~ 99. Arjuna Encounters a Hunter ~


Arjuna ascended a sacred mountain and meditated deeply, praying to Shiva.
As he prayed, a boar attacked.
Arjuna emerged from meditation, grabbed his bow, and shot the boar. 
To Arjuna's surprise, another arrow struck the boar. "The boar is mine!" shouted a hunter emerging from the trees.
"No!" protested Arjuna. "It's mine!" 
They fought, and Arjuna could not overcome this hunter. He appealed to Shiva for help, throwing a garland on the Shiva-statue he had made. 
The garland appeared around the hunter's neck! 
"You are Shiva!" Arjuna shouted, bowing down.
Shiva was pleased and rewarded Arjuna with the Pashupata weapon.



Inspired byThe Mahabharata: A Shortened Modern Prose Version by R. K. Narayan
Notes: This story is from Chapter 8: Wanderings. Narayan tells this story in just a couple of sentences, so I expanded on it. See the Vana Parva. In Pattanaik's Jaya (p. 167), he notes that the boar itself was a manifestation of Shiva's bull Nandi.

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