Narayaneeyam Dasakam 11 To 20 Translation – Meaning

॥ Narayaniyam Dasakam 11-20 ॥

“Ramanarayana” translation Of Narayaneeyam By P.R.Ramachander.
Dasakam 11 The birth of Hiranya Kasipu and Hiranyaksha

(The attendants of Vishnu are cursed by the sages for being born as Asuras. They chose the option of coming back to Vaikunta after three births hating Lord Vishnu, First, they are born as Hiranya Kasipu and Hiranyaksha.)

When the creation was progressing step by step,
One day the divine Sanaka sages reached Vaikunta,
To see you, Oh Lord of Guruvayur. ॥ 11.1 ॥

They reached near your incomparable residence,
Which had a garden called Naisreyas,
And also, several lakes and palaces. 11.2

Jaya and Vijaya who were guarding the entrance,
Stopped them, when they were trying to enter inside,
And anger took place in the mind of those sages,
And Oh God with unlimited fame,
And all this was due to your suggestion only. ॥ 11.3 ॥

When the sages cursed them with the following words,
“You both, who are doing acts which are not in tune,
With Vaikunta are bad people may be born as Asuras”,
Jaya and Vijaya, who did service at your feet,
Saluted the Sanaka sages and requested them,
“May both of us always have a memory of this God.”. ॥ 11.4 ॥

Oh God, with lotus-like eyes, having come to know,
That the Sanaka sages were stopped at your gate,
You along with Lakshmi and keeping your hand on the shoulder of Garuda,
And with your pretty form came out and gave the Sanaka sages joy. ॥ 11.5 ॥

Then you made the Sanaka sages who were praying you very happy,
And mercifully told those servants who did not have any other master but you,
“You both would take three births when you would remember me with anger”, ॥ 11.6 ॥

Then those servants of yours were born as to Asuras,
As the sons of sage Kashyapa and his wife Dithi,
And since they were conceived at dusk, they were both cruel,
And being twins they became like two gods of death. ॥ 11.7 ॥

One of them was Hiranya Kasipu and the other was Hiranyaksha,
Both of them due to their innate nature were blind with desire,
And started troubling all the world, for which you were the lord. ॥ 11.8 ॥

Of them, Hiranyaksha ran round all over to fight and,
Since he did not get anyone to fight,
Drowned goddess earth who was your dear wife,
In water and with pride traveled along with a mace. ॥ 11.9 ॥

Having heard from Varuna that you are a match for him to fight,
He ran here and there in search of you,
Oh Lord of Guruvayur, who is the treasure of mercy,
Oh God, who can be seen only by your devotees, please cure my diseases. ॥ 11.10 ॥

Dasakam 12: The incarnation of Varaha the Boar

(The incarnation of a boar which lifted the earth which has sunk in the sea.)

Then Swayambhuva Manu who was doing the creation of human beings,
Seeing that the earth was drowned in the water at an inappropriate time,
Went and approached Lord Brahma who lived in Sathya loka with sages,
And who was having a joyful mind as he was serving your lotus feet. ॥ 12.1 ॥

Oh Lotus eyed God when Swayambhuva Manu approached Brahma,
And told, “When I was creating people, alas, the earth went into the water,
So be kind enough to make a place for all of them to live,”
And Brahma prayed deeply your lotus-like feet. ॥ 12.2 ॥

Lord Brahma said,”Alas, alas, Oh God, I drank away the causal water,
Even earlier and now the world is drowning in water, what shall I do?”’
And said that he is surrendering at your two lotus-like feet,
And from the nostrils of Lord Brahma, you came in the shape of a boar calf. ॥ 12.3 ॥

When you came out, you initially were of the size of a thumb,
And later grew to the size of an elephant and Brahma,
Seeing you in that big form along with Mareechi and others and was surprised. ॥ 12.4 ॥

When he was wondering “who is this mighty boar,
With unimaginable power, which has come out of my nostrils?
Could it be the Maya of Lord Vishnu?”
You grew up into the size of a great hill and roared. ॥ 12.5 ॥

