I. SANKARAN KOIL
Hari and Hara are one and the same.
Differences between them are none, although shapes they take differ and dwellings
they made vary. Each has an office august, yet dissimilar in function and
purport. To match the temper and tenor of work, they differ significantly in life styles.
One is given to ostentation-aadambara, whereas the other is the simplicity
incamate -niraadambara. To see these diametrical opposites in one form is indeed a sight marvelous.
Its conception defies description and tills the soul with sampurnanand.
Such state was ardently desired by Mother Parvathi once. She desired
to feast her eyes with Vishnu and Siva in one single form -- two persons in one
murti. But how to? In order to fulfill her ambition, she embarked upon doing penance.
Though it seems simple, very hard to endure. She did. It was a hard
9-day penance and started in the month of Adi, and on the full moon day, there appeared before her in
the Sankaranarayan form, as she desired. It was a grand sight and this eyeful
spectacle she enjoyed, became the cause of emergence of a holy temple called Sankaran
koil. It is an ancient temple-vast in occupation and splendid in sculptural adornments.