by J. L. Shastri | 1970 | 616,585 words
This page relates “story of rishabha” as found in the Shiva-purana, which, in Hinduism, represents one of the eighteen Mahapuranas. This work eulogizes Lord Shiva as the supreme deity, besides topics such as cosmology and philosophy. It is written in Sanskrit and claims to be a redaction of an original text consisting of 100,000 metrical verses.
Lord Śiva said:—
2-3. In the seventh Vārāha Kalpa, in the Vaivasvata Manvantara, the lord Kalpeśvara who illuminates all the worlds will be born as your great grandson and son of Vaivasvata Manu. O Creator, in that Manvantara all the four Yugas take place.
9. Realising my unchanging real form, the devotees will become devoid of birth, death and old age and will meditate on the Supreme Brahman.
13. By resorting to the Yoga of meditation all the four go to my city and then realising my unchanging real form they will become liberated.
16. O four-faced deity, I will help Vyāsa and will propagate firmly the path of renunciation in the Kali age.
18. There also four sons will be born of me all aspiring after the Yogic path and noble-souled. O Brahmā, I shall mention their names.
21. There also four sons will be born of me, all aspiring after the Yogic path and noble-souled. Please hear their names from me.
23. There also O Brahmā, I, named Kaṅka, enhancing the path of renunciation shall render help to Vyāsa in the form of Savitṛ.
25. Then I will be born as Lokākṣi, making the path of renunciation flourish and helping Vyāsa.
29. O Brahmā, I shall render help to Śatakratu Vyāsa I shall lift up the devotees from the fear of worldly existence.
32. There I will be born as Dadhivāhana by name. As the foremost among those who know Yoga I will render help to Vyāsa.
34. O Brahmā, in the ninth aeon of the same Yuga, there will be Sārasvata Vyāsa, the excellent sage.
35. As Vyāsa sits in meditation for the flourish of the path of renunciation, I will be born as Ṛṣabha.
37. O Patriarch, with them I will stabilise the path of Yoga. O good sage, I will render help to Vedavyāsa.
38. O Brahmā, in that form, I, the merciful, will cause the uplift of many distressed devotees, from the worldly existence.
39. O Brahmā, such is my incarnation named Ṛṣabha. It causes Yogic practice; it fulfils the desire of Vyāsa in the guise of Sārasvata and it consists of many divine sports.
40. Bhadrāyu a prince who had been abandoned by his father and who had died of poison infection, was resuscitated by me in that in carnation.
41. When that prince reached his sixteenth year I as Ṛṣabba, went to his mansion suddenly.
42. O patriarch, being duly worshipped by him, that sage, of good form, the store-house of mercy instructed him in virtues in connection with the administration of his kingdom.
43. Becoming excessively delighted, he gave him a divine conch and a lustruous sword that could destroy his enemies.
44. The lord, favourably disposed to the indigent, smeared his body with the ashes from his own body and gave him the strength of twelve thousand elephants.
45. After consoling Bhadrāyus and his mother very well, lord Ṛṣabha after being duly worshipped by them went as he pleased.
46. O Brahmā, the saintly king Bhadrāyus conquered all his enemies, married Kīrtimālinī and virtuously ruled the kingdom.
47. Thus the ninth Ṛṣabḥa incarnation of Śiva has been narrated to you. He is the goal of the good and kinsman of the indigent.
48. The story of Ṛṣabḥa is great, highly sacred, and conducive to heaven, fame and longevity. It shall be listened to with devoted attention.
Footnotes and references:
Chāgala, one of the peaks of the Himālayas, has not been identified so far.