What is Vajranga (Vajrang) story | Vajrang, the father of Tarakasura
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Lord Sri Indra Deva had killed many of Diti Devi’s children, the daityas (demons).
Diti Devi was the consort of Maharishi Kashyapa and all their children are known as Daityas (Demons with huge body).
Diti Devi had wished to obtain a son who would kill Lord Sri Indra Deva.
(Lord Sri Indra Deva was the son of Aditi Devi and Maharishi Kashyapa.)
(Both Daityas and Devatas including Lord Sri Indra Deva were the step brothers.)
But because Diti Devi had not been able to adhere to the stipulated religious rites, the sons who had been born from her had become enemies of Lord Sri Indra Deva.
Thus, Lord Sri Indra Deva continued to attack and kill the daityas (Demons with huge body).
Diti Devi therefore prayed to her husband Kashyapa Maharishi yet again that, she want a son who will defeat Lord Sri Indra Deva.
“Your wish will be granted,” said Kashyapa Maharishi. “But you will have to meditate hard for ten thousand years“.
Lord Sri Indra Deva’s weapon is the Vajrayudha (or simply Vajra) and the son who will be born will have a body (anga) that is as tough as the vajra will be able to do him no harm.
[This Vajrayudha or simply Vajra was made using the backbone (Spinal cord) of Rishi Dadhichi.]
For this reason, Diti Devi meditated (tapas / penance) for ten thousand years and in due course, gave birth to this powerful son called Vajranga.
Vajranga is someone, who has the anga/body of vajra (Vajrayudha / diamond) and was invincible.
(Vajranga = Vajra + Anga = As strong as diamond + Body = Vajranga is someone, who has the body as strong as Vajrayudha (diamond).
When Vajranga grew up, Diti Devi told her son, “Lord Sri Indra Deva has killed many of my sons. I am thirsting for revenge. Go and kill Lord Sri Indra Deva.”
Vajranga set for Svarga Loka (Heaven).
Vajranga defeated Lord Sri Indra Deva very easily and tied him up.
Vajranga then brought Lord Sri Indra Deva home to his mother and prepared to kill the king of the Devatas (Demigods).
Lord Sri Indra Deva’s death would have been a great calamity and thus, Lord Sri Brahma Deva and Kashyapa Maharishi rushed there.
“Vajranga,” they said. “Please do not kill Lord Sri Indra Deva. Let him go. If someone who deserves respect is insulted, that is like death for him”.
“Lord Sri Indra Deva has been defeated by you. He has therefore been insulted and is as good as dead.”
“There is no need to physically kill him.”
“Moreover, the very fact that you are letting Lord Sri Indra Deva go at our request will be known to all.”
“Even if Lord Sri Indra Deva lives, everyone is going to regard him as dead. Listen to our request and let him go.”
“I am not averse to that suggestion at all,” replied Vajranga.
“I have no intention of killing Lord Sri Indra Deva. I was merely obeying my mother’s instructions.”
“How can I refuse two such revered individuals like you?”
“One of you is the creator of the whole universe and the other one is my own father. I will let Lord Sri Indra Deva go.”
“But please grant me a boon. Grant me the boon that I may be able to perform a lot of tapasya.”
This boon was readily granted by Lord Sri Brahma Deva to Vajranga.
In addition, Lord Sri Brahma Deva created a beautiful woman named Varangi and married her off to Vajranga.
Vajranga went to the forest to meditate to gain more powers.
For a thousand years, Vajranga stood with his arms raised up towards the sky on single foot. And in this posture, he meditated (tapas / penance).
Vajranga then stood on his head for a thousand years more and meditated more rigorously.
As a final part of the tapasya (penance), Vajranga wished to meditate under the water for a thousand years more.
When Vajranga entered the water, his wife Varangi patiently waited for her husband to return.
And all the while, Vajrangi too meditated.
But Lord Sri Indra Deva was not going to let sleeping dogs lie.
Lord Sri Indra Deva adopted the form of a monkey and uprooted all the trees in Varangi’s hermitage (ashrama).
Lord Sri Indra Deva next adopted the form of a sheep and ate up all the grass that was there.
As a snake, Lord Sri Indra Deva tried to bite the lady.
Finally, Lord Sri Indra Deva adopted the form of a cloud and drenched the hermitage (ashrama) in torrents of rain.
Since Varangi was meditating, she was in no position to retaliate or protect herself. She had to bear all these depredations.
When the thousand years were over, Vajranga returned.
Vajranga was shocked to learn of the tortures that his wife had been subjected to by Lord Sri Indra Deva.
Vajranga began to meditate again. This time, he wished for a son who would kill Lord Sri Indra Deva.
Lord Sri Brahma Deva appeared and granted Vajranga the desired boon.
“You will have a son who will be the scourge of the gods,” said Lord Sri Brahma Deva. “He will be called as Taraka or Tarakasura“.
For a thousand years Varangi bore the baby in her womb. When Taraka was born, the earth trembled and tidal waves were created in the ocean.
Fierce storms started to rage. Wild animals rejoiced and the sages shuddered.
In due course, Taraka (Tarakasura) was crowned the king of the Daityas (Demons with huge body).
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