The sages in the Jana loka, Thapo Loka and Sathya loka,
Hearing the thunderous roar of God, prayed to you,
You became very happy hearing those prayers,
Again roared, assumed a still bigger form,
And jumped into that great ocean. ॥ 12.6 ॥

You stood up, with erect copper-colored hairs,
With tail held up erect, with snout pointing downwards,
And with rolling eyes and plunged into the ocean,
Making the dark clouds on the way shatter into pieces and,
Making the sages, who were praying you happy by your rotating eyes. ॥ 12.7 ॥

You then got down into the ocean,
Which had moving groups of crocodiles,
With big whales going round and round,
With fast swirling waters and tumultuous waves,
And with your roar frightened the people of Rasatala,
And started your frantic search, for the Goddess earth. ॥ 12.8 ॥

Oh lord, you who were in the form of the terrible boar,
After a search located Goddess earth hid in the Patala,
By those bad asuras and without bothering about them,
Playfully lifted, the earth in your tusk. ॥ 12.9 ॥

Oh playful Lord in the form of a boar,
You who after taking the earth in your tusks,
Started lifting it up and it appeared,
As if it is a small piece of the root of grass,
And you appeared with a grossly large body,
And you who emerged from the ocean,
With the water being churned greatly,
Please save me from this disease. ॥ 12.10 ॥

Dasakam 13: The killing of Hiranyaksha

(The fight of the boar incarnation with Hiranyaksha and his destruction.)

Then your devotee Narada, who was well versed in diplomacy,
Oh God who blesses, managed to reach Hiranyaksha,
Who was running searching for you and standing in knee-deep deluge water,
And praised in a muted voice, his valour and belittled your prowess and strength. ॥ 13.1 ॥

He told the asura, “That enchanter Vishnu has stolen the earth that was yours,
Oh Lord, alas, alas, this should never happen like this”,
Then that Asura asked roaring “Where is He? Where is He?”,
And then following the path indicated by the sage,
Found you, who was getting out of the water, carrying the earth on your tusk. ॥ 13.2 ॥

Ignoring the asura who was telling “Alas, this is an animal”,
And also berating you with very abusive words,
Oh Lord, you see that the world at the end of your tusk was trembling with fear,
Put the earth in a stable place outside the water,
And immediately without any hesitation, prepared for war with him. ॥ 13.3 ॥

When the Asura came for a war with a mace,
You also armed yourself with a huge mace,
And when in the war the sound “Ghata, ghata”,
Filled the sky all over and when the devas,
Curious to see the war came in droves,
And Lord Brahma reminded you that he should be killed before dusk. ॥ 13.4 ॥

In the fight with the mace, surprisingly when your mace,
Fell down into the earth due to the hit by the mace of the asura,
To the surprise of everyone, you smiled softly,
Meditated and summoned the Sudarsana Chakra,
Which was famous for exterminating asuras,
And held that in your arms and faced the asura. ॥ 13.5 ॥

The asura blinded with anger prepared to jump on you with a spear,
And you cut it off using the chakra that you held in your hand,
And then he became angrier and using his clenched fists,
Started hurting you by hitting at you, besides he used his magical powers,
Capable of surprising the world and thought that he can hurt you. ॥ 13.6 ॥

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When all those magical tactics were destroyed by the embers from your Chakra,
He, who was ignorant, blinded by extreme rage started hitting at you,
You gave him a mighty blow, in the base of his ear with the thumb of your feet. ॥ 13.7 ॥

That Asura with a very huge body, having received your kick,
Fell down with blood gushing out of his mouth,
And the sages appreciated your act of killing the bad people,
And also due to the uninterrupted great joy that they had,
They made you the personification of fire sacrifices,
And again praised you, with very many meaningful words. ॥ 13.8 ॥

