Saturday, March 12, 2011

St.Patrick and Nagarajan


A Hindu story goes thusly and if it is true, it'd have happened centuries before Saint Patrick. Parikshith, son of Abhimanyu, was killed by Thakshaka, the Serpent King. Parikishith's son, Janamejayan wanted to avenge his father's death. Helped by the absence of the Environmental Protection Agency in those days, he conducted a yaagam to kill all snakes. Thousands of the venomous reptiles fell into the yaagam's fire, and perished. A present-day Janamejayan would utter "justu missu" with a prefix for effect, to describe what followed. As Takshaka was about to be killed, Rishi Astika convinced Janamejayan to spare Takshaka and the serpent race.

According to Christian legend, Saint Patrick banished snakes from Ireland. The Saint and the men of his time could not have predicted that scientists with too much free time on their hands, and National Geographic would completely discredit his legend. Ice Age, geography and Charlie Sheen explain the absence of snakes in Ireland rather than any Christian miracle.

Scientists with too much free time on their hands have not disproved the Hindu legend, yet. Chances are, if not for a Hindu Ksathriya, Ireland would be crawling with snakes, and people everywhere would be playing Paramapadham (Snakes and Ladders) on Saint Patrick's Day instead of drinking in fake-Irish pubs named O'Nagarajan.

P.S: The close similarity between the names Patrick and Parikshith is not lost on the author.

6 comments:

Sreekrishnan said...

"St. Patrick supposedly chased the snakes into the sea after they began attacking him during a 40-day fast he undertook on top of a hill."

Strange - haven't we heard it somewhere ? 40day fast and a top of the hill ....

I bet that snake did an aadu paambey song in Ramya Krishnan and disturbed his austerity ..

Ps: takshaka or thakshaka ...

Ithu than comeback post ah ???

Arun Sundar said...

Nalla blog'a loosu maadhiri delete pannitiyae.

Varungaala sandhadhiyinar ellaarum miss pannittaanga.

avataram said...

Have you been told by Maamanar to stick to mythological topics? I eagerly await a discussion of Dhritarashtra´s sex life.

avataram said...

Let me give you another story.

After Aswatthama managed to kill all the sons of Draupadi along with Kritavarma and Kripacharya. Krishna stopped him from killing Abhimanyu´s wife, Uttara and therefore her son Parikshit, the hero of your story, who was in her womb.

Aswatthama was a snake. Krishna took the pearl on his head and let him go away in his underwear. He also cursed Aswatthama that he will have a wound where the pearl was, which will never heal and always ooze with pus till the end of the Kali Yuga. He also cursed him to repeat this massacre many times.

In the 20th century, Aswatthama was born as Osama. The head pus problem somehow went to his kidneys. Kritavarma was A Raja. Kripacharya was ISRO director K Radhakrishnan.

Note: The close similarity between the names Aswatthama and Osama are not lost on this commenter.

Anu said...

Avatarams comment is more interesting than the post itself. Guest blogger request anuppitiyo?

I said...

SK: Innum full-a develop panirkalam.

Arun: back-up paniruken.

Avataram: You mean he marrying all his machinis? Nalla topic.

Anu: work in progress. Izhuthu mooda vendiadhan I think.