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With four shoulders, three eyed, with the matted hair wound as
a crown, sword and arrow in His right hand, bow and mace in His left,
with projecting teeth, with a frightening face, powerful, with a
terrible roar, accompanied by bhadrakALi, (I) think of that
purANa of the deity
karAlar: dreadful one (vIra mUrthi)
shakti as dAkshAyaNi appeared as the daughter of daksha, who was
the son of brahmA. She prayed Lord Shiva to get married to Him. The Lord accepted
dAshAyaNi ignoring the ostentation of daksha. daksha felt
insulted as the Lord did not get married to his daughter with his pompous arrangements.
He did a yAga in which he worshipped all gods and purposefully ignored the God, Shiva. All
other dEvAs out of their fear attended the yAga and accepted the offering.
A great sage dadhIchi advised dakshA not to do such things and warned
him it will be fatal for him. Ignoring his advice, dakshA continued his
yAga. dAkshAyaNi came to the yAga to advise Her father to do
offering to the Lord of gods, Shiva. But he ignored Her advice and accused Her and Lord
Shiva. She got angry and prayed the Lord to teach dakshA a lesson, left the form
of dAkshAyaNi by getting into the yAga fire and appeared as the daughter
of king of Himalayas (see kaLyANa su.ndarar).
The Lord created vIra bhadrar(also called karALar) and bhadra
kALi. (karALar is the only deity in the 25 mAhEshwara mUrtis, who is not Lord
Shiva Himself, but is a power of Lord Shiva). Lord asked them to destroy the yAga
of dakshA. They stormed into the yAga and mutilated the dEvAs who
took part in the yAga. He cut the head of dakshA. Nobody could stop Him.
(A more detailed description can be found in daksha kAnDam of kan^da purANam (1).
thiruvun^dhiyAr(2) in thiruvAcakam sings this victory. thakkayAgap paraNi (3) is a
literature dedicated to this storming by the valorous vIrabhadra). Lord viShNu
came for a fight, but in vain. All the dEvAs surrendered to Lord Shiva and pleaded
for mercy. The Giver of refuge, forgave them and on their request gave dakshA also
life by putting the head of a goat in place of his cut head. dakshA repented for
thirup paRiyalUr is the temple associated with the destruction of
1. kandha purANam
3. thakka yAgap paraNi
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