THE LEGEND OF SIVAGIRIHILL
Next comes the cause of his taking
seat on the hill now called Palani or Sivagiri hill. Once Narada, the manasaputra of
Brahma gave a fruit to Lord Siva during his darbar and said that it was a rare phal imbued
with gnana, and Siva was the only fit person to eat it. And wholly at it.
Sooner than handing over, ' there were heard claims by Vinayaka and Muruga for it.
Siva decided to present it to the fittest alone. So he said, "it is a prize to any, who
completes the Bhupradakshina, first, and he alone will get it" Subrahmanya sitting on his mount
peacock started, but Vinayaka went round his parents with folded hands and said that father and mother are
gods and going round them amounts to going round the world.
So he was entitled to the prize.
His argument being reasonable and acceptable to the scriptures and celestials, Lord Siva gave the fruit
to him. Arriving at this juncture, and seeing the fruit, with Vinayaka, Shanmuga abused the audience
and parents for their wrong verdict. He left the place much against the heart-rending appeals of his
Mother. Siva tried to pacify him that he was himself Gnanphal and there was no need for him to have