[Advaita-l] Chandra Devata in the puraanas

Anbu sivam2 anbesivam2 at gmail.com
Thu Feb 25 11:52:51 CST 2010

According to my understanding Brishaspathy went to Indra the lord of the
devas and complained to him when Chandra refused to return Tara.  Indras was
ready to wage war on Chandra and Chandra at the goading of Brahma returned
Tara to Brihaspathy.  No curse was involved as it was Tara who willingly
joined Chandra.  A woman cannot be punished for deserting a man. (Thank God,
Hinduism is not the same as Islam.)

The reason Chandra started waxing and waning is because out of his 27 wives
who are the daughters of Daksha Chandra was more fond of RohiNi to the
neglect of others and so her sisters complained to their father Daksha.
Daksha cursed Chandra that will lose his shine.  Chandra surrendered to
Shiva who put him on his head which is a heap of aushadham and because of
that Chandra was able to regain his lustre.  However Siva told Chandra that
He would not nullify Daksha's curse so Chandra was waxing and waning since

Actually AachaaryaaL refers to this second story in Sivaanandhalahari.

On Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 10:54 AM, Vidyasankar Sundaresan <
svidyasankar at hotmail.com> wrote:

> I don't think Sankaracharya had any reason to comment on this story, as it
> is not pertinent to the source texts of vedAnta.
> However, it is generally well recognized that there is no dhArmic
> explanation or excuse for the actions of tArA and candra in this story. The
> purANic story also adds that candra was cursed for his transgressions and
> then partially pardoned by bRhaspati. This is given as an explanation for
> why the moon waxes and wanes, instead of shining full in the sky all the
> time. Also, budha was doomed to be genderless, a napuMsaka. budha goes on to
> marry iLA, who is both male and female. Their son was pururavas, from whom
> the lunar dynasty of kshatriyas was descended. There is an element of the
> magical and the fantastic in all these mythological stories, so no mundane
> human explanation is possible for them!
> There is no dearth of stories in our mythology that relate transgressions
> of dharma by the devas. In particular, indra, the king of the devas,
> routinely violates rules of good conduct, e.g. in his dealing with ahalyA,
> wife of Rshi gautama. These accounts serve to underline the fact that rulers
> often arbitrarily set themselves above the rules that they apply to others.
> This, in turn, clearly leads to their downfall.
> Regards,
> Vidyasankar
> > Has Sri Shanakaracharya or any authority on dharmashastras commented on
> the story of Chandra(Soma), son of Atri Rishi ?
> >
> > Chandra eloped with Brahaspati Rishi's wife Tara and gave birth to a son
> named Budha. Budha's descendants founded the Chandravamshi Kshatriya lineage
> that Bhagawan Shri Krishna took avatar into.
> >
> > What is the possible (dharmic) explanation of Chandra's actions , he
> being a Devatha ? And also of Tara's actions being a rishi patni ?
> > Did Chandra committ paapam of cohabiting with a Guru's wife, being that
> Rishis are Gurus ?
> >
> > What is the status of Budha, product of this (from a mundane human
> prespective) of this illicit union ?
> >
> > Based on the illicit union that resulted in Budha, how could his
> descendants be of illustrious Kshatriya lineage ?
> >
> > Dhanyavaad,
> > Ravi Chandrasekhara
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