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Namuchi’s Boon

Posted 1 Week ago by chiarizio

The demon giant Namuchi begged Indra for a boon, as follows:
O my lord, O best of the givers of benediction, if you will kindly grant me the benediction I desire, please let me not meet death from any of the living entities created by you.

Grant me that I not die within any residence or outside any residence, during the daytime or at night, nor on the ground or in the sky. Grant me that my death not be brought by any being other than those created by you, nor by any weapon, nor by any human being or animal.

Grant me that I not meet the death from any entity, living or nonliving. Grant me, further, that I not be killed by any demigod or demon or by any great snake from the lower planets. Since no one can kill you in the battlefield, you have no competitor. Therefore, grant me the benediction that I too may have no rival. Give me sole lordship over all the living entities and presiding deities, and give me all the glories obtained by that position. Furthermore, give me all the mystic powers attained by long austerities and the practice of yoga, for these cannot be lost at any time.[5]


Indra granted this boon.

But when Indra had to kill Namuchi, he took the form of a wolf-headed man, and killed Namuchi in the misty morning twilight, on the doorsill, by sprinkling him with seafoam.

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So he was neither man nor beast; it was neither day nor night; they were neither indoors nor outside; and he used neither the wet nor the dry.

There’s also a requirement that it be neither on the ground nor in the sky. I’m not sure how he got around that.

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