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From: Sadagopan (sgopan_at_computer.net)
Date: Wed Aug 19 1998 - 19:38:11 PDT
Our MadhavakkaNNan has written an excellent series of articles on BhagavAn HayagrIvan's Vaibhavam . In this context ,there have been questions about an asurA named Hayagrivan as well . I will comment on that . Prior to that I will answer a dear BhakthA's question on an asura having the form of a horse , by the name Kesi ,who was sent by KamsA to kill Baala GopAlan (KrishNA) at Gokulam . kEsi was an asuran, who took the form of a gigantic and powerful horse galloping with lightning speed . He arirved at Gokulam sending out an ear shattering roar and waving his mane to chase the clouds . He had the blue hue according to Srimadh Bhagavatham ( Canto 10: Chapter 37). He frightened the residents of Gokulam with his attahAsam . KrishNA appeared before him and invited him to attack . Kesi charged at KrishNA with a wide open mouth and used his hind legs to kick the Lord .Our Lord stepped aside and got hold of the tail of Kesi and whirled him round and round and threw him with great contempt over hundreds of Yards .Kesi was knocked unconscious .When he regained consciousness, he charged once again at the Lord , who was waiting for him . This time , our Lord put His left hand inside the mouth of the Horse demon and shattered all his teeth that tried to bite Him . After that , Our Lord let His arm swell up inside the mouth of the Horse demon . That arm grew immensely and suffocated the asuran . The Lord thus destroyed Kesi and got the name of Kesavan ( kesi hanthAran ) and the DevAs showered flowers over Him in appreciation of His valourous act . The name Kesavan is also intrepreted differently ( as the One with supremely beautiful curly , black hair /Kesam ). The other asuran with the name of HayagrIvan appears in MatsyAvathAram and yet another asuran with the name of HayagrIvan is mentioned as the son of HiraNyAkshan , who was destroyed by Varaaha Murthy . HiraNyakasipu addresses the sons of his brother , HiranyAkshan including HayagrIvan and swears before them that he will kill their enemy , Sriman NaarAyaNA and set the stage for NarasimhAvathAram . Thus there are three asurAs in PurANams with the form of Horse or with the head of Horse and having the name of HayagrIvan , which has nothing to do with BhagavAn ( MadhsUdhana) HayagrIvan , who killed Madhu -Kaitpans and restored the VedAs for the benefit of Brahmaa . At 11:38 PM 8/13/98 -0400, you wrote: >Dear Sirs: >Could you please enlighten me about kEsi, the horse that our Lord killed. >Is this the same asura called hayagriva that is at the center of the >current controversy?