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The Devalayas Of Karnataka
Author Index
Introduction Lord Srikanteswara...
Mother Chamundeswari... Lord Ranganatha...
Talakaveri & Its Glory Lord Chennakesava...
Lord Hoyaleswara... Lord Manjunath...
Balakrishna Of Udipi Mother Sarada...
Mookambikai Koil... Lord Mahabaleswar...
Lord Virupaksha... Lord Narasimha...
Guru Dattatreya... Some Shrines Superb
Convenience Of Visitors
Major Sections
Temples Of India
Lord Siva To Be Adored The Devalayas Of Karnataka
Palani Dhandhayudhapani The Kovils Of Kerala
The Temples of North-West India Temples For The Triple Sects
Mata Kanakadurga of Vijayawada The Legend Of Mata Kanyaka Parameswari
The Temples Of North-East India Mantralya Mahakshetra
The Aalayas of Andhra Pradesh The Mandirs Of Maharastra
Mighty Atoms For Tiny Tots Lord Siva Of Sri Kalahasthi
Bhagawan Vithoba Of Pandharpur Bizarre Beliefs And Odd Traditions
Asoka Priyadarsin The Mother Of Melmaruvathur And Her Miracles
Vishnu Mayam Jagat Sarvam Sakti Mayam
The Temples Of Tamilnadu Hindu Ethos In Capsules - Vol I

Hindu Ethos In Capsules - Vol II

Hullo Tirupathi !
Uthuthshta Govinda Cum Jo Jo Mukunda The Miracles Of Gods For The Debacles Of Humans
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Finding the object of Diti's penance, he cursed her to beget a Mahisha - bison. Unmindful of the curse or its aftermath, she continued with tenacity unheard of. Lord Brahma, whom she propitiated appeared before her and said that though her son's face bears semblance to buffalo, his body would be normal like that of humans. She was satisfied. So the son born to her bore the head of buffallo over the human form.

This origin of Mahishasura is at varience with another legend and according to it, he was born to a demon called Rambhu. This is equally fantastic. The story goes that Karambhu and Rambhu were demon brothers,sons of Danuvu . were worried about lice defeats meeted out to whole danava race by Devendra, though some powerful demon kings now and then imprisoned gods, their born foes and sworn enemies. They wanted to obtain boons of immortality and immunity to tide over the constant menace. Karambhu and Rambhu went under water for uninterrupted penance, but Devendra taking the form of crocodile killed Karambhu. Thereupon Rambhu did penance to get a son to wreaking vengeance on Devendra, propitiating Lord Siva. When the fruit eluded his grasp even after several years, he decided to cut his head and offer it to the Lord. Appearing at the nick of moment, the Lord said that he would beget a son with whomsoever he had intercourse, and that one would fulfil his desire. Highly elated, he started his journey homeward, but on the way, there came into his sight an enchanting young she - buffalo grazing. A single look upset him. He then took the form of he - buffalo and gratified his lust. The result - birth of Mahishasura. This is elaborately recounted , in the Devibhagavatha.


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