Episode # 279 – Sahadeva performs the “Agra-Puja” to Bhagawan Krishna!!!

In the previous episode, we had witnessed the grand “Raaja-Suya-Yaaga” commencing at Indraprastha with Yudishtra taking the “Yaaga-Deeksha”. Subsequently, Bhagawan Krishna takes the lead and welcomes all the great Maharishis into the Indraprastha palace and ensures that they are comfortable and well taken care of. In the meanwhile, we’ve seen how the entire gathering of over a thousand people is being treated to a sumptuous breakfast, lunch and dinner by Yudishtra and Co. Elaborate arrangements have been made for the same, and it was ensured that nobody had any complaints about the quality / quantity of food that was being served! To ensure this, Yudishtra himself goes around in person to check with each and every guest who has come to grace the occasion. This is a unique gesture from Yudishtra, and he was widely appreciated for the same. At the same time, Bhagawan Krishna took up the responsibility to welcome all the great Maharishis with all the “Poorna-Kumba”, washing their feet with holy water, etc. 

We might wonder here as to why Bhagawan has to bend down and wash the feet of Maharishis. Here, we’ve to understand that Bhagawan Krishna is trying to send out a clear message that an Aachaarya (Guru) should be welcomed and respected in this way only. No matter who we might be in this world – If an Aachaarya makes His / Her way into our house or wherever, we should respect and welcome Him / Her in such a way that they feel happy and content. Frankly, Bhagawan, for His stature, needn’t do all this. However, only if Bhagawan does it, people like us will follow. Else, we would start saying, “Oh! Bhagawan Himself did not do it, and hence why should I?” Thus, to avoid all these unwanted debates, Bhagawan Himself volunteers to show us the way! 

Now moving on further, the next question amongst the entire gathering is who would be that person eligible for the “Agra-Puja”. We’ve witnessed a glimpse of this in the yesterday’s episode as well, and we shall continue from this point onwards. At this point, we’ve to also note that amongst all the people who have gathered, the important people from Hastinapura are also present, including Bhishmaachaarya, Vidura, Duryodhana, etc. Of course I’ve not mentioned this earlier, but it is now worth noting this point at this time, because this question on the “Agra-Puja” is to be answered by none other than Bhishmaachaarya himself. Thus, as the question is asked, people turn around and look at each other and at this time, Bhishmaachaarya gets up and answers thus, “Oh Yudishtra! From my perspective and experience, I think the person who is apt to receive the “Agra-Puja” is none other than Bhagawan Krishna who is sitting amidst all of us! I don’t think any of us can even match or come close to Bhagawan Krishna’s stature here. Hence, let us perform the “Agra-Puja” to Bhagawan Krishna!” 

As Bhishmaachaarya explains thus, the entire gathering accepts his words, and with this, Sahadeva comes forward with the “Kumba” full of divine water. Bhagawan Krishna on His part, accepts Bhishmaachaarya’s words as well and is ready to accept the “Agra-Puja” from Sahadeva, on behalf of Yudishtra. Sahadeva sits down in front of Bhagawan and performs the “Paada-Puja” to His divine lotus feet! This is an important ritual as part of the “Raaja-Suya-Yaaga” and as this is going on, Yudishtra and Arjuna are in tears of joy! They are grateful to Bhagawan Krishna for His divine presence, as well as for all the help that He had rendered to them until today. Their gratitude and love for Bhagawan Krishna came out in the form of tears. Sahadeva too is in tears of joy as he performs the ritual. However, as this goes on, there was one person amidst the entire gathering who wanted to oppose this! This person was not at all in favor of Bhagawan Krishna getting all this “undue” respect! 

Now who is this person opposing Bhagawan Krishna being respected like this? We shall wait eagerly to find out in the next episode! Stay tuned! 🙂 

Published by Dr. Jeayaram

Holds a PhD in Management Psychology from Universite Paris Saclay, Paris, France. Also an Asst. Professor of Human Resources management at Bharatidhasan Institute of Management (BIM) Trichy, India A professional South Indian classical musician (singer) performing concerts. Through this blog, I'm trying to bring out the richness of Indian culture & values and I request your support and feedbacks in making this humble effort a success!!

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