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Temples & Legends Of Maharastra
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TRYAMBAKESHVAR - TRYAMBAK

Gautama accepted the wise suggestion and taking leave of the Rishi proceeded forth with to the Brahmagiri. Here he started a tapa that was unequalled in severity. For some time he took nothing else than leaves for food, then he discarded that also and took nothing else than water. Soon he discarded that also and continued to keep body and soul together with nothing more than air, practised 'vayu-bhakshan’. This penance lasted for eighty-eight thousand years !

The news reached Ganga. She was most unwilling to leave her most enviable position and she decided to obstruct the rishi’s penance. She employed a patent trick. There was a well-proven path of seducing the rishi. She sent several beautiful damsels to the rishi. They tried to attract him towards them. All their art in singing and dancing proved utterly futile, so were their wiles of enticing men useless. Nothing, would budge the sage from his determination and concentration,

Then Ganga decided to make a supreme effort. There was one Jatika, a maid cum- companion of Ganga. The maid had several super natural powers and was extremely fond of her mistress. When she found Ganga uneasy, she offered to do whatever she could to relieve her anxiety. Ganga asked her to approach the sage in the form of his wife Ahalya and try to wreck the control the rishi had achieved over the physical pleasures.

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