Oh greatest God, Your skins are the meters like Gayathri,
Your hair are the Durba grass, your eyes are the ghee used in sacrifice,
Your four legs are four sages performing the fire sacrifice,
Your face is Sruk, the sacrificial vessel meant for storing ghee,
Your stomach is Ida the vessel used for storing Puroda offering,
Your tongue are the vessels for storing Soma Rasa,
Your ears are the vessels meant for drinking the soma juice,
And your semen is the holy Soma juice itself,
And in your neck are the sacrificial rites called Upasads. ॥ 13.9 ॥

You with a delighted mind, after having heard this praise of the sages,
With a very huge body and shining with great fame,
Reached Vaikunta which was your own place,
Oh Lord of Guruvayur, you are the same joyful killer of Madhu,
And be pleased to completely stop all diseases affecting me. ॥ 13.10 ॥

Dasakam 14: The incarnation of Kapila

(The story of Kardhama and the minor incarnation of Sage Kapila)

Manu the son of Lord Brahma, meditating on your lotus like feet,
Singing the stories of your incarnations, completed,
His period of seventy-one, four-fold yugas without any problem. ॥ 14.1 ॥

During that time Kardhama who was created,
In the image of Lord Brahma himself,
According to the suggestion given by Brahma,
Got interested in the process of creation,
And did penance for ten thousand years,
Meditating on you who is very handsome. ॥ 14.2 ॥

Oh Lord, you with a pretty colour of the cloud rode on Garuda
Holding playfully a lotus flower and was radiant with a pleasing smile,
And you appeared before the Kardhama by your divine grace. ॥ 14.3 ॥

You gave Kardhama, who was enraptured on seeing you,
And who was singing your praises the boon of marrying Manu’s daughter,
And also blessed him to get nine daughters and a son called Kapila and vanished. ॥ 14.4 ॥

As per the advice of Sage Narada which was as per your prompting,
Swayambhuva Manu along with his queen Satha roopi,
Along with his daughter, Devahuthi went to Kardhama who was awaiting them. ॥ 14.5 ॥

That Kardhama when he was given Devahuthi
Who was a jewel among women, by Manu,
Got happy and contended with devotion to you,
And lavished love on her due to her great affectionate service. ॥ 14.6 ॥

Kardhama with the power that he got by worshipping you,
In the plane constructed by himself as per the wishes of his dear wife,
Journeyed and enjoyed romantic pleasures with her,
Assuming nine forms and being surrounded by celestial maidens, ॥ 14.7 ॥

Later that Kardhama after spending one hundred years,
Begot nine very pretty daughters,
And intended to go to the forest to do penance,
But staying at home so that you would be born to him. ॥ 14.8 ॥

You were born to Devahuthi as Sage Kapila
To teach the philosophy of the supreme soul
And Devahuthi was drowned in your service,
According to the advice of her husband. ॥ 14.9 ॥

Oh Lord of Guruvayur, who was born as sage Kapila,
With your birth, the very satisfied Kardhama left to the forest,
And you, who took up the task of teaching our religious principles,
To your mother, may please cure me of all diseases. ॥ 14.10 ॥

Dasakam 15: The teachings of Kapila

(Sage Kapila teaches Philosophy to his mother Devahuthi. This occurs in the third chapter of Bhagawatham. Each verse is a summary of one chapter)

Oh God, you as Kapila told to Devahuthi thus,
“If one is interested in worldly pleasures,
Then intelligence binds you to this world,
But if one is not interested in these aspects,
Intelligence will lead to ultimate salvation.
The path of devotion prevents attachment to pleasures,
And this devotion can be earned by the company of great people.” ॥ 15.1 ॥

Oh God, you as Kapila told to Devahuthi thus,
“From the man who has clearly understood,
The division of innate principles of existence,
Namely basic nature, intelligence, egoism,
The five subtle bases *, the five bhootha elements,
The mind, the ten organs of sensation** and the supreme soul,
Maya, the illusion completely goes away.” ॥ 15.2 ॥
*subtle bases are Sound, touch, form, taste and smell
**Mind, eye, nose, tongue, skin, words, arms, legs, anus, penis are the
Ten organs of sensation.

