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Correlation between various Sthala Puranas

This Sunday we have a story from Deivathin Kural(Voice of God) about Lord Vishnu and Goddess Parvari. Let us go to the main part.

Once, Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati were playing the game of dice. In that, Goddess Parvati wins. On winning, she starts teasing the Lord. But, this is considered as a divine game. With anger, the Lord curses Goddess Parvati to be born as a cow in the Earth. Parvati comes down to Earth and wandered in the form of a cow. Her Brother, Lord Vishnu, who played a major role in the marriage of the both, wanted to help his sister. He comes down to Earth as a cowherd boy, not because of a curse, but of affection towards his sister. He makes the cow graze in many fields. After this cowherd experience, he might have been happy and was born as cowherd in the Krishna Avatara later.

While grazing, they came across many places. One of the place was Therazhundur(தேரழுந்தூர்). It was the birth place of Kambar. Here, Thirumangai Azhvar has sang on Lord Vishnu present here. Here the Lord is with a cow and with the name Amaruviyappan. Here, there is also a temple for Lord Shiva who is with the name 'Vedapureeswarar'. Here, Thirugnana Sambandhar has sang in praise of the Lord.

One of the other place the cow and the cowherd boy went was Pillur, which is near Therazhundur. Grass in Tamil is called as 'Pul'(புல்). People from Thanjavur pronouce Pul(புல்) as Pil(பில்).

Lord Vishnu was worried about her sister as she was wandering as a cow for many years. So, he did many Pujas and prays to Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva became very happy and replied to his Pooja that if he takes the cow to Kaveri and make it bath, Goddess Parvati would be restored to her original form. After bathing in Kaveri, the place that the cow came was Aduthurai. 'Aa' means 'cow' in Tamil. What happened next? We will see in the next blog.


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