Why does the wind blow?
"You are going to be parents," said the doctor to the blushing couple.
Both Indra and Indrani were ecstatic. The royal couple of heaven had been hoping to have an heir for the kingdom. As the news spread all over heaven, all gods embraced each other in jubiliation. They distributed sweets to each other. The first couple of heaven had never been so happy.
But as weeks passed by, Indrani realized that while she has to suffer from the disfigurement of her body, mood swings and the desire to eat gluttonously, Indra gets to share none of this. "Why is to so unfair?" Angry with Brahma for creating such an unfair world, she decided to perform hard penance to persuade Brahma to change the rules.
"Ah women! This must be one of those mood swings. It too will pass," Narad assured Brahma.
But Indrani, who had a bit of a feminist streak in her, was determined. "I am fighting for all the women of all the worlds," declared Indrani.
The gods of heaven waited with baited breath for the outcome of this duel. Will Indrani give up this penance for the sake of general welfare? Or will Brahma give in?
Weeks passed. Indrani wouldn’t eat anything. "This puts the unborn child at risk", petitioned the gods to Brahma, "please go and talk to her." After a lot of deliberation, Brahma gave in.
"I am pleased with your devotion," Brahma appeared and said to Indrani, "what is it that you seek? I shall grant your wish."
Indrani opened her eyes and asked, "why have you made this world so unfair? Why is that we women have to undergo all the pain ? Can’t men share some part of it?"
"What do you have in mind, my child?" asked Brahma.
"The women carry the child for nine months. Go through all the disfigurement, pain and the mood swings," said Indrani. "But let the father go through the labour pain".
Alarmed at the preposterous idea Brahma tried to persuade Indrani for a different wish. But Indrani insisted. Having already granted a wish, he couldn’t go back on his words. All he could say is "granted!"
Indra was scared at the prospect of being the first man to undergo labour pain. But he loved Indrani so much that he accepted the challenge. "Women have gone through this for millennia. Why can’t men, for a change?" he confided to his council.
Months went by. The D-day arrived. The best doctors and medical attendants of heaven came to handle the event. Indra lied on a large bed expecting labour pain to start any moment. The royal obstetrician advised him about the breathing techniques.
All the other gods and goddesses gathered in a neighbouring hall to participate in this momentous event.
The expected time came and Indrani delivered a healthy baby. She was anxious to find out how Indra handled the pain. She got up and went to Indra’s bed, only to find him still perfectly all right. There was no sign of pain! They looked at each other surprised. As they came out to greet other gods outside, they saw that all the gods were standing around someone making a circle. Curious to find out who he was, they walked towards the centre and found Pawan writhing in pain!
As the realization dawned on Indra, he picked up his weapon and ran towards Pawan. Indrani immediately ran to Brahma get the new scheme of labour pain reversed! Pawan somehow managed to get up and run for his life.
Since then Pawan has been running and running around all the three worlds with Indra chasing him.
That my friends, is the reason why wind blows….