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This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 521 pages of information about The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 3 Pt. 2.

“’Sakra replied, “Thy prowess is unrivalled, O hero, do thou therefore vanquish the enemies of the gods.  People have been struck with wonder at thy prowess.  More specially as I have been bereft of my prowess, and defeated by thee, now if I were to act as Indra, I should not command the respect of all creatures, and they would be busy in bringing about dissensions between us; and then, my lord, they would become the partisans of one or other of us.  And when they formed themselves into two distinct factions, war as before would be the result of that defection.  And in that war, thou wouldst undoubtedly defeat me without difficulty and thyself become the lord of all worlds.”

“’Skanda replied, “Thou, O Sakra, art my sovereign, as also of the three worlds; mayst thou be prosperous!  Tell me if I can obey any commands of thine.”

“’Indra replied, “At thy bidding, O powerful being, I shall continue to act as Indra.  And if thou hast said this deliberately and in earnest, then hear me how thou canst gratify thy desire of serving me.  Do thou, O mighty being, take the leadership of the celestial forces accordingly.”

“’Skanda replied, “Do thou anoint me as leader, for the destruction of the Danavas, for the good of the celestials, and for the well-being of cows and Brahmanas."’

“Markandeya continued, “Thus anointed by Indra and all other gods, and honoured by the Maharshis, he looked grand at the moment.  The golden umbrella[37] held (over his head) looked like a halo of blazing fire.  That famous god, the Conqueror of Tripura, himself fastened the celestial wreath of gold, of Viswakarma’s manufacture, round his neck.  And, O great man and conqueror of thine enemies, that worshipful god with the emblem of the bull, had gone there previously with Parvati.  He honoured him with a joyous heart.  The Fire-god is called Rudra by Brahmanas, and from this fact Skanda is called the son of Rudra.  The White Mountain was formed from discharges of Rudra’s semen virile and the sensual indulgences of the Fire-god with the Krittikas took place on that same White Mountain.  And as Rudra was seen by all the dwellers of heaven to heap honours on the excellent Guha (Skanda), he was for that reason reputed as the son of Rudra.  This child had his being by the action of Rudra entering into the constitution of the Fire-god, and for this reason, Skanda came to be known as the son of Rudra.  And, O Bharata, as Rudra, the Fire-god, Swaha, and the six wives (of the seven Rishis) were instrumental to the birth of the great god Skanda, he was for that reason reputed as the son of Rudra.’

    [37] One of the ensigns of royalty in Hindustan.

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