Episode # 507 – Bheemasena is crushed by Python Nahusha!!!

In the previous episode, we had witnessed the commencement of a very important incident as part of the “Ajaagara Parva”. As mentioned yesterday, this is an “Upa-Parva” under the main “Vana Parva”. So all what we’re seeing till now, including the “Teertha Yatra Parva” are enclosed into the “Vana Parva” only, and readers should remember this very carefully. Moving forward thus, in the beginning of the “Ajaagara Parva”, Sage Vyaasa explains how King Nahusha transformed into a snake (Python) and is roaming around in this world. King Nahusha had a short stint as a ruler of the “Svarga Lokha”, only for his arrogance to increase! One day, as King Nahusha was travelling somewhere in his carriage being carried by great Maharishis including Sage Agasthya, King Nahusha insulted all of them with his atrocious commands and words. Irked by this, Sage Agasthya cursed him that he would go and be born as a snake in the world! Accordingly, King Nahusha had no other option but to relinquish the Svarga Lokha stint and take birth in the world as a huge python. 

As the “Nahusha snake” is thus roaming around in the forest area, Bheemasena happens to pass by him. One day, Bheemasena decided that he would go all alone into the forest and spend some time for himself! He takes his powerful “Gadha” in his hand, along with the bow and arrows and starts walking amidst the dense beautiful forest. He goes for a long time inside, and on his way, all the shrubs, plants, etc. are being crushed under his feet, due to his mere strength and power! Bheemasena is Vaayu Bhagawan’s son, and all of us know how much strength he would possess. Thus, Bheemasena proudly walks his way through, with a loud thud sound of all these plants and trees being crushed! After walking for a long distance thus, Bheemasena spots a huge python lying on the ground. Upon seeing it, Bheemasena wondered for a moment as to what this python was doing here! To see how it is, Bheemasena goes near it. As a large human comes close to it, the python thinks that today it has got a nice prey and a meal! One important feature of a python that all of us should understand is that, unlike other animals, it would not go anywhere in search of food. The food will come in proximity to it, and it would make sure that the prey doesn’t escape from its fold! Also, a python can live for a long time without food, and if it gets something huge, it can eat the whole prey completely! 

Thus, as Bheemasena comes closer and closer, the python thinks that today it has got a perfect meal that can satisfy its hunger completely for the next few days! However, Bheemasena starts to think as to how to hunt down this huge snake! With this intention, Bheemasena comes closer to the python and starts thinking of ways to attack it. In the meanwhile, the python is quick enough to grab Bheemasena and starts to swirl around him with its huge body! As the snake continues to swirl around him, the grip that the python has over Bheemasena is increasing manifold! As this is happening, sounds of Bheemasena’s bones getting crushed are erupting, however, Bheemasena is unperturbed! Hr thinks within himself thus, “Oh wow! This snake is trying a bit too much to kill me! It doesn’t know who I am and what my greatness is! I’ve killed powerful Raakshasas like Bhakaasura, Kirmeera, etc. single handedly. If such things are possible, what is this snake afterall? It’s merely nothing for me!” 

Thinking thus, Bheemasena tries to put up an intense fight with the snake. However, the snake is not going to give up! Its grip over Bheemasena is only increasing by the minute, no matter how much ever he tries to free himself from its clutches! The fight intensifies and Bheemasena tries all the tricks in his trade to break open the clutches. However, everytime the snake proves to be more powerful than Bheemasena! Slowly as time progresses, Bheemasena is losing his strength! At one point of time, as Bheemasena is becoming helpless, the snake talks to him thus, “Oh Bheemasena! Please do not conclude that I’m just an ordinary snake. I’m none other than King Nahusha who is in the form of a snake!” 

As Bheemasena hears this, he is stunned! First of all he couldn’t believe that snakes could talk! And here is a snake, which talks and proclaims that it is a king! Now what does Bheemasena do? What is his strategy going to be? Let us wait till the next episode to find out! 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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