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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.

Hemambika Temple In Palakkad In Kerala

Hemambika Temple is a unique shrine dedicated to Goddess Hemambika in Palakkad in Kerala. There is no murti in the temple instead two hands are worshipped here. The shrine, dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy, is also known as Kallekulangara Temple or Emoor Temple or Kaipathi Temple. Two hands made out of stone are worshipped here. It is believed that the hands are in abhaya hasta. There is only noon puja in the shrine. In morning, Goddess is worshipped as Saraswati , at noon as Lakshmi and in the evening as Durga . Legend has it that Goddess Hemambika appeared on earth to annihilate demon Nilasura. Parashurama had prayed here to the Goddess to help the people from the atrocities of demon Neelasura. Hemambika Temple is a unique shrine dedicated to Goddess Hemambika in Palakkad in Kerala.