Those who are well versed in our ancient scriptures must definitely have come across the name of Ashtavakra Muni. Who was he and what is the story behind his body getting crooked from all sides.

Muni Asit was the son of Pracheta Rishi.

He was childless and this caused a lot of worry to him. But an Akashvani assured him that he should go to Shivji to get all his
worries nullified.

So he along with his wife go to Shivji and after paying him obeisance start singing Shivji's praises.
He describes Shiv as the one who is beyond any other thing, whose glory has no words to describe. After this the couple stands with folded hands in front of Rudradev. The strotras sung in praise of Shiv possess magical qualities even today.
Shiv gets satisfied by them soon and is ready to grant a boon.

Shiva told him that, he very well knew what the Muni desired. He then gives him the "Sansaar Vijay' mantra and asks him to keep reciting it. The Isht devi would come at an appropriate time and fulfill his wish.
Asit Muni kept reciting this mantra for hundred years. The Devi appeared and granted him the boon of a son as a Shivansh. A son was born and was named as Deval. He grew upto be a great scholar well versed and a handsome young man. Asit Muni got him married to Ratnamalavati.
He lived with his family for some years. But one fine day he left his sleeping wife and left for Gandhmaadan Parvat for tapasya. On discovering that Deval had left she was distraught with sorrow and ultimately died. Her son performed the last rites.
#MuniDeval continued with his tapasya. He had won over his vices. He performed Tap for one thousand years.

Once Apsara #Rambha requested for a meeting with the Rishi which was promptly rejected.
He told her the summary of Vedas in a few words that if any man who has left his wife and accepts another woman, he is considered to be as good as dead. He would loose his fame, reputation and age. So if residing on Prithvi one fails to spread his fame, that life is wasted.
A tapasvi does not desire material things. And he was now lustfree and old. He asks her to go elsewhere.

Hearing this Rambha is angry but again she puts forth her wish to him. Again he rejects her. So an angry Rambha curses him and says that all his body parts would get crooked.
He would become dark complexioned and ugly and would be criticised in all the loks.

On realizing the transformation of his body into a ugly one he is so distraught that he is ready to jump into a Agnikund.
It is that time Shri Krishna appears before him and soothes and pacifies him. Since his eight main body parts were now crooked, Hari names him Ashtavakra. Shrikrishna tells him to go to Malay Parvat and pray in their caves.
So the Rishi, who now has forsaken food, performs tapasya for sixty thousand years and at an appropriate time he would be one with Parmatma.

That appropriate time was when Krishna is sitting with Radha and narrating stories during Maharaas, that Ashtavakra Muni comes there
and after paying his respects to Shrikrishna he falls dead on Hari's feet. His last rites are performed by Krishna himself with tear ladden eyes. His Atma is taken to Vaikunth on a divine Vimaan by the Parshaads.


SOURCE - Brahma Vaivartva Puran
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Rig Ved 1.40.6

For the purification, beautification and cleansing of our chitta(चित्त) and to make our inner self full of prem(Love), to make Stuti bhaavmay(भावमय) and rasmay(रसमय) stuti is a Prayer that takes us to Parmatma. Since Parmatma is omnipresent,


our prayers are definitely heard. Parmatma is Chaitanya, present everywhere. In terms of Kaal or time he is always there. In terms of Desh or place he is everywhere and in terms of vastu or thing he is chaitanya. So if our prayers go to him, they are definitely heard.


तमिद्वो॑चेमा वि॒दथे॑षु शं॒भुवं॒ मंत्रं॑ देवा अने॒हसं॑ ।
इ॒मां च॒ वाचं॑ प्रति॒हर्य॑थाव नरो॒ विश्वेद्वा॒मा वो॑ अश्नवत् ॥


देवाः '- Oh the leader devtas!

तम इत् - This.

शंभुवम - Wishing for happiness.

अनेहसम् - Without any flaws.

मन्त्रम् - Of mantras.


विदथेषु - In yagya.

वोचेन - Us.

नरः - Oh leaders!

इमाम् - This.

वाचन - Of speech.

च - If.

प्रतिहर्यथ - If you wish.

विश्वा इत् - All.

वामा - Beautiful words.

वः - Yours.

अश्नवत् - To get.

Explanation: Oh the leader devtas! We are offering mantras for


happiness and destruction of difficulties. Oh leaders! If you wish for these mantras respectfully, then these Beautiful mantras are devoted to you.

Deep meaning:For the purification, beautification and cleansing of our chitta(चित्त) and to make our inner


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