Aṣṭāvakra (2010)

Hindi epic poem consisting of 864 verses divided into 8 cantos (sargas) of 108 verses each. This epic narrates the life of the seer Aṣṭāvakra, who is presented as the flagbearer of the disabled. His journey from adversity to success to ultimate redemption is presented by Guruji in this epic.

ṣi Uddālaka has a disciple by the name Kahola, whom he offers his daughter Sujātā in marriage. The child in the womb of the pregnant Sujātā tells Kahola one day that he is making eight errors in recitation of each Vedic Mantra. Kahola curses the child to be born with all its eight limbs deformed. Kahola goes to Mithilā and a courtier of Janaka, Bandī defeats him in Śāstrārtha and submerges him under water. The child born to Sujātā is named Aṣṭāvakra by Uddālaka. When he is ten, Aṣṭāvakra travels to Mithilā in order to liberate his father. Aṣṭāvakra sedquentially defeats the gatekeeper, king Janaka and Bandī in Śāstrārtha, and then secures the release of his father Kahola. On their way back home, Kahola makes Aṣṭāvakra bathe in the river Samaṅgā and Aṣṭāvakra becomes free of the eight deformities in his body.

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