Lord Shiva and Daksha Prajapati (correct) story | Who killed Daksha in Shiva avatar | Why Daksha disliked Shiva | Why did Shiva forgive Daksha? | What is the story of Dakshayagna? | Why Daksha hate Shiva | Who killed Daksha
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Daksha is also called as ‘Daksha Prajapati’ is the son of Lord Sri Brahma Deva and is the father-in-law of Lord Shiva. Daksh Prajapati had given his daughter Goddess Sri Sati Devi (earlier life of Goddess Sri Parvati Devi) to Lord Shiva.
Daksha Prajapati did ‘Satra Yagna’ (सत्र यज्ञ), wherein he had invited all the Devatas (Demigods), of all kakshya (levels) and had the blessings of almost all the Sages, Kinnaras, Kimpurashas, etc.
In the sabha (Meeting hall), Lord Sri Brahma Deva was also sitting and along with him even Lord Shiva was also sitting.
When Daksh Prajapati entered the Sabha (Yagna hall), he did ‘sastanga namaskaram’ to Lord Sri Brahma Deva, his father. Whereas, Lord Shiva didn’t do namaskaram to his father-in-law, that is, to Daksha Prajapati.
Actually Lord Shiva need not have respected Daksha Prajapati, as it is ‘neecha-dhistana’, that is, Lord Shiva is at the higher level compared to Daksha Prajapati.
Earlier, Lord Shiva had done the namaskaram to Lord Sri Brahma Deva and as he (Lord Shiva) was in deep ‘dhyanam’ of Lord Sri Vishnu, he (Lord Shiva) did not got up and could not notice anyone except Lord Sri Vishnu at that time. This made Daksha anger against Lord Shiva.
Insult done by Daksha to Lord Shiva (Why Daksha disliked Lord Shiva) : Daksha Prajapati in the sabha (yagna hall), insulted Lord Shiva by saying that Lord Shiva’s eye resembles the eye of a monkey and that even though he does not deserve, he had given his daughter Goddess Sri Sati Devi in marriage to Lord Shiva.
Daksha Prajapati also insulted that Lord Shiva is a Digambara, he (Lord Shiva) is occupied by boota ganas, always wanders in Ghats (smashanas / cemetery).
Curse of Daksha to Lord Shiva : He (Lord Shiva) does snaana (bath) with the ash of the dead, he (Lord Shiva) is amangala (inauspicious) and cursed that Lord Shiva shall not get the “Havis” of Yajna in future.
Curse of Lord Shiva to Daksha : On hearing the curse by Daksha Prajapati, Lord Shiva also cursed Daksha Prajapati to loose ‘yathartha Jnaana’ (correct knowledge) and that he shall have the face of a sheep.
Curse of Lord Shiva to Brahmins in Daksha Yagna : Lord Shiva also cursed the Brahmins who all earn somethings in the form of money, vidya, tapas, vrata shall be utilized for daihika kaama (self and material satisfaction).
Maharishi Bhrigu curse to Lord Shiva in Daksha Yagna : This enraged Maharishi Bhrigu who in turn also cursed that those who does the pooja – vrata to please only Lord Shiva shall be away from ‘Sachchaastra Shravana’ (correct Hindu Texts).
Such kind of people will be away from ‘shuchitva’ (cleanliness), do the Dharana (apply) of bhasma of dead. They shall be far away from Vedas, and that they shall become paashandi (heretic).
After the completion of Satra (Sacrifice) which lasted for thousands of years – all the Rishis, Devatas (Demigods) left that place. But, the enmity between the father-in-law (Daksha Prajapati) and son-in-law (Lord Shiva) continued.
What increased the ego in Daksha : Lord Sri Brahma Deva also named Daksha Prajapati as the ‘adhipati’ (head) of all the Prajapatis, which increased the “Aham” (ego) in Daksha Prajapati.
After some time, Daksh Prajapati decided to do one more yajna named “Brihaspati Savam”, a Maha yajna. For this Yagna, Daksha Prajapati invited all Brahmarshis, Pitrus, Devatas, Gandharvas and the entire family of Devatas (Demigods).
Daksha Prajapati refused to invite his daughter Goddess Sri Sati Devi, and her husband Lord Shiva for this Yajna. But Goddess Sri Sati Devi wished to attend the ‘Brihat Yagna’ (very huge Yagna) and pleaded Lord Shiva to come.
Why didn’t Lord Shiva went to Daksha Yagna : But, Lord Shiva told Goddess Sri Sati Devi that as they are not invited for the yagna, it is not good to attend the function.
Goddess Sri Sati Devi told that for going to her father’s house, there need not be any invitation. Lord Shiva replied that Goddess Sri Sati Devi is right in her intention to attend her father’s yagna, if he had no enmity with us.
But as he (Daksha Prajapati) hates us and as he does not have the characters of ‘sajjana purusha’ (gentleman), it is not good to attend the yagna. But, Goddess Sri Sati Devi insisted that she definitely will go to Daksha Prajapati’s Yajna.
Lord Shiva told that he will not come. But, Goddess Sri Sati Devi went herself sitting on Nandi to the Daksha Prajapati’s yajna. Goddess Sri Sati Devi was followed by thousands of Lord Shiva’s ‘bhoota gana sainikas’ (soldiers of Lord Shiva).
In the sabha (Yagna hall) no one did respect Goddess Sri Sati Devi, except her sisters and her mother. Even Goddess Sri Sati Devi’s father Daksha Prajapati didn’t even bother to speak to her.
In the yagna, Goddess Sri Sati Devi noticed that Lord Shiva is not given the Havis and that his father is insulting her husband Lord Shiva.
Goddess Sri Sati Devi now repented for having born as the daughter of Daksha Prajapati and thought that she shall never be called as Dakshayani (daughter of Daksha) and entered Agni (fire) and did the shareera tyaaga (physically sacrificed her life).
Now, Daksha Prajapati started feeling guilty of his sins. On seeing Goddess Sri Sati Devi entering the agni / fire, Lord Shiva’s soldiers who had accompanied Goddess Sri Sati Devi tried to kill Daksha Prajapati and also tried to destroy the Yagna.
Maharshi Brrigu did special “ahuti” in ‘Dakshinaagni’ from Yajurveda mantras. With the special Ahuti, Brahmanas’ shakti (Brahmins’ powers) i.e., Rubhu Devatas came in the form of weapons and attacked the Lord Shiva’s ‘parshvadharas’ (soldiers) who later had to ran away.
Who destroyed Daksha Yagna : Here Lord Shiva at Kailash, on hearing the incident that happened in the Daksha Prajapati’s Yagna, created ‘Veerabhadra’ out of his Jata (matted hairs) and asked him to destroy the Yagna.
These Shivaanucharaas (Lord Shiva soldiers) attacked the entire Yagna mantapa (hall) and destroyed everything there. Veerabhadra removed the mustache of Maharshi Bhrigu, and removed both the eyes of Bhaga and the teeth of Poosha.
Veerabhadra tried to remove the head of Daksha Prajapati but failed, then he did the dhyana of Lord Shiva, who came immediately and removed the head of Daksha Prajapati.
All Devatas (Demigods) approached Lord Sri Brahma Deva to control Lord Shiva. With the blessings of Lord Sri Brahma Deva, Lord Sri Rudra Deva’s (Lord Shiva) anger reduced and he completed the Daksha Prajapati’s Yagna after adding the head of sheep to the body of Daksha Prajapati.
Now, it is the turn of Daksha Prajapati to beg the pardon of Lord Shiva for having committed one of the biggest sins of his life.
(Source – Srimad Bhagavatam, Chaturta Skanda)
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