Oh God, you as Kapila told to Devahuthi thus,
“The soul is not affected by nature*, that is the birth and death process,
But if nature shows attachment to the soul*, its qualities will influence the soul,
So think and understand the principle of devotion to me,
And this would make an attachment to nature vanish.” ॥ 15.3 ॥
*Nature-Prakruthi Soul-Purusha

Oh God, you as Kapila told to Devahuthi thus,
“After making your mind pure by practicing different yogaasanas*,
Practice meditating on me who am sitting on Garuda,
Armed with divine weapons and decorated with divine ornaments.
And colored blue like a blue lotus flower” ॥ 15.4 ॥
*Yama, Niyama, Asana and Pranayama

Oh God, you as Kapila told to Devahuthi thus,
“Hearing my stories and great attributes, singing my names,
And meditating on my form would create great devotion,
Which is a phenomenon of the mind, similar to the flow of Ganges,
And this type of devotion even wins over death.” ॥ 15.5 ॥

Oh God, you as Kapila told to Devahuthi thus,
“Alas, alas, he who does not have devotion to me,
With the money that he has earned by troubling other beings,
Spends time in looking after his home and family,
Obeying the wishes of women plays with children,
And gets attached to the home and later suffers sorrow in hell.” ॥ 15.6 ॥

Oh God, you as Kapila told to Devahuthi thus,
“Though at the time of suffering inside the womb of women,
One gets wisdom, as soon as one is born, this is lost,
And after spending a childhood hood full of miseries,
When one becomes a youth, he again gets into the net of passion.” ॥ 15.7 ॥

Oh God, you as Kapila told to Devahuthi thus,
“A householder who performs virtuous deeds,
and also satisfies devas and manes by proper worship,
Goes through the southern path, and when his merits,
Are exhausted he falls back on earth to live again,
But he who surrenders to me and does all deeds,
Without expecting anything in return,
Goes out by the northern path and salvation.” ॥ 15.8 ॥

Once she understood what is needed, you blessed Devahuthi,
Who prayed to you and you started your journey with other yogis,
And Devahuthi whose mind became pure,
Attained salvation through the path of devotion,
And you for the good of the people are,
Staying even now in the northeastern part of our country. ॥ 15.9 ॥

Oh God who is great, what is the use of telling too much?
You, again and again, tell that, the devotion to your lotus-like feet
Removes all fears, and fulfills all desires, and so Oh Lord of Guruvayur,
Please cure all my diseases and bless me to have devotion to you. ॥ 15.10 ॥

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Dasakam 16: The incarnation of Narayana and the Yaga of Daksha

(The minor incarnations of Nara and Narayana and also the Fire sacrifice conducted by Daksha Prajapathi.)

Daksha Prajapathi, the son of Brahma married Prasoothi,
Who was the daughter of Swayambhuva Manu and begot,
Sixteen daughters and out of them he gave thirteen of them,
In marriage to Dharma deva, daughter Swadha to the manes,
Daughter Swaha to fire God and daughter Sathi to Lord Shiva. ॥ 16.1 ॥

From Moorthi, the wife of Dharma deva, you were born,
As Nara and Narayana with great splendor,
And fit to be worshipped by the entire world,
And becoming happy by this, all the devas, sang your praises
Played musical instruments and rained flowers. ॥ 16.2 ॥

Nara and Narayana who was you yourself,
Took turns and destroyed the asura called Sahasra Kavacha,
Who wore one thousand armors,
As for cutting each of which one has,
To do a thousand years penance and thousand years war,
By cutting one by one all his armors,
And killing him when only one armor was left. ॥ 16.3 ॥

After the killing of Sahasra Kavacha, you along with Nara,
Lived in Badrika hermitage practicing and teaching the path of salvation.
Then Indra getting jealous of your innate peace and great strength,
Send the God of love with several celestial maidens to disturb you. ॥ 16.4 ॥

The God love along with his friends spring season and southerly wind,
Beat you with the arrow-like erotic glances and movements of the maidens,
And saw that you were unmoved and unperturbed and became afraid,
And to him, you told with a pleasing smile thus. ॥ 16.5 ॥

