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Story of Shiva Blessing Vishnu with Sudarshana Chakra

There are numerous stories regarding to how Hindu Vishnu came into the possession of Sudarshana Chakra in Hindu Scriptures. One of the popular stories indicates that Sudarshana Chakra was gifted by Shiva to Vishnu.

Legend has it that Vishnu one day decided to visit Lord Shiva who was residing at Kashi. Vishnu collected 1008 lotus flowers from Manasarovar to offer it on the Shivaling at Kashi by reciting the 1008 names of Shiva.

After collecting the flowers from Manasarovar in the Himalayas, Vishnu reached Kashi and was warmly welcomed by Shiva. Vishnu then began to offer the flowers one by one to the Shivling at Kashi. He chanted a name of Shiva and offered one lotus flower.

Vishnu was fully absorbed in the process and Shiva decided to test Him and removed one lotus flower that Lord Vishnu had brought and hid it.

Vishnu chanted the 1008th name of Shiva and when he looked for the 1008th lotus flower it was missing.

Immediately Vishnu realized that He is known to his devotees as Kamalakanan – the lotus eyed. So he offered one of his eyes as the last lotus flower.

Shiva was moved by this devotion of Vishnu and immediately hugged Vishnu and thus restoring his eye.

Shiva then presented the Sudarshana Chakra to Vishnu to fight evil and accepted him as the supreme commander of the three worlds and one who sustains all living and nonliving beings.