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Story of Guhasura and Harihar

Demon Guhasura ruled over the region known as Guharanya. He performed intense penance and propitiated Lord Brahma. He attained the boon from Brahma that he should be invincible to humans, Devas, Shiva and Vishnu. He began to harass all the living beings after getting the boon. Humans and Devas soon approached Vishnu and Shiva to find a solution. Vishnu and Shiva agreed to annihilate the demon. To overcome the power of boon, Shiva and Vishnu took the combined form of Harihar or Harihara. In this combined form, Shiva and Vishnu annihilated the demon. Harihar Worship Hari and Hara in combined form is worshipped in India, Nepal and Combodia. In the beginning the combined form of Vishnu and Shiva was worshiped by people who had accepted both the Vaishnava and Shaiva teachings. Today all Hindus worship Harihar. The most famous legend associated with Harihar is in South India. Lord Ayyappa of Sabarimala is also known as Hariharasuthan - son of Hari and Hara. The belief