Devas and Asuras. Tripura
As per Siva Purana retold by Ramesh Menon.
I just finished this back yesterday.
Here are some interesting ideas that I found.
- Devas and Asuras (Step-Siblings) rule the world in turn for very long periods of time. The Asuras seize power through battle. The Devas are unhappy about this and are re-instated at the appropriate time” by Hari and Hara.
- Devas are the Gods of Light. Asuras are the gods of darkness.
- I think the sky looks different from time to time .. as the earth and sun move through and with the galaxy. This could have to do with the Devas and Asuras alternating control of the worlds.
- Many of the Asuras ruled wisely and well and people were equally happy in their reign as in the reign of the Devas.
The three asuras built 3 cities, one on earth, one in svarga and one in patala. These align once in a thousand years in Pushya Masa. (This lunar month).
Then Siva destroys them with a single arrow.. riding on a chariot made of time with a bow that sounds like sagittarius or Dhanus (Bow).
I think Arudra ( in Taurus/ Vrishabha) lines up with tha stars that represent the arrow in Dhanus.. and those point to Swarga, Bhumi and Patala.
The 14 worlds:
These are PERPENDICULAR to the plane of our galaxy. 7 “above” and 7 “below”.
From Vishnu Nabhi (navel) – which is the centre of our galaxy emerged a huge stalk at the end of which was a lotus in which Brahma sat. (Satya Loka is Brahma’s world). Imagine a quasar with matter bursting out from the centre in both directions, with worlds at various levels.
We know that our galaxy is at an angle to the part of the universe that we are in.
It should be possible to identify the 14 worlds. (satellite galaxies?)
Was also born in Margashira masa.