Lord Shiva is said to be the epitome of true love. He is known for his dedication and selflessness towards Parvati. His tales of Goddess Sati and then the formation of the Shakti peeths is also known to all as the unique story of love.
Can you imagine him having an external affair? But, let me tell you that beauty has no boundation and can melt any being. Similarly, the God of the Gods also fell for the very beautiful ‘MOHINI’.
Now, who this Mohini is and from where did she come?
You must have heard about Bhasmasura who had the boon of vanishing anybody whom he touched. It was getting impossible to defend him. He was so destructive that he also ran behind Lord Shiva and tried to destroy him. Hence Vishnu took the form of this beautiful lady Mohini and seduced Bhasmasura towards her. She made him indulge in a dance in such a way that he touched his own head and vanished. Every God started praising Lord Vishnu and the beauty of Mohini. This incident overwhelmed Lord Shiva so much that he immediately visited Vishnu along with his wife Parvati.He asked him to take the form of Mohini again. When Vishnu turned himself to a beautiful and seductive lady, Lord Shiva fell for her. What happened next was unexpected!
Every God started praising Lord Vishnu and the beauty of Mohini. This incident overwhelmed Lord Shiva so much that he immediately visited Vishnu along with his wife Parvati. He asked him to take the form of Mohini again. When Vishnu turned himself to a beautiful and seductive lady, Lord Shiva fell for her. What happened next was unexpected! Overcome by unintentional lust Lord Shiva ran behind the gorgeous Mohini. He grabbed her by her arms and embraced her but she escaped. Finally, he grabs Mohini and violent coupling happens. This violent coupling led to the birth of another God known as Maha-Shasta.
In this entire incident, the most astonishing or you can say the unforgettable part was that Goddess Parvati witnessed the happenings. She was ashamed for sure but not because of envy, rather because she had unconsciously drawn a boundary around her beloved.
What do we learn from this incident? A very nice takeaway from this short mythological story is here “Love cannot have boundaries. It is eternal, infinite and unconquerable.”