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Markandeya Rsi Tempted by Cupid and Celestial Maidens

Markandeya Rsi Tempted by Cupid and Celestial Maidens

The sage Markandeya, after receiving the purificatory ritual of brahminical initiation from his father, fixed himself in the vow of lifelong celibacy. He then worshiped the Supreme Lord Hari for a very long time. To ruin the sage’s spiritual practice, the demigod Indra sent Cupid, beautiful celestial singers, dancing girls, the season of spring and the sandalwood-scented breeze from the Malaya Hills, along with greed and intoxication personified.

These servants of Indra found the sage sitting in meditation, having just offered his prescribed oblations into the sacrificial fire. His eyes closed in trance, he seemed invincible, like fire personified.

The springtime breeze carried cooling drops of spray from nearby waterfalls. The celestial women danced before the sage, and the celestial singers sang to the charming accompaniment of drums, cymbals and vinas. While greed personified, spring, and the other servants of Indra all tried to agitate Markandeya’s mind, Cupid drew his five-headed arrow and fixed it upon his bow.

All these attempts to seduce Markandeya proved futile, just like the useless endeavors of an atheist. While Cupid and his followers tried to harm the sage, they felt themselves being burned alive by his potency. Thus they stopped their mischief, just like children who have aroused a sleeping snake.

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