Devaraja’s Tale – Shiva Puran


Long time ago, there lived a Brahmin named Devaraja in town of Kirantanagara. A very lax, unprincipled and degenerate life he lived. No bathing and no praying was the order of his day. He was lecherous by nature. It appeared that the sole object of his life was to make money and spend it on vice games to satisfy his carnal desires. He would not mind cheating others and creating misunderstandings between friends and relatives.

One day, he went to the pond to wash himself for a change and happened to see there a woman of easy virtue called Shobhavati. Devaraja could not resist the coquettish gestures of the evil woman. She took away all the money he had by and by. He completely ignored the pleadings of his parents and the wife. To be free to do whatever he liked, he went to live with the evil woman in her house. When he had blown away all his money, the woman kicked him out of her house. She had no use of him any more.

The Brahmin roamed around and reached a place called Pratishthanapura. He fell ill there. He thought he was going to die. In a nearby Lord Shiva temple he took shelter. On the floor he lay unable to move. There was nothing he could do but listen to the recitation of the Shiva Puran and religious sermons being delivered to faithful’s. The sermons and recitations concluded on the day he finally died.

The agents of the lord of death, Yama duly arrived there to take charge of the soul of Devraja to take it to hell of after world. But the servitor agents of Lord Shiva Intervened to stop them. The agents of death revealed the long list of sins the dad Brahmin Devaraja had committed during his life time. The agents of Lord Shiva reasoned that what the dead man had done or how he lived no longer mattered, since the last few days of his life were spent in hearing the recitations of holy Shiva Puran which had cleansed him of all his sins. They took the soul of Devaraja to the Kailasha domain of Lord Shiva.

To his puzzled agents, Lord Yama explained, when they expressed their surprise over incident, that great was the glory of Lord Shiva and great was his grace bestowed upon those who listened to the Kathas of Shiva Puran.


Copyright (C) Vibhor Mahajan

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