God of Destruction
who is generally known as God of destruction, was one of the last ruler who
belonged to White Hun race, invaded India in fourth century AD. Pt. Kalhan has
given him the title of God of Destruction because of two famous events in his
In 530 AD
he was defeated by king Yasovarman, and had to flee India. While on his flight
he changed his mind and persuaded the king of Kashmir to Grant him asylum. While
he wormed his way into Valley his baggage also included the train of elephants.
While ascending the Piir Panchal the foot of an elephant slipped and the tusker
went hurtling down the mountain. As life is dear to man so is to the beast and
unfortunate elephant trumpeted distressfully appealing perhaps for the help. But
Mihirkula who was cruel and of violent nature enjoyed the fatal moaning in the
spirit of the supernatural beings inimical to mankind. So much did his ear feel
ticked by the sound that he caused another elephant to be hurled down in order
to cater to his enjoyment. He became intoxicated with it, and his appetite for
this ‘monstrous music’ grew and a hundred elephants found their death that day
in the gorge of Pir Panchal to satiate the perversity of the Miharkula.
where the elephant slipped has acquired the name of ‘Hastivanj’. Another famous
event was that he wanted to divert the river Chandrakulya, (at present tsuntikul).
While doing so laborers confronted a rock in mid stream and could not remove it
even with all their combined might. The presence of the rock caused an
obstruction and the King’s plan was thus wrecked. But Miharkula was dead set to
complete his mission at any cost.
Meanwhile, on one night when he was deeply concerned, he saw a dream and the God
spoke to him about the problem which was hanging heavy on his heart. God said
that his men who were striking against the rock was the citadel of a might Yaksa,
who was an ascetic wedded to celibacy and was bound to repel any effort to
overthrow him by physical might. As a celestial being, the Yaksa was vulnerable
to chastity and were a chaste woman touch the rock, he would not have the power
was delighted, for he had been provided with solution and commanded that a
chaste woman be asked to touch the rock. It was privileged upon the ladies of
the palace and of high families to approach the rock in order of priority and
each of them returned with a stain on her fair name when the rock stood still.
The reputation of so many ladies became suspect that people came to regard the
dream as another whim of King to harass his subjects.
ladies of the noble stock had failed to move the rock, the turn to try her luck
fell to the lot of a poor woman. Chandrawati was the wife of a potter. Those
others who had endeavored in vain sneered at her when she approached the rock.
This potter’s wife trod with confidence and touched the rock. The wonder
happened and the rock moved by her touch. The King was full of wrath and had all
those woman of high families slaughtered who had failed to move the rock. Truly
has the title suited him the God of destruction.