Who was Bhasmasura?

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Santosh Gairola   By   santosh |  updated :   3 June 2018

BhasmaSura Story

This post will define Who was Bhasmasura? and what was his story related to Lord Shiva?

Once upon a time, there was a demon named Bruk, he was the son of Shakuni. Since Bruk birth, he was a foolish son to his father.

Due to his foolishness, he started creating problems for his father. His father told him that he will never attain success in his life.

Bruk realized that his father never expected him to become successful so he decides to prove his father wrong with people who believe that he was a foolish son of Shakuni.

He was desperate to prove himself a successful son but he had no idea how to do that.

Then one day he meets with sage Narada who listens to his problem and advised him to penance upon Lord Shiva.

Narada tells to Bruk that if his penance gets successful you will prove your father and other people wrong easily.

Bruk accepts the advice of sage Narada and starts searching for a peaceful place for himself where he could austerity upon Lord Shiva.

After a long search, he finds a raw place covered with hills. He decides to choose that place for his austerity and starts his penance.

So many years get passed, One day trinity gets united in Kailash . Lord Narayan tells to Lord Shiva that time has been come to bless a boon to demon Bruk. Shiva gives his consent on Narayana words.

After that Brahma ask Lord Vishnu are you ready, Narayana? Lord Vishnu tells that Yes, Brahma, I'm ready.

Finally, Lord Shiva tells to Lord Narayan that if a devotee's feeling is true for his lord then he doesn't require any boon.

Lord Shiva appears in front of the demon Bruk and requests him to open his eyes. Demon Bruk gets delighted to see his lord in front of him.

Bruk falls down in the feet of Shiva and starts weeping. Lord Shiva tells that your penance got completed Bruk ask what you want from me in return?

Bruk tells to Shiva that his father always treated him as idiotic and failure son but today he could tell his father and other people that he has got successful in his penance.

Lord Shiva again requests Bruk to ask something in return of his penance. Demon Bruk gets excited for a moment and thinks what is the precious thing in life?

Bruk tells to Shiva that he need some moment for himself so that he could think properly.

Shiva accepts demon request and sits over a rock there and let Bruk think about his wish.

The demon tells to Shiva that he has no idea what kind of boon he should ask from Shiva?

Shiva advises demon that he can make him intelligent if he wants. Bruk refuses the advice of Shiva by saying that he already proved everybody wrong.

Bruk tells to Shiva that everybody needs to be feared from him. He needs some kind of power which no one ever has.

Demon request Shiva to bless him with the power to turn anyone into ashes.

As soon as he put his hand on others' head, they should get burned and turned into ashes.

Shiva gives an exact boon to Demon but demon tells to Shiva that he wants to test Shiva's boon. Shiva tells that he is sitting there till he returns back

Bruk gets his name Bhasmasura

Demon goes to the jungle and sees a buffalo and puts his hand on his head. Buffalo burnt out and turns into ashes. Bruk realizes that Shiva has given him an exact boon.

Now, he decides to test the boon on the humans. Bruk goes into the ashram and sees rishis performing Vedic rituals.

Bruk puts his hand into sages head and burns them out. Immediately, sages turns into ashes.

One of the sage says BhasmaSura is here, save your life.

Bruk hears the shout of sages and likes his new name Bhasmasura. Then he decided to test the boon on devas (demigods) and appears on Swarg(heaven).

Demigods get scared after seeing Bhasmasura there , they ran out from the Swarga. This gives happiness to Demon Bhasmasura.

It was the first time people were noticing him and getting frightened from him. Now after conquering Swarga, he desires for a beautiful woman to whom he could share his success.

He sees Goddess Parvati and thinks that he has to burn his Lord Shiva by putting his hand on Shiva's head so that he could be with Goddess Parvati.

He returns towards Shiva and thanks to Shiva for the boon but he tells to Shiva that now he wants to take Mahadev's place and in order to do that he has to put his hand on Shiva's head.

Shiva tells to Bhasmasura that I hope you enjoyed your new powers.

If you want to test your new power on me you are welcome Bhasmasura, I'm right here sitting on this rock.

Bhasmasura starts running towards Shiva and on the other side Shiva closes he eyes and sits on meditation.

By doing so Shiva reduces the speed of Kaal Chakra (wheel of time). Now the speed of Bhasmasura gets extremely low. Reaching upto Shiva becomes impossible for him.

It was the perfect time for Lord Vishnu to appear in the back of demon Bhasmasura. Lord Vishnu appears in a form of a beautiful lady and Shiva opens the Kaal chakra.

As soon as time restarts, Bhasmasura hears the voice of a beautiful lady. He looks at her. She tells her name that she is Mohini.

Bhasmasura forgets about Shiva and tells to Mohini that you are a beautiful lady, why don't you become my queen. I am Bhasmasura, demigods get frightened from me.

Mohini tells that you seem to be super strong but you cannot impress me with your power. A man who could perform exactly the same mudra (position) in dancing as I do could win my heart.

Bhasmasura gets agreed, Mohini starts dancing. After watching her dancing Bhasmasura starts following her dance moves.

Bhasmasura was enjoying every dance moment which was matching exactly with Mohini.

At last Mohini puts the right hand on her head and Bhasmasura also does that as a result, Bhasmasura gets burn out and turns into the ashes.

This is how Bhasmasura gets his salvation


One important thing to understand here is Shiva is the god of gods. The one who is immortal and omniscient.

It is nowhere mentioned in the original Vedic scriptures that Shiva fled from demon Bhasmasura. Shiva is the greatest destroyer of darkness and evil who could easily bypass the boon of Bhasmasura if he wants.

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