|Then Parvati took
her seat on the ground, closed her eyes, and reduced her body to ashes by the yogic fire
produced internally by abstract meditation on Siva."13
Siva, overcome by grief, destroyed Daksas sac rifice"14 and
wandered hither and thither in frantic sorrow carrying her dead body on his head. Brahma
and other gods grew alarmed and approached Visnu to put a stop to Sivas penance and
save the world from destruction. Brahma, Visnu and Sani then conspired to deprive Siva of
his wifes body and free him from infatuation. These three gods, thereupon, entered
into the dead body of Sati and disposed of it limb by limb.
Atha sokavimudhatma vilapan vrsabhadhvajah
Jagama pracyadesamstu skandhe krtva satisavam
Unmattavadgacchatosya drstva bhavam divaukasah
Haragatrasya samsparsacchavo nayam, visirnatam
Gamisyati katham tasmadasya bhramso, bhavisyati
Iti sancintayantaste Brahma visnu- sanaiscarah
Pravisyatha savam devah Khandasaste satisavam
Bhutale patayamasuh sthane visesatah.
(Kalika Purana, Ch. 18).
13. Quoted from Great Women of India, pp. 232-233.
14. "It may be worth mentioning, as a
picturesque circumstance, that when the woods on the southern slopes of the Bhutan and Aka
hills catch fire in the dry winter season, and can be seen glowing or blazing from great
distances, the people to this day assert that the far-off glare against the sky is caused
by the rising ashes of Daksas interrupted sacrifice." Hastings Encyclo-
paedia of Religion and Ethics, Vol. H, p. 132.