Dhruva Maharaja married the daughter of Prajapati Shishumara, whose name was Bhrami. Two sons named Kalpa and Vatsara were born of her. The greatly powerful Dhruva Maharaja had another wife, named Ila, who was the daughter of the demigod Vayu. By her he begot a son named Utkala and a very beautiful daughter. Dhruva Maharaja’s younger brother Uttama, who was still unmarried, once went on a hunting excursion in the Himalaya Mountains and was killed by a powerful Yaksa. His mother, Suruci, also followed the path of her son [she died]. When Dhruva Maharaja heard of the killing of his brother Uttama by the Yaksas, he became overwhelmed with lamentation and anger. He mounted on his chariot and went out to defate the city of the Yaksas, Alakapuri. Dhruva Maharaja went to the north, in the direction of the Himalayan mountains. In a valley he saw a city full of ghostly persons who were followers of Lord Shiva. As soon as Dhruva Maharaja reached Alakapuri, he immediately blew his conchshell forcefully and the sound reverberated throughout the entire sky and in every direction. The wives of the Yaksas became very much frightened. From their eyes it was apparent that they were full of anxiety. The greatly powerful heroes of the Yaksas, unable to tolerate the resounding vibration of the conchshell of Dhruva Maharaja, came forth from their city with weapons and attacked Dhruva Maharaja, who was a great charioteer and certainly a great bowman also. In response Dhruva immediately began to kill them by simultaneously discharging arrows three at a time. When the heroes of the Yaksas saw that all their lives were being thus threatened by Dhruva Maharaja, they could very easily understand their awkward position, and they concluded that they would certainly be defeated. However as heroes, they lauded the action of Dhruva. Just like serpents, who cannot tolerate being trampled upon by one’s feet, the Yaksas, being intolerant of the wonderful prowess of Dhruva Maharaja, shot twice as many arrows as before each soldier fired six arrows at once and thus they very valiantly exhibited their prowess. The Yaksa soldiers were 130,000 in number. They were all strong, greatly angry and all desiring to defeat the wonderful activities of Dhruva Maharaja. With full strength they showered upon Maharaja Dhruva, along with his chariot and charioteer, various types of feathered arrows, parighas [iron bludgeons], nistriṁśas [swords], prāsaśūlas [tridents], paraśvadhas [lances], śaktis [pikes], ṛṣṭis [spears] and bhuśuṇḍī weapons. Dhruva Maharaja was completely covered by an incessant shower of weapons, just as a mountain is covered by incessant rainfall. When all the Siddhas from the higher planetary systems who were observing the fight from the sky, saw that Dhruva Maharaja had been covered by the incessant arrows of the enemy, they roared tumultuously, “The grandson of Manu, Dhruva, is now lost!” They cried that Dhruva Maharaja was just like the sun and that now he had set within the ocean of the Yaksas. The Yaksas, being temporarily victorious, exclaimed that they had conquered Dhruva Maharaja. Nevertheless Dhruva’s chariot suddenly appeared, just as the sun suddenly appears from within foggy mist. Dhruva Maharaja’s bow and arrows twanged and hissed, causing lamentation in the hearts of his enemies. He began to shoot incessant arrows, shattering all their different weapons, just as the blasting wind scatters the assembled clouds in the sky. The sharp arrows released from the bow of Dhruva Maharaja pierced the shields and bodies of the enemy, like the thunderbolts released by the King of heaven, which dismantle the bodies of the mountains. The heads of those who were cut to pieces by the arrows of Dhruva Maharaja were decorated very beautifully with earrings and turbans. The legs of their bodies were as beautiful as golden palm trees, their arms were decorated with golden bracelets and armlets, and on their heads there were very valuable helmets bedecked with gold. All these ornaments lying on that battlefield were very attractive and could bewilder the mind of a hero. The remaining Yaksas who somehow were not killed, had their limbs cut to pieces by the arrows of the great warrior Dhruva Maharaja. Thus they began to flee, just as elephants flee when defeated by a lion. Dhruva Maharaja, the best of human beings, observed that in that great battlefield not one of the opposing soldiers was left standing with proper weapons. He then desired to see the city of Alakapuri, but he thought to himself, “No one knows the plans of the mystic Yaksas”. In the meantime, while Dhruva Maharaja, doubtful of his mystic enemies, was talking with his charioteer, they heard a tremendous sound, as if the whole ocean was nearby, and they found that from the sky a great dust storm was coming over them from all directions. Within a moment the whole sky was overcast with dense clouds, and severe thundering was heard. There were glittering electric lightning and severe rainfall. In that rainfall, there was blood, mucus, pus, stool, urine, and marrow falling heavily before Dhruva Maharaja, and there were trunks of bodies falling from the sky. Next, a great mountain was visible in the sky, and from all directions, hailstones fell, along with lances, clubs, swords, iron bludgeons and great pieces of stone. Dhruva Maharaja also saw many big serpents with angry eyes, vomiting forth fire and coming to devour him, along with groups of mad elephants, lions, and tigers. Then, as if it were the time of the dissolution of the whole world, the fierce sea with foaming waves and great roaring sounds came forward before him. The demon Yaksas are by nature very heinous, and by their demoniac power of illusion, they can create many strange phenomena to frighten one who is less intelligent. When the great sages heard that Dhruva Maharaja was overpowered by the illusory mystic tricks of the demons, they immediately assembled to offer him auspicious encouragement. All the sages said: Dear Dhruva, “O son of King Uttanapada, may the Supreme Personality of Godhead known as Sharngadhanva and who relieves the distresses of His devotees, kill all your threatening enemies. The holy name of the Lord is as powerful as the Lord Himself. Therefore, simply by chanting and hearing the holy name of the Lord, many men can be fully protected from fierce death without difficulty. Thus a devotee is saved.” When Dhruva Maharaja heard the encouraging words of the great sages, he performed the ācamana by touching the water and then took up his arrow made by Lord Narayana and fixed it upon his bow. As soon as Dhruva Maharaja joined the nārāyaṇāstra arrow to his bow, the illusion created by the Yaksas was immediately vanquished, just as all material pains and pleasures are vanquished when one becomes fully cognizant of the self. Even as Dhruva Maharaja fixed the weapon made by Narayana Ṛṣi onto his bow, arrows with golden shafts and feathers like the wings of a swan flew out from it. They entered the enemy soldiers with a great hissing sound, just as peacocks enter a forest with tumultuous crowing. Though those sharp arrows dismayed the enemy soldiers, who became almost unconscious, several Yaksas on the battlefield, became enraged and somehow gathering their weapons returned the attack. Just as serpents agitated by Garuda rush towards Garuda with upraised hoods, all the Yaksa soldiers prepared to overcome Dhruva Maharaja with their upraised weapons. When Dhruva Maharaja saw the Yaksas coming forward, he immediately took his arrows and cut the enemies to pieces. Separating their arms, legs, heads and bellies from their bodies, he delivered the Yaksas to the planetary system which is situated above the sun globe and which is attainable only by first-class brahmacārīs, who have never discharged their semen.
By Sri Maitreya Ṛṣi
Srimad Bhāgavatam (Bhāgavata Purāṇa) » Canto 4: The Creation of the Fourth Order » Chapter: 10. Dhruva Maharaja’s Fight With the Yakṣas » Verses: 1-30 and Chapter 11. Svāyambhuva Manu Advises Dhruva Mahārāja to Stop Fighting »