Query on a myth of "Siva killing a shark
pfilliozat at MAGIC.FR
Wed Mar 22 07:49:19 UTC 2000
In the Shaiva mythology what I have read is that Shiva takes the form of a
"Hamsa" Indian swan to kill the Fish. This fish was none else but VisNu in
With this regard, in the temple of Ekaa,breshvara at Kancipuram there is a
sculpture of a Hamsa with trident and Damaru holding a fish in its beak.
This fish is adorned with Shankha and Cakra.
Tyhe story you have related is really interesting.
From: Nobumi Iyanaga <n-iyanag at PPP.BEKKOAME.NE.JP>
To: INDOLOGY at LISTSERV.LIV.AC.UK <INDOLOGY at LISTSERV.LIV.AC.UK>
Date: Wednesday, March 22, 2000 5:02 AM
Subject: Query on a myth of "Siva killing a shark
>Dear List Members,
>I have a question on the source of a "Saiva myth I found in a Japanese
>book. It is the Japanese translation of Veronica Ions, Indian Mythology,
>London: The Hamlyn Publishing Group, 1973, 1983 (translated by Sakai
>Denroku, Tokyo, Seido-sha, 1990, p. 212).
>I retranslate it from Japanese:
> One day, when "Siva was reading the inscriptions in a loud voice
> and explaining them to Paarvatii, he discovered that she was
> sleeping. He reprimanded her for being not attentive to such
> important things. She then replied that she was not sleeping, but
> only closing her eyes to listen better to her husband. He asked
> her about what was explained, and she could not answer. He cursed
> her to fall from Kailaasa and become a human fisher-woman as
> punishment for her inattention and lie.
> "Siva became alone on the Kailaasa mountain and tried to meditate.
> But he discovered that his concentration was disturbed by his
> thoughts of Paarvatii. However, he had to wait sometime to obtain
> her again. He first sent his servant Nandin to the human world
> after transforming him as a shark. The shark teared the nets of
> fishers (among whom was Paarvatii) and plagued them. As the shark
> became the biggest trouble of the population of the coast, people
> decided to give the most beautiful girl as bride -- that is
> -- to the man who would subjugate it. Hearing of that
> offer, "Siva, transforming himself as a human fisherman, went to
> the village where lived Paarvatii and subjugated the shark. Thus,
> he married her, and they went back to their Kailaasa palace.
>Could anyone be so kind as to indicate me the source of this myth, and, if
>the details are different from the original, let me know the differences?
>Thank you very much in advance!
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