Indian Mythology (by ApamNapat)

Durvasa - The Short Tempered Sage


According to the Sh.P., Durvasa was an incarnation of Shiva. When Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva were sent by their wives to test the chastity of Anasuya, the wife of Atri, she turned them into three infants. Pleased with her, they granted her a boon, and she chose that the three Gods should be born as her children.

In due course, Brahma was born as Chandra, Vishnu was born as Dhattatreya, and Shiva was born as Durvasa. Durvasa became a great Rishi in his own right. His biggest shortcoming was his extremely short temper. When he became displeased, which was often, he would curse the person who caused him anger, and his curses were frequently potent. People dreaded his arrival, as it was possible that he would be annoyed by some trivial thing, even when every attention was paid to his comfort.

Last Modified At: Sun Oct 31 20:51:57 2004