A Sage In Teens For Ever!


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We all know that man is mortal. But, there are also people who are immortal. They are called as chiranjeevi in Hinduism. As an example, Lord Hanuman can be mentioned here. He is supposed to be alive even today, though we cannot spot Him.

When I think on this line, Markandeyar Rishi, comes to my mind. He is the one who conquered death.

Sounds interesting… right?

Let me narrate his story here.

A Rishi by name Mrikandu was living with his wife Marudavati. Both of them were ardent devotees of Siva. They were happy on singing hymns on Lord Siva and on spreading the glory of Siva. But they  also had something to regret. Their concern was that they were not belssed with children. Time and again they were praying Lord Siva to bless them with children. But in vain.

So they decided to do penance, to draw Lord Siva’s attention and blessings. And of course they succeeded in it. Pleased with their penance and devotion Lord Siva gave darshan to the couple. On having darshan, they first bowed to him and praised him.

Lord Siva now asked, “Mrikandu and Marudavati! Iam pleased with your penance. What do you want?  Why is  this penance for?”

Mrikandu then answered, “Oh Lord! We have been praying for a child. Please grant our wish and bless us with your grace.”

Lord Siva seemed to be thinking for a while. Then asked the couple, “What type of a child do you want? wise or foolish?”

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The couple looked at each other with confusion.

“Why is Lord Siva asking this? Will anyone pray for a foolish child?” With this thought in mind Mrikandu gathered courage and asked the Lord, “Lord! We don’t understand the question.”

Lord Siva cleared his doubt. He asked, “Would you like to have a wise son, who will live only for sixteen years  or a foolish son who can live for hundred years?”

Without hesitation, Mrikandu answered, “We would like to have a wise child.”

Lord Siva granted their wish. Though the Rishi couple had asked for the wise son, they were sad, that their son’s life would be only limited.

Very soon they were blessed with a son. They named him Markandeyan. He grew up as an intelligent son. He mastered the Vedas and sacred scriptures with great devotion.He helped his father in performing puja to Lord Siva. In accordance with the family cult, he too, turned to be an ardent devotee of Lord Siva.

As an intelligent boy, he was able to sense the anxiety and sadness that ran through his parent’s mind. But he was not able to find out what troubled his parents.

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As he was approaching his completion of  sixteen years, he could see anxiety written large, on his parents’ faces. He asked his parents, “Father and mother! I can understand that you are experiencing sorrow. Can I know the reason for it. As a son it is my duty to make you happy.”

Now, Mrikandu told the whole story surrounding his birth and said, “How can we part with you? But it is destiny that your life will end soon.” Saying this, both of them cried a lot.

Though he was intelligent, Markandeyan was taken back. But he gathered himself and said, “Father and Mother! Do not cry. Lord Siva will never leave us in trouble. He will surely bless me with a long life.”
Saying this, he tried to console his parents.

On the destined day, Markandeyan went to the seashore and built a Sivalinga with the sand and started his bhajans and meditation. Soon he lost himself into deep trance.

Lord Yama, God of Death,  as usual sent his messengers to collect the soul of Markandeyan. Messengers came to take Markandeyan’s soul. His meditational powers did not allow them to come near him. They went back to Lord Yama and told about their inability. Surprised Yama, decided to go by himself. So, he gallopped in his vehicle, the buffalo and reached the seashore where Markandeyan was meditating.

Markandeyan’s meditational powers did not allow even Yama, God of death to collect the soul. But he has to complete the job. So with the  noose of the long rope (pasa kayiru) he tried to catch the soul of Markandeya.

When Markandeyan realised Lord Yama’s intentions, he quickly embraced the Sivalinga. The noose which was thrown to the neck of Markandeya, fell around the Sivalinga too. Now both Markandeyan along with him Lord Siva were inside the noose.

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Lord Siva (in the noose), angry at this act of Yama, came out from the Linga furiously. He threw his spear towards Yama. Yama realising his misdeed, begged forgiveness. He also expressed his helplessness. But Lord Siva refused to hear anything. Lord Yama, with great fear mumbled, “Markandeyan’s earthly life has come to an end. This is the God’s boon. I was just doing my duty.”

Now Lord Siva thundered, “This boy Markandeyan shall remain, as sixteen years old, eternally. And you cannot take his soul.” Saying so, Lord Siva killed  Yama. This is called as Kalasamharam. The God is also called as Kalasamharamurthy (meaning one who killed Kala/Yama, the death God). On seeing this the Gods and demigods prayed and reminded Lord Siva, the indispensability of God of Death. Lord Siva then gave  back life to Yama. But only, on the condition that Markandeyan will have eternal life.

Lord Siva, saved Markandeyan and bestowed on him “ever sixteen years” blessing.

A temple now stands there in Thiukkadaiyur, where Markandeyar was blessed with eternity. The presiding God is Amirthakadeshwarar and His Consort is the Goddess Abirami.
(This temple is also the place where Abhirami Pattar was blessed by the Goddess.)

Sashtiapthapurthy(60th birthday), Bheemarathasanthi (70th birthday) and Sadabhishekam (80th birthday) for couples  are performed in this temple. It is believed that Lord Siva blesses the couples with long life.

Markandeyan, being an ardent devotee went on to become a great sage. He is a Chiranjeevi, though not visible to us. His presence was felt even in  the Mahabaratha age. The conversation between him and Jamini Rishi in Mahabaratha came to be known as Markandeya Purana.

