EPISODE OF BHASMASURA
second version begins thus. There was once a formidable demon by
name Bhasmasura. For obtaining rare boons, he propitiated Siva and
did penance for centuries. When the compassionate Lord appeared to
fulfill his desires, the perverted, power-mad demon asked for the
boon of reducing to ashes any object - animate or inanimate when he
puts his hand upon it. Though strange, Bhaktavasankar said
"yes", alas! that alone caught him unawares.
Bhasmasura who wanted to test the efficacy of the boon granted and
tried to place his hand on the Lord himself. Siva took to heels,
running over hills and dales, plains and woods, but the arrogant
demon did not leave him. He chased him from pillar to post. At long
last, finding a thick bush, he concealed himself for a while,
gasping, yet praying to Lord Mahavishnu to come to his rescue.