Roudra has its due place and a
commendable merit. Does
it mean that the sway of absolute roudra must be eternal. No,
Karunya never to be totally stamped out nor defaced. It has its
niche and more adorers, to speak the truth. Moreover, evolved souls
and brilliant brains hailed and eulogised it. That is the aspect in
which Lord Siva is revealing himself at Vaikom, just a few Km off
this Ettamanur. If one stands for mercy, the other for fierceness.
Both are necessary, rather indispensable. Doesn't the metal coin of
any denomination have two sides - obverse and reverse? Both make it
valid - legal tender. The Lord of Vaikom is Karunaswarupa - grants
all and expects nothing in return, but desires seeing his bhakta
well off. He forgets what he has given and what is more, he is
accessible with or without, pala, patra, pushpa or thoya.
Lord of Ettamanur is Rudraswarupa, though showers all the needed
unhesitatingly, he watches carefully whether the given boon is put
to right use or not, and if ever the boon is misused or abused, he
uses his Trisula to do what is needed. Now make a list of what else
the Lord is treasuring up in his Koil for enabling the adorers live
a life of Trikaranasuddi - pure in mind, speech and action.