was that if the lingam were put anywhere on the earth in the course of the journey, it
would be fixed to that spot forever. The legend is that Ravana agreed to this condition
and took the lingam and started his journey back to Lanka.
The gods dreaded the effect
of the lingam being established at the seat of the demon king. A ruse was devised and
Varuna, the god of the waters, entered the stomach of Ravana and the demon had to descend
to earth to relieve him.
Later, Vishnu, in the garb of an old Brahmin, appeared before Ravana, after his descent
to the earth, and began to converse with him. Ravana requested the Brahmin to kindly hold
the Jyotirlinga for a few minutes so that he could relieve himself.