Then you told, “Hey God of love, Hey spring, Hey celestial maidens,
Do not be afraid and receive a present from me here”
And then you showed them your lady servants, standing all around,
Who was praising you, to the god of love and others. ॥ 16.6 ॥

The God of love and his companions, who had come there to allure you,
Were themselves captivated by the sweet smell being spread by your servants,
And then you presented them a lady, who could subdue the pride of all celestial ladies,
And who was named as Urvasi and they accepted her with deep shame. ॥ 16.7 ॥

Indra after seeing Urvasi and also after hearing about you,
And realizing your greatness became very much worried,
And oh Grantor of boons, this incarnation which is peaceful and pretty,
Can only be surpassed by another of your incarnations, that of Krishna. ॥ 16.8 ॥

Daksha who was greatly indulged by Brahma,
Became blinded by arrogance due to,
The predominance of Rajasic qualities,
Alas did not have respect even for you.
Due to this, he started hating Shiva,
Who is only another form of yours,
And in the fire sacrifice belittling you,
Insulted his own daughter Sathi. ॥ 16.9 ॥

That Daksha’s sacrifice was destroyed by Lord Shiva,
And his head was also cut off, and later due to prayer,
Of devas, Lord Shiva gave back Daksha his life,
And was able to complete the sacrifice he has started,
And he also got back his peace of mind,
And Oh Lord of Guruvayur, who gives peace to all,
Please be kind enough to protect me. ॥ 16.10 ॥

Dasakam 17: The story of Dhruva

(The story of the penance of the boy named Dhruva, who was the son of king Uthanapada.)

To king Uthanapada, the son of Swayambhuva Manu,
His wife Suruchi became extremely dear to him,
And Sunithi, who was another wife was not liked by him,
And since Sunithi did not have any other go,
She forever surrendered to you. ॥ 17.1 ॥

Once seeing Uthama, the darling son of Suruchi sitting on his father’s lap,
When Dhruva, the son Of Sunithi started to climb into his father’s lap also,
Suruchi it seems scolded him a lot, and is it not true,
That person who do not have devotion to you are affected by a lot of jealousy. ॥ 17.2 ॥

Dhruva who was deeply upset by the great words of scolding,
In front of the father who has become a slave due to infatuation with Suruchi,
Went and approached his mother who told him that,
To those affected by fate, you are the only refuge. ॥ 17.3 ॥

He, who was only five year old at that time, due to his self-respect,
Hearing the words of his mother, decided to worship you,
And left the city and after meeting the great sage Narada on the way,
Learned from him your mantra and method of worship,
And went to the forest called Madhuvana and worshipped you. ॥ 17.4 ॥

Your father became repentant and sad and Sage Narada,
Who came to the town consoled him and he became peaceful,
And the boy completely concentrating his mind on you,
Step by step intensified the rigor of the penance for the next five months. ॥ 17.5 ॥

When the intensity of that great penance increased,
All beings were not able to breathe by its intensity,
And Oh Lord, as per the request of devas, with a heart overflowing with mercy,
You appeared before Dhruva, who was completely dissolved in your divine form. ॥ 17.6 ॥

With a heart filled with the nectar of your divine form,
And with the joy which was creating waves in his mind,
He wanted to praise you suitably, and you know this,
Caressed his cheeks using your conch. ॥ 17.7 ॥

With the mind purified by the enlightenment due to the touch,
He sang your praises in a great way and in great quantity,
And understanding the thoughts in his mind, you told him,
“Hey Dhruva, enjoy kingship for a long time and attain the highest abode.” ॥ 17.8 ॥

After you vanished, after telling him like this,
That Dhruva who was a prince went back to his town,
Making all the people there extremely happy,
And later when his father entered the Vanaprastha stage,
He took up the burden of kingship, and due to your blessing,
He fulfilled all your wishes and lived happily for a long time. ॥ 17.9 ॥

Hey God, when afterward a Gandharva killed his brother Uthama,
That Dhruva engaged in war with that Yaksha,
And stopped the fight as per the advice of Swayambhuva Manu,
And for that Kubera the king of Yakshas, who was pleased with his forbearing nature,
Offered him a boon and the great Dhruva, wanted only stable devotion towards you. ॥ 17.10 ॥

When he neared the end of his life, he rode in a plane brought by your people,
And went along with his mother and occupied the land of Dhruva and is there even now,
Oh Lord of Guruvayur, you who are interested in thus protecting your devotees,
May please be kind enough to completely remove all my diseases. 17.11

Dasakam 18: The story of Pruthu.

(The story of King Prathu who was the son of Vena who was a bad king. He is also considered as a minor incarnation of Lord Vishnu)

To the famous king of Anga, who was born in Dhruva’s dynasty,
A wicked son called Vena was born and that king disgusted,
By his wickedness, went to the forest after dedicating his mind in you. ॥ 18.1 ॥

Since in spite of his wickedness, he was very strong,
The people of his country made him their king,
And this Vena praised by everyone about his strength,
Put an end to all the sacrificial rites which are dear to you. ॥ 18.2 ॥

When all the sages joined together and approached him,
To tell what is good for him, he told them that,
Except him, there is no other lord in this world and,
Berated you with wile and hurting words,
And the great sages enraged by it,
Cursed and killed him, like a moth in the fire. ॥ 18.3 ॥

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Being afraid of tyranny in the kingdom because of Strong Vena’s death,
The sages churned the pillar-like thigh of the body of Vena kept by his mother,
And removed all the dark sins committed by him,
And later when they churned his ramrod arms, you arose from that. ॥ 18.4 ॥

You were born as the very famous Pruthu,
And you were praised and sang about by soothsayers,
Who also told that in future you would become valorous,
And you as per the advice of the great sages,
Fought with the earth, who had swallowed all wealth during Vena’s time,
And recovered all of it, by leveling the earth by the tip of your bow. ॥ 18.5 ॥

Then you arranged for the chief of different clans, to be made calves by devas,
And in the vessels that were suited to them, devas were allowed,
To milk the earth which was made into a cow, whatever food that they needed. ॥ 18.6 ॥

Oh God, who is everywhere in the three worlds,
When you were worshipping your own self by fire sacrifices,
And when you started to perform the hundredth Aswamedha,
The jealous Indra with hundred eyes assumed the form of a lowly barbarian,
And stole your horse and he became defeated by your own sons. ॥ 18.7 ॥

The sages decided to sacrifice this Indra who stole horses frequently,
And decided to sacrifice him in the fire and Brahma prevented them,
And when later when the fire sacrifice was over, you yourself,
Saw in yourself the all-pervading form of Lord Vishnu. ॥ 18.8 ॥

Oh Lord, along with the boon of steadfast devotion to him given by Vishnu,
When you were seated on the banks of Ganges,
And were engaged in giving counsel to the sages assembled for a sacrifice,
You saw in front of you the great sages called Sanaka and others. ॥ 18.9 ॥

Following the advice of Sanaka and other sages,
You as Pruthu understood the divine knowledge,
And went to do penance and you became yourself.
Oh God, who is the Lord of Guruvayur, you,
Who assumed the form of Pruthu,
May please remove all my diseases immediately. ॥ 18.10 ॥

Dasakam 19: The story of Prachethas.

(The story of princes called Prachethas who were born in the clan of Prathu)

The son of the great grand son of Pruthu, Pracheenabarhiss,
Who was very charitable and interested in Yagas,
Begot in his wife Sathadruthi, sons called Prachethas who was pure-hearted,
And appeared as if they were young sprigs of your mercy. ॥ 19.1 ॥

According to the direction of their father engaged in the creation,
Prepared to do penance about you, those ten Prachethas,
Reached the shores of the Western Ocean,
And there they say a very pretty lotus lake*. ॥ 19.2 ॥
* The lake in front of Mummiyur Temple, Guruvayur

