withstood; Lord Siva was pleased, yet thought fit to put him to
test. Disguised as hunter, he descended on this spot and started
chasing a boar, created at mere volition to enacting a make-believe
hunting. The grunting of boar and chasing sounds of the hunter
disturbed Arjuna's tapas. When the tumult went beyond the point of
endurance, he shot at it with a single arrow and brought it down.
But at the same time another arrow came fast and hit the boar, laid
low by Arjuna, followed by the hunter, who reaching the spot bent
low to pick up the killed. Arjuna objecting him said that it as with
his arrow alone that the boar had fallen down dead but was
stubbornly opposed by the hunter. This war of words led to war of
muscles and in the end, valiant Arjuna vanquished the hunter. Siva
rising revealed his nijarupa, and said that he was pleased more with
the latter's manliness and valour investing his personality than the
cause. Immediately, handing over the potent Pasupatha, he blessed
him Victory in the future war. It was indeed a great battle-a mortal
scoring victory over immortal. So could be called the greatest. It
was immortalized by Bharavi, a literary giant in his Kiratarjuneeyam.
As this exciting event took place on this hill, Arjuna built an
imposing temple for Lord Siva in commemorate anon of his great clean
victory. It is now called the Vijayeswara temple and is ling on the
sacred bank of Krishnaveni. This entire episode is represented on
the stone in the same temple. The stone-cutter's artistry is superb.
Recognising the enormity of eminence attached to it; the rulers that
followed renovated it fittingly. Theists visit this hoary shrine and
offer prayers recalling to their minds the thrilling battle fought
between Lord Siva and Pandava madhyam Arajuna.