epic Mahabharata is fristled with many an awe-inspiring event, enacted on this
Punya Kshetra, displaying the illustrious and exemplary prowess and spiritual
glory of the Pandavas. Bharavi's Kiratharjuneyam embodies the thrilling and
exiting episodes of Arjuna's peerless skill in the archery that won from Lord
Maheswar, the much coveted Pasupatastra. The Lord it appears was more pleased
with Arjuna s unparalleled dauntlessness and sublime large-hearted manliness
than the penance, he did on the Indrakila parvatha. Yudishthira was initiated by
Veda Yyasa on this punya bhoomi.
To cap all as it were, when advised by the
elderly wise men, the Pandavas came to this Kshetra to atone the sins of
Kurukshetra war, but Lord Maheswar seeing them approaching at the time set apart
for the gods only, assumed the form of bull and started running away. When the
Pandavas tried to catch Him, He entered the Earth, so only the rump-the hind
parts of His body remained at this place and He is worshipped as Kedareswar.