Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Slaughter of Tadka

In the morning Ram and Lakshman reached to the cost of the river. On seeing two lovely boys with Vishwamitra and getting their introduction, the "Munis" (sages) of that forest brought small boat and said to Vishwamitra, "Hey Muniaraj (king of munis)! Please cross the river with the princes using this boat." Vishwamitra expressed his thanks to them and, with Ram and Lakshman, crossed the river which was eagerly flowing to meet the sea. Across the river there was a terrible forest. Seeing the Forest Ram said, "Gurudeva! How horrible is this forest! Wild animals like Lions, tigers, elephants etc. are making voices in all the directions. The sunlight can not dare to penetrate the darkness due to denseness of this forest. What's the name of this very difficult forest?"

Vishwamitra replied, "Hey Raghav (another name of Ram)! At a time instead of this terrible forest there were two prosper states here the name of which were Karup and Malda. The states were having big residences, more than sufficient money and well maintained roads. Traders from various states used to come there for business purpose. But a "Yaksh" (demigod) girl, named Tadka, destroyed those states. Tadka is not an ordinary woman. She is wife of the demon Sund and mother of the demon Marich. She is very strong and powerful having strength equivalent to the strength of thousand elephants in her body. After destroying the states she and her son Marich killed and devoured all the people there. Now due to their fear nobody can dare to come here. If by mistake somebody comes here, he can never go back alive. I have brought you here for the slaughter of Tadka. "

Surprised Ram asked, "Gurudeva! How Tadka got the strength of thousand elephants? Definitely there is some secret, as generally the women are so soft and vulnerable." Viswamitr said, "Vats (Son)! You are correct. In fact there is a mystery behind this. At a time there was a Herculean "yaksha" (demigod) named Suketu. He was childless. He performed austerity of Lord Brahma to get child. Pleased with his penance Brahma gave him blessing and as a result birth of Tadka took place. Suketu also got blessing of Brahma for marvelous strength of Tadka and she got strength of thousand elephants. When Tadka got suitable age for marriage Suketu married her with a demon named Sund and Marich was born. Like his mother Marich also was strong and powerful. Even being the son of Sund (a demon) he was not a demon since his childhood he was very unruly. He used to torture the Rishis and Munis unnecessarily. Being sad due to his torture Agast Muni cursed him to be demon. Sund became very angry and ran to kill Agast Muni as his son converted into a demon due to his curse. Rishi Agust immediately burnt him into ashes by cursing him. To avenge the death of her husband for Tadka pounced to Agast Muni. As a result Rishi Agast cursed her also and she became ugly as her beauty was destroyed due to his curse. Tadka has resolved to destroy the ashram of Agast Muni to to avenge her ugliness as well as the death of her husband. So, Ram! I command you to slaughter Tadka. Nobody else can kill her, only you can slaughter her. Do not think that she is woman and I should not kill her. She is a felony in form of woman and to destroy felony is not a sin. Leave all the hesitation and slaughter Tadka. This is my order."

Ram said, "Gurudeva! Your permission is acceptable to me. I definitely will kill Tadka for the welfare of the people." After saying that Ram made "tankar" (loud sound of bow) by pulling the string of his bow up to the ear. The sound echoed thought the forest province and scared wild animals ran away around. Due to unprecedented commotion Taka became very angry. When she saw Ram ready with his bow, she thought that this strange boy wants to dominate my entire empire and went mad with anger. She speedily pounced for invasion on Ram. Seeing her action, Ram said to Lakshman, "Look brother! This female demon having hideous face like giant palm trees is how ugly. Just seeing her face, it appears that she is very violent and enjoys killing innocuous living-beings and drinking their blood. Please be aside carefully and see how will I send her to hell."

Showing her big teeth and expanding her hands, hideous bodied Tadka ran with lightning-fast speed toward Ram and Lakshman. Ram was ready for this terrible attack, he sieved her heart applying his arrow. A current of hot blood flowed from her chest. Without giving any more chance for attack to her, Ram left another arrow which rooted into her chest. Suffering from dizziness she fell to the ground died immediately. Seeing fighting skills of Ram and death of Tadka Viswamitr felt very happy. He blessed Ramchandra by heart.

With the order of Guru all took night rest there. Next day morning they found that the forest was freed from terror, fearfulness and awfulness due to the death of Tadka. For some time they enjoyed the beauty of that forest and then, after completing the daily routines, they started to walk towards ashram of Vishwamitra.


Sachin said...

ताड़का के विषय में आपका ब्लॉग पढ़कर अधूरी जानकारी पूरी हो गयी|
आपको बहुत बहुत शुभकामनाएं

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