Kshatriyas wandered over the earth, slaughtering even
the embryos that were in the wombs of the women of
the Bhrigu race. And while the Bhrigu race was
thus being exterminated, the women of that tribe fled
from fear to the inaccessible mountains of Himavat.
And one amongst these women, of tapering thighs, desiring
to perpetuate her husband’s race, held in one
of her thighs an embryo endued with great energy.
A certain Brahmana woman, however, who came to know
this fact, went from fear unto the Kshatriyas and
reported the matter unto them. And the Kshatriyas
then went to destroy that embryo. Arrived at
the place, they beheld the would-be mother blazing
with inborn energy, and the child that was in her
thigh came out tearing up the thigh and dazzling the
eyes of those Kshatriyas like the midday sun.
Thus deprived of their eyes, the Kshatriyas began
to wander over those inaccessible mountains. And
distressed at the loss of sight, the princes were afflicted
with woe, and desirous of regaining the use of their
eyes they resolved to seek the protection of that
faultless woman. Then those Kshatriyas, afflicted
with sorrow, and from loss of sight like unto a fire
that hath gone out, addressed with anxious hearts
that illustrious lady, saying, ’By thy grace.
O lady, we wish to be restored to sight. We shall
then return to our homes all together and abstain
for ever from our sinful practice. O handsome
one, it behoveth thee with thy child to show us mercy.
It behoveth thee to favour these kings by granting
them their eye-sight.’”
(Chaitraratha Parva continued)
“Vasishtha continued, ’The Brahmana lady,
thus addressed by them, said, ’Ye children,
I have not robbed you of your eye-sight, nor am I angry
with you. This child, however, of the Bhrigu race
hath certainly been angry with you. There is
little doubt, ye children, that ye have been robbed
of your sight by that illustrious child whose wrath
hath been kindled at the remembrance of the slaughter
of his race. Ye children, while ye were destroying
even the embryos of the Bhrigu race, this child was
held by me in my thigh for a hundred years! And
in order that the prosperity of Bhrigu’s race
might be restored, the entire Vedas with their branches
came unto this one even while he was in the womb.
It is plain that this scion of the Bhrigu race, enraged
at the slaughter of his fathers, desireth to slay
you! It is by his celestial energy that your
eyes have been scorched. Therefore, ye children,
pray ye unto this my excellent child born of my thigh.
Propitiated by your homage he may restore your eye-sight.’