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    About Bhikshuwarya

    Bhikshatana - The Supreme Beggar

    Bhikshatana is a peaceful form of Lord Shiva. ‘Bhikshatana’ is a Sanskrit word meaning one who wanders for alms and it is believed that ShivaShivaShiva
    Shiva is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindu Trinity that ...
    took this form to roam around the world and observe people performing their deeds. He also presents the good humans with spiritual strengths and protect them from the illusion of materialistic world. He helps them gain liberation. One of the temples which present Shiva in the form of a mendicant is Kailasanatha Temple located in Kanchipuram (Tamil Nadu, India).

    Depiction

    Shiva truly represents a mendicant by choosing not to wear any clothes and having unbound hair. He is a youthful ascetic who holds a drum in one of his hand and is followed by a dog. It is believed that when he went to meet Parvati’s parents to ask for her hand in marriage, he chose to go in the form of Bhikshatana.

    Legend

    Some sages were performing fire sacrifices since a long time, result of which was spiritual enlightenment. They gained immense amount of knowledge and after reaching a stage of spiritual achievement, they decided to give up the act of worshipping. They were full of pride and started believing that only karma Karma are the good or bad deeds one performs in his life, according to which he/she receivesor actions decided the course of living beings. They rejected the idea of worshipping and felt they were self-sufficient to lead their life in a harmonious manner. They were full of ignorance and gave supremacy to spiritual practice and rituals rather than the worshipping of Shiva.

    Shiva, along with Vishnu, decided to teach them a lesson. He wanted to awaken up their minds which were now filled with darkness and ego. Shiva took the form of a handsome and naked young ascetic who was charming and irresistible and VishnuVishnuVishnu
    Vishnu is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindus and is a part of Hindu Trinity,..
    transformed into a beautiful lady with mesmerizing features. They both visited the village where the sages lived. All the sages were attracted to the lady and the wives of the sages fell in love with Shiva. They forgot to perform their deeds. The sages didn’t perform daily rituals and their wives didn’t take care of the household chores. They were too distracted and were enslaved by the beauty of the Gods in human form.

    Shiva went home to home to beg for his alms and therefore he also came to be known as BhikshuwaryaBhikshuwaryaBhikshuwarya
    Bhikshatana is a peaceful form of Lord Shiva. ‘Bhikshatana’ is a Sanskrit word meaning one who wanders for alms and it is believed...
    . The more he came in contact with different women, more those women got enchanted. They started following him as they were driven by intense desires and craving for his beautiful, naked body. As soon as sages discovered this, they were filled with rage. They were submerged in jealousy and ego and felt humiliated and offended. They were so furious that they decided to kill the young lad.

    Through their powers, sages started directing animals and weapons towards Shiva in order to destroy him. Snakes, demons, fire and many other things which were meant to harm him, had no effect on Shiva. The weapons rather became his ornaments. The snake now adorned his neck, the tiger was killed and his skin was made into a garment, wrapped around Shiva’s waist, the fire resided in his palm and the demons too were defeated.

    Sages soon realized their mistake and were sorry for all the foolish acts they had committed. They understood the true power of Shiva. Sages and their actions were tested by Shiva, making them aware of the fact that nothing in this world mattered more than the God himself. The actions which humans perform and the result that they experience is also due the power of the Supreme Being. God is Absolute and has all-governing power and nothing compares to the devotion dedicated to his name.
     




     
     

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