Tale of Mrikandu’s son Markandeya
Suta narrated the tale of Mrikandu’s son Markandeya. Taking shelter at Mahakal (Lord Shiva), Markandeya had turned away even Kal (death). And by penance had a sight of Lord Sri Narayana. He prayed God to show His Maya (illusion). Thus Markandeya saw the scene of Pralaya. All the creatures were drowning in the deluge. On a leaf of Banyan, then he saw Bal Mukund. Markandeya entered Lord’s heart and saw endless cosmos there. Then, by God’s instinct, Markandeya returned to his hermitage. Thus Markandeya had the knowledge of Lord’s metaphysical state.