works delineating the glorious history of this kshetra embody several episodes;
they account for the advent of Mother to this place and her playing several
sports for emancipating people and the country. Only two can be singled out now,
and they serve the purpose well.
story goes that there was an asura here by name Matanga reigning supreme and
causing untold suffering to the people, particularly to the sages and innocent.
He was atrocious and unscruplous-slaughtered the peace-loving, harmless
subjects; abducted several fair women for quenching his kamadaha; looted the
rich to feed his coffers; burnt asramas, destroyed temples, butchered cows and desecrated
yagnasalas to gratifying his atheistic aggressive nature. Were the suras spared?
No. His asura pravirthi
asserting itself caused incalculable harm to all in several ways.
When things went beyond the stage of toleration, the devas and
humans met Brahma and poured out their pathetic fate with streaming