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There are multiple incidents you could be referring to. The story depicted in the TV serial you linked to is (loosely) based on a story told in this. Lord Vishnu - He has four arms and is male: The four arms indicate his all- powerful and all-pervasive nature. His physical existence is. Once there was a battle between Vishnu and Shiva. There was no He saw Indra and knew there would be trouble, so he said, “Get out of. Kailash. You are an.
Do you know what I am chanting? And then you are asking who is more powerful. If I am more powerful than Him, then He must be chanting my name. But it would never happen, I am chanting His name. I am telling you, He is the most powerful and all power comes from Him.
I only destroy this universe, that is all the power I have. You want to have some entertainment. So you go to Visvakarma and ask him to make a bow for me.
I am a babaji, but you want me to fight. So at least give me some weapons.
This bow was so big that people had to carry it. Actually it was in a cart. The cart had so many wheels, and people had to push it to move it an inch, and then they had to rest for half an hour. So this was the size of the bow. It was unstrung also, the thread was separate. So that was brought in front of Lord Shiva.
Shiva: Matchmaker God
When he took it up all the demigods fainted. It was such a huge bow and Shiva was just lifting it so easily. He wants Me to have a fight with Lord Shiva. So then He got up from His seat and He came to the other side of the milk ocean.
We will give You something from this world. Otherwise You will overpower him easily, we know that. We want a straightforward fight. Both were made by Visvakarma and were equal in strength.
They were exactly the same.
BRAHMA, VISHNU, SHIVA:THE HINDU TRINITY
When he lifted the bow, because He has got an eternal associate called Sarnga, who is His bow, and when Vishnu touches any bow Sarnga will come in there and it will become Sarnga-dhanu. Onlookers are unaware of this truth and think that my enemies have indeed been attacked and felled by me.
To this, Krishna replies, Krishna — Under my protection, you have won a great victory in Battle. Know, O Son of Kunti, that he whom you saw going before you in battle was none other than Rudra also known as Devadeva and Kapardin. They say he is Kala time or reckoner of death for soulsBorn of my Wrath.
Those foes you have slain were, in fact slain by him. Hence adore with a controlled mind, that Umapati, Devadeva, of immeasurable greatness, Maheswara, the Changeless in yoga. This shows again, as in many, many quotes, that Siva was born of nArAyaNa. Now, in all honesty, no one will deny the greatness Krishna ascribes to Siva.
He is changeless in yoga, he is a great deva, etc. Please check the Santi parva of the Mahabharata for these quotes. Brahma-Rudra dialogue in the Shanti Parva of the Mahabharata And again, in the Shanti Parva, we have the following incident where Brahma declares Siva is his son, and Siva again addressed Brahma as his father: By good luck I see thee after such a long time come to my presence.
I hope, O son, that everything is right with thy penances and thy Vedic studies and recitations. Thou art always observant of the austerest penances. Hence I ask thee about the progress and well-being of those penances of thine! It is all right, again, with the universe. We find here two invaluable shlokas that show the supremacy of Sriman Narayana: He is eternal and immutable. He is undeteriorating and immeasurable.
He pervades all things. O best of all creatures, that Purusha cannot be seen by thee, or me, or others. Those that are endued with the understanding and the senses but destitute of self-restraint and tranquility of soul cannot obtain a sight of him. The Supreme Purusha is said to be one that can be seen with the aid of knowledge alone. Though divested of body, He dwells in every body.
Though dwelling, again, in bodies, He is never touched by the acts accomplished by those bodies. He is my Antaratma inner soul.
Narada muni. Narada bring a fight between Siva and Vishnu | Bhagavatam-katha
He is thy inner soul. He is the all-seeing Witness dwelling within all embodied creatures and engaged in marking their acts.
No one can grasp or comprehend him at any time. He is the universal soul, and he is the one Purusha. Shiva then, takes these Indras to nArAyaNa and asks approval for his actions as follows: Narayana approved of everything. Those Indras then were born in the world of men. And Hari Narayana took up two hairs from his body, one of which hairs was black and the other white.
And those two hairs entered the wombs of two of the Yadu race, by name Devaki and Rohini. The link for that incident is here.
Readers can check the Sanskrit verses: Rather, the following two statements are found: HanumAn tells rAvana thus: Thus, these two 'fine-among-wise', Brahma and Rudra, are known to have been born out of grace and anger respectively. However, they, the givers of boons to all the creatures, are just the agents. This phrase can mean: Therefore, I worship myself first, even when I worship Rudra.
If I did not worship Rudra, the bestower of boons, in such a way i. Such pramanas have to be duly followed; therefore I follow them. Whoever follows him, follows Me. Though the world, in all its actions, worships two gods, Rudra and Narayana, it is actually one only who is worshiped.
Knowing that well, I worhip Myself, Who am the beginningless and universal power, known as Sarveshvara, for the sake of getting sons. Therefore, it is the truth that I worship myself even when I worship Rudra. Hence Rudra gained his Rudra-strength: