to Indian mythology, the God Agni became Sage Agasthya.
The gods and the rakshasas have been enemies from time
immemorial. They have always been at war with each other.
Once the Lord of the Gods, Indra, gave an order to Agni
and Vayu (the Gods of Fire and the Winds) to pursue the
rakshasas and destroy them. Both of them followed the
rakshasas. Many rakshasas were killed in battle. In order
to escape from the gods a few of the rakshasas hide
themselves in the ocean. As they are hiding in the ocean.
No harm will come from these cowards, so thinking Agni and
Indra was very angry because Agni
and Vayu had spared the lives of some rakshasas. He called
them immediately and said, "Why did you not complete
the task given to you? Even now go and churn the ocean, if
necessary, and destroy the rakshasas hiding in it. Do not
leave a single trace of them. I do not mind even if the
ocean dries up." So ordered Indra. Agni and Vayu were
in a difficult position. They said, "Oh Indra, there
are many creatures in the ocean, they have harmed no one.
If we churn the ocean, they will die. Will that not be
Destruction of the wicked
is good for the world. Every one should strive to destroy
the wicked. Suppose a man gives shelter to a wicked
person, knowing that he is wicked - does he not deserve
punishment? In such a situation, can there be any question
of right or wrong? The enraged Indra cursed them both
saying, "You have forgotten your duty and have come
to teach me the meaning of Dharma (right conduct). For
such a discussion the earth is the right place. So, be
born on the earth!" Thus Agni and Vayu were born as
Agasthya and Vasishta (the two great Sages of ancient
India) on the earth. Indira's curse became a boon to the
Agasthya's father was Mithravaruna Rishi,
his mother was the divine damsel Urvashi. Agasthya was
also called 'Kumbhasambhava' (the one who was born in a
pot) and 'Mythravaruni' (the son of Mithravaruna).
Agasthya grew up to be a great seer and a man of
extraordinary spiritual power.
Video of trip to Mount
Agasthyakoodam in Kerala
It was the time of Lord
Shiva's marriage! And the marriage was to be celebrated on
the Himalayas, the home of the bride Parvathi. Agasthya,
too, was invited. All the gods, rakshasas and other
superhuman beings assembled there. All the monarchs and
emperors of the earth and the great rishis were there,
All of a sudden the earth
began to wobble. The world moved from side to side like a
swing. The mountains began sinking; the oceans were in
turmoil. Everybody thought that the end of the world had
come. The gods sought refuge in Ishwara, "Oh Lord of
Lords, save us from this peril." Lord Shiva calmly
said, "You have come to see the marriage of Parvathi.
All of you are in one place. So the weight of the entire
world rests on the Himalayas in the north. There must be
something at the southern end to balance I this weight.
Then the earth will regain stability and calm will return.
Agasthya alone can do this, none else." He called the
great sage Agasthya, and said, "You have to go to the
south at once. By the power of your tapas (meditation and
prayer) bring back the world to its normal state."
was very sad. He had come with great devotion to witness
the pomp and splendor of the marriage of Uma and
Maheshwara. But alas, he could not be there for that
Maheshwara understood the
sadness of Agasthya. He said, "Oh Sage, duty comes
first. Be the means of doing well to the world. You want
to see our marriage, do you not? Whenever you think of us
Parvathi and I will appear before you. Do not be troubled,
go." Agasthya was supremely happy at the gracious
words of Maheshwara; he bowed to Parvathi and Parameshwara
and left the place.
So Agasthya went to the
south. He sat on the top of a mountain (Agasthyakoodam in
Kerala) to perform tapas. By his holy power he made the
earth stable again. The marriage of Parvathi and
Parameshwara was celebrated with great pomp and splendor.
The whole world rejoiced and praised Sage Agasthya.