a powerful god, had a daughter named Sati. Sati wanted to marry
Shiva, but her father was against it. However, Sati went on against
her fathers wishes to marry Shiva, and eventually, Dakasha harboured
a deep hatred for him.
One day, Dakasha
was sacrificing a holy horse to Vishnu, and had invited all the
gods to the ceremony except Shiva. Sati was angry, and she decided
to go to the sacrifice because it was held in her house after
all. Before she went, she consulted her husband, Shiva, who cautioned
her that her father would insult him, and told her not to take
revenge on anyone, and to be careful of her anger.
Sita left for the ceremony, and true enough, like Shiva had said,
Dakasha started hurling insults at Shiva once Sita entered the
hall. At first, Sita managed to remain calm and composed, taking
the insults with a pinch of salt, but as the insults got worse
and worse, Sita finally was unable to tolerate it anymore, and
grew mad at her father. However, she had remembered Shiva's words
to not take revenge on anyone. When she was at the point of exploding,
she disowned her father, and killed herself by burning herself
in the sacrificial fire.
learnt of his beloved wife's demise, he was very angry, and he
created a demon who destroyed the ceremony along with everyone
who had attended it. Vishnu was appalled and requested Shiva to
bring them back to life, but Shiva refused only until after much
persuasion, then did Shiva finally relent. When Dakasha was brought
back to life, he was terrified, and he gave in to Shiva, telling
him that he was a greater god than he was. To mark his foolishness,
Shiva made him wear a goat's head forever. After this, Shiva went
into meditation, to wait for his wife to be reincarnated as Parvati.
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