story as narrated to the Rishis of Naimisaranyam by Sutamuni, a student of
Vedavyasa, on the importance of this place, which is known as Vrishapatri Mahatmyam, is as
Once upon a time Yama, the Lord of Death, while
going on pilgrimage to all the sacred places on earth, was attracted by
the beautiful panoramic view of this place and immediately sat down for meditation. He was
in the form of Dharma Swarupa,
Vrisha, and hence this place is known as Vrishapatri.
Sri Narayana was pleased with the prayers of Yama
and appeared before him and blessed him with salvation. Yama was not
pleased with his getting moksham alone; he wanted that place also to prosper. Hence he
requested Narayana to stay there and -to bless the people, to which
Narayana agreed. By that time Yama noticed that a halo of the moor was spreading around
the place and heordered
Viswakarma, the divine (architect, to construct a Vimanam at that spot in the shape of a
moon Viswakarma executed it in no time. Narayana stayed in that Vimanam. With Sri Devi and
Bhoo Devi to bless humanity.