punarapi jananaM punarapi maraNaM
punarapi jananii jaThare shayanam.h .
iha saMsaare bahudustaare
kRipayaa.apaare paahi muraare ..

Born again, death again, birth again to stay in the mother’s womb !
It is indeed hard to cross this boundless ocean of samsara.
Oh Murari ! Redeem me through Thy mercy.

Saint Kashyap had a son named Mura, who found out that asuras are generally inclined to get beaten by Devas. Thus, he decided to perform a tapasya to become strong. For several years, he prayed to Lord Bramha, who upon getting pleased granted a boon to Mura. The boon was – if a person touches Mura in any battlefield, will die immediately even if the person is immortal.  With this boon, Mura became unconquerable. He attacked Indra, consequently, Indra had to leave heaven as he could not fight with Mura.  Mura attacked Yama, who immediately fled to Vishnu asking for help. Vishnu asked Yama to send Mura to him. Yama asked Mura that Vishnu is waiting for him on the shores of the ocean. Mura reached to Lord Vishnu.

Lord Vishnu: Mura, what do you want?

Mura: I would like to fight with you.

Lord Vishnu: If you wish to fight with me, why is your heart trembling so much? Are you scared? I will never fight with a person who is frightened.

Mura was confused, he tried to touch his heart to check is Lord Vishnu was right. As soon as he touched his heart, he fell down and died.

Since then Lord Vishu is called Murari.

Mura: a demon   –  Ari: enemy of Mura


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