too could not, despite flying higher and higher, but accidentally he
saw a kekati fragrant flower coming down from stop and requested it
to give the false evidence of his seeing the top. It agreed.
So he claimed his victory, citing the Ketaki flower as witness.
Enranged at the insolence of Brahma, Lord Maheswar cursed that
Brahma would not have any separate temple for him anywhere in the
world, and Ketaki be prohibited for puja. Lord Vishnu was
given then the pride of place. The victor and vanquished then
prayed to Maheswar to establish himself here as hill, and to take
the form of Jyothirlinga for worshipping by devotees at the foot of
hills. Conceding to their request, Lord Maheswar proclaimed
his willingness to taking the form of hill and appearing in the form
of Jyothi every year on Karthika Pournami to mark this event.
Thus emerged, the celebration of the much venerated Karthika Deepam
festival every year with unusual devotional fervour. Lacs of
persons participate in the Beacon Festival on that auspicious day,
illumining the whole town, and seen far miles around. And for
three days it burns unhindered and undiminished.