Lord Vishnu performs Amba Yajna

Being inquisitive, King Janamejaya enquired of Veda Vyasa as to when and who executed Amba Yajna first. When Trimurthis returned after Maha Bhagavati’s Vision, they created Satya Loka, Vaikuntha and Kailasa and took charge of their tasks assigned by Maha Devi. From the Ocean was formed Earth, called ‘Medini’, made out of the marrow of the foremost Demons, Madhu and Kaitabha, and also as ‘Mahi Dhara’, the Great Holder, which was supported by the Grand Serpent, Anantha. Brahma initiated the Creation process with the mountains to stabilise the Earth, including the ‘Meru’, the Principal Mountain. He created Marichi, Narada, Atri, Pulakasthya, Pulaha, Kratu, Daksha and Vasishtha as ‘Manasa Puthras’ or the Offspring of His Mind. From Marichi was born to Kasyapa; from Kasyapa were born Diti and Aditi and the latter gave birth to Danavas (Demons) and Devatas (Demi-Gods). Kasyapa created human beings, animals, serpents and other animate beings. Brahma created Svambhu Manu from his lower part of the body and Satarupa emerged from Brahma’s left hand. Manu and Satarupa gave birth to two sons, Priyavrata and Uttanapada and three daughters. And thus Creation proceeded further. Meanwhile, Indra Loka or Swarga (Heaven) was also created and so were the Planetary Heads and other Celestial Creations including Kubera, Yama, Gandharvas, Apsaras and so on. Thus after the Procedure of Creation was stabilised, Lord Vishnu got an inspiration from Maha Bhagavati and decided to perform Amba Yajna and informed Brahma, Eswar, Indra and the Devatas and the Sages Vasishtha, Kasyapa, Daksha, Vamana Deva and Brihaspathi who were all in position. A gigantic Yajna Hall was built and the Altar too, the twenty seven Priests were appointed, the Yajna material was procured as per ‘Shastras’, the Agni Kunda was prepared out of brick and wood and Kundalini was kindled by Yoga, along side the rendering of Mantras and Moola Mantras strictly as per concerned Scriptures. At the successful end of Amba Yajna, a sonorous voice of Maha Devi announced that She was indeed pleased with the Proceedings just concluded, that She appointed Lord Vishnu as the Leader and Prime Deity to be prayed to by Brahma, Maheswara, Indra and all the rest; that any problem faced by any one of them should be resolved by Him on their request by assuming His ‘Avataras’ as appropriate ; and that She was deputing ‘Shaktis’ like ‘Varahi’ and ‘Narasimhi’ and popularise them by making appearances as Idols to be worshipped all over to supplement the efforts of Trinity.

Sri V.D.N.Rao and Shri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham

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