EPISODE OF PINGALA
there is another fantastic episode linking Khara with this holy
spot. This Khara was a great preceptor imparting education to
aspiring disciples in his own ashram. One by name Pingala, on
completing his course requested his guru humbly, as how much he must
give as Gurudakshana. Khara evaded the reply, knowing the penniless
poverty of his student. When pestered to name the sum, he said ten
thousand crores of gold coins.
Pingala at once fell flat. Seeing him
tear-stained, Khara suggested that both - Khara and Pingala, would
get that huge amount from the Almighty God by severe penance. They
began. When Mahavishnu appeared, they expressed their joint
aspiration. He granted then and there the ten thousand crore gold
coins. Just at this happy juncture, Lord Siva appeared.