by Vettam Mani | 1975 | 609,556 words | ISBN-10: 0842608222
This page describes the Story of Himavan included the Puranic encyclopaedia by Vettam Mani that was translated into English in 1975. The Puranas have for centuries profoundly influenced Indian life and Culture and are defined by their characteristic features (panca-lakshana, literally, ‘the five characteristics of a Purana’).
The great mountain on the northern borders of India. In the literature and the religious thought of India the Himālayas occupy a position of universal respect and adulation. The Indian belief is that the mountain has got a divine soul. (e.g. it is referred to as "devatātmā" in Kālidāsa’s Kumārasaṃbhava). The Himālayas are referred to very often in the Purāṇas and epics.
Other information from Mahābhārata.
(3) Vyāsa performed tapas there. (Ādi Parva, Chapter 114, Verse 24).
(7) Arjuna once sojourned on the Himālayas. (Ādi Parva, Chapter 214, Verse 1).
(10) Arjuna once crossed the Himālayas and encamped at Dhavalagiri. (Sabhā Parva, Chapter 27, Verse 29).
(11) Bhīmasena once stopped for a short time near the Himālayas imagining himself to be emperor of the whole world. (Sabhā Parva, Chapter 30, Verse 4).
(16) It was while Bhīmasena was hunting in the Hiṃālayas and appreciating the beauties there that a python caught him by the leg. (Vana Parva, Chapter 178).
(18) Much anterior to sage Mārkaṇḍeya an owl called Prāvārakarṇa had lived on the Himālayas. (Vana Parva, Chapter 199, Verse 4).
(19) Karṇa conquered all the kingdoms on the Himālayas and collected taxes from them all. (Vana Parva, Chapter 254, Verse 4).
(25) Himavān, the Devatā of the mountain, also was present at the installation of Subrahmaṇya as chief of the army. (Śalya Parva, Chapter 45, Verse 14).
(30) Dakṣaprajāpati once conducted a yajña at the place called Gaṅgādvāra on the slopes of Himavān. (Śānti Parva, Chapter 284, Verse 3).
(31) In Chapter 327 of the Śānti Parva the following statement occurs about Himavān. According to the advice of King Janaka Śuka brahmarṣi mounted the Himālayas. Siddha-cāraṇas lived on the mountain. Celestial women walked all over the place. The mountain always reverberated with the noise of different varieties of living beings. The noise produced by Kinnaras, peacocks and many other birds could always be heard there. Himavān was the permanent abode of Garuḍa. The Aṣṭadikpālakas also lived there.
(32) When Śuka moved up to the world above it appeared as though the Himavān was being cut open. He saw two divine peaks of mountains on the two sides of the path; one of them was the peak of the Mahāmeru and the other that of Himavān. Both the peaks gave way to Śuka. (Śānti Parva, Chapter 333).
(33) Śiva desired to secure Umā, the daughter of Himavān as his wife. Meantime sage Bhṛgu demanded that Umā be wedded to him. When Himavān told the sage that it had already been decided to gave Umā in marriage to Śiva, the Sage cursed that there would not be, in future, gems in the Himavān. (Śānti Parva, Chapter 342, Verse 62).
(34) Viṣṇu and Śiva once fought with each other on the Himavān, and then it seemed as though the mountain was being cleft into pieces. (Śānti Parva, Chapter 342, Verse 122).
(35) Nārada had his āśrama there, on the Himavān. (Śānti Parva, Chapter 346, Verse 3).
(37) King Marutta performed a yajña on the Himālayas and brahmins went away leaving a lot of wealth there. (Āśvamedhika Parva, Chapter 3, Verse 20).
(39) During their mahāprasthāna (great journey) the Pāṇḍavas travelled by the Himālayas and Dharmaputra ascended to heaven from the top of the Himālayan peak. (Mahāprāsthānika Parva, Chapter 2, Verse 1).