accurately as it happened. O great muni
I am thrilled with great curiosity.’ Markandeya
replied, ’In this connection this old story
is cited by the learned, as to how the carrier of
oblations (the fire-god) in a fit of rage, sought the
waters of the sea in order to perform a penance, and
how the adorable Angiras transforming himself into
the fire-god, destroyed darkness and distressed
the world with his scorching rays. In olden times,
O long-armed hero, the great Angiras performed a wonderful
penance in his hermitage; he even excelled the fire-god,
the carrier of oblations, in splendour and in that
state he illumined the whole universe. At that
time the fire-god was also performing a penance and
was greatly distressed by his (Angirasa’s) effulgence.
He was greatly depressed, but did not know what to
do. Then that adorable god thought within himself,
“Brahma has created another fire-god for this
universe. As I have been practising austerities,
my services as the presiding deity of fire have been
dispensed with;” and then he considered how he
could re-establish himself as the god
He beheld the great muni
giving heat to the
whole universe like fire, and approached him slowly
with fear. But Angiras said to him, “Do
thou quickly re-establish yourself as the fire animating
the universe, thou art well-known in the three stable
worlds and thou wast first created by Brahma to dispel
darkness. Do thou, O destroyer of darkness, quickly
occupy thine own proper place.” Agni replied,
“My reputation has been injured now in this world.
And thou art become the fire-god, and people will
know thee, and not me, as fire. I have relinquished
my god-hood of fire, do thou become the primeval fire
and I shall officiate as the second or Prajapatyaka
fire.” Angiras replied, “Do thou
become the fire-god and the destroyer of darkness and
do thou attend to thy sacred duty of clearing people’s
way to heaven, and do thou, O lord, make me speedily
thy first child."’ Markandeya continued, ’Hearing
these words of Angiras, the fire-god did as desired,
and, O king, Angiras had a son named Vrihaspati.
Knowing him to be the first son of Angiras by Agni,
the gods, O Bharata, came and enquired about the mystery.
And thus asked by the gods he then enlightened them,
and the gods then accepted the explanation of Angiras.
In this connection, I shall describe to thee religious
sorts of fire of great effulgence which are here variously
known in the Brahmanas by their respective uses.’”
 Agni or fire was supposed
to convey the oblations offered
by men to the gods.
 Kumara means a
boy, hence a prince. Here Kartika the
war-god is meant.
 By carrying their oblations
to the gods.
 Portions of the Vedas.