Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Shiva and the legend of Kirtimukha


Once, when a demon threatened the end of the world, Lord Shiva opened his third eye and the hungry monster Jalandhara came into existence. He was ravenously hungry. Before Lord Shiva could order Jalandhara to attack the demon, the terrified demon fell at Shiva's feet.

Lord Shiva, being compassion itself, forgave the demon and asked the monster  Jalandhara to not attack him. "O lord," said Jalandhara, "you have created me hungry. I cannot control myself. I have to eat something. What shall I eat, if not this demon?" 

The Lord smiled and said, "Eat yourself starting from the tail and work your way upwards."

Jalandhara obeyed and began eating himself till all that was left was his face. Lord Shiva then declared that Jalandhara would henceforth be known as Kirtimukha and he would grace the entrance of every garbagriha of a temple dedicated to Shiva.

Have you seen the demon's face with bulging eyes, huge teeth and ferocious mouth? That is kirti mukha who represents the nature of human desire. It is never fulfilled unless Lord Shiva's grace descends upon us. Then the desire eats and ends itself till very little of the self is left. Then, only then, is one suitable to enter the service of the Lord.

May Lord Shiva, whose body white as the jasmine flower, inspires wonder in  all beings in all the world, bless us with a desire for liberation. 

Har Har Mahadev! 

Watch a video of the powerful Chandrashekhar ashtakam dedicated to Lord Shiva of Adi Shankara on this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_KBkGfRXPY

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