Kakbhushundi aka Kak Bhusundi (काकभुशुण्डि) is a sage found in Hindu mythology in Hinduism.
The word Kak literally means Crow and it is associated with the name because the sage in his final incarnation was transformed into a crow by sage Lomas and finally he decided to spend his life in the form of a crow.
The story of Lord Ram was first narrated by Lord Shiva to mother Parvati. A crow has heard that story too. The same crow was reincarnated in the form of “Kakbhusudandi” . He remembered the story told by Shiva in his previous birth and he had a complete memory of Ram Katha Purna. He narrated this story to his disciples. Thus, the promotion of the Ramakatha was spread. This sacred story of Shri Ram emanated from the mouth of Lord Shiva is known by the name of ‘Adhyatma Ramayana‘
He clears the confusion of Garuda regarding Shri Rama being God as mentioned in the Ramacharitmanas. He attained a vast knowledge because he had underwent many thousands of births but always remembered whatever he learned in his previous births and he was blessed by a sage. His life story is present in Ramacharitmanas.
Kakbhushundi – The Real Time Traveller of Ramayan and Mahabharat
Yoga Vashishtha, the text which states conversations between Vashistha, a rig vedic teacher, and various Gods and Kakbhushubdi, a creature which stands outside of normal time and sees all. It recounts the cyclical nature of time, where Kakabhushundi has seen Ramayan 11 times with different outcomes and seen Mahabharat 16 times with different results, but, after seeing Daksha Yagya twice, he did not either care to see it again or saw no point to seeing any more, as it ended the same way each time.
Some Proof from Bal kanda and Uttar kanda of Ramcharitmanas and Vishnu puran Shiva puran and other :
- Tulsidas in Ramcharitmanas also says Ramayan happened many times in this and other universes.
- The cause may be different in different kalpas and chaturyuga.
- One time Ram manifested to make curse of Jalandhars wife (may your wife be abducted by other and may her purity be questioned by other) come true.
- Another time Narad cursed Vishnu to be dependent on Vanara’s as he had made him look like Vanar (Hari mukh), for this he incarnated.
- Another time he incarnated to liberate his eternal servant Jay and Vijaya born as Ravana and Kumbhakarna and Another time to liberate two kings born as Ravana and Kumbhakarna.
- Another time Bhrigu cursed Vishnu to suffer wife loss.
Ramayan is likely to place in 24th Treta of a kalpa. But as God is beyond space and time it has nothing to do with specific number but if not taken place after 24th Treta in this kalpa it still means immortality of Hanuman because the recent Mahabharat was in 28th Dwapar yuga where there was Hanuman (met Bhima lord Krishna and sat on chariot flag of Arjun) and we are in 28th Kali yuga. Ramayan may also have happened in current chaturyuga and its information may have been absent.
Concept of Time
According to hinduism, Time is like a helix, it moves circularly and in one direction, that means major incidents have to happen, like incarnation of Vishnu (not of Shiva, Shiva incarnation depend on cirumstances), but otherwise nothing will repeat.
Current Presence Kagbhusandi Lake (Tal) :
The Kagbhusandi Lake is a small emerald green lake situated at an
altitude of 5,230 metres near Kankul Pass (5,230 m) almost a km in
length. This lake is cocooned in the Garhwal Himalayas of Uttarakhand
There are mythological stories associated with the Tal:
- Above the lake, two huge irregular shaped rocks can be seen. According to the local folklore, they are the Kaga (crow) and Garuda (eagle) and are in the midst of a heated discussion on the affairs of the universe.
- Another version states the crow is a learned Brahmin from Ayodhya. Having been unfortunate enough to incur the wrath of the sage Lomas who lived near the lake, he was cursed and turned into a crow (Kakbhushundi).
- According to a local legend, the crows fly to this lake for dying. The shattered feathers of the crows can be seen around the lake. But nobody has ever witnessed any crow dying here.
So, He is Kakbhushundi . If you want to know more about Kakbhushunda, read the whole story of Kakbhushunda from Yog Vashishtha Maharamayana. Kakbhushundi is also mentioned in Ramcharitmanas.