Legends take us back to the Satya
Yuga, when Bana, the dreadful demon King exercised his sovereignty over this region.
On obtaining boons from the Lord of Kailas, he changed himself into a prototype of Yama to the righteous
people - he tortured the devout and innocent day in and day out. The hermitages - his principal targets
were converted into dreary deserts and burial grounds. On account of desecrating Yagnagundas,
abducting of women, mutilating of children and burning of Parnasalas together with hindering of
meditation, the sages and their followers never lived in peace.
In short, life became a curse for
them were the Devas spared? Devendra was driven out of his kingdom and the astadikpalakas
were made his henchmen. The Mother Earth, as it were quivered with his asura krityas, and wailed
before Lord MahaVishnu, along with devas. Pitying, He then advised the afflicted Bhumata to propriate
Parasakthi to bringing destruction on him. And added that she alone could do; for, he received such
powerful boons that none can destroy him, much less subdue, at any time. Devas lost not time in
implementing the Lord's counsel, and they performed yagas with all austerity due, to win the
favours of Parasakti. Pleased with their ardor, she assured them of immediate
action on him. Realising Bana's invincibility by virtue of potent boons, she descended to the
Land's End, considered to be holy and strategic to do penance for gaining extra-ordinary powers,
before entering the arena to combat with that formidable demon.