The Sage, being under a vow of silence did not answer and continued with his penance.
The soldiers repeated the question several times, but the sage did not answer.
The Soldiers went inside the hermitage and found both the loot and the thieves.
Mistakenly they arrested the Rishi too as they believed that he was helping the robbers by being silent when asked about the thieves.
The great sage continued with is penance.
Many sages, in the guise of birds visited rishi and expressed their sorrow and unhappiness, Mandavya but the great sage consoled them saying “No one is responsible for my suffering. I think its all due to my past Karma” and continued with his penance.
The people in and around were surprised to see the great sage surviving the pain of the trident and still pursuing the penance. For anybody’s query he used to reply that no one was responsible for his suffering.
A few days later the king came to know through his soldiers that the sage was surviving the heavy odds. The king rushed to the spot and ensured the sage was safely grounded from the trident. The King himself tried to remove the trident but in vain. Then they cut off the trident but the upper pointed edge was struck to the Sage’s body. The king profusely apologized and begged for forgiveness.
So, the great Sage Mandvya met the God of Dharma, Lord Yama and asked
“Hey DharamaRaja, Lord Yama, be kind enough to let me know the reason, I had to go through such a harsh punishment. I did not commit any heinous crime, atleast in this janma. And I would like to know from your records, if I did anything in my previous janma, and if it was my prarabda karma. “
The Lord of Death replied, ‘When you were in your childhood you had inserted the sharp darbha (kusa grass in Sanskrit) grass into the tails of insects. Just as a small gift to someone increases religious merit manifold, a small sin will also multiply manifold and served to the same person. Hence, I have imposed this punishment upon you “
Mandavya was furious and disagreed with the logic and reasoning of the God of Dharma.
Later on the God of Dharma was born as Vidura, brother of Dhritarashtra and Pandu Maharaja.
1. Pain is to the body and not to the soul.
Mandya in Karnataka owes its name to Rishi Mandavya. The Great sage did his penance here.
Couples who don’t have children come here and pray for a child and they do get blessed with progeny.
Hence the Lord is also called as MAKKALA JANARDHANA.
ṁ prajā-sa yamano yamah ṛ
etre bhujis ṛ yāyā ṛ ṁ
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