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that wicked Kamapisachi chased her. Finding a cave safe, she entered
and did penance. Lord Siva appearing, protected her by cursing the
king loitering on the bank in search of the princess to turn into a
green stone; and it fell into the river anon. It reached the bottom.
This accounts for the greenish tinge of Patalaganga, flowing a few
kilometers off the temple. Later the princess stayed in Srisailam.
She learnt one day that one of her cows was voluntarily pouring out
her milk over an ant-hill every day. That very night Lord Siva asked
her in dream to build a temple for the same Siva linga, since he was
manifesting himself there in the form of linga over centuries. She
at once embarked upon the work and completed a grand temple. And she
worshipped the Lord with jasmine flowers. So the Linga came to be
known as Mallikharjuna-linga adored with white jasmines. There is
another story that accounts for the offering of Karaveer flower to
the Lord. One devotee by name Karaveedu pleased the Lord with ghora
tapa. When the Lord revealed himself before him, he asked for a
boon-he should be at the Lord's feet. Lord Siva changed him into a
flower called karaveer to fulfil his desire. Hence the offer of
Karaveer flowers. As Lord Siva began showering boons on the devout
bhaktas, it developed into a temple of intercontinental fame.