Gajendra moksha episode occurs in Srimad Bhagwat Purana’s Canto 8, Chapters 2, 3 & 4. It is the story of an elephant king, Gajendra, who. Gajendra Moksha (Sanskrit: गजेन्द्रमोक्षः) or The Liberation of Gajendra is a Puranic legend from the 8th Skandha of the Bhāgavata Purāṇa, one of the. Melpathur Narayana Bhattathiri () was the celebrated author of Narayaneeyam, a devotional composition in Sanskrit verse which is.

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Hearing his devotee’s call and prayer, Vishnu rushed to the scene. Agastya was irate and mokksham that the mighty king, despite the greatness of his good deeds, still had traces of Ahamkaraor egoism, and he revealed to the king that, in his next birth, he would be born as an elephant and in that form gajendda would learn the hard way that the self must be renounced and surrendered to the Lord.

On a hot day, he proceeded with his herd to a lake to cool off in its fresh waters. This selection is just a collection of 42 quotes from the book see this post for all of them. However, a few dasakas contain more than ten verses so that the total number of slokas is not but What are the duties of a spiritual aspirant?

A simple transalation in English is given for the benefit of those who cannot follow the original. The only sane Indian Newspaper. Ramana Maharshi’s verses on reality: Retrieved 30 July Once, to escape the heat of the Sun, he entered a lake in the valley of the mountain along with his herd and, prompted by you O Lord!

The alligator caught hold of the elephant by its leg. I will edit the comment removing the email address to save you from spam. It surpassed all animals in the forest in physical strength. The composition is directly addressed to the Lord telling him His own exploits and leelas. Gajendra tried for a long time to escape from the crocodile’s clutches. The tale of Gajendra is an integral theme in Vaishnavism and has great symbolic value: The Gajendra Moksha Mantra grants the power to face difficulties and escape from them.


The elephant, by his own power and the power of the divine place, led his life without encountering any problem whatsoever.

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You can listen Gajendra Moksham as part of Bhagavatham in Telugu in this site – http: Vishnu informed Gajendra that he, in one of his previous births, had been the celebrated King Indradyumnaa devotee of Vishnu, but due to his disrespect to the great Sage Agastyahe had been cursed to be reborn as an elephant. Bhattathiri was struck with paralysis when he was still young. Thursday, June 26, Gajendra Moksham Sanskrit text. A sample message is 2.


Please save me from my afflictions. Without trying to realize in the heart that reality which is the true nature of all, and without trying to abide in it, to engage in disputations as to whether the reality exists or not, or is real or not, denotes delusion born of ignorance.

The liberated person is not averse to the senses and nor is he attached to them. The repentant king begged the sage’s pardon. As the struggle was seemingly endless it is believed that the crocodile held Gajendra’s foot for over a thousand yearsand when he had spent his last drop of energy, Gajendra called to the god Vishnu to save him, holding a lotus up in the air as an offering.

The Advaith: Gajendra Moksham Sanskrit text

Indradyumna could attain Moksha finally when he as Gajendra left all his pride and doubt and totally surrendered himself to Vishnu. It is believed that this incident has happened in Kabisthalamwhere there is a Gajendra Varadha Temple.

He was a scholar in the Sanskrit Language and its grammar on which he wrote his masterpiece Prakriya-sarvaswam which sets forth an axiomatic system elaborating on the classical system of Panini the grammarian. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Retrieved from ” https: Then, at an appropriate moment, You made the elephant succumb to the strength of the alligator in order to instil in him one-pointed devotion at your feet.

He trumpeted in pain and helplessness until he was hoarse.

Gajendra Moksha

He enjoys himself continually with an unattached mind in both achievement and non-achievement. The crocodile in its previous birth had been a Gandharva king called Huhu. Indradyumna was transformed into an elephant and became the king of the herd but was fortunate in retaining your remembrance even as an elephant.


Gajendra, in his previous life, was Indradyumna, a great king who was devoted to Vishnu. Given below is a reproduction of Dasaka 26 from Narayaneeyam which summarise the episode of Gajendra Moksham narrated in detail in chapters of the 8th Canto of Srimad Bhagavatam.

This is a translation of a short work of forty verses by Ramana Maharshi.

Then You, the indwelling spirit in every being, moved by extreme compassion, manifested yourself before the elephant riding on Garuda. Until one day when they can look beyond everything in this creation due to some extreme experience like Gajendra when he recalls Gyana Eternal Knowledge from his previous births and an extreme experience to ultimately give up himself to the supreme being Vishnu. A sample message is: This relates to the concept which says without attaining real Knowledge it is impossible to get salvation but without completely offering ourselves to the supreme God it is impossible to get that Eternal Knowledge that ultimately leads to salvation and Nirvana.

He was a disciple of Achyuta Pisharati from whom he studied Sanskrit grammar.

You can listen to an audio rendition of the entire Gajendra Moksham Stuti by Pt. The source I use is this a PDF link. The summum-bonum, the summary as well as encyclopedia of the entire Vedanta, recorded as a conversation between Lord Krishna and Arjuna, in verses and 18 chapters.

One day, Agastyaa great rishi sage came to visit the king, but Indradyumna remained seated, refusing to rise up to receive the sage with due respect.

As Gajendra sighted the god coming, he lifted a lotus with his trunk. Author Socials Follow me Twitter Facebook. How is his health? In this episode, Vishnu came down to earth to protect Gajendra, the elephant, from the clutches of Makara, the Crocodile, and with Vishnu’s help, Gajendra achieved mokshaor salvation.