|It waters under
the influence of Siva's divine virtue (tej) are raised to boiling point and force their
way to the earth's surface.
Each spring has its individual history. It is told of the Agni Kundu that in ancient times
there lived a Raja named Hiranya Kasyapa, who cherised a deep and lasting hatred for
Krishna. His heir-apparent, Prahlad, so far from inheriting his sire's prejudices, became
a steadfast worshipper of that divinity, and consequently underwent many cruel
chastisements and much obloquy. Krishna at last intervened in favor of his persecuted
follower and slew the impious mortal who had braved his ire.
But Prahlad had a tender conscience, which perpetually accused him of having been
a party to the deadly crime of parricide. He therefore went forth on an expiatory
pilgrimage, and successful in his prayers at diverse holy places, at length arrived at
Bakreswar, where he worshipped Siva, bathed in this spring and obtained salvation. Of the
Brahma Kundu it is related that the god Brahma looked with lascivious eyes on his
daughter, but his sin of thought did not escape Siva's omniscience.