this. Chitralekha thought that the only way to find out was to show Usha the protraits of various important personages amongst the devas, gandharvas and asuras. But the required person could not be identified from these portraits. Usha was then shown the portraits of humans and immediately she identified Aniruddha."

Many years ago, Vanasura had prayed to Mahadeva," he had said,…

Bhakthi Story: Krishna killed Ekalavya, but why?

Krishna killed Ekalavya, but why?




We all know that Ekalavya had made the clay statue of the Guru Dronacharya and he was practicing the Dhanur Vidya and was also had become master in some of the Dhanur Vidyas. 
After some time, Dronacharya comes to know about the Ekalavya practicing Dhanur Vidya by keeping a statue of himself. Once Dronacharya meets Ekalavya and asks him "why are you practicing Dhanur Vidya by keeping my statue in front" and for this Ekalavya replies that "Guru Deva I have accepted you as my Guru and I have been practicing Dhanur Vidya since than". 
Than Dronacharya after few days again meet Ekalavya and asks him right hand's Thumb finger as the Guru dakshina. Ekalavya without any hesitation cuts off his finger to give his Thumb as the Guru dakshina to his Guru Dronacharya. 
We should think why Guru Dronacharya did like this?. Was Guru Dronacharya was jealous of Ekalavya that one day Ekalavya will become a much better Dhanur Vidyashali than the Nara…