Figure of a two-headed cow feeding a shivalinga – a pillar carving at Talakadu, Karnataka (45 Kms from Mysore)
One has heard the story of a cow feeding an anthill several times and in several contexts.This time we heard it from a guide in Talakadu as the legend associated with this town and temple.
The story goes thus: The local chief had a cow which never yielded him any milk after grazing in the forest, eventhough it had a full udder before entering the forest. The chief sent two of his hunter assistants, Tala and Kada to investigate. They found the cow feeding an anthill in the forest. The hunters struck a blow on the anthill with an axe. The shivalingam which was inside split into 5 lingams and Lord shiva emerged with a bleeding cut on his body. The bewildered hunters pleaded to the Lord to forgive them. Shiv pardoned them and ordered them to bring some herbs from nearby plants and healed himself. Since he healed himself, the Lord here is known as Vaidyanatheswara. The other four temples nearby are called, Pathaleswara, Maruleswara , Arkeswara and Mallikarjuna. Devotees worship the panchalingas on specific days.
Another legend of Talakadu revolves round a curse of a noble lady. That story can wait for another day.
Shiva rescuing Markandeya from death – from a pillar in Sree Mallikeswara Swami Temple, Linghi Chetty Street, Mannadi, Madras (Chennai)
|This image is from Kheta Pai Narayana Temple, Bhatkal,Karnataka
circa 1550 CE (click image for larger view)
The above image is from a sculpture on the pillars of the Cheluva Narayan temple, Melkote, Karnataka.
Hayagriva, the god with a horse face is considered as an avatar of Vishnu. The Lord took this form to rescue the vedas from the demons, Madhu and Kaitabha. Therefore, Hayagriva is considered the God of wisdom and knowledge. Marichi, is the consort of Hayagreeva.
Yashoda loses her motherly patience after a very naughty prank by Krishna. She ties him up in a heavy grindstone in the courtyard. Krishna appeals for mercy with fear and tears in his eyes. Unable to bear the sight, Yashoda goes inside to attend to her domestic chores. Left alone, Krishna happily and effortlessly drags the grindstone and passes through the gap between two large trees. The grindstone gets stuck in between. With one yank, Krishna brings down the trees. The trees transform into two Gandharvas, the sons of Kubera, who were cursed by Narada. The gandharvas, having been released from the curse thank Krishna (seen above ). Yashoda, not aware of the full story, was shocked at seeing the fallen trees but was relieved that her son was not hurt.