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Nyaogradhashayin form of Vishnu

Nyaogradhashayin form of Vishnu is associated with Vishnu as a child floating on nyagrodha leaf. Nyaogradhashayin form – the child Krishna floating on ficus leaf – in Hinduism is a symbolic representation of the first form of life on earth (or the only form of life). As per Hindu tradition, at the end of one cycle of creation the heat produced by Surya, the sun god, reduces all that is on earth into ashes. This continues for eight thousand yugas. Then Vayu, the wind god, blows relentlessly for many years and huge clouds are formed. It rains incessantly creating a great flood – deluge. The entire earth remains under water for millions of years. On this water lies, Child form of Vishnu (Krishna) on Ficus Leaf  known as nyagrodha. This wonderful incident is mentioned in the Markandeya Purana. Markandeya Rishi was blessed that he will be able to witness the great deluge. The Rishi saw destruction all around. Water submerged everything. For millions of years there was only w

Karikkakom Sree Chamundi Temple

Karikkakom Sree Chamundi Devi Temple is located about seven kilometers east of Kizhakkekotta in Thiruvananthapuram. The shrine is dedicated to Mother Goddess Shakti who is worshipped in the form of Goddess Chamundi. Karikkakom Sree Chamundi Temple History It is believed that the place had a Kalari of a group of soldiers of erstwhile Travancore kingdom. Therefore the place was known as Kalarikkakom and got abbreviated to Karikkakom. Some scholars are of the view the the place where the present temple is located was a Vayal - known as Kari in local language. So the place got the name Karikkakom from the vayal or kari. Those who committed crimes or were suspects had to prove their innocence in the temple through the procedure of Satyam Thellikkal.  People who have committed sin get redemption after offering prayers here. In ancient times, the temple was a place where justice was delivered and punishments meted out. Three Forms Of Chamundeshwari In The Same Vigraham The deity worship