THE ORIGIN OF TRIPURA
This is the last of the Ashta Vinayaka kshetras, and
its long legend is enshrined in Ganesh Purana. This also has
links with Gritasamada Maharshi responsible for building of
the Varada Vinayaka temple at Mahad. It is an aftermath of
the curse of his mother Mukunda. It begins with a terrible cough of Maharshi
Gritasamada. Miraculously a child came out of his mouth, when he coughed
one day. He had a reddish tinge all over his body. Soon after falling from the
father's mouth, the boy said that he was his son and would become the ruler
of the three worlds when grown up and defeat Devendra too. Gritasamada
remembered then of his mother's curse and tried his best to turn him as a great
Vinayakopasaka, advising to chant Ganesh mantra and worship Gajanana
incessantly. The bay started it in right earnest and continued it for 5000
years. When Ganesh graced his darsan, he asked the boon of lordship over the
entire universe and control over all the created beings including celestials.
Granting it, he disappeared with the words that only Lord Maheswar would destroy
him, when the Three cities made of gold, silver and iron given by him
remain affected. Further, he named him Tripura. Soon Tripura established his
unlimited and unchallenged sway over all gods including the highest of them.
Brahma and Vishnu fled to Himalayas for safety. Then came Narada, who
recounted Tripura's infinite supremacy and ended that only Maheswar alone
would relieve them from Tripura's torture.
He also taught them Sankatanasan Mahamantra that would, please Ganesh and would
give darsan and liberation.