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Jaya – Vijaya and the Story of the Birth of Sri Ram

Jaya and Vijaya were the doorkeepers of Vaikunta. They were the favorites of Hindu God Vishnu. Once Sanakadi Rishis – Sanaka, Sanandana, Sanatana and Sanat Kumara – wanted to pay respects of Vishnu in Vaikunta but Jaya and Vijaya stopped them. The arrogance of doorkeepers resulted in the Sanakadi Rishis cursing them to be born in Mrtyu Lok as Rakshasas (demons).

In Vaikunta there is no aging or death. So the curse that be born on earth – suffer and finally die.

Jaya and Vijaya were then born as Hiranyakashipu and Hiranyaksha. Sri Hari Vishnu took the Avatar of Varaha and annihilated Hiranyaksha. As Narasimha Avatara, Sri Hari Vishnu killed Hiranyakashipu.

Jaya and Vijaya were then born as Ravan and Kumbhakarna. This time, Vishnu took birth as Sri Ram and killed Ravan and Kumbhakarna.

This story symbolically suggests that all living beings are good. It is due to ignorance that we become bad. When bad qualities reaches its zenith and begins to harm other living beings, Sri Hari Vishnu appears to remove the ignorance. This is symbolically performed by the killing. By killing, Vishnu is freeing them from ignorance.