NÂRÂYANA – One of the Four Sons of God Dharma

Nârâyana was one of the four sons of the god (deva) Dharma. Dharma-deva had been born from the breast of Brahmâ. Dharma-deva married the ten daughters of Daksha. His four sons were Nara, Nârâyana, Hari, and Krishna. Nara and Nârâyana became great Rishis (sages) practicing severe penances.

They stayed in the Badarika âsrama (hermitage) doing tapas (austerities) for a thousand years. Hari and Krishna became great yogins. Nârâyana shared many of the episodes of his life with his brother Nara. Nârâ- yana and Nara’s tapas heated up Indra’s throne, so he was determined to bring their tapas to an end.

Indra arrived at their as´rama on his elephant Airâvata and roared that he would give the sages a boon (vara). But they ignored him. Next Indra sent frightening animals, and finally he sent his best—an army of apsaras (celestial damsels) and their attendants. The apsaras included Rambhâ, Menakâ, and Ghritâcî.

NÂRÂYANA - One of the four sons of the god Dharma

The sages came out of their meditation and enjoyed listening to the singing and watching the dancing. Then Nârâyana decided to teach Indra a lesson. He slapped his thigh (ûru) and created a young woman more beautiful than all of Indra’s army of beauties. He named her Urvas´î (the one from a thigh).

Indra’s beauties became afraid in the presence of such powerful sages. They apologized and propitiated the sages, who sent them all away with Urvas´î as a gift to Indra.

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