Chapter 53 Nahusha, King of Gods, Was Annihilated
Indra was driven from his exalted position and turned into a runaway because of the sin of the unjust killing of Vritra. In his place, Nahusha was crowned King of the Gods.
Nahusha got off to a good start thanks to his accomplishments and notoriety while he was a king on earth. Later, he fell on bad days.
He lost his humility and developed unlawful impulses as a result of his arrogant claim of the throne of the gods.
Nahusha abandoned him to wild, lecherous thoughts while freely indulging in the joys of paradise. He fell in love with Indra’s wife after seeing her one day.
He addressed the gathering gods in commanding tones while harbouring malicious thoughts: “Why hasn’t Sachidevi, the queen of the gods’ wife, visited me? Am I not now the ruler of the gods? Send her right now to my place.”
Indra’s wife was furious when she realised this. She screamed out to Brihaspati in terror and sorrow, “Preceptor, spare me from this terrible creature.”
Brihaspati volunteered to defend her. “Fear not, he reassured them, Indra will return shortly. Hold on to me here. You’ll get your hubby back.” When Nahusha discovered Sachidevi had refused to comply with his demands and had instead taken refuge beneath Brihaspati’s roof, he was furiously incensed.
The gods were terrified by the king’s displeasure. They remonstrated: “King of the gods, don’t become upset. The world will be unhappy because of your rage. Do not desire Sachidevi; she is someone else’s wife. Do not deviate from the holy path.”
However, the enamoured Nahusha would not pay attention to them. He responded to them in jest: “Where were your moral values and decent behaviour when Indra lusted after Ahalya? Why do you stop me now when you didn’t stop him back then?
Where was your moral outrage when he deceitfully assassinated Vritra? What did you do when he so brazenly murdered Visvarupa when the latter was performing penance? Sachidevi’s only option is to move in with me, thus it will be in your best interest to persuade her to accept my offer and put her under my care. Set to work then, “instructed Nahusha.
The alarmed gods made the decision to consult Brihaspati about the situation and devise a plan to deliver Sachidevi to Nahusha. They all went to Brihaspati and explained what Nahusha had stated, pleading with him to accept Sachidevi’s submission.
The evil wishes of Nahusha proved futile. The chaste Sachidevi shouted out in agony and despair as she shook “My God! I am not able to. I turned to you for solace. Oh Brahmana, keep me safe.”
In consolation, Brihaspati said: “Anyone who betrays someone who has sought sanctuary shall be destroyed. The ground itself will not allow the seed he plants to grow. I won’t abandon you. Nahusha’s death is drawing near. Do not fear.”
He suggested she pray for time as a way out of her terrible condition, and the cunning Sachidevi accepted the hint and fearlessly proceeded to Nahusha’s palace.
After being blinded by pride and lust, Nahusha was overcome with excitement when he first saw her and exclaimed: “Do not quake, o lovely one. I am the three regions’ Bhagwan. Your being my wife cannot be a sin.”
The righteous Indrani, Indra’s wife, briefly shook at the words of the evil man. She quickly regained herself and retorted: “I have a request to make before I become yours, King of the Gods. Indra, what state is he in? Where is he, if he is still alive? If I look for him and don’t find him, then I won’t have any sins attached to me, and I might be your wife with a spotless conscience.”
Nahusha declared: “Your assertion is accurate. Make sure to look for him and then come back. Keep in mind the lit word.” He then sent her back to Brihaspati’s home after saying this. The gods protested about Nahusha to the divine Vishnu. It was said: “Bhagwan, while Vritra was killed by your might, Indra is still responsible for the transgression, which is why he has buried himself out of shame and fear.
Ask God to show you a way to save him.” In response, Narayana said: “Let him bow down to me. The sinful Nahusha will be destroyed, and he will be cleansed of it.”
By the assistance of the goddess of virginity, Sachidevi was able to find where Indra was hiding. Indra shrunk down to the size of an atom and concealed himself in a stem fibre of a lotus plant in Manasarovara. While waiting for brighter times, he was performing penance. Sachidevi sobbed uncontrollably because she was so moved by her husband’s situation. She told him about her problems.
Indra encouraged her with strong remarks. He said, “Nahusha’s end is approaching. Tell him you agree to his idea when you approach him on your own. Request that he arrive at your house pulled by ascetics in a palanquin. Nahusha will thereafter be obliterated.”
As instructed by Indra, Sachidevi went and feigned to accept Nahusha’s proposal. The gullible Nahusha blurted out in glee that she had returned to him in this complaisant mood: “Blessed one, I am your servant and am prepared to carry out your every command. You have kept your promise.”
“Yes, I’ve returned. I will make you my spouse. I really want you to do something, so please do it. Are you not the world’s Bhagwan? I would like for you to arrive at my home in a greater manner than the mighty Vishnu, Rudra, or asuras. Let the seven Rishis carry the palanquin. When that time comes, I’ll be happy to greet you.” She said.
Nahusha was caught in the trap. “What a fantastic concept! Your creative abilities are amazing. It makes me really happy. Being bestowed with the ability to absorb the energy of individuals who come into my field of vision, the great rishis are only right to carry me. I’ll follow your instructions to the letter” He told her to go home. The enamoured Nahusha summoned the rishis and ordered them to carry him.
The three planets quavered in horror at this abomination. However, things would get worse when the palanquin was moved. Nahusha was eager to go to the lovely Sachidevi who was waiting for him, and his mind were filled with images of her. He then started urging the rishi-bearers pulling his palanquin to move more quickly. He also kicked Agastya, one of the carriers, while shouting “sarpa, sarpa,” in his crazed wickedness. (Sarpa denotes motion as well as a serpent.) The madness of passion and haughtiness was at its height. Nahusha’s cup of sin was overflowing.
“Most meanest of them, do thou plummet from heaven and turn into a sarpa on earth,” swore at the rishi in his fury. Nahusha was instantly cast headfirst from heaven, changed into a python in the forest, and was forced to wait for many thousand years for his rescue. Indra’s status was recovered. Sachidevi’s suffering was over when he was crowned king of the gods.
At Upaplavya, their uncle Salya attempted to console Yudhishthira and Draupadi by telling them the tale of Indra and his wife’s sorrows.
“The patient will succeed. Those who become conceited because of affluence suffer disaster. Like Indra and his wife, you, your siblings, and Draupadi have endured unimaginable anguish. Your difficulties will soon be gone, and your kingdom will be returned to you. Karna and Duryodhana, who have wicked intentions, shall be annihilated even as was Nahusha,” Salya stated.
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