By Vanshika Dosani, Class 6C, AVM Juhu
In the days of ancient mythology, Brahma, created ten sons to carry out his task of creation and destruction. Shiva and Daksha were the outcome of such a creation Shiva had superior powers. So, daksha took Shiva as his enemy. One of the daughters of Daksha, named Sati, was a great devotee of Shiva. She was beautiful and virtuous. Most of the time Sati immersed in the thoughts of Shiva and dreamed of being his wife. Sati, through her sincere and devotional prayers, acquired the blessings of all gods and goddesses. Shiva finally yielded and appeared before sati. Shiva asked her to choose a boon. Sati gathered her courage and started to say, “Lord will you marry me” Shiva did not let Sati complete her question, and he blessed her, “Be my consort Sati.” Soon Sati was married to Shiva. After the wedding, Shiva took Sati to Kailas where they spent many a happy days. Shiva requested Sati to accompany him to Prayag, today’s Allahabad, to attend a fire- worship ceremony or Yagna. When Shiva entered the Yagna hall, every one stood up to pay respect. After some time Daksha entered the Yagna hall. Everyone stood up to pay respect except Shiva. Daksha felt insulted. He hurriedly returned home and declared that he will hold a grand sacrificial ceremony. He invited all gods and goddesses, but deliberately excluded Shiva. But Sati’s disbelief increased. Shiva said, “Invited or not,” Sati said furiously, “I think we should go. It is after my own entire father’s house and I atleast need no invitation.” Taking Nandi, the gentle white bull that was Shiva’s companion and mount, Sati arrived at her father’s grand sacrificial ceremony. Daksha reluctantly received her and publicly condemned Shiva – calling him the demon of death”It is disgraceful for a so-called god to wear filthy rags, cover himself with snakes and dance like a madman at ceremonies —” until Sati could not stand any longer. “Do not allow your rage to get over you.” Sati painfully said, “I am ashamed to be known as your daughter. I merely denounce you before this assembly. I shall consume myself in a fire and return to mother Earth until I am born again to a father whom I can respect. When news reached Shiva, through Nandi, that his beloved wife was dead this was a furious war. Finally every one walked over to Shiva’s side to seek refuge with him. Shiva was about to destroy the universe, when Brahma came with other gods to calm him down. Finally Shiva was calm he looked up, suppressing the power of his destructive third eye, and stated, “I will return Daksha to life, but he must bear the mark of his foolishness forever.” The gods agreed to Shiva’s condition and Daksha was revived. The mark of his foolishness was clear for all to see for instead of his own head, he wore the head of a goat. Sati would be reincarnated as Parvati and be his wife once again.