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    About Kalantaka

    Kalantaka- Ender of Death

     

    Kalantaka, also known as Kalakala (The Death of Death) and Kalari (Foe of Death), is an aspect of Lord ShivaShivaShiva
    Shiva is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindu Trinity that ...
    (One of the Supreme Gods of Hindus, also known as the Destroyer). 

     

    Legend of Markandeya

     

    A sage Mrikandu worshipped Shiva for a son. He was full of devotion and looking at his dedication, Shiva decided to grant his wish but with a twist. Shiva asked the saint to choose between a single brilliant son who will live only for 16 years and 100 foolish sons who will live long. Mrikandu opted the first option and a beautiful boy was born to his wife. The boy was named Markandeya. As he grew, he found the true meaning of life in the worshipping of Shiva. He was highly intelligent and quickly learned the way of becoming a true devotee of Shiva. He read sacred texts and followed spiritual rituals. His heart was filled with pure, selfless and sacred love for Shiva.

     

    The day he turned 16, his parents started crying because they knew the end of their son’s life was near. Yama, the God of Death, sent his messengers to bring the life of Markandeya. The boy started repeatedly taking Shiva’s name due to which the messengers couldn’t touch him. Yama, himself had to come to earth but the boy denied to come with him. He didn’t stop his chanting and tightly hugged Lingam (sacred symbol of Shiva). YamaYamaYama
    Also known as Yamaraja, Yama is the controller of the hell (Naraka)...
    became furious and proclaimed that not even Shiva could stop his death. He threw his noose to capture the boy but by chance it touched the lingam and Shiva emerged from it. Shiva struck Yama with his trident and killed the Lord of Death by kicking at his chest. 

     

    The earth was then filled with polluted souls and was getting burdened with impurity. Gods and sages requested Shiva to give Yama his life back so that he could bring the natural order to the universe. Shiva accepted the request. Yama realized his mistake and vowed never to touch Shiva’s devotee. It is believed that when a Shiva’s devotee dies, his soul is not taken to hell but to Mount Kailash, the abode of Shiva.

     

    Mahamrityunjaya Mantra A group of sacred words chanted in order to gain something, be it materialistic pleasures or peaceful mind(sacred Death-Conquering Words)

     

    It is believed that Lord BrahmaBrahmaBrahma
    According to Hinduism, the whole creation is the work of Trimurti (the Hindu Trinity)...
    , the Creator of the Universe, taught a Mantra to Markandeya at the age of 15. This mantra was to keep death at bay and these are the words that Markandeya chanted, along with Shiva’s name when Yama and his messengers came to take him away. 

     

    “Om Tryambakam Yajamahe Sugandhim Pusti-Vardhanamurvarukam Iva Bandhanan Mrtyor Muksiya Mamrtat”

     

    People chant this mantra for long life, praying the three-eyed Shiva to liberate them from death for the sake of immortality.

     

    Temples

     

    This legend is considered immensely important in Tamil Shaivism (a South Indian sect dedicated to Shiva). It is believed that the tale took place in Malappuram district of Kerala. Kalasamharamurthy Temple is located at the same place. One of the other chief temples dedicated to KalantakaKalantakaKalantaka
    Kalantaka, also known as Kalakala (The Death of Death) and Kalari (Foe of Death), is an aspect of Lord Shiva...
    is located in Thirukkadavoor in Tamil Nadu. Many other temples in South India worship Shiva in this form. 

     

    Shiva’s Power

     

    Shiva is above time and is eternal. He is not bound by the laws of time. Though Shiva created death so that humans could learn spirituality and accelerate their search for true meaning of life. But devotes like Markandeya, who are sincere and have unflinching devotion, who have already become one with Shiva, cannot be touched by death. Shiva gifted the young boy of 16 years an eternal spiritual youth. He was blessed to stay 16 forever, thus aging will never become the reason of his death and he will be free from the problems of old age.

     




     
     

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