A Fascinating Story !
Dear children! We hear so many moral stories, many stories of kings, queens, gods and animals. We hear tales of valour, adventures, myth and magic. Which is the mother of all these stories?? We will listen to an interesting tale related to this.
On the snow-capped peaks of Kaila:sa, Mother Pa:rvathi made a request to Lord Siva. She said, “Tell me, O Lord!, a story beyond compare !! A story which was never said, never heard by any!!!” The Lord of Kaila:sa promised that he would say the story next day.
It so happened that Mother Pa:rvathi had a companion by name Yaso:vathi. Yaso:vathi had a friend by name Pushpadantha. He was a parmattha- a category of Siva’s subjects in Kaila:sa. He had been pestering Yaso:vathi from a long time to take him to the palace of Pa:rvathi de:vi. It so chanced that on the day Siva promised to tell the story to Pa:rvathi de:vi, Yaso:vathi transformed Pushpadantha into a parrot and took him along with her to the palace.
Pa:rvathi de:vi was upset as her desire of hearing a fascinating and un-heard-of story remained unfulfilled. She was angry on Yaso:vathi and Pushpadantha as they were responsible for that. To pacify her, Siva commanded them to be born as human beings on earth. Meanwhile, a pramattha by name Ma:lyava:n took pity over Pushpadantha and requested Lord Siva to show mercy on him. Siva replied, “If so, I command you to be born on earth and help Pushpadantha!”
All the Pramatthas fell at the feet of Siva and Pa:rvathi. They begged for deliverance from the curse. Pitying them, Maha Siva declared thus “Pushpadantha would be born on earth and would be called ‘Vararuchi’. There is one yaksha by name Suprathi:ka. He was cursed by Kube:ra to be born as a ‘pisa:chi’in the forests of dandaka:ranya. He is now roaming as Ka:nabhu:thi in forests.
Ma:lyava:n will be born as a scholar-poet by name Guna:dhya. When Vararuchi narrates my story to Ka:nabhu:thi, Pushpadantha would be free from the curse. When Ka:nabhu:thi conveys the tale to Guna:dhya, Suprathi:ka would be freed from Kubera’s curse. When Guna:dhya makes my story world famous, he will be released from my curse.”
How Guna:dhya made the story world famous is a story by itself !
By the way, what happened to Yaso:vathi! She was born as Ma:layavathi, daughter of king of Simhala. She would
become the reason for which Guna:dhya would write his story !
– By M. Krishnapriya, India, translated by T.Ramakrishna India