Rudra-Shiva concept (Study)

by Maumita Bhattacharjee | 2018 | 54,352 words

This page relates ‘Krishnadarshana incarnation’ of the study on the Rudra-Shiva concept in the Vedic and Puranic literature, starting with the concept of God as contemplated by the Rishis (Vedic sages). These pages further deal with the aspects, legends, iconography and eulology of Rudra-Shiva as found in the Samhitas, Brahamanas, Aranyakas, Upanishads Sutras and Puranas. The final chapters deal with descriptions of his greatness, various incarnations and epithets.

29. Kṛṣṇadarśana incarnation

Kṛṣṇadarśana incarnation of Śiva is portrayed in the Śiva Purāṇa. According to this Purāṇa, the great incarnation of Śiva, the Kṛṣṇadarśana, gave perfect knowledge to Nabhaga. Śraddhadeva had nine sons, Ikṣvāku and others. Among them Nabhaga was ninth. Ikṣvāku and the other sons divided their father’s property amongst themselves without leaving any share for Nabhaga. Then Nabhaga went to his father and told everything. His father told him to go to the sacrifice of Aṅgirasa, a Brāhmaṇa. When the sacrifice was concluded, Aṅgirasa gave him the wealth which had been left in the sacrifice. At that time, Śiva manifested himself as a handsome puruṣa (man) named Kṛṣṇadarśana and appeared in front of Nabhaga. Lord Śiva came from the north direction and wished to test Nabhaga.[1]

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