Original Sanskrit Version
Puran: Prati Sarg: Part III:3,3 5-27
This is the text of pratisarg 1 2 3
ithi khayat, shishya-sakha-samniviyath 5
....... mahadev marusthal nivasinam.
tripurarsur-nashav bahu-maya pravathiney 7
malech-dharma shav shudhaya sat-chit-anandaya
thva ma hei kinkare vidhii sharanaghatham 8
sooth uchav: ithi shurthiya sthav deva shabadh-mah nupaya
gath-vaya bhojraj-ney mahakhaleshwar-sthale 9
malech-shu dhushita bhumi-vahika nam-vishritha
dharma hi nav-vathra vahike desh-darunya 10
vamu-vatra maha-mayi yo-sav dagdho myaa pura
proshith punaragath 11
ayoni sa varo math prasava daithyo-vrudhan
mahamadh ithi khayath , paishacha-kruthi
nagathvaya thvya bhup paisachae desh-vartake
math prasadhayane bhupal tav shudhii prajayathe 13
shruthva nupshav svadesha-napu maragmath
mahamadh toi sdhav sindhu-thir mupaye-yav 14
uchav bhupati premane
tva deva maharaja das-tva magath 15
mamo-chit sabhu jiya-dhatha tatpashya bho nup
shruthya ththa hata para vismaya-magath16
malechdhano mathi-shasi-tatsaya bhupasaya darutho17
kalidas-sthu rusha praah mahamadham
maya-thei nirmithi dhutharya nush-mohan-hethvei 18
ityak va sa jidh shrimanava-raja-tathpar 19
japthya dush-sah-trayach tah-sahansh juhav sa
mutva sa mayavi malech-dev-tva-magath 20
maybhithashtu tachya-shyaa desh vahii-kamayuuah
madaheen tva-magatham 21
swapiit tav bhu-ghyot-thro-shrumadh-tathpara
madaheen puro jath thosha trith sayam
rathri sa dev-roop-shav bahu-maya-virshad
paisacha deha-marathaya bhojraj hi so trivith23
hei to raja-sarvoutham smurth
ishapraya karinayami paishacha dharma darunbhu24
linga-chedri shikhaheen shamshu
dhaari sa dhushak
yukhalapi sarva bhakshi bhavishyat jano maum25
vina kaul cha pashav-thosha bhakshava matha maum
kushariv bhavishyat 26
tasman-musal-vanto hi jathiyo dharma dhushika
ithi pishacha-dharma mya kruth
[From the third part of the Pratisarga Parva.]
Shri Suta Gosvami said:
In the dynasty of king Shalivahana, there were ten kings who went to the heavenly planets after ruling for over 500 years.
Then gradually the morality declined on the earth. At that time Bhojaraja was the tenth of the kings on the earth. When he
saw that the moral law of conduct was declining he went to conquer all the directions of his country with ten-thousand soldiers
commanded by Kalidasa. He crossed the river Sindhu and conquered over the gandharas, mlecchas, shakas, kasmiris, naravas and
sathas. Crossing the Sindhu, he conquered the ‘Mlencch’ in Gandhar and the ‘Shath’ in Kashmir. King
Bhoj grabbed their treasure and then punished them. In the mean time, an illusory mlencch named Mahamadh arrived with his preceptor (acharya) and
his disciples to him. King Bhoj worshiped the idol of Lord Mahadev in the Marusthal (land of deserts). He
bathed Lord Shiva with Ganges water and worshipped him in his mind with pancagavya (milk, ghee, yoghurt, cow dung, and cow
urine) and sandalwood paste, etc. After he offered some prayers and pleased him. King Bhoj prayed to Lord Mahadev,
“O Girijanath who stays in the marusthal (land of deserts), I offer my prayers to you. You have forced maya to destroy
Tripurasur; but the mlencchs are worshiping you. You are pure and sacchidanand swaroop. I am your sevak. I have come under
Suta Goswami said: After hearing the king’s prayers,
Lord Shiva said: Let the King go to Mahakaleshwar (Ujjain). O King, the land where you are standing, that is popular by the
name of Bahik (Baltic), has been polluted by the mlencchs. In that terrible
country there no longer exists dharma. There
was a mystic demon named Tripura(Tripurasura), whom I have already burnt to ashes, he has come again by the order of
Bali. He has no origin but he achieved a benediction from me. His name is Mahamada(Muhammad) and his deeds are like that of a ghost. Therefore,
O king, you should not go to this land of the evil ghost. By my mercy your intelligence will be purified. Hearing this the king came back to his country and Mahamada(Muhammad) came with them to the bank
of the river Sindhu. He was expert in expanding illusion, so he said to the king very pleasingly: O great king, your god has
become my servant. Just see, as he eats my remnants, so I will show you. The king became surprised when he saw this just before
them. Then in anger Kalidasa rebuked Mahamada(Muhammad)
“O rascal, you have created an illusion to bewilder the king, I will kill you, you are the lowest..."
