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(Event)SAMUDRA MANTHAN

Also known as SAGAR

The Churning of the Cosmic Ocean of Milk.

Indra was riding on his elephant when he came across the great Yogi Durvasa Muni who offered him a special garland. Indra accepted this gift and put it on the trunk of his elephant who proceeded to throw it to the ground and stomp it into the dirt. It turns out this tacky looking gift was actually the dwelling of fortune and a furious Durvasa cursed Indra and the other Gods to lose all of their energy and riches.

In the ensuing battles the Gods were beaten badly and the demons, headed by Bali, gained control of the universe. After a meeting with Vishnu they were instructed to churn the cosmic ocean and bring a holy milkshake of Amrita to the surface.

Having bribed the demons to help they tore up the Mandara Mountain and woke Vasuki from his slumber to act as a pully. All kinds of herbs, critters, and blessings were thrown into the milk ocean and with the demons holding one end of the great snake anchored by king Ravana, and the Gods holding the other end anchored by the mighty Hanuman, the holy hand blender was set in motion.

Lord Vishnu was involved as Ajita, pulling on the side of the Gods and again as himself sat atop the Mountain infusing the Gods and Vasuki with energy.

All the two'ing and fro'ing gave Vasuki a nasty case of motion sickness, as you can imagine, and as he began to heave up poison Shiva caught it all in his mouth. Parvati panicked and prevented her hubby from swallowing it by placing her hands on on his neck which is why he is blue.

Unfortunately their masterplan started to fall apart as the biggest hand whisk in the cosmos began to sink into the soft ocean bed. Vishnu saved the day, and all eternity in fact, when he became involved a third time by taking the form of Kurma, a ginormous man turtle, and supported the weight of the golden mountain on his shell.

Many great beings and objects were retrieved from the ocean that milenium : Lakshmi the goddess of fortune, Sura the goddess of wine, Parijata the celestial wishing tree, a magic cow called Surabhi, and possibly Airvata, amongst countless other things. Then finally what the Gods really wanted - Amrita - the holy ambrosia carried forth by Dhanwantari.

Gods and demons both lunged for it, the demons got there first and Rahu managed to take a sip but it didn't do him a lot of good. Vishnu, who at this point was becoming the first action hero, assumed the form of Mohini, a beautiful woman, and while the sex starved fools drooled uncontrollably she stole the Elixir and shared it out between the Gods.

Revitalised, the Gods defeated the demons, re-claimed the universe and order was restored. Hurrah!
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'SAMUDRA MANTHAN' - Indian entry : 06 May 2007
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