1. I am now going to tell you two stories into one. @maidros78 @notSoSweetLove

In the days of yore pitr bhojanam used to be a daily affair and the pasu offered is always a goat.
3. When Indra came is disguise of Gautama and had sex with Ahalya, Gautama found it out and cursed he will lose his testicles and his body would turn into a 1000 yonis.
4. Indra lamented to Brihaspathi about losing the testicles as he would be ridiculed by the asuras as eunuch, Brihaspathi ordered the pitris to part away the testicles of a goat they received that day as pitrbhojanam and so the pitris fitted the testicles of the goat to Indra.
5. Since they sacrificed the testicles to Indra, the goats they received henceforth were devoid of testicles! This story apart, in Dandakaaranya there were two rakshasa brothers, Illvala and Vatapi, who had the capacity to turn their forms at will were cannibals and
6. they targetted only the Brahmin sadhus who were vanaprasthas (retirees into the forest). Whenever someone asks these Brahmanas to participate in pitrkaaryam they cannot refuse and they do know that they would eat the burnt offering of goat as ucchishta bhojanam.
7. Illvala turning himself into a Brahmama to invite the forest Brahmins to participate in pitrkaaryam while Vatapi would turn into a goat ready for sacrifice. Illvala would show the Brahmanas the fat goat and then consign it into the fire for the pitris but would take it back
8. as the burnt offerings and offer it to the Brahmins who will immediately consume them. After the meal is over Illvala would call back Vatapi who will come out tearing the stomach of the Brahmins and then the two raakshasa woul have a feast of the Brahmin adhitis.
9. Thousands of Brahmins thus became bhakshanam to these rakshasas. Distraught at their predicament that they cannot refuse the invitation and the consequently their violent death that would ensue they went to Aghastya and lamented.
10. Aghastya told them that he would go to the raakshasas and put an end to them. As he appeared before the two Rakshasas they immediately invited him for pitr bhojanam. So Aghastya went in and he was served with the burnt goat that was Vatapi.
11. As soon as Aghastya finished eating Vatapi, Illvala gave water in the hand of Aghastya indicating the end of bhojanam and then immediately called out Vatapi. At this time Aghastya told him ‘Vatapi jeeranodbhava!’
12. (Vatapi got assimilated so his aatma is now in Yamalokam. ‘Who in the universe has the power to retun ftom Yamaloka?’ He asked of Illvala . Illvala got angry and turned himself into a wildgoat and pounced on the dwarfy Aghastya in order to kill him.
13. From then on it was forbidden to offer meat to Brahmins and goat to pitris. Pitris were offered only the black sesame seeds and water.

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