Kalayvana, born of Sage Gargya,was a Dravidian King brought up by a Yavana King.
Gargya who had been insulted and ridiculed by the Yadavas. This brahmana went to the shores of the southern ocean and began to perform tapasya. His desire was a son who would be the scourge of the Yadavas. As part of the tapasya, he ate only iron dust for food. The tapasya went on for twelve years and at the end of it, Mahadeva was pleased. The brahmana obtained the desired boon.
He vowed to defeat Lord Krishna of Dwaraka.
Krishna found it difficult to defeat Kalayavan and resorted to a strategy and by this ingenious method had Kalayavana killed by Muchukunda , a Dravidian King.
Muchukunda was the King who received the Seven idols of Lord Shiva from Indra and had them established in them Seven places , called as Saptavidanga Sthalas of Shiva.
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Muchukunda Chakravarthi was a Tamil king.
Indra, the King of the Devas sought Muchukunda’s help in defeating the Asuras and was successful in defeating the Asuras.
Indra was extremely grateful to the king.
He offered the king a gift of his choice.
Muchukunda, asked for the lingam worshipped by Indra.
Indra did not want to part with his precious lingam, but the king wouldn’t accept anything else.
Indra decided on a deception, and showed Muchukunda seven lingams and asked him to choose the one he wanted.’
Muchukunda, son of King Mandhata, was born in the Ikshvaku dynasty.
He was the ancestor of Lord Rama.
He lived in the present Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh.
River Musi’s original name is Muchukunda River.
The Muchkunda river i.e.Musi River is a tributary of Krishna River in the Deccan Plateau region of Telangana state in India. It originates in Ananthagiri Hills of Rangareddy dist, the hills where Muchukunda had his long sleep.So, the river gets the name as that. It flows through a major portion of Hyderabad, India and divides the historic old city with the new city. It was known as Muchukunda river in olden days, this name was changed to Musi,which name is still in use today. The reason for change of original name “Muchukunda” is not known.
Kalayavana wanted to know the names of all the powerful on the earth from Narada. He was told the names of the Yadava kings. So he decided to attack the Yadavas. He collected thousands and thousands of chariots, horses, elephants and infantry. Then he came to Mathura to wage war.
Krishna was worried. He realized that the Yadavas would become weakened from their war with Kalayavana. And if Jarasandha’s attack came after that, the Yadavas might even lose at the hands of Jarasandha. On the other hand, if the Yadavas became weak from a war with Jarasandha, they might lose the war with Kalayavana. There was danger from both sides. It was, therefore, necessary to build a strong fort from where the Yadavas could wage a long drawn out war, even in the absence of Krishna. On the shores of the ocean Krishna, therefore, built the city of Dvaraka. There were many gardens and lakes in Dvaraka. But more importantly, it was surrounded by walls and moats on all sides and there were several forts inside the city. All the citizens of Mathura were brought to Dvaraka.
Krishna then appeared before Kalayavana. At the sight of Krishna, Kalayavana began to follow him, desirous of a fight. Krishna had a plan.
Seeing him, KAlyavana came out filled with happiness. Seeing Krishna before him, the strong one followed him.
39. The lord of the Yavanas followed Govinda with the desire of capturing him, but he could not seize that great yoga-adept.
40. The celebrated and powerful king, Muchukunda, son of MAndhAtA, achieved great success in the battle between Devas and Asuras in the ancient times.
41. When the gods requested him to ask for a boon, he accepted sleep. He was extremely tired, and so the following words emerged from his mouth.
42. O gods! I will burn the person who wakes me up, with my eyes blazing with anger,” and he kept saying it again and again.
43. So, Shakra and the other gods said, So be it. Then he took permission of the gods and came to the king of the mountains.
44. The very tired king entered one of the caves and kept sleeping till the time he saw Krishna.
45. O king! NArada had told VAsudeva all about the boon he had received from the gods and his power.
46. Krishna, followed by that mleccha enemy, entered Muchukunda’s cave like a very humble person.
47. The intelligent Keshava stood near the head of the royal sage, Muchukunda, carefully avoiding the path of his vision.
48. The Yavana entered and saw the lord of the earth, sleeping and radiant like KritAnta (death). Then that most wicked one went towards him.
49. He, assuming the king to be VAsudeva, spurned him with his feet, just as the insect jumps into fire, bringing his own destruction.
50. The royal sage, Muchukunda, woke up on being kicked. He was very angry for being woken up and also for being touched by the feet.
51. Then, remembering the boon given by Shakra, he looked at him standing before him. As soon as he looked at him angrily, he burnt up entirely.
52. The fire erupting from the eyes of Muchukunda burned Kalyavana in a moment, just as lightning burns down a dry tree.
* I shall be writing on how Muchukunda Legend helps date the Second Great Flood in the south