tripurAntaka brAhmaNa

o3M teShAmsurANAM tisraH pura AsannayasmayyavamA.atha rajathA.atha hariNI tA devA jetuM nAshaknuvan tA upsadaivAjigIShan tasmAdAhuryashcaivaM veda yascha nopasadA vai mahApuraM jayanIti ta iShugaM samaskurvatAgnimanIkagaM somagaM shalyaM viShNum tejanaM te bruvan ka imAmasiShyatIti rudra ityabruvan rudro vai kruraH so.asyatviti so.abravIdvaraM vR^iNA ahameva pashUnAmadipatirasAnIti tasmAdrudraaH pashUnAmadipatistAgaM rudrovAsR^ijat sa tisraH puro bhittvaibhyo lokebhyo.asuran prANudate ||

The Asuras had three citadels; the lowest was of iron, then there was one of silver, then one of gold. The gods could not overcome them; so they sought to destroy them by siege; therefore they say–both those who know thus and those who do not–‘By siege they conquer great citadels.’ They made ready an arrow, with Agni forming the point, Soma forming the blades, and Visnu as the wings. They said, ‘Who shall shoot it?’ ‘Rudra’, they said, ‘Rudra is a fierce (archer), let him shoot it.’ He said, ‘Let me choose a wish; let me be overlord of animals.’ Therefore is Rudra overlord of animals. Rudra shot the missile; it cleft the three citadels and extirpated the Asuras away from these worlds.

~ by mAnasa-taraMgiNI on December 11, 2004.

 
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