In Hinduism, cosmic
functions of creation is done by Lord Brahma,
maintenance by Lord Vishnu, and destruction by
Lord Shiva. These three deities have been called "the
Hindu triad" or the "Great Trinity".
Lord Vishnu is the Preserver or Sustainer of life with
his steadfast principles of order, righteousness and
truth. When these values are under threat, Vishnu
emerges out of his transcendence to restore peace and
order on earth.
month’s story is about Gajendra, Lord Vishnu’s devotee.
Indradyumna, the Pandian king, was famed for his virtue.
One day, he called a meeting of his counsellors. He
said, “I have decided to retire to the forest and devote
all my time to the worship of the lord. Don’t try to
stop me. I am confident that you can and will take care
of the kingdom”.
Indradyumna then retired to the kulachala mountains
where he built a cottage for himself. Observing the vow
of silence, he sat with his mind dwelling upon Lord
One day, sage Agasthya came that way with his disciples.
The sage thought Indrayumna did not have the courtesy to
welcome them. So he said “Your arrogance shall not go
unpunished! May you turn into an elephant.” Meanwhile in
his celestial abode, Lord Vishnu smiled when he heard
the curse of Agasthya. He thought “Agastya, You have
unknowingly done my devotee a great service!”
As Indradyumna began to roam about in the forest in the
form of elephant in the Kulachala mountains, he came
across a herd of them. He thought “I will have to fight
their king. Only then will the herd accept me.”
Indradyumna easily overpowered his rival and the herd
saluted him as Gajendra (king elephant).
day, Gajendra said “Let us go to the Trikuta Mountain
because it is a better place." The herd followed him to
the Trikuta forest. The elephants then entered a lake,
which was the abode of a crocodile.
the crocodile that lived in the lake caught Gajendra by
Gajendra, in spite of being an
elephant could not break free. He then, called out for
help. All his friends, the other elephants gathered
around him and tried to help, but in vain. The crocodile
was stronger than all the elephants put together. They
gave up. Gajendra tried for a long time to escape from
the crocodile. He trumpeted until he was hoarse. The
crocodile simply would not let go.
Gajendra Moksha – Elephant Kings’
The elephant and the crocodile
struggled for a thousand years. When a thousand years
was over, the elephant began to tire, although the
crocodile’s strength was still undiminished. Gajendra
lost a lot of blood and he became very weak. He finally
realized that only God could help him and called out to
He started to pray to Lord Vishnu.
Lord Vishnu heard Gajendra’s cries
for help and appeared on his vehicle, Garuda. He sent
the Sudarshana Chakra whirling down.
The Chakra killed the crocodile and
set Gajendra free.
Gajendra offered Lord Narayana
a Lotus and thanked him for saving his life.
Strange as it may seem, the crocodile
then adopted the form of a Gandharva(spiritual being).
His name was Huhu. He had been cursed
by a sage that he would become a crocodile. And the sage
had told him that he would be freed from the curse by
Lord Vishnu. That had now happened. Indradyumna too was
freed from his curse and became Vishnu’s companion.
Vishnu saves whoever prays to him.