When Shiva’s Third Eye Opened Burning of Kama (Kama Dahana)
Parvathi served Mahadeva with consent from her dad Himavat when Shiva was doing Tapasya on Kailasa. As Tarakasura tormented Devas, they were unable to support him and Indra wished to ignite Shiva’s wishes so that Shiva would meet Parvathi and their child would destroy Taraka the demon. Indra ordered Kama (with Rati) to go to Kailasa and requested him in Shiva to enter wishes.
This event is portrayed by Shiva Maha Purana’s Rudra Samhita, Parvathi Khanda.
तच्छिद्रं प्राप्य मदनः प्रथमं हर्षणेन तु।
बाणेन हर्षयामास पार्श्वस्थं चन्द्रशेखरम्॥
Finding the soft point, a nearby Kamadeva fired an arrow named Harsana that pleased Shiva.
शृङ्गारैश्च तदा भावैः सहिता पार्वती हरम्।
जगाम कामसाहाय्ये मुने! सुरभिणा सह।
At that stage, Parvati came to Shiva followed by spring feelings of affection. After this, Parvathi’s beauty was commended by Mahayogi (as a portion of His god Leela). He thought this as shame and saw His environment and discovered Kamadeva.
वामभागे स्थितं कामं ददर्शाकृष्टबाणकम्।
स्वशरं क्षेमुकामं हि गर्वित मूढचेतसम्।।
Then he found the arrogant and stupid Kamadeva on his left, who was about to fire the arrow by putting the arrow over the bow.
तं दृष्ट्रा तादृशं कामं गिरिशस्य परात्मनः।
सञ्जातः क्रोधसम्मर्दस्तत्क्षणादपि नारद!।।
O Nārada, Šhiva, witnessing Kamadeva in that situation was outraged at once.
कामः स्थितोऽन्तरिक्षे स धृत्वा तत्सशरं धनुः।
चिक्षेपास्त्र दुर्निवारममोघं शङ्करे मुने!।
O Narada, Kamadeva fired his infallible arrow over Shiva while he was standing in the heavens.
बभूवामोघमस्त्र तु मोर्घ तत्परमात्मनि।।
Shot at Shiva, the infallible arrow became pointless without showing its power. It was calming down. Shiva was angry at this.
मोघीभूते शिवे स्वेऽस्त्रे भयमापाशु मन्मथः।
चकम्पे च पुरः स्थित्वा दृष्ट्रा मृत्युञ्जयं प्रभुम्।।
Finding Kamadeva’s arrow fired, becoming unsuccessful, Kámadeva was terrified and began to shake at Shiva.
स स्मरो मुनिशार्दूल! स्वप्रयासे निरर्थके।
As he got scared and in his attempts became ineffective, he began to remember Indra and other gods. Despite eulogizing Lord Shiva by other Devas, he opened his third eye and threw the Kama Deva to Ashes.
स्तुर्तिं कुर्वत्सु देवेषु क्रुद्धस्याति हरस्य हि।
तृतीयात्तस्य नेत्राद्वै निःससार ततो महान्।।
जज्वालोध्र्वशिखो दीप्तः प्रलयाग्निसमप्रभः।।
Shiva’s third eye opened, which had been placed in the center of the forehead, while the gods were so eloquent. The fire flame arose immediately from the same thing, which began to raise phrases like the flames of the dissolution moment.
भस्मसात्कृतवान्साधो ! मदनं तावदेव हि।
यावच्च मरुतां वाचः क्षम्यतां क्षम्यतामिति।।
For the Kama, the flames lowered Kamadeva to ruins before the gods could ask forgiveness from Shiva.