King Prithu: The Coronation of King Prithu
In the fourth canto of Srimad Bhagavatam there is a detail description of appearance and coronation of King Prithu. King Pruthu appeared from the churning of King Vena’s arms. He was declared by the sages as an empowered incarnation of Lord Vishnu. They praised him to become the foremost kings in the future and on his name Mother Earth will be named ‘Prithivi’.
The Coronation and the Offerings to the King Prithu
As the brahmanas praised King Prithu, the great sound resulted from the conch shells, bugles and drums. The demigods were very happy to see the King. While the sages arranged for the coronation, the rivers, hills, seas, cows, birds, animals, heaven and earth, as well as other living entities collected presentations according to one’s capacity to the king.
Kuvera, the treasurer of demigods, gave a golden throne to King Prithu. Varuna gave him royal umbrella which can spray fine particles of water. Vayu gave him two chamaras and Dhrama gave him a garland. Indra gave valuable helmet and Yamaraja gave him a scepter for ruling the world. Lord Brahma gave him a protective garment which was made of spiritual knowledge and Saraswati, Lord Brahmas’ wife, gave him a transcendental necklace.
Lord Vishnu gave King Prithu a Sudarshana Chakra which had partial prowess of His original disc and Laksmi Devi, the wife of Lord Vishnu gave imperishable opulence. Lord Shiva presented him a sword whose sheath was marked with 10 moons and Lord Shiva’s wife gave him a shield marked with 100 moons. The moon-god gave horses that produced from nectar and Visvakarma presented a beautiful chariot.
Agni, the fire god, gave king Prithu a bow that had been made from the horns of cows and goats and Surya, the sun god, gave him arrows that were brilliant as sunshine. The predominating deity of Bhurloka gave mystic slippers to the king and other demigods gave the art of music, drama and the ability to disappear at will (antardhana). The Ocean presented king Prithu a conch shell and the rivers, seas and mountains gave him space to run his chariot without impediment.
Thus King Prithu was coronated with great pomp and celebration.