With full devotion and confidence in the Supreme power, Markandeyar conquered death. Thus there are many lessons to be learnt from this great Maharishi,  Markandeyar.

Author’s Website: saintsofhinduism.blogspot.in

30 comments on "A Sage In Teens For Ever!"

  1. pramila says:

    thank u today is lakshadeepothsava very nice to read this story on karthika somavara

  2. Monika says:

    Great story
    Truly inspirational 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻
    Jai bhole naath 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

  3. Solaimalai Vinendran says:

    Being an OCTOGENERIAN I feel I am Blessed to receive such valuable articles to sooth my mind .I fervently wish such service may be continued to enjoy the lasting PEACE to condition my body and mind !!!

  4. manikandan says:

    Markandeya maharishi have one son, naming bhavana maharishi.

    The temple of bhavana maharishi is in Madurai,tamilnadu.

  5. VINAY MARUTI OHAL says:

    Really nice…

  6. Ramasamy says:

    It is useful. But to others who is having no fluent knowledge of English, why not publish this in Tamil ?

  7. Subhash says:

    Grateful thanks..

    Shri Hanumanji, Shri Udhav Ji and Shri Ashwathama ji are also living as narrated by Saints of Vrindaban..

  8. Kishor Rao says:

    OM namah SHIVAY

  9. Osvd.prasad says:

    Devotion always leads to mukti

  10. Bindu says:

    very inspirational story.
    Shambhooooo Mahadeva………….

  11. PROF. DR. O. P. SHARMA says:

    It is NOT a story but the eternal truth. There have been such Rishis and avatars and one such is believed to be Baba Mahavtar and his sister, both of who are believed to be of 1000 plus years of age. Those interested to know more about TRUE saints may read a book entitled,” Apprenticed to a Himalayan Master: A Yogi’s Autobiography” Magenta Press, and written by Sri M (who is very much alive and lives in Madnapalle, Andhra Pradesh.

  12. priyanka says:

    Thanks for sharing .I have reminded Ram Charit Manas after reading your article.

  13. Vijay G.S says:

    I have visited the Markandeya temple near kolar district in Karnataka which reads the same story of Markandeya. The Shiva linga has the finger mark of Markandeya and the water formed when Shiva threw his Trishul and much more interesting stories. My question is how this kind of stories persist in two places ?

  14. SUKANYA says:

    THANK U TO KNOW THIS STORY

  15. suhas sarode says:

    this story was heard from my grandfather in my childhood.

  16. Rukmani says:

    Very nice pictures . Thankyou

  17. K.N.Savalappan says:

    A great story of immortality.

  18. Rajagopal.P. says:

    I read the story and the comment by Mr Vijay. There is a temple in Kerala called Triprangode. This siva temple is also associated with Markadeya and is believed that Kalavadham (killing of kala/yama) took place in this temple. You can Google search for the temple.

  19. khalid says:

    you can over come form any trouble even death.
    believe in god. so be a firm believer god will defiantly help you

  20. R. Chidambaram says:

    There are 7 Sages and Bhakthas who are considered immortal and is very much True and if deeply devoted, can have Darshan of them as well even Now. I had personal experience.
    1. Parasuramar
    2.Markandeyar
    3.Anchaneyar (or) Hanumanji, Mahaveer – Granted
    boon by Sita Devi .. (Lord Rama’s Consort).
    4. Bhaktha Prahaladar (rebirth) as Vyasaraja Theerthar and St. Sri Raghavendra Swamigal.,
    5. Bhaktha Dhuruvar ( Dhruv – Did Tapas and had Darshan of Narasimha Swamy)
    6.Vibishenar – Coronated by Sri Rama, as the King of Sri Lanka, even before the Rama – Ravana battle,
    7. Naradha Maharishi – The great saint who is bestowed solve all problems of Good People ..
    All there stories are real and there are also many such Chiranjeevis granted boon by various Shiva and Vishnu Murthy’s, but these are the predominant and everlasting Siranjeevis as per Puranas.

  21. R P Naidu says:

    good

  22. Susheel Tikoo says:

    Spirituality at its best, devotion at its heightened pedestal and devotee off course in the lap of his Lord – Wonderfully explained – Thanks & Namaskar !!

  23. Nalini P says:

    Talking about two places bearing same story it is as much possible as the faith and conviction we have in the story where God kills Yama and bestows immortality to a person, we can ignore any doubts about the authenticity of the sthala purana. The whole story is about the unflinching faith and bhakti of markandeya. So let us visit each place with the same faith and lo! The story and God himself will manifest there. Let it be one or many places. ..it’s faith finally.

  24. Uma Rao says:

    It’s a proof ,anything can be achieved with determination and devotion to the supreme power.

  25. Uma Rao says:

    Anything can be achieved with determination and devotion to the supreme power.Namah Shivay

  26. Sharman, B says:

    There are 10 immortals, as told by purans.

  27. Lokesh Mysore says:

    Nice story and pictures

  28. leelasastry says:

    Where is Hanuman today

  29. Gomathy @ RajalakshmiParamasivam says:

    Thankyou all for appreciating my writing.
    The appreciations motivate me to write more. With the Grace of Almighty let me try to give more spiritual articles.
    Thanking you all,
    Gomathy@Rajalakshmi Paramasivam
    rajisivam51@gmail.com

  30. Krishant Verma says:

    If Lord Yama died then who is the god of Death now??
    Markandeya Puran does not mention Shiva killing Yama, and the story in it is a slightly different. So which Purana is this story from?

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