Narayaneeyam Dasakam-20The Story Of Nabhi & Avatar Of Rishabhadeva

The Story Of Nabhi & Avatar Of Rishabhadeva
Agnidhra, Priyavrata’s son was now ruler of the entireJambudvipa. He was young, energetic and well skilled in the artsof war and peace. After some years, desiring an heir, he retiredto the forest and prayed to Sri Hari. Aghnidhra had nine sons, Nabhi,Kimpurusha, Harivarsha, Ilavita, Ramyaka, Hiranmaya, Kuru,Bhadrasura, and Ketumala. They all had great beauty of formand divine qualities like their mother , Purvajithi.
King Nabhi and his queen Merudevi were issuless.They Desirous of ensuring prosperity of his subjects and the glory of his line decided to perform a great yagna.. King Nabhi meditated and performed severe penance to please Lord Vishnu and in return got a son like Vishnu. The king, queen and the assembled rishis were greatly delighted and all departed awaiting the happy event. In due time the queen gave birth to a beautiful son with all the divine marks of conch, the chakra -wheel - and mace engraved in his palms and feet. The child Rishabha, grew up very rapidlyinto a tall, powerful and handsome person, the very picture of SriHari. The parents, knew that their time was over. They handedover the great kingdom to their divine son and retired to the forestfor the final penance. Rishabha married Jayanti, daughter of Indra. Rishabha had one hundred sons with his wife Jayanti. The eldest of the sons was Bharata. Rishabha ruled many years with equity and wisdom and celebrated many sacrificial rites. He resigned the sovereignty of the earth and designated the position to the heroic Bharata. He retired and settle in a hermitage Pulastya. Rishabha adopted the life of a sage, practicing religious penance, and performing all prescribed ceremonies. In the end he performed more severe austerities; he put pebble in his mouth and naked roam about. The pebble was intended either to compel perpetual silence, or to prevent his eating.

After the reign of Bharata India was named Bharatvarsa. Other sons of Rishabha are Kusavarta, Ilavarta, Brahmavarta, Malaya, Ketu, Bhadrasena, Indrasprk, Vidarbha and Kikata. There were also other nine sons named Kavi, Havi, Antariksa, Prabuddha, Pippalayana, Avirhotra, Drumila, Camasa and Karabhajana. These nine sons of Rishabha became mendicant preachers, following the religious precepts of the Bhagavatam. Rishabha was known as an ideal father as he gave appropriate instructions to his father. To teach the general public, King Rishabha performed many sacrifices and taught his sons how to rule the country and the people living there. The remaining sons had brahmanic qualities and became brahmins.King Rishabha ,also known as Rishabha Deva, in the course of his travels came to Brahmavarta where the Brahma Rishis were holding a great conference. Finding such a fine responsiveaudience Rishabha Deva wanted to address them. His sons werealso there among the audience.
Rishabhadeva instructed His sons, although they were already very well behaved, devoted and qualified. He instructed them so that in the future they could rule the world very perfectly. He said, “The attraction between male and female is the basic principle of material existence. On the basis of this misconception, which ties together the hearts of the male and female, one becomes attracted to his body, home, property, children, relatives and wealth. In this way one increases life’s illusions and thinks in terms of “I and mine.” When the strong knot in the heart of a person implicated in material life due to the results of past action is slackened, one turns away from his attachment to home, wife and children. In this way, one gives up the basic principle of illusion [I and mine] and becomes liberated. Thus one goes to the transcendental world.” This body is difficult to understand
But my heart is full of sathvic virtues and dharma,And I have put adharma far behind,Hence the wise ones call me Rishabha.You are all born, out of my heartTherefore all of you deserve to follow,And obey implicitly your eldest brother Bharata,That way, you will be serving me and the people.Among creation you have immovable things like stones,Then come tanks and rivers, then trees and reptiles,Then human beings, and then gandharvas,And then yakshas and beyond them gods.And there is Indra, chief of gods, above him Daksha, thesons of Brahma,And Lord Siva, part of me, I follow the realized sages andBrahmins,These Brahmins are above every one else and the offerings made to them,Is superior even to offerings in the fire made to me. The Vedas are my body, the Brahmins preserve it by study,by restraint of mind and body, by following the truth,by penance and by fortitudeEven from me, the dispenser of all blessings and finalsalvation,These wandering sages desire nothing but continuousdevotion.My sons! Worship not only Brahmins, worship all livingcreaturesAnd even inanimate nature, because I abide everywhere.That is real worship, let all your actions, and words bededicated to Me,and only this dedication will help you to escape from themeshes of death.
Thus advising his sons , who were by nature already saintly,King Rishabha handed over the reins of government to Bharata and taking nothing with him, left for the forest, completely alone.He travelled over hill and dale, not caring for the big mosquitoes or even wild animals. He subsisted on wild fruits androots, making no attempt to get food, slaking his thirst from the mountain streams, sometimes lying down, and not even taking a bath. But, strange to say a sweet fragrance like that of muskspread all over the place. Various sidhis such as distant vision,entering another body, transporting oneself to any place, reading another’s thoughts and the like now presented themselves before Rishabha willing to obey him but Rishabha declined.,
Lord Rishabhadeva lived like a madman, naked and with disheveled hair. Then the Lord took the sacrificial fire within Himself, and He left Brahmavarta to tour the whole world. After accepting the feature of avadhuta, a great saintly person without material cares, Lord Rishabhadeva passed through human society like a blind, deaf and dumb man, an idle stone, a ghost or a madman. Although people called Him such names, He remained silent and did not speak to anyone. While He was wandering about, a wild forest fire began. This fire was caused by the friction of bamboos, which were being blown by the wind. In that fire, the entire forest near Kutakachala and the body of Lord Rishabhadeva were burnt to ashes.Bharata accepted his responsibility as the next king after his father Rishba renounced the world.

Dasakam: 20-- Shlokam: 01

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King Priyavrata had a dear son named Asgnidhra king, of whom Naabhi was born. While Naabhi was performing a Yanjya, for propitiating Thee, he had a vision of Thee, the bestower of desired boons to devotees.