Why Shiva took Rishabh avatar?

Why Shiva took Rishabh avatar? Source - Guoguiyan

Santosh Gairola   By   santosh |  updated :   3 June 2018

Shiva's Rishabh avatar Story

Why Shiva took Rishabh avatar is an interesting incident happened a long time ago, according to Vedic literature.

On this post, we are going to define about the Shiva's Rishabh Avatar and why Shiva took Rishabh avatar?

Lord Vishnu is the supreme preserver and Shiva is ultimate destroyer of darkness.

In a contemporary form, both are equivalently powerful and it is believed that Vishnu meditates upon Shiva and Shiva meditate upon Ram Naam.

The bond of affection between Shiva and Vishnu is so strong that it could not be framed in words.

We request you to read the complete article to know why Shiva took Rishab avatar?

Once upon a time, goddess Laxmi came to meet his father ocean. Ocean welcomes her and tells that he is very happy that you got married to Lord Vishnu.

Her father, Ocean told a major thing to goddess Laxmi which created stress for the goddess.

Laxmi's father told her that his other 5 daughters Suvesha, Sukesha, Samisha, Sumitra and Vedah have also accepted Lord Vishnu as their husband.

Now they all are indulged in a penance to achieve Vishnu as their husband.This information makes goddess Laxmi depress and she returns to Vaikuntha.

After returning to Vaikuntha, she greets Vishnu and enquiries who is in his heart. Lord Vishnu smiles and replies politely to Goddess Laxmi.

Lord Vishnu - Devi, you might be well aware that in my heart's half part Mahadev resides.

Goddess Laxmi - I hope, Swami I'm on the other side of your heart.

Lord Vishnu - Devi I'm the preserver of the world, This world is dear to me. On the other half, You and the entire world resides.

Goddess Laxmi - This world is dear to mine too, Swami, but in my heart, there is only you. I need your complete love. If it is not possible then you can leave me from your heart.

On the other side, goddess Laxmi's six sisters were performing penance upon the name of Lord Vishnu.

After their successful penance, Lord Vishnu appeared in front of them and requested Laxmi's sisters to ask the boon.

They were all delighted to see Lord Vishnu in front of them. In their boon, they requested Lord Vishnu to forget his previous memories and become the husband of all of them.

Lord Vishnu granted the boon by accepting all of them as his wives and lost his own memory.

According to the boon now Lord Vishnu had to forget his responsibility of being the patron of the world and live in the Patal Lok (lowest realm) as a loving husband.

Battle Between Lord Vishnu and Rishabh avatar

After shifting of Lord Vishnu from Vaikuntha into Patal Lok unsettled the balance of nature and the world.

This also stressed goddess Laxmi and she went to Mount Kailash for meeting with Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.

Goddess Laxmi narrated the whole incident to Mahadev and Uma. After listening to Laxmi Goddess, goddess Parvati replied.

Goddess Parvati - Hey Devi, Lord Vishnu is the protector of the world. How could you expect from him to have only you in his heart? We must understand that Shiva is Vishnu Vallabha who is most dear to Lord Vishnu.

Even Lord Vishnu is in heart of my husband. Moreover that I m there in Shiva's heart, with all devotees. Still, I'm really happy that I have a special place in Lord Shiva's heart.

After listening to Goddess Parvati, goddess Laxmi realizes her mistake. Lord Shiva gives his consent to bring back Lord Vishnu from Patal Lok.

Lord Shiva took the Rishabh avatar and attacked Patal Lok. Lord Vishnu saw Shiva in the form of Rishabh avatar, Due to loss of his memory he didn't recognize Shiva who was standing in front of him as Rishabh avatar.

A fierce battle started between Shiva and Lord Vishnu . Narayan started attacking Lord Shiva with various weapons but Shiva's neutralized Narayana's every weapon one by one.

Both were incredibly strong hence the war was getting tougher. By seeing a Rishabh equivalently powerful in front of him, Lord Vishnu started using his deadly weapon.

Shiva was neutralizing each weapon of Lord Vishnu. The war kept going for several years.

Finally, Lord Vishnu's anger attained his highest level that Lord Vishnu attacked Lord Shiva with Narayan Astra.

In Return, Shiva attacked Lord Vishnu with Pashupati Astra. In that way both get locked into each other deadly Astra.

After seeing the deadlock of Shiva and Vishnu, Finally, Lord Ganesha appeared in front of all the sisters of Goddess Laxmi.

Lord Ganesha told them.

Ganesha - Shiva and Lord Vishnu are complementary to each other and both are stuck into each other weapon.

This war could be continued till the end of the universe. Hence it is very important for us to Lord Vishnu attain his lost memory, otherwise, the world will get destroyed soon.

After listening to Lord Ganesha, all the sisters of goddess Laxmi appeared into the war zone and told to Lord Vishnu.

Sisters of goddess Laxmi - Lord Vishnu, please accept our mistake, we liberate you from our boon.

As soon as the sisters of goddess Laxmi frees Lord Vishnu from their words. Lord Vishnu gets free from Lord Shiva's Pashupati Astra. The deadly weapon of Pashupati Astra returns within Shiva.

After that Lord Vishnu attains his lost memory and realizes that in Rishabh avatar, Lord Shiva was in front of him. Lord Vishnu immediately returns his Narayan Astra within him and Shiva gets free.

Now Vishnu and Shiva both were free and Shiva attains his real forms and takes Lord Vishnu with him and reaches to Vaikuntha.

After seeing Lord Vishnu again in Vaikuntha, goddess Laxmi gets delighted and give thanks to everyone.

Shiva gets happy to see Lord Vishnu and Goddess Laxmi together again and after that Mahadeva returns to Kailash Parvat .


This was the historic incident which defined why Shiva took Rishab avatar?

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