After a while Shiva arrived. Nandi told, him that Parvati
was bathing. Shiva turned a deaf ear to him and entered. Parvati was displeased at the sudden entry
of her husband. She said to Shiva, "Nandi has disobeyed me. You may be my
husband but he had no right to let you enter." Shiva was merely amused and
this annoyed Parvati further. She thought that since most of the ganas as well
as Nandi were Shiva's ganas (attendant), she felt that she had no one to call
|PARVATI CREATED A STATUE
OF A BOY
Parvati spoke to her friends about it. They replied, "You are right. None
of the ganas can really be called your own." One of them had an idea, "Why
don't you create a gana who will owe first allegiance to you?" Parvati found
this suggestion to be great. She gathered the saffron paste
from her own body and created a boy. When she finished, she gazed in admiration at her own creation.
She then gave him life and lovingly hugged him. She decked him with ornaments
and blessed him.
The boy was very handsome. He was equally strong and was more radiant than the
sun and the moon. Parvati was overjoyed at the sight of the lad. She embraced
him, caressed his head tenderly and kissed him with affection and said, "you
are my son, my very own; I have none else to call my own." He bowed to his
mother in reverence and devotion and said, "Mother, what shall I do?" Parvati
gave him a thick staff and said, "Take this staff and follow me." She
led him to the door and said, "Look, my child, I am now going for a bath.
Don't allow anybody inside without my permission."
|PARVATI ASKING THE BOY TO STAY GUARD
A little later Shiva happened to come there. The boy stopped
him at the door.
Shiva became angry moreover, Shiva had never seen the boy. Glaring at him, he
shouted, "You little brat, who are you? Don't you know that I am the master
of Kailasa and that Parvati is my wife? You are trying to stop me! How dare you?"
|THE BOY PREVENTING SHIVA
The boy did not flinch, he replied, "Whoever you may be, I am not afraid
of you. Now mother is having a bath. Without her permission I cannot allow anybody
inside. So now, go away!"
Shiva's anger knew no limits when he heard the boy's words. He decided to ignore
the tiny brat and, trying to brush him aside took a step.
The angry boy pushed him aside and hit him with his staff. This was an insult to Shiva. But soon he
checked his anger. He tried to pacify the boy and said, "I am Shiva, Parvati's.
How dare you forbid me to enter my own home?" But the youth only raised
his staff and hit Shiva once again.