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TRYAMBAKESHVAR - TRYAMBAK

Learned sages and mendicants formed a large contingent of the guests. On the appointed day Brahmadeva struck his axe on the earth to lay the foundation of the vedi. His axe struck against something hard. He investigated and discovered a strong iron chest in the ground. Everybody became worried, but all were anxious to see what the chest contained. With the approval of Vishnu and Shiva, Brahma opened the box and to the amazement of all concerned there lay in it a young girl. This damsel was extraordinarily beautiful and her charms were too much even for Brahma himself not to speak of others,

Each king and emperor in the congregation, each god and yaksha, each sage and mendicant was now an aspirant to the girl’s hand. Some of them were imprudent enough to start a wrangle over it then and there, Everybody forgot the original purpose- Brahma’s yajnya for which they had assembled, and busied himself on thinking and devising ways and means of winning the lady. A majority of them of course relied on the normal modes of wooing and courting, but others were not so sure of the efficacy of these means. They thought that force alone would lead them somewhere. Some firebrands drew their swords and blood- shed became imminent.

By now Brahma- deva had gathered himself. He was afraid that this unforeseen contest would disrupt his sacrifice and addressed theassembled guests. He said that the number of those who were aspiring to marry the girl was large and an all-round blood-bath would lead nobody anywhere. So instead he would suggest a way out. There would be a competition, free for all, and the winner would get the prize. Whoever completed a pradakshina of the earth, circumambulated the earth fastest, would be married to the girl. The condition was stiff, but the prize matched it well and hence everybody set out to circle the earth on a signal from Brahmadeva.

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