Defeated and disgraced, Viswaamitra then and there entrusted his kingdom to one
of his sons and proceeded to the Himalayas to perform tapas, directing his devotions to
Lord Siva to gain power with which to subdue Vasishtha.
So firm and steadfast was Viswaamitra in
his austerities that Lord Siva was pleased and appeared before him. He asked the king what
his object was in performing tapas.
Viswaamitra replied: "If you,
Umaapati, are satisfied with my tapas let me be blessed with divine arrows and be master
of every weapon.