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Re: Sri HayagrIva SthOthram of Swamy Desikan : Part I

From: Madhavakkannan V (
Date: Tue Aug 08 2000 - 21:19:01 PDT

Srimathe Gopaladesika Mahadesikaya Namah:
Sri Lakshmi Hayavadhana ParabrahmaNE Namah:
Dear Sri Malolan Kadambi,

You had asked:
"Why does the most ausipcious lord share his name ( Hayageeva) with
Rakshasha who is also refered by that name?"
The traditions say: The rAkshasa (horse faced whose name was Hayagriva) had 
obtained the boon described in BrahmANda PuraaNam. There was a asurA, by 
name Hayagreeva (with horse face) who did his severe penance/ tapas on 
Parvathi Devi. Parvathi, pleased with his tapas, appeared in his front and 
the asurA asked for "no death". She said "Impossible-can not be granted". 
Then the asurA amended the request and said "Except for a horse faced one, 
(which means: Hayagrivan- Haya-horse: greeva-neck: or Hayavadhanan) no one 
else can kill me". (thinking that it can never happen!). She consented.

He became tremendously proud of his achievement and started harassing
every deva and rishi. He troubles all three worlds. He snatched away the
Vedas from BrahmA and disappeared. Then is the history. The Lord
appeared as Hayagreevar and killed the asurA to save the world and bring
back the Vedas.

Narayana Narayana
adiyEn Narayana dAsan Madhavkkannan
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