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What made Vishwamitra burn his old body through penance and obtain a new body. What was the point?

  • The how part is too long... this is described in 15 Sargas (51 to 65) of Valmiki Ramayana: Bala Kanda...also obtaining a new body is not described in Ramayana i think..he attained Brahmin hood in the same body is described.. – YDS Sep 12 '18 at 4:49
  • You can find why part in many posts hinduism.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/vishwamitra – YDS Sep 12 '18 at 4:54
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    I am not aware of this story. From a perusal of both Valmiki Ramayana and Srimad Bhagavata, there is no such story of Vishwamitra burning his original body and obtaining a new one. The staus of Brahmarishi does not imply a Brahmin body, but it is a state of mind of the person who has realized Brahman and has full control over all his senses - indriyas - not just the five physical senses but also the mind. Please let me know the religious / scriptural works on the basis of which this query is raised - even if it is from Wikipedia or some such source. – Suresh Ramaswamy Sep 12 '18 at 7:04
  • I had read the story of Sage Viswamitra doing penance for obtaining a NEW BODY in Sri Guru Charitra, which is a pArAyana Text and very popular mainly in Maharashtra and Karnataka. However, this story was not part of RAMAYANA.@Nishant Mohan. – srimannarayana k v May 31 at 8:53

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