Story of Krauncha Mountain and Subrahmanya



Story of Krauncha Mountain is found in the Asura Khanda of Skanda Purana. Krauncha was a demon who led a wicked life. He attacked innocent beings and tormented them. One day he took the form of a mountain and blocked the way of Sage Agastya who was on his way from Kailash to South India.

Sage Agastya lost his way and wandered in the mountain under heavy rains. He could not find his path for several days. Finally, the sage realized that he was on a mountain made by Asura Krauncha.

He then cursed the Asura that he will stand there forever as a mountain. He would only get back his true form when Subrahmanya pierces the mountain with his arrow.

Years later Subrahmanya was fighting the Asuras. He annihilated thousands of demons. Banasura, the son of Mahabali, fled from the battlefield and hid himself in the Krauncha Mountain.

Subrahmanya split he mountain with his arrow and thus the demon was liberated from the curse.