Biographies | Daitya
See also Birth of Hiranyakashyap
[This story is given Bhaagvat Puraan, 7/2; Maanas, 1/7; Vishnu Puraan]
Hiranyaaksh (Hiranya means gold, and Aksh means eyes; so Hiranyaaksh means "with golden eyes") was the son of Maharshi Kashyap and Diti and thus the elder brother of Hiranykashyap. Bhaagvat Puraan, 6/3 says that he was married to Danu's son Vaishwaanar's daughter Upadaanavee.
Hiranyaaksh had a son named Utkach. He was bodyless. He was Hiranyaaksh's son in Chaakshush Manvantar. One day he felled many trees in Lomsh Muni's Aashram by the touch of his body. So Lomash Muni cursed him - "You are very proud of your body, so be bodyless." That is why he became bodyless. When he asked Muni's forgiveness, the Muni said - "My curse cannot be a lie, but when Bhagvaan will incarnate in the 28th Dwaapar of Vaivaswat Manvantar, then you will be free from this curse by the touch of His feet." It seems that he was present in Kans's times (Dwaapar Yug) too, as Kans sent him to kill Krishn.
Hiranyaaksh is Killed
So Vishnu took the form of a Varaah, went inside the sea, and brought the Prithvi out of the Sea. Luckily when he was bringing the Prithvi out of the sea He met Hiranyaaksh on the way. He fought with him. The battle lasted for 1,000 years. At last He killed him and brought the Prithvi out and established on the water. Then only Brahmaa Jee could start his creation.
Created by Sushma Gupta On 5/27/04
Modified on 04/13/13