Sage Upamanyu occupies a highly exalted place amongst the Shiva- Bhaktas. His story is related in the Uma Samhita of Shiva Purana.
Sphuran maha pannaga bhooshanayai,
Shiva priyayai cha Shivaa priyaya,
Nama Shivayai cha namashivaya.
The Uma samhita also related another interesting incident from Upamanyu’s life. Once Sri Krishna was wanted to worship Lord Shiva and was hunting for a suitable guru to initiate him in the Panchakshari Mantra. He approached Sage Upamanyu and sought his help.
Upamanu described about his own experience when he had divine glimpses of lord Shiva who was meditating
”Once I saw Shiva who was surrounded by all the deities. Lord Shiva was engrossed in his deep meditation. Shiva had in his possession all the divine weapons like – Trident, Axe, Noose, Sudarshan etc. Lord Vishnu and Brahmaji were also present there. I eulogized lord Shiva who became pleased with me. Lord Shiva wanted to bless me with a boon. I requested lord Shiva to bless me with three things –
1) I should always remain his devotee
2) to be able to know about the past, present and future events
3) My family should never feel the scarcity of rice and milk.”
”Lord Shiva not only blessed me with all these three things, but also to be able to see the Vaivasvat kalpa.”
Sri Krishna then proceeded to do his penance after getting initiated by Upamanyu with the mantra – Om Namah Shivay. He did a tremendous penance for fifteen months by standing on his toe. In the sixteenth month lord Shiva and Parvati appeared before him after being pleased by his penance. Lord Shiva expressed his desire to bless Krishna. Krishna requested eight boons.
1) May his intelligence always remain inclined towards religiousness,
2) May he attain immortal fame,
3) May he has his abode in Shiva’s proximity,
4) May his faith and devotion in Shiva be unswerving,
5) May he have ten valiant sons,
6) May he be victorious against his enemies,
7) May all his enemies be destroyed and
8) May be dear to all the yogis.
After receiving eight boons from Lord Shiva, Krishna requested one more boon from goddess Parvati May he always be in the service of his parents and the brahmins. Sri Krishna then went back to Upamanyu and narrated the whole story. At last he returned to Dwarka.
- ↑ See Refs: Trans of Rig Veda, III,113, Dr Ludwig; Alt-Indisches Leben, p 102, Dr H. Zimmer; History and Culture of Indian People, The Vedic Age, p 260, Dr R. C. Majumdar, Dr A. D. Pusalkar; Problems of Ancient India, 2000, p 6, K. D. Sethna; Some Kshatriya Tribes of Ancient India, 1924, p 231, Dr B. C. Law; Ancient Kamboja, People and the Country, 1981, Dr J. L. Kamboj; Purana, Vol VI, No 1, Jan 1964, p 212.13 etc.
- Aupamanyava Kamboja