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The Kovils Of Kerala
Index Author
Invocation Introduction
Tiruvananthapuram Bhagawathi Of Chengannur
Aranmula Parthasarathi Ambalapuzha Krishna
Sabarimalai Lord Siva Of Ettamanur
Annadana Prabhu Of Vaikom Mother Raja Rajeswari Of Chottanikara
Mother Kali Of Kodungallur Kutalamanikyam
Sri Rama's Temple - Triprayar Sri Vadakkunathan Of Trichar
Gurupavanapura The Kozhikode Tali
Tiruvil Wamala Lord Raja Rajeswara Of Taliparamba
Lord Krishna Of Trichambram Tiruvangad Perumal Temple
Major Sections
Temples Of India
Lord Siva To Be Adored The Devalayas Of Karnataka
Palani Dhandhayudhapani The Kovils Of Kerala
The Temples of North-West India Temples For The Triple Sects
Mata Kanakadurga of Vijayawada The Legend Of Mata Kanyaka Parameswari
The Temples Of North-East India Mantralya Mahakshetra
The Aalayas of Andhra Pradesh The Mandirs Of Maharastra
Mighty Atoms For Tiny Tots Lord Siva Of Sri Kalahasthi
Bhagawan Vithoba Of Pandharpur Bizarre Beliefs And Odd Traditions
Asoka Priyadarsin The Mother Of Melmaruvathur And Her Miracles
Vishnu Mayam Jagat Sarvam Sakti Mayam
The Temples Of Tamilnadu Hindu Ethos In Capsules - Vol I

Hindu Ethos In Capsules - Vol II

Hullo Tirupathi !
Uthuthshta Govinda Cum Jo Jo Mukunda The Miracles Of Gods For The Debacles Of Humans
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SABARIMALAI

Mahishi was Leela, the darling wife of the much-adored Dattatreya in her purvajanma. She was the daughter of Sage Galava of great fame. After the wedding, the couple were leading a carefree life of comforts enjoying all the pleasures, but Dattatreya, fully conscious of his divine nature and the purpose of his birth, was preparing for Vanaprasthasram by withdrawing himself from the mundane life.

Leela being earth and earthy desired to immerse in luxurious life only. Though he explained the futility of transitory life and momentary pleasures, she did not pay head to the word of her husband. Although he expressed his displeasure at her frivolousness, she continued her way. Enrged Dattatreya, cursed her to be born as Mahishi - She-buffalo, but she retaliated at once with a counter curse - he to be-born as Mahisha-a he-buffalo. 

According to the curse of Dattatreya, Leela was born as the daughter of Karamba and she was called Mahishi. When she came of right age, she learnt about cause of the death of her father Karamba at the hands of Devendra. She then developed hatred against suras, and to add to this, the death of her cousin Mahishasura gave further fillip to her pent up hatred.

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