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JAYA

Co-gatekeeper of Vaikuntha with his brother Vijaya.

The Four Kumaras, Sanaka, Sanandana, Sanatana, and Sanat, weary after the long journey, were stopped at the gate of Vaikhunta by Jaya and Vijaya.

'He's resting. Don't even bother to knock, just go away!'

Astounded at the gatekeepers arrogance the four Kumaras flexed their cursing fingers. It seems these four little fellas were born from Brahma's mind and had more juice than first appeared as they proceeded to curse Jaya and Vijaya to be born on Earth and live like normal human beings seven times.

Visibly shaken by the thought of having to live among the great unwashed, Jaya and Vijaya grovel to Vishnu in the hope that he will remove the curse.

'Sorry chaps, no can do!' The boys were devestated.

'But' Added Vishnu, 'I can offer you an alternative'.

'If you really can't face living seven human lives as my worshippers, you have the option of living three lives as my enemy. I'll kill you both three times then you can have your old jobs back.'

Needless to say, they opted for the latter and raised some holy hell with it. Jaya got the best deal being reborn as Hiranyakashipu, Ravana then Shishupala while Vijaya drew the short straw and became Hiranyaksha, Kumbhakarna then Dantavakra.

Neither were available to comment on whether they had enjoyed their time as demons... even a teensy bit.
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'JAYA' - Indian entry : 06 May 2007
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