comes the legend of Bramarambika. Bramarambika is one among the
eighteen manifestations of Sakti. And she was extremely beautiful at
it. Her ravishing beauty attracted Lord Siva, and so met her once.
When two pairs of eyes met, she was found to be swayed by the Lord's
simplicity hovering over the regality of his manohararupa. Observing
it, the Lord said pointing to a bramara - honey bee flitting about
there, that he would marry her, if she followed to the place of its
fast, she followed it upto this spot where it rested after years of
flying. Then the Lord appearing in the form of an old man said,
"I have grown sufficiently old during the years of search. I am
not now fit for marriage." Yet she married, caring more for
love than the transitory youth. Hadn't she consented when said?
Didn't she lose her heart when met? As she followed the Bramara, she
is called Bramarambika, and one can hear the humming sound of bee at
the rear part of the temple even today. A slightly different version
narrates that she killed a frightful demon by name Arunasura taking
the form of Bramara, for according to his rare boons, he would not
be killed by any man, beast or deva. So was named Bramarambika. In
the literature of Kannada, the same episode is described with a
certain princess instead of Bramarambika, who married Lord Siva
following the bramara as in the other tale.