While reading the Shiva Purana Rudra Samhita Parvati Khanda I came across the following declarations by the Lord:

The vow of the king of Assam (Kāmarūpa) was made fruitful. I saved king Sudakṣiṇā who had become a hireling and a prisoner. I am the three-eyed God who bestows happiness but brought about the misery of Gautama. I especially curse those wicked persons who harass my devotees.

Are there any details in the scriptures regarding these incidents involving the below:

  1. The King of Kamarupa
  2. King named Sudakshina
  3. Gautam Rishi
  • Two of these indicents are main reasons of Shiva mansifested as Bhimeshvara and Tryambakeshwara.
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    Sep 8, 2023 at 11:09
  • @Boovanaes Can you share the details as an answer? Sep 12, 2023 at 6:53

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The same Shiva Purana mention these incidents of Lord Shiva saving his devotees.

The 20 & 21st chapters of Kotirudra Samhita mentiones the incident of Shiva saving king Sudakshina in connection to the appearance of the Nageshwara jyotirlinga. The king of Kamarupa who adorned Shiva in the Bhimeshwara jyotirlinga was imprisoned by Kumbhakarna's son, Bhimasura. But later, Lord Shiva freed him after killing Bhimasura.

And, the 24, 25 and 26th chapters of Kotirudra Samhita mentiones the incident of Gautama Maharishi in connection to the appearance of the Tryambakeshwara jyotirlinga .

You can ask why i never mentioned the King of Kamarupa. Because, Sudakshina is the king of Kamarupa and his vow as follows (according to 21st Chapter of Kotirudra Samhita):-

  1. I am a wicked ignorant brute in your eyes but I shall never forsake Śiva. My lord who is the most excellent of all will never forsake me.

So, it is confirmed that King of Kamarupa and Sudakshina is same and one person.

Ok that's it. I hope your doubt was cleared now.

  • Great please add the reference links to make the answer complete. Sep 13, 2023 at 6:55

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