RAGE AND ITS AFTERMATH
This place also witnessed some other misfortunes of Brahma.
Another legend brings out Brahma's inglorious act that registers his
further fall. It begins with a dispute between Brahma and Vishnu for
supremacy. When, the argument reached the climax, suddenly there
appeared a column of bright light between the two, and both inferred
rightly too that it was Siva. listening to the two sides, Siva then
asked them to find out the lower and upper ends of that luminous
column. Vishnu taking the form of boar, started digging the ground
to reach the lower end but could nut; returning confessed his
inability. But Brahma, who went up on his mount, the Swan and lied
on his return unashamedly, fabricating evidence with the aid of a
Ketaki that was falling from the top. Siva on insisting him to give
out the truth, he confessed and learning it he deprived him of his
worship in temples with a terrible curse Thus he lost his honour due
to his position in the Trinity also. Later, Brahma performed severe
penance on the Gandamadana parvatha for expiation of sin. Soon his
worship was restored and regular arid due honour was accorded.
Pacified Siva solicited his services as Charioteer during his
killing of lokabhayankara Tripura, when Vishnu turned himself into
an arrow, with which Tripura was done to death.