Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Indrani #AtoZChallenge‏ @AprilA2Z



Being beautiful is often a curse. People don't see beyond the beauty, they never speak about your hopes, or your dreams. With beauty comes the burden of jealousy, of desire, of vanity. So when people describe me as 'The endless beauty' they also describe me as the Goddess of 'wrath and jealousy'.

I sometimes think if ever my husband saw me for who I really am? Or he too, like others thought, I was just his shadow? Indra's Indrani?

My husband, is the god of the firmament, in whose hands are the thunder and the lightning; at whose command the refreshing showers fall to render the earth fruitful. He is the king of all Gods and prides in this exalted position. But there was a time, when for a while, he had relinquished his throne and deserted his kingdom and me.

I talk of the time when Indra, guilty of killing Vritasura, the demon whom he had befriended, had given up everything to meditate to atone for his sins. The other Devas looked for him everywhere but were unable to find him. Fearing that the kingdom would soon crumble without a leader, they approached Nahusha to become the king of Indraloka.

Nahusha, the one who would not be frightened, was said to have acquired the undisturbed sovereignty of the three worlds. He was praised by all the Devas for his austere fervour, self-reliance and valour. And so with Guru Brihaspati's permission, he was crowned the king.

I was vary of Nahusha from the start. And soon drunk on the new found power, he became arrogant and disrespectful. It wasn't long before he demanded that I become his wife. I had stayed in the kingdom, only in the hope that Indra would return someday. None of the fame and glamour meant anything without him.

I refused to be claimed by any man, much less by someone like Nahusha and took it upon myself to find Indra and to make him the king once again.

I went to Guru Brihaspati for advice and he reminded me how blind desire can lead to rash actions. Now that Nahusha desired me, he would do anything to make me his.

I agreed to becoming Nahusha's Queen but on one condition, that he comes to propose me on a palanquin carried by the Saptha rishis, the seven great sages. I knew his arrogance was sure to offend the great sages and that their curse bore such power that even Nahusha could not be spared by their rage.

While the conceited fool prepared for his imagined victory, I prayed to Upashruti, the goddess of the night to help me find Lord Indra. Hiding in the great Manasarovar lake, I found my husband praying with sincerity to secure reparation. I told him of the events that had led me to him and requested him to come back to serve his kingdom.

Then, I waited for my plan to unfold. As predicted, Nahusha clouded by desire, demanded the Saptha rishis to carry him on a palanquin. In his hastiness, he even insulted sage Agastya, who was a bit slower than the other sages. This insult of a sage was enough to rob Nahusha of all his powers. Sage Agastya immediately cursed him to turn into a serpent and he fell down to the earth, thus restoring the kingdom back to Indra.

I have since been praised for being the loving loyal wife, the Goddess with unmatched beauty, but I am never given the credit for my intellect, for my wisdom, for my role in making Indra the king again. I am but a forgotten chapter, and remain a mere shadow of Indra.


©AditiKaushiva2017


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9 comments:

  1. Beautiful! The story of Indrani kept me hooked till the end ! I liked the way you have interpreted the frustration of a woman of exceptional beauty whose intellect goes unnoticed as its merely her beauty that gets glorified.

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  2. A very good story, capturing the frustration of Indrani in not being known for who she is but by how she looks.
    I will check out your book on Amazon.
    Thanks for sharing!

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  3. I love reading these posts, Aditi. We normally only get to read the main events in these epics. The great thing about the Mahabharata is the stories within stories, and all so fascinating. Thank you. Great portrayal of Indrani. Hugs!

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  4. I love this story! Again, not a story I was familiar with. It also made me think of all the times that a woman's contribution is completely overlooked and forgotten. And how annoying and frustrating that can be.

    Cheers!
    Modern Gypsy

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  5. This is another story that I wasnt aware of. Love the way you are bringing to the fore the lesser known women in Indian mythology. You are doing great, Aditi ♥

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  6. Wow I didn't known this story... Probably for the same reason... Indra always overshadowed his clever wife. I absolutely loved your story telling.

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  7. This kind of storytelling takes a lot of insight .Great job Aditi.

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  8. I hadnt read this story and am amazed by the depth in it! Thanks for sharing this Adi!!

    Theme: Peregrination Chronicles (travel)
    J is for Japanese dancers in the hot sands of Pushkar #atozchallenge

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  9. Oh wow, she was so clever! To think I hadn't even heard of her until now.

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