Bhrigu reached Shiva’s abode, Kailasam. Shiva tandava reached climax in vigour. Jaganmata was expressing lasyam and as Bhrigu was noticed by Parvati, She could also not catch up with Lord Shiva and His speed. As everyone’s pitch and rhythm went wrong, they all looked at each other as to what was going wrong. The ambiance lost its brightness and Lord shiva shouted at the one who made Him stop His tandava. Shiva raised his trident.
Bhrigu also got wild looking at the anger of Shiva. He was enraged. Jatganmata became alert and realized that the trident was pointing at the sage Bhrigu, She rushed forward and held his hand and stopped him. She pleaded Shiva addressing Him”Deva, deva, why are you angry? After all, isn’t he your son and your devotee?’
Hearing Parvati’s words Shiva calmed down. He is Bhola Shankar, the one who gives away whatever the devotee asks for. But Bhrigu was in the same anger. He could not restrain his anger. He shouted, “Why are you so angry? Who can worship an angry God? HEnceforth no one will worship you in a form. People will worship you only in a from of linga” For this reason, Shiva is only Bindu roopa. Worship is not offered to idol of Shiva but only to his linga.
This was the curse given to Shiva. Veerabhadra and other troops of Shiva who heard this curse could not control their anger. They wanted to fight but Shiva stopped them from doing so.
Bhrigu left the place in anger and was noticed by Shiva. He began to run towards Vaikunta in great haste. Bhrigu’s breathe had hot air and harsh sounds due to his agitation and speed. As He was rushing towards Vaikuntha, there was a cool breeze which reduced the hot airs of Bhrigu to some extent.The breeze also carried very sweet waves of sandal smell. The sweet smell was intoxicating. He found golden ambiance around. They are sparkling. That made even the body of Bhrigu also into calm and shining. With this the saint calmed a little.
That place was identified as Ananda Nilayam, a divine place where Lord Vishnu resided also known as Vaikuntha.
Narayana Hari Narayana !
Achyutam Keshavam Rama Narayanam.
Looking at this Annada nilayam, Bhrigu cooled down. He enjoyed the beauty of that place. People there are happy, smiling and Sage was also charming. Everyone is in a state of bliss here. He went to the snake bed on which Vishnu was lying down. Goddess Mahalakshmi was seated beside the Lord. She was looking only at Vishnu. She was taking measures to ensure his sleep does not get disturbed. She was waiting to offer services to Lord when he wakes up. She was also thinking of the alternative to maintain silence and peace even if there was a disturbance.
People in Vaikuntha were very happy and welcoming unlike emotional people in Kailasam and meditating and serious people in Satya lokam. People in Vaikuntha were in total bliss with smiles on their faces as if they were welcoming Bhrigu but no one was talking to Bhrigu. Everyone was in a state of bliss. Everyone was happy, calm and peaceful. It seemed very peculiar for him. He had bitter experiences in the two previous places. Now in Vaikuntha , he did not want to come to a conclusion as this is the only place left for him. to be peaceful and finish the task of judging the best decide the best among the Trimurtis.. He was unable to understand whether they were laughing at him or what? Bhrigu expected someone among those celestials who had been good for him to put a word of recommendation to Vishnu to respond to Bhrigu. Should he sit? or stand? there was none to greet him. What was he to do? He was perplexed. However none of them was going and reporting to the Lord of his arrival. None seem bothered about him.
Achyutam Keshavam Rama Narayanam
Sridharam Madhavam Rama Narayanam.
How much ever Bhrigu praised and sang the glory of the Lord Vishnu, Vishnu was in total bliss. He did not get up from his yogic sleep. Lakshmi also did not heed the presence of Bhrigu nor informed Vishnu about his arrival there.Bhrigu was infuriated. He decided that all the Trimurtis are egoistic. there was none among them who is greatVishnu was not even honouring him.
Brahma pretended to be meditating blissfully; Shiva pretended to be dancing blissfully and Vishnu pretended to be lying down in eternal bliss.
“I am deeply revered on earth. I came travelling on the path of skies. All the sages selected me to decide the best of the Trimirtis. Here no one was co operating. Even after glorifying him, this Lord does not even bother about me. How rude is he! He is pretending to be asleep. Why should I bother about these trivial Gods when the Supreme Lord is there? None of these three Gods are worthy’ HE thought angrily.