big cock fast secured in another, that long-armed
son of Agni began to sport about making a terrible
noise. And holding an excellent conch-shell with
two of his hands, that mighty being began to blow
it to the great terror of even the most powerful creatures.
And striking the air with two of his hands, and playing
about on the hill-top, the mighty Mahasena of unrivalled
prowess, looked as if he were on the point of devouring
the three worlds, and shone like the bright Sun-god
at the moment of his ascension in the heavens.
And that being of wonderful prowess and matchless
strength, seated on the top of that hill, looked on
with his numerous faces directed towards the different
cardinal points, and observing various things, he repeated
his loud roars. And on hearing those roars various
creatures were prostrate with fear. And frightened
and troubled in mind they sought protection.
And all those persons of various orders who then sought
the protection of that god are known as his powerful
Brahmana followers. And rising from his seat,
that mighty god allayed the fears of all those people,
and then drawing his bow, he discharged his arrows
in the direction of the White Mountain. And with
those arrows the hill Krauncha, the son of Himavat,
was rent asunder. And that is the reason why swans
and vultures now migrate to the Sumeru mountains.
The Krauncha hill, sorely wounded, fell down uttering
fearful groans. And seeing him fallen, the other
hills too began to scream. And that mighty being
of unrivalled prowess, hearing the groans of the afflicted,
was not at all moved, but himself uplifting his mace,
yelled forth his war-whoop. And that high-souled
being then hurled his mace of great lustre and quickly
rent in twain one of the peaks of the White Mountain.
And the White Mountain being thus pierced by him was
greatly afraid of him and dissociating himself from
the earth fled with the other mountains. And the
earth was greatly afflicted and bereft of her ornaments
on all sides. And in this distress, she went
over to Skanda
and once more shone with all
her might. And the mountains too bowed down to
and came back and stuck into the earth.
And all creatures then celebrated the worship of Skanda
on the fifth day of the lunar month.’”
“Markandeya continued, ’When that powerful,
high-souled, and mighty being was born, various kinds
of fearful phenomena occurred. And the nature
of males and females, of heat and cold, and of such
other pairs of contraries, was reversed. And
the planets, the cardinal points and the firmaments
became radiant with light and the earth began to rumble
very much. And the Rishis even, seeking
the welfare of the world, while they observed all
these terrific prodigies on all sides, began with
anxious hearts to restore tranquillity in the universe.
And those who used to live in that Chitraratha forest
said, “This very miserable condition of ours