Hinduism

The Saga of Dhruva from Shrimad Bhagavatam

Shrimad Bhagavatam

is full of pastimes of Supreme Lord and His devotees. Bhagavatam means the knowledge about Bhagavata or Supreme Lord. In this article we will give a brief description about the pastime of Dhruva from Srimad Bhagavatam.

Dhruva Insulted

Dhruva was the son of King Uttanapada and Suneeti. Suruchi was the second wife of Uttanapada who hated Dhruva. When Dhruva was just 5 years, his step mother, Suruchi scolded him not to sit on his father lap as he is not born to her. This rude behavior marred little Dhruva. He felt insulted and went to his mother Suneeti and asked what was wrong with him and why he cannot sit on father’s lap.

Suneeti answered crying, “I cannot do anything. You need to please the Supreme Lord to get your father’s heritance.” When asked where can he found Supreme Lord, Suneeti showed the path of forest saying, “I heard many sages and saints going to forest to find Lord. May be you will find the Lord there.”

Dhruva Leaves to Forest

This episode changed Dhruva completely. He was no longer like a small child as he became very serious to find the Supreme Lord. He at once left the kingdom and went to forest. On the way he met Narada Muni, the travelling saint. Narada muni tried to hold him back but seeing his determination he instructed how to meditate on the Supreme Lord. He illustrated the form of Supreme Lord and gave the mantra,

“Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaye”.

Srimad Bhagavatam describes what all austerities Dhruva did to please the Lord. He controlled his senses and mind. He stopped eating, drinking and sleeping. Later he stopped breathing. He stood on his one leg and constantly meditated on the form of Lord. All this threatened demigods. They went to Lord and told about Dhruva and Lord assured them there is no need to fear as sole aim of Dhruva is to attain Him.

Dhruva Attains the Lord

After 6 months Lord Vishnu appeared before Dhruva. He got a spectacular darshan of Lord Vishnu. He saw the Lord clearly. He was overwhelmed with love and emotions towards Lord. He started to pray. After seeing the transcendental form of Lord, Dhruva forgot the past insult. He became pure devotee of Lord and started singing the glories.

Lord Vishnu was so much pleased with Dhruva. He asked for benediction. But Dhruva was choked with love of Lord. He started lamenting that he was seeing for pieces of glass instead of diamond. He asked for devotion of Lord and nothing else. Then Lord Vishnu gave benediction after his life Dhruva will become the pole star in the North direction and give direction to whole universe.

Dhruva returned to kingdom. He grew up, ruled kingdom, perfected his life with devotion to Lord and after completing his life became

‘Dhruva Tara’.

This saga of Dhruva is celebrated in Srimad Bhagavatam as the most inspiring tale.

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