How was the behavior of Agni before he was cursed by Bhrigu to be "Sarva bhakshakha" (consumer of all things)?

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    – Ikshvaku
    Jan 19, 2019 at 15:34

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After the curse of Agni by Bhrigu, Lord Brahma told Agni this:

The flame that is in your viler parts shall alone eat of all things alike. The body of yours which eats flesh (being in the stomach of all carnivorous animals) shall also eat all things promiscuously.

Before the curse, Agni was apparently not in the stomach of animals as the Vaishvanara Agni, which causes digestion.

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    If Agni was not in the stomach of Animals before the curse then how did the digestion happen Jan 19, 2019 at 15:38
  • They were probably turiya, without any function of agni, so they wouldn't have hunger
    – Aoi. T_015
    Oct 4, 2019 at 12:06
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    @AmruthKumar Good question, I'm not sure, maybe another Devata was responsible for digestion.
    – Ikshvaku
    Oct 4, 2019 at 13:43

There was no mention of Agni getting cursed by Bhrigu in Rig Veda. Agni used to consume everything even before that.

Rig Veda I.98.2 eulogises Agni as Vaiśvānara

Present in heaven, in earth, all-present Agni,—all plants that grow on ground hath he pervaded. May Agni, may Vaiśvānara with vigour, present, preserve us day and night from foemen.

Agni was eulogised as the God in the very first hymn of Rig Veda.

May Agni, sapient-minded Priest, truthful, most gloriously great, The God, come hither with the Gods.

Then how can he be cursed by a sage?

In Puranas, Bhrigu was stated to be the son-in-law of Daksha. Even before the incident of Bhrigu cursing Agni, people used to live and die. And, Agni was the medium for their day-to-day affairs.

This must be an interpolated story.

  • Then how can he be cursed by a sage? A sage can curse a god. Gandhari cursed Krishna is a best example.
    – hanugm
    Oct 6, 2019 at 13:25
  • I'm talking about vedas, where the God was praised as formless. Puranas contain many such stories of sages cursing the God. @hanugm Oct 6, 2019 at 13:30
  • Oh! but do vedas say that god cannot be cursed?
    – hanugm
    Oct 6, 2019 at 13:35
  • @hanugm:Can you quote such instances from Vedas, please? Oct 6, 2019 at 13:37
  • No. I am asking you that whether any veda say that a god cannot be cursed. If there is such statement, then we can accept that Bhrigu cannot curse Agni.
    – hanugm
    Oct 6, 2019 at 13:40

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