Posted by: adbhutam | March 26, 2017


Vishnu, Bramhā, etc. wear Tripundra


In the Devi Bhagavata Purana Canto 11, Chapter 13, Sage Narayana (one of nara-narayana duo) is the narrator of this discourse and Narada is the listener. There that rishi Narayana details out all the qualities and glories of ‘Bhasma dharana’ and tells that not only Vishnu, Brahma, and Rudra, but also their consorts Lakshmi, Saraswati, Parvati, etc., everyone dons themselves with Bhasma.
शिवेन विष्णुना चैव ब्रह्मणा वज्रिणा तथा ॥ ९ ॥
हिरण्यगर्भेण तदवतारैर्वरुणादिभिः ।
देवताभिर्धृतं भस्म त्रिपुण्ड्रोद्धूलनात्मकम् ॥ १० ॥
उमादेव्या च लक्ष्या च वाचा चान्याभिरास्तिकैः ।
सर्वस्त्रीभिर्धृतं भस्म त्रिपुण्ड्रोद्धूलनात्मना ॥ ११ ॥
“S’iva, Visnu, Brahmâ, Indra, Hiranyagarbha, and their Avataras, Varuna and the whole host of the Devas all gladly used this Tripundra and ashes. Durgâ, Laksmî, and Sarasvatî, etc., all the wives of the gods daily anoint their bodies with ashes and use the Tripundras. “
Not only they, but even yaksha, Rakshasas etc., every being applies Bhasma.
For complete reading of that chapter – Here are the chapter links for sanskrit quotes and english translation.
I thank my friend and member Sri Santosh Kumar Ayalasomayajula in helping locating the above.
There is a lengthy discussion on the status of the Devi Bhāgavatam in this reputed lexicon ‘śabdakalpadruma’:
The Devi bhagavtam has been cited in the 13 CE Hemadri’s work: Chaturvarga Chintamani, dāna khaṇḍa.
Om Tat Sat

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