you must read #7
The Gods bowed their heads and thanked Vishnu, their joy knew no bounds. Already their visit to Lord Vishnu had revived them. Indra and the other Gods began to feel stronger…
‘Take care of the other things.’ Vishnu said. As the Gods were about to leave, Vishnu called them, ‘ Make sure you hold Vasuki’s tail and not his head, while churning the ocean.’ None of the Gods could make sense of the cryptic comment, but they knew that they had been dismissed. They left Vaikunta happier, knowing what had to be done…
Indra with Vayu and Agni first went to see the Asura King Bali.
On seeing Indra unarmed, the Asura king’s ministers wanted to kill Indra. However, Bali decided to hear them out.
Indra laid out the entire plan. ‘We want to get the Amrita out of the ocean.’ He began without any preamble.
Indra watched Bali’s eyes grow round. His minster blankly stared at Indra, as if he had gone mad. ‘Amrita, you mean the Amrita. The one that…’
Bali looked at Indra and realized that he was speaking the truth. He silenced his minsters. ‘How do you propose to do that?’ He asked softly, wondering whether the Devas were trustworthy.
Indra told him about about Mount Mandara and Vasuki. ‘This cannot be done by you or by us alone…’
One of Bali’s minster interrupted harshly, ‘We do not need your help, you coward…we can do this…’
‘SILENCE!’ Bali roared and the minister abruptly stopped talking. Bali angrily eyed the minister and then turned to Indra, ‘We need each other. We do this together.’
He nodded his head curtly and dismissed Indra. Indra left with Vayu and Agni happy that the first part of the plan went well.
Indra then alone went to the Vasuki – the king of snakes.
Indra saluted Vasuki and told him about the Devas and the Asuras planned to churn the ocean and that they needed a rope.
Vasuki realized immediately his role and said hissing, ‘Well it is a tough job, but I agree. I assume I will get part of the nectar when the churning is done?’
To be continued…