Balaram and Kandarasura story is associated with the Kendrapara region in Orissa. The famous
here is associated
with the story. Legend has it that demon Kandarasura ruled over the Lalitagiri
and Assia mountain ranges in the Kendrapara region in Orissa. Baladeva Jeu
As per Tulasikshetra Mahatmya, the demon troubled all living beings. There was no respite for human beings from the tyranny of the demon. Finally, Balabhadra defeated him.
But the demon escaped and started living in disguise in the
near Dhenkanal. Balarama
searched the mountain and finally ploughed the mountain using his Hala or
plough. Kapilas Mountain
Finally the demon was discovered and killed. His slain body was thrown around the region.
Shiva temples were erected in the spot where the body parts of the demon fell.
Thus it is believed that the where the trunk of Kandarasura had fallen is called Kandara Padi and which is today known as Kendrapara.
Balabhadra married Tulasi, the only daughter of Kandarasura, on the 12th day of the bright fortnight of Magh Month. This event is an important festival at the
at Kendrapara and
is known as Tulasi Bibaha day (marriage day of Tulasi). The place where this
marriage was performed is today known as Tulasi Kshetra. Baladevjew