That city is known as their site of pilgrimage, a place which
was Madina or free from intoxication. Having a form of a ghost (Bhuta), the expert illusionist Mahamada(Muhammad) appeared at night in front of king Bhojaraja and
said: O king, your religion is of course known as the best religion among all. Still I am going to establish a terrible and
demoniac religion by the order of the Lord .
The symptoms of my followers will be that they first of all will cut their genitals, have no shikha, but having beard, be
wicked, make noise loudly and eat everything. They should eat animals without performing any rituals. This is my opinion.
They will perform purificatory act with the musala or a pestle as you purify your
things with kusha. Therefore, they will be known as musalman, the corrupters of religion. Thus the demoniac religion will
be founded by me. After having heard all this the king came back to his palace and that ghost(Muhammad) went back to his place.
The intelligent king, Bhojaraj established the language of Sanskrit in three varnas - the brahmanas,
kshatriyas and vaisyas - and for the shudras he established prakrita-bhasha, the ordinary language spoken by common men. After
ruling his kingdom for 50 years, he went to the heavenly planet. The moral laws established by him were honored even by the
demigods. The arya-varta, the pious land is situated between Vindhyacala and Himacala or the mountains known as Vindhya and
Himalaya. The Aryans reside there, but varna-sankaras reside on the lower part of Vindhya. The musalman people were kept on the other side of the river Sindhu.
On the island of Barbara, Tusha and many others also the followers of Isamsiha were also situated as
they were managed by a king or demigods.
Tripurasura's Past life
Tripurasur was the son of Sage Gritsamad. One day the sage sneezed and from this was
created a young boy who the Sage brought up as his own son. The sage taught the boy the Ganana Twam, Ganesh Mantra. Equipped
with this mantra the boy meditated intensely on Lord Ganesh who ultimately blessed him. He was given three pura-s of gold
silver and iron. Since he was the owner of these three pura-s he was given the name Tripur. Ganesh also bestowed on Tripur
to be the most powerful, who none but Lord Shiva himself could destroy and after being destroyed by Lord Shiva he would attain
This boon made Tripur proud and he brought havoc
in the entire world. He conquered the Nether world and then proceeded to takeover Heaven. He defeated Indra the king of heaven.
His aggression made Lord Brahma hide in a lotus and Lord Vishnu in the Shirsagar. He soon also took over Lord Shiva’s
Kailash Parvat and thus became the King of all the three worlds. The gods wondered on how to vanquish Tripurasur. Lord Narada
told them that, since he had been granted a boon by Lord Ganesh himself it would be very difficult to vanquish him. He advised
them to meditate on Lord Ganesh. Pleased Lord Ganesh decided to help the Gods.
Disguised as brahmin he visited Tripurasur and told
him that he was a very enlightened Brahmin and could make for him three flying planes. Riding these he woud be able to go
anywhere he wished within minutes. The planes could only be destroyed by Shiva.In return Lord Ganesh asked him to get him
the statue of Chintamani which was at the Kailash Mountain. Lord Shiva refused to give the statue to Tripurasur’s messenger.
The angry Tripurasur himself went to get the statue. A fierce battle started between him and Lord Shiva. He destroyed everything
that belonged to the Lord Shiva who too retired to the Girikandar.
Lord Shiva too realized that he was unable to destroy
Tripurasur because he had not paid his respects to Lord Ganesh. He recited the Shadaakshar Mantra to invoke Ganesh. On doing
so from his mouth emerged Gajanan to grant Shiva a boon. Shiva continued his invocation of Ganesh who ultimately directed
him on how Tripurasur could be killed. Lord Shiva was asked to recite the Sahastranam and then direct an arrow at the three
pura-s of Tripurasur.
Lord Shiva followed these instructions and finally
The place where Lord Shiva invoked Lord Ganesh he
also created a temple for him. The town surrounding this temple was called Manipur. The village Ranjangaon is
considered to be the place where Lord Shiva himself sought the blessings of Ganesh and ultimately destroyed Tripurasur.
of Tripurasura the demon) = Dharmadushika (Polluter of righteousness)
by Mahamada =
Paisachyadharama (demoniac religion)