Then for seeing Prachethas who were your devotees,
Lord Shiva, who is one of your great devotees,
Came to that sacred waters and
Appeared before Prachethas,
and taught them a prayer *addressed to you. ॥ 19.3 ॥
*Rudra Geetham

Then those Prachethas chanted that prayer,
Inside water for ten thousand years,
After serving you, and they,
Being interested in enjoying,
Your name in their mind,
Spent several years in penance
Unlike in the case of Dhruva. ॥ 19.4 ॥

Due to the increasing strength of their penance,
Though he was interested in hurting animals in Yagas,
Their father also was purified and after learning,
The principle of Athma from Sage Narada,
Who visited their house, he merged with you. ॥ 19.5 ॥

Due to the power of mercy, you appeared before Prachethas,
Riding on Garuda and along with eight arms,
Holding shiningly radiant weapons like the holy wheel,
And with extremely dazzling light. ॥ 19.6 ॥

Then without even their asking, you showered boons on them,
Due to your great mercy and told them that,
“Let even your memory give all good things to all beings,
And let the Rudra Geetha that you have sung fulfill all their desires.” ॥ 19.7 ॥

He continued, joyfully “After marrying Marisha, the daughter of the trees,
You would enjoy life for one million years and,
You would beget a son called Daksha and,
Then afterward you would attain me.” ॥ 19.8 ॥

After that the Prachethas started burning the trees,
That has covered the entire earth and Brahma stopped them,
And then they got the daughter brought up by the trees as their wife
And lived for a long time, as indicated by you. ॥ 19.9 ॥

Then the Prachethas after begetting a son called Daksha,
Carried out several Yagas and using the knowledge given by Narada,
And attained salvation and divine joy and Oh God, Oh Lord of Guruvayur,
You who are mighty like this may protect me. ॥ 19.10 ॥

Dasakam 20: The story of the Lord of sages called Rishabha.

(The story of Rishabha deva another minor incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The division of the earth into several distinct parts is mentioned here.)

King Nabhi who was the son of Agnidhara,
Who was the dear son of Priyavrutha,
Performed sacrifices to please you,
And saw you, who fulfills all desires. ॥ 20.1 ॥

Oh God of the universe, there you were extolled by sages,
In the middle of that Yaga and was asked by them,
To bless Nabhi with a son like you in all respects and,
You then told them, “I myself would be born to him.”
And disappeared in the sacrificial fire. ॥ 20.2 ॥

Then you were born to Nabhi’s beloved wife Meru Devi,
As a part incarnation and took the name of Rishabha,
Who had extraordinary qualities that brought joy to people. ॥ 20.3 ॥

The king Nabhi along with his wife Meru Devi,
Decided to retire to the forests and entrusted,
The job of ruling the country in your great self,
And after serving you attained your place of divine joy. ॥ 20.4 ॥

Once, becoming very jealous of your great glory and prosperity,
Indra stopped all rains in your country of Ajhabha varsha,
And then, using your own yogic power brought rains to the country. ॥ 20.5 ॥

Then, though you were full of inner satisfaction and bliss,
You married Jayanthi, the pretty one given by the defeated Indra,
And begot one hundred sons through her,
And the eldest among them, named Bharatha became the king after you. ॥ 20.6 ॥

Nine of your sons became great sages,
And another nine ruled nine provinces of Bharatha,
And the rest eighty-one sons, by their penance,
Attained the status of Brahmins. ॥ 20.7 ॥

After that you, in the middle of great sages,
Taught your sons the path to salvation,
Consisting of devotion and non-attachment,
And you adopted the status of Paramahamsa,
And followed the life of a mad man bereft of emotions. ॥ 20.8 ॥

Though you attained the status of equality with the supreme spirit,
You roamed the entire world as a mad man spurned by all,
But unattached and got completely immersed in divine joy. ॥ 20.9 ॥

Adopting the lifestyle of a python and also that of,
A cow, deer and a crow for a very long time,
In kudajadri* you merged with the forest fire,
And Oh Lord of Guruvayur, please remove my sufferings. ॥ 20.10 ॥
*Near Kollur Mookambika temple of Karnataka.

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