Thirumoorthy Hills-Part II

The name Thirumoorthy has emerged from a popular myth,which has laid the base for the Thirumoorthy Temple.There is popular belief that few thousand years ago…The great sage Maharishi Athari lived in these with his wife Devi Anusuya.Devi Anusuya was known for her “PATIVRATYAM” (Devotion to Husband).One day,Sage Narada praised her pativratyam alot before Goddess Laxmi,Goddess Sarasawti and Goddess Parvati,the wives of the three prime deities,Brahma-Vishnu-Shiva.This made them jealous and they requested their husbands to reduce Anusuya’s Pativratyam…

So,the three Gods went to Anusuya when Sage Athari was not at home.They asked for alms..But put a condition that they will accept alms only if Anusuya gve without wearing any clothes.This put her in dilemma,as she could not refuse alms..neither could she come before them without clothes….Anusuya prayed to her husband and said that She would give alms to three guests….Because they had called “Bhavati Bhiksham Dehi” (Oh Mother! Give us some food)…She decided that she would feed them thinking of them as her children…

Because of her greatness,when She came out…all the three Gods were transformed into babies…She then fed them…When Sage Athari came,she told him about everything….The three Gods resumed their own forms…Anusuya then requested them to be born as her children….the incarnation of Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma as sage Durvasa, Dattatreya and the moon-god Chandra….The three gods had blessed the couple at this place…Hence,This place is called “Thirumoorthy Hills”….

Surely do visit Thirumoorthy…To feel the True spirits of Devotion!!!!

©Krishnaveni Balasubramanian

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