Gods give boons to different people based on what they ask but what if

  • Person A gets a boon that he will kill everyone he wars against in the next 10 years.
  • Person B gets a boon that he cannot be killed in the next 10 years.

Now if Person A faces Person B in war, what will happen? Both have the power of boon but boon of both cannot be fulfilled. It's a deadlock, what is the solution to such situations?

Is there any mention in scriptures where there has been a clash between boons and how that situation got resolved?

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    I think due to power of boons such cirumstances are created that they never clash each other... They might be friend... or they may never meet....
    – Tezz
    Nov 19 '17 at 16:00
  • @Tezz is right IMO. The whole point of a boon is to circumvent possible undesirable circumstances.
    – Surya
    Nov 19 '17 at 16:05
  • Well, this is not a situation which we don't encounter. "You should only ask practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face." The answer may not be practical for this question? Nov 19 '17 at 16:06
  • Countering the downvote. IMO too such situations will not arise.
    – Rickross
    Nov 19 '17 at 16:06
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    This is an excellent question. Not sure why you received 2 downvotes. I have a few examples in mind. Will post an answer. Nov 20 '17 at 16:00

1. Ravana's story

As defined in your question:

Here person A is Yama and person B is Ravana.

As per UTTARA KANDA of Ramayana:

Kaladanda (the rod of time) is weapon of Yama. This rod of time, immeasurable might and incapable of being resisted by natures, was created by Lord Bhrahma as having the power of compassing the death of all beings. If this alights on any one, he doth not live for a moment.

But Ravana also got a boon from Lord Bhrahma and he was incapable of being slain by Nagas, Yakshas, Daityas, Danavas and the Devas.

How that situation got resolved

When Yama wanted to kill Ravana with his Kaladanda (the rod of time), the great father (Lord Bhrahma) manifesting himself and spoke unto Yama:

O mighty armed one, O thou of imeasurable prowess, this certainly must not be: Thou shouldst not with thy rod slay the Rakshasa (Ravana); for, O the foremost of Devas, I have conferred a boon on him; thou shouldst not render false the words that I have uttered. Verily he, that, whether a god or a human being, who falsify my words, shall render this triune universe waste. There is no doubt about this. Whether on this weapon allighting, the ten necked (Ravana) does not die, or if he dies, either way falsehood is the consequence. If thou have any care for these worlds do thou establish my truth.

Thus addressed, Yama then answered, I restrain this rod. Thou art our Lord. But as I restrain not slay this one who hath obtained a boon, what then shall I do now in the battlefield? Therefore shall I disappear from the sight of this Rakshasa (Ravana). Having said this, even thus did he vanish with his car and horses.

2. Daksha's story

As defined in your question:

Here person A is Veerbhdra and person B is Daksha.

As per the "Sati Khand" of Part 2 (RUDRA SAMHITA) of Shiva Purana

After Sati jumped into the fire during Daksha Yajna. Lord Shiva gave a curse to Daksha that he must be killed and sent Veerbhadra to kill him. From the fear of Veerbhadra, Daksha prayed Lord Vishnu and got a boon that his life will be saved by Lord Vishnu. Lord Vishnu decided to fight on the side of Daksha. But Veerbhadra pulled Daksha out and severed his head.

But Lord Vishnu gave Daksha a boon that his life will be saved then how he can be killed. But Lord Shiva gave him a curse that he will be killed so how his life can be saved. Hence, a clash between curse and boon (i.e Deadlock).

How that situation got resolved

Lord Vishnu asked Lord Shiva to give Daksha's life back. Daksha was absolved by Lord Shiva and the head of a male goat was fixed on the decapitated body of Daksha and gave his life back.

Note: Narada, who was listening to the divine tales of Shiva with rapt attention, was very curious to know about the reasons why Lord Vishnu attended a yagya where Shiva was not invited and why did he fight a battle against Veerbhadra. Lord Brahma told him that all this happened due to the curse of Sage Dadhichi. The story of the curse is also given in the "Sati Khand" of Part 2 (RUDRA SAMHITA) of Shiva Purana. As most of the incidents are repetitive hence other Purana might depict the story from some other Kalpa and may not mention that Lord Vishnu fought from Daksha's side.

3. Drona's story

As defined in your question:

Here person A is Dhrishtadyumna and person B is Dronacharya.

As per this chapter of Mahabharata

Dronacharya got all celestial weapons in a boon from Lord Parshurama. So it was not possible for anyone to kill Dronacharya in a straight forward battle.

On the other hand, as per this chapter of Mahabharata

After Drupada's yajna, the voice of some invisible spirit in the skies said, 'This prince (Dhrishtadyumna) has been born for the destruction of Drona'.

But how Dhrishtadyumna can kill Dronacharya who is so powerful after Lord Parshurama's boon. Hence, a clash between two boons (i.e Deadlock).

How that situation got resolved

This is already discussed in this question.

4. Soma's story

As per the chapter 'THE ORIGIN OF SOMNATH' of Shiva Purana - Part 4 (KOTI RUDRA SAMHITA)

Chandra or Soma (the Moon god) had many wives, one of whom was Rohini. Soma loved Rohini very much, which made the rest of his wives very jealous and angry. They went to their father - Daksha and complained about Soma's behaviour. Daksha went to Soma and advised him to give proper attention to all of his wives. But it did not have any effect on him and he continued giving special treatment to Rohini. When Daksha came to know about this, he cursed Soma to become weak and devoid of radiance. Then, Soma went to Prabhas area and chanted Mahamrityunjaya mantra. Lord Shiva appeared before him and asked him to demand anything he wished (boon).

Soma requested lord Shiva to liberate him from the curse given by Daksha. Hence, a clash between curse and boon (i.e Deadlock).

How that situation got resolved

Lord Shiva told Soma (the Moon god) that the words of Daksha can never became untrue. However he blessed Soma by saying that he would wane during the dark lunar phase (krishna paksha) due to the curse, but wax during the bright lunar phase (shukla paksha) due to his (Shiva's) blessings (boon).

5. Banasura's story

Described in Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (Bhāgavata Purāṇa) 10.63

6. King of Kashi's story

This story might not have scriptural basis; it may just be folklore. It is discussed in Why did Hanuman fight with Lord Rama?

7. Indra's story of becoming Sahasraksha

It is discussed in Why is Indra referred to as 'Sahasraksha' in Valmiki Ramayana?

There may be many more instances of such Deadlocks:

As per few stories, Bhishma had a boon that he can choose the time of his death and Shikhandi (or Amba in previous birth) had a boon that he/she will be the cause of Bhishma' death. So, this was also the case of Deadlock.

War between Danavas (from Rasatala) and Ravana also resulted in Deadlock which was resolved by Lord Bhrahma himself.

  • Daksha yagna story is inconsistent in the Puranas. In other Puranas, Daksha's head is not severed and not killed. Dec 4 '17 at 3:42
  • @NogShine Yes, but that doesn't mean that above story is wrong. As Daksha yajna happened more than onece. Other Puranas might tell the story of some other Daksha yajna from some other Kalpa. I hv mentioned this fact in my answer too...
    – YDS
    Dec 4 '17 at 3:46
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    Did you see the reason for my edit? Why are you using block quotes eventhough there is nothing like quotes? Why did you retain the wrong names? Drashtadyuman and Parshuram are not the right names. Dec 4 '17 at 4:01
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    Use block quotes only when there is something to quote. They shouldn't be used for everything? Dec 4 '17 at 4:09
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    Splendid answer Jan 17 '18 at 5:06

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