What are Kedar JyotirLinga unknown facts (Nara and Narayan story)
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The fifth of the jyotirlingas is Kedara. In one of Bhagavan Sri Vishnu’s avatar, he revealed himself as Narayana and Sri Shesha Deva as Nara.
These two sages prayed for a long time in the hermitage known as Badrikashrama.
Near this hermitage there was a peak of the Himalayas named Kedara.
After the two sages had prayed to Lord Shiva for a very long time, Lord Shiva appeared and said, I don’t understand why the two of you worshipping me.
It is you who should be worshipped. But since you have been praying to me, let me grant you a boon.
Nara and Narayana desired that Lord Shiva should always be present in the form of a Linga on the peak Kedara.
Once Lord Shiva’s son Kartikeya asked Lord Shiva:
‘How did this Badarikashrama (a place called Badari + ashrama) sacrosanct place originate? Who is the presiding deity of this place?’
Lord Shiva replied:
‘Badrikashrama is an eternal city and Bhagavan Sri Narayana is its presiding deity. A mere sight of Badrikashrama is enough to free a man from all the bondage of life. There are numerous other holy places situated in the vicinity, Kedaranatha being one of them.’
To emphasize the significance of Badrikashrama, Lord Shiva narrated the following tale to Kartikeya:
‘In Satyayuga, Bhagavan Sri Maha Vishnu existed in his physical form at Badrikashrama for the benediction of human beings.’
‘But, in Tretayuga, only Rushis / sages had the privilege of perceiving him with the help of yoga.’
‘At the advent of Dwapara Yuga, things changed drastically and Bhagavan Sri Maha Vishnu just disappeared from Badrikashrama.’
‘Deities became worried and asked Sri Brahma Deva about the reason that made Bhagavan Sri Maha Vishnu disappear. Even Sri Brahma Deva had no answer to this question.’
‘Thinking that Bhagavan Sri Maha Vishnu must have gone to Ksheera sagara, that is, Bhagavan Sri Maha Vishnu’s eternal abode, all the deities led by Sri Brahma Deva went their.’
‘They eulogized Bhagavan Sri Maha Vishnu, who emerged from the Ksheera sagara. But, none of the deities except Sri Brahma Deva could see Bhagavan Sri Maha Vishnu.’
‘Bhagavan Sri Maha Vishnu told Sri Brahma Deva that the main reason why he disappeared from Badrikashrama was the flawed intelligence and arrogance of the deities.’
‘Sri Brahma Deva informed the deities whatever Bhagavan Bhagavan Sri Vishnu had told him. All the deities were ashamed of themselves and returned to heaven with long faces.’
‘Feeling pity on the deities, I (Shiva) disguised myself as a sanyasi and carried Bhagavan Sri Maha Vishnu’s idol from Naradateertha to Badrikashrama and installed it over there to uplift the sagging morale of the deities.’
‘This is how Bhagavan Sri Maha Vishnu once again graced Badrikashrama with his presence.’
‘Even a grain of ‘prasada’ had at Badrikashrama is enough to liberate a man from all his sins.’
Sri Nara Narayana teaching at Badrikashrama
This is the very place where even today Sri Hari in his Sri Nara Narayana avatar still exists.
Sri Hari in his Sri Nara Narayana, means here Sri Narayana means svayam Sri Hari and Sri Nara means the Sri Aadi Shesha Naaga (the same serpent on which Sri Hari sleeps) still has the abode.
Sri Aadi Shesha Naaga would never want to leave Sri Hari alone.
Even in the Treyayuga, Sri Aadi Shesha Naaga in his Sri Lakshmana avatar had taken birth along with Sri Rama Chandra Prabhu to do seva of Sri Rama.
In the Tretayuga, Sri Aadi Shesha Naaga in his Sri Balarama avatar had taken birth along with Sri Krishna Paramaatmaa to do seva of Sri Krishna.
Similarly in the Kaliyuga, Sri Aadi Shesha Naaga has taken the Sri Nara avatar to do the seva of Sri Narayana.
Also in the same place svayam Sri Hari in his another avatar, that is Bhagavan Sri Veda Vyasa Ji (he is also an avatar of Bhagavan Sri Hari) still lives in the same place.
This avatar of Bhagavan Sri Veda Vyasa Ji is same avatar as during the Mahabharata period.
From Left: Sri Madhvacharya Ji, Bhagavan Sri Veda Vyasa Ji, Sri Madhvacharya Ji meeting Bhagavan Sri Veda Vyasa Deva at Badrikashrama
Just around 800 years back when Sri Madhvacharya Ji went to Sri Badrikashrama, Sri Madhvacharya Ji met both the Sri Hari’s avatars, that is, of the Sri Nara Narayana and also Bhagavan Sri Veda Vyasa Ji.
This is the greatness of our great Bharata bhoomi.
Svayam Bhagavan Sri Hari and other Devatagan / Demigods will take birth to uplift the common people.
This will go on and on and on…
Sanatana Dharma was the Aadi Dharma (grand infinite Dharma), is the Greatest Dharma and will be the Greatest Dharma forever.
Sanatana Dharma is called as ‘Dharma’, as it was started by svayam Sri Hari.
Whereas all the other religions which existed earlier or which is existing today and which will exist in the future are created by mere humans.
Also we should note that Sanatana Dharma doesn’t has any end to it. Sanatana Dharma is like a cycle, it keeps on repeating and repeating and repeating…
After every Maha Kalpa, a new and fresh Maha Kalpa starts and this will go on and on and on…
Sri NaraNarayana blessing a devotee
In each Maha Kalpa Sri Brahma Deva, Sri Sarasvati Devi, Sri Rudra Deva, Sri Parvati Devi and Devatagan / Demigods changes.
Everybody and everything changes except Sri Hari and Sri Mahalakshmi Devi.
Sri Hari is the Aadi Deva, he was present when nothing was there, he is present even today and also he will be present ever after.
Sri Mahalakshmi Devi is the greatest bhakte / devotee of Sri Hari and thus, She also stays along with Sri Hari for ever.
Sri Mahalakshmi Devi can’t go away from Sri Hari as she is the most dearest Devi of Sri Hari.
For this reason Sri Hari has kept Sri Mahalakshmi Devi in his Vaksha Sthala (I am not sure of the English word for Vaksha Sthala).
Because of our punya Karma, we have taken birth in this GREAT BHARATA Bhoomi.
We are not sure in the next januma / life, where we would take birth.
If we don’t make use of the present life, then we may have to pay in this life itself and / or in the next lives.
Bharata bhoomi is called as the Karma, as the Karmas done on this bhoomi is counted.
It is left to us to believe the GREAT SANATANA DHARMA which was started by svayam Sri Hari or to follow the mere religions which are started by the mere people to get fame, power etc.
This is left to us.
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