I was going through this question about animals attaining Moksha.

According to story, both elephant and crocodile were the devotees of the the Lord Vishnu in previous life. In the plot of the story, elephant named the Gajendra(King Indradyumna in previous life) was drowned in to the lake by a crocodile(Huhu, a ghandarva in previous life). The crocodile caught the elephant's leg and was dragging him to the deep water. The story end like this, Lord Vishnu appears and escapes Gajendra from crocodile by killing the crocodile with the weapon 'Sudarsana Chakra' and then the elephant got the Moksha.

So the question goes here, even though it is known as 'Gajendra Moksha', actually the moksha was given to the crocodile also. And crocodile got the 'rare privilege'(same as in the case of Ravana, Kamsa,etc.) of getting killed by the hands of Lord Vishnu and was given moksha before the Gajendra. The crocodile was actually trying to kill the devotee elephant who prayed Lord Vishnu with this famous prayer,

शुक्लांबरधरं विष्णुं शशि वर्णं चतुर्भुजं ।

प्रसन्न वदनं ध्यायेत सर्व विघ्नोपशान्तये॥

But the moksha was first given to the crocodile who had not at all prayed to Lord and also we can not find any form of devotion directly to Lord Vishnu or any other Gods from the crocodile. But in the case of Gajendra, he was chanting and praying the name of Lord Vishnu with total devotion. Still he was second compared to the crocodile in attaining Moksha. What is the reason? Why was the true devotee elephant Gajendra second? Or what was the particular form of karma or devotion method of crocodile which lead to attaining moksha?

  • The crocodile merely got "mOchana" from the curse that made turned it into a crocodile. True mOksha was given to gajEndra. – user1195 Jan 11 '15 at 13:34

As per Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (Bhāgavata Purāṇa) » 8.4, the crocodile didn't attain moksha at all. He was Gandharva King Hūhū earlier, by the curse of Devala Muni became a crocodile and again regained his original form i.e. Gandharva King Hūhū and returned to Gandharvaloka.

Texts 3-4: The best of the Gandharvas, King Hūhū, having been cursed by Devala Muni, had become a crocodile. Now, having been delivered by the Supreme Personality of Godhead, he assumed a very beautiful form as a Gandharva. Understanding by whose mercy this had happened, he immediately offered his respectful obeisances with his head and began chanting prayers just suitable for the transcendental Lord, the supreme eternal, who is worshiped by the choicest verses.

Text 5: Having been favored by the causeless mercy of the Supreme Personality of Godhead and having regained his original form, King Hūhū circumambulated the Lord and offered his obeisances. Then, in the presence of all the demigods, headed by Brahmā, he returned to Gandharvaloka. He had been freed of all sinful reactions.

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Srimad Bhagavata explains this, the priority was surely for the Crocodile. It shows one of the important message from the story 'Gajendra Moksha'. It may seems like the crocodile didn't do anything particular to attain the Moksha directly from Lord Vishnu.

From the story we know that crocodile was attacking one of the devotee of Vishnu, the elephant Gajendra. The crocodile knowingly or unknowingly caught the feet of one of the devotee of Lord Vishnu. Thus by touching the feet of the true devotee of God, the crocodile became eligible for Moksha.

The greatest message from the story is this, the one who touches the feet of a true devotee of God is also eligible for Moksha or it can be said as those who serve the devotees are also eligible for moksha, and the priority is given to those who serving the devotee. Lord Vishnu values the people who serve his devotees than his own devotees. This was the reason why crocodile was given moksha earlier than Gajendra. So the method of devotion done by the crocodile is serving the devotee of the God. (There are also other messages in this story but that is not related to this question.)

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  • No this is not true that touching a devotee of god make eligible for Moksha. The message is wrong. – Curiosity Aug 1 '14 at 11:06
  • @ParthTrivedi: It is not my opinion friend, I heard it from bhagavata sapthaha yajna. There are more messages in the story which can be explained in many ways. This is just one of them which seems to be the answer for this specific question. Touching a true devotee's feet is more than enough to get moksha. The thing is you may not get that chance so easily due to your bad karmas. – user11 Aug 1 '14 at 16:58
  • No there may many true devotees, but until a true devotee does not accept you as his student, touching his feets will not make you eligible for Moksha. Touching the feet of "Guru" who is true devotee is considered as having importance. Do you think Gajendra was guru of crocodile? crocodile's intention was to kill and eat Gajendra. So I do not accept your argument from heart. Sorry again. The world may see presentation but GOD always see intention. – Curiosity Aug 1 '14 at 19:13
The Lake -> The world
The Gajendra Elephant coming to drink water -> The souls coming to world to do Karma
The Crocodile -> Sins done by the soul

Because of the soul's sin soul has to take rebirth in the world again and again. So how to get free from world and attain Moksha?

So to cut the past sins or to stop ourselves from doing more sins, the only way is making GOD as our goal,keeping in mind GOD and behaving like we do not hurt others.

When we continuously chant GOD's name, the feeling to surrender to GOD happens which is described as "Bhakti".

Because of "Bhakti" we are inspired to do less sins and we feel guilt for our past sins.

And we surrender to GOD that I accept my all sins and now whatever I have done I am doing "Praschatap" for that.

So because of your true worship GOD cut your sins(Crocodile) and you become free to attain Moksha.

This is true message actually.

And according to scripture the story narrates only Gajendra's Moksha, not about corcodile's.

But this is also written in Vishnu Puran that whoever Lord Vishnu kills gets "Vaikuntha Loka".

Just like Jaya and Vijaya became door-keepers by getting killed by Lord Vishnu.

But getting Vaikuntha Loka does not sense that we get Moksha because Jay Vijaya has to take birth 3 times again because of curse.

So we should understand that only keeping GOD in memory will cause someone to attain Moksha. Not by killing some devotee's life. Otherwise people will try to get Moksha by such violant way.

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  • The message in my answer does not mean to harm the devotees, the story just pass the message that serving a true devotee is equal to serving the Lord he worships. It does not mean to harm devotees to get moksha. Touching a true devotees feet is more than enough to get moksha. – user11 Aug 1 '14 at 16:43
  • Even though you provide another good message from the story, I couldn't find the reason for the crocodile attaining the moksha prior to Gajendra. The question is what Karma made the crocodile eligible for being killed by the hands of Lord Vishnu? You made it clear that it is the story of Gajendra's moksha, but it do have lot of other interpretations too. – user11 Aug 1 '14 at 17:11
  • Also I was not aware that Jaya and Vijaya were killed by Lord Vishnu and then became the gate keepers. Where is this story mentioned? Could you please provide a reference for that? Would like to know more about that story... – user11 Aug 1 '14 at 17:12
  • And see video of how Jaya Vijaya became gate-keepers? They were killed by Lord Vishnu because both of them stopped Brahma from creating world. See here . They were demons before being Gate keepers. Kaitav and Madhu. – Curiosity Aug 1 '14 at 18:59

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