Canto 10: The Summum BonumChapter 88: Lord Śiva Saved from Vṛkāsura

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 10.88.16

daśāsya-bāṇayos tuṣṭaḥ

stuvator vandinor iva

aiśvaryam atulaḿ dattvā

tata āpa su-sańkaṭam


daśa-āsya — with ten-headed Rāvaṇa; bāṇayoḥ — and with Bāṇa; tuṣṭaḥ — satisfied; stuvatoḥ — who sang his glories; vandinoḥ iva — like minstrels; aiśvaryam — power; atulam — unequaled; dattvā — giving; tataḥ — then; āpahe obtained; su — great; sańkaṭam — difficulty.


He became pleased with ten-headed Rāvaṇa, and also with Bāṇa, when they each chanted his glories, like bards in a royal court. Lord Śiva then bestowed unprecedented power upon each of them, but in both cases he was consequently beset with great difficulty.


Rāvaṇa worshiped Lord Śiva to gain power and then misused that power to uproot the lord's residence, sacred Kailāsa-parvata. On Bāṇāsura's request, Lord Śiva agreed to personally guard Bāṇa's capital, and later he had to fight for Bāṇa against Śrī Kṛṣṇa and His sons.

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