Story of Markandeya
Characters: Markandeya, Mrikandu, Marudvati, Shiva, Yama.
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Marudvati: Oh, how I wish I had a child. Someone I can love more dearly and the remover of all my sorrows.
Mrikandu: What you say is true Marudvati. I also long desire a child for both of us. Bhagwaan Shiva is very kind and compassionate to his devotees and will surely grant us a child.
Mrikandu: (Pouring water on Shiva Lingam!) Om Namah Shivay x5
Shiva: Open your eyes dear devotee. I am pleased with you, Mrikandu. Tell me, do you want a hundred sons, who will live for a long time, but will all be foolish? Or, do you want one very intelligent son, who will live for only sixteen years?
Mrikandu: Hai Bhagwaan, please give me the intelligent son.
Shiva: Good! You shall have him.
**many years later**
Markandeya [upset]: Father, I have been noticing that you seem to become sadder and more upset as the days pass by. What is the matter?
Mrikandu: You are about to reach 16 and I am in fear of losing you. When your mother and I were blessed with such an intelligible son like you, there was a condition that you will only live until 16 years. This is what distresses me day and night.
Markandeya: You only once said that Bhagwan Shiva never keeps his devotees upset. I shall pray to him and please him with my utmost devotion. He will surely come to save me.
*Builds a shivlingam near the sea-shore.
Markandeya: Okay, let me now begin my bhajans for the day.
Yama: Stop your bhajan! You boy! Your life in this world is over. Be ready to die.
*Clings on to the shivlingam bravely
Markandeya: No, I have full faith in Bhagwan Shiva, he will come and rescue me for sure.
*Appears from behind as if to show he has come from inside the shivlingam
Shiva: Stop Yama. This boy has pleased me with his love and devotion towards me. He shall live forever!
*Returns home, takes the blessing of parents and embraces them
Markandeya: Father, mother, your worries for my life shall be allayed. Bhagwan Shiva has given me the blessings of living forever. I will always seek his blessings with full compassion and love. He has saved me, but more importantly taken away your worries!
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