Nija bhaktha is surakshita under the Bhagavan himself even after mrithyu - Story of Rushi Sveta and Yama

Nija bhaktha is surakshita under the Bhagavan himself even after mrithyu - Story of Rushi Sveta and Yama

There used to be a brahmana named Shveta. He was a friend of the sage Maharshi Goutama and had a ashramam on the banks of the Goutami Ganga nadi (or Godaavari). Shveta was a nija bhaktha of Bhagavan Shiva. In due course Shveta had to attain the marana and Yama’s sainikaas arrived to take Shveta's mruta deham to Yamaloka. But they could not even enter Shveta’s gruham.

Finding that Yama’s sainikaas were not returning, Yama’s companion Chitra Gupta told Yama, What do you think has happened? Why aren’t our sainikaas are not returning?

Yama now sent his companion Mrityu (literally death) to find out what was going on. Mrityu went to Shveta’s gruham and found Yama’s sainikaas standing outside the gruham of Shveta. They explained that they were unable to enter the house because Shiva himself was giving rakshanam to Shveta’s mruta deham.

One of Shiva’s companions asked Mrityu. What are you doing here? What do you want?

I have come to take Shveta's mruta deham to Yamalokam, replied Mrityu. His time on bhoomi is up.

Mrityu flung a noose to grasp Shveta’s body. But Shiva’s companion struck Mrityu with a rod and killed him. When the vishayam of this was taken to Yama, he got ughram. With all his companions he made aakramana on the Shveta’s gruham. Nandi, Ganesha, Kartikeya and several of Shiva’s companions came to the rakshana of the shveta's mrita deham, and a ghana ghora yudham started. All the devas arrived to mediate and end the kalaha. Things had got a bit out of hand and Yamadeva himself had been killed by Kartikeya.

The problem seemed to defy solution. Yama was afterall doing his kartavyam. But Shiva insisted that his bhakthas would never be taken to Yamalokam, but would instead go straight to swargam. Shiva’s conditon was finally agreed to. Nandi brought jalam from the pavitra Goutami Ganga nadi (or Godaavari) and sprinkled it on Yama and the others who had died in the yudham. They were all immediately brought back to life.

PS: We also know the same type of katha of the Maharshi and mahan bhaktha of Bhagavan Shiva, Maarkandeya, who was similarly saved from the paasha of the Yamadharma Raja. Only Bhakthi can win over yukthi, shakthi and anything.



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