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STORIES BEHIND RUDRAKSHA

SOME STORIES BEHIND RUDRAKSHA

1. THE KING ‘DEVIDUTT’


During Satyug (The Golden Days) Brahma said to Naradji, ‘O Narada! regarding the glory stories behind Rudraksh, let me tell you a story, listen to it carefully – A Kshatriya king named Devidutt used to reign in the west of the Ganges. He did not take any instruction of Shiva-worship from anyone, but used to worship some deity situated on the bank of the well under a tree in the bush. A teller from his city had died and became distraught. One day the betel came near the bush and showed his form to the king. The king recognized him and was surprised to see the dead alive. He began to think that how did this dead man come to life? So, he asked Betal, ‘You were dead, then how did you come here?’ “Betal replied, ‘O king! Now I have become the gang of a eunuch by becoming distorted. I tell you the work by which I have come here. In a short time a Vaishya will come here, he will die by hitting the bull. That Vaishya is a great sinner. As soon as he dies, I will tie him up and take him to Yama.”On hearing this the king said, ‘Come near me. I will ask you something else. (want to talk.’)

“Betal accepted this point. He reached near the king. He was not able to talk to the king yet when a Vaishya came there. A bull was also with him. He tied the bull to the well and desire to take a bath. But when he reached near the bull wearing a turban, at the same time the bull killed the Vaishya by injuring him with his horns. As soon as Vaishya died, Betal wanted to tie him up and take him to Yamraj. But at the same time Shiva’s ganas reached there and started saying to Betal, ‘O Betal! You leave this Vaishya.’

“Betal, hearing the words of the Shivgans, replied, ‘O Shivgano! He has not done any good deed in his life. So, I will tie it and take it to Yamraj.’

“Hearing this, the Shivaganas replied, ‘O disgraceful! Rudraksh is tied in the head of this Vaishya, so all its defects are burnt to ashes. It was not sinful. You leave it.’ Despite this, when Betal did not leave him, then Shiva’s ganas injured him by hitting him with a trident and freed Vaishya from his hand and took him to Shivpuri. Going there, by the orders of Shiva, that Vaishya became the Gana of Shiva. On the other hand, Betal became very sad after telling the whole story to the king. He then went to Yamraj. The king was very surprised to see this character. Then he himself left from there to get the Rudraksha.

Sources : Shiv Purana, 9th Volume Chapter 12th


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