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Posted: 15 March 2013 at 1:26pm | IP Logged
Interesting story about Jalandhara .. Not sure which purana it belongs to, but if this is what the CVs have chose, the story might be that the Parvathi will forget Mahadev. She will take the form of Koolivaka. Their union will result in another child Chathan, who is Vishnu Maya indeed, who inturn will kill Jalandhara..

I have never read this version of story before. But CVs are looking for rare and unvalidated stories any way..LOL
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Vishnu maya

According to Hindu mythology Lord Shiva (Parama Shiva) while on a hunt happened to hear a sweet voice in the jungle. He was surprised to find that it belonged to a tribal girl, "Koolivaka" (Pronounced as Koolivaaka) - a girl of immense beauty. The solitude in that forest area called Koolivanam, and the wild beauty of the forest girl, made the Lord lustful. He informed Koolivaka of his wish and told her to wait for him until he returned from his hunt

Koolivaka, who was a devotee of Parvathi realized that mating with lord would bring forth the wrath of the goddess upon her; but she feared the wrath of Shiva also in case she refused him. She prayed to her Goddess to save her from the predicament. Devi (goddess) pleased with her innocence appeared before her and revealed her true identity. In her previous birth Koolivaka was Mansawini, a servant in the retinue of Parvati. One day she happened to breast-feed lord vinayaka who was a baby at that time. Parvati didn't appreciate the fact of a servant breast-feeding her baby. She cursed manaswini that she would be born in a chandala(outcaste)family. When Parvathi's anger subdued, she took pity on Manaswini. Devi Parvathi blessed her that although she be born as a chandala she would get the opportunity to breast-feed the son of Shiva.

Devi disclosed that it was the pre-ordained fate that made possible her meeting with Lord Shiva and his passion for Koolivaka. She told the girl that she herself would take on the form of Koolivaka and deceive the Lord Shiva. She also informed Koolivaka that the son born from such a union would be the killer of Jalandhara, a powerful Asura. Thus revealing the course of fate, she sent the innocent girl away.

The pseudo Koolivaka started swinging on a creeper attached to a jackfruit tree and waited for the arrival of Lord Shiva. A child with divine power was born through this holy union. Lord Shiva arranged a buffalo for the protection of the child. This divine child who came to be known as "Chathan" was given to Koolivaka for rearing. Koolivaka thus became the mother of Chathan, son of Lord Shiva fulfilling the boon of Parvathi.

Chathan lived with Koolivaka for about seven years. The tribals loved the boy who saved them from many dangers. He roamed the jungle riding his buffalo and playing a musical instrument known as "Ezhara".

On his seventh birthday, the tribals held a feast in his honour. During the feast the sage, Narada manifested himself. He revealed to Chathan the secret of his birth. Moreover Narada advised Chathan to visit his true parents in Kailasa. He also told Chathan the true purpose of his birth.

Chathan started his journey to Kailasam with the permission of his foster mother and friends. He rode on his buffalo to Kailasam. When he was about to reach Kailasam he realized that Nandikeshwara would not allow him to enter Kailasm in his present form. So he took the form of Lord Vishnu. On seeing their son, Shiva and Parvathi were very happy and hugged their son. Lord Shiva blessed him saying, "You invoked the form of Vishnu by Maya(magic). So you will be known as Vishnu Maya". Moreover, he taught him the art of warfare and the secrets to kill Jalandhara(an asura who had been harassing the Devas).

Jalandhara was an asura who had got a boon from Indra and he was terrorizing the three worlds (Heaven, Pathala (Nether World) and Earth). Chathan challenged him to battle. After a fierce battle, Chathan took the form of Sudarsana Chakra with his Maya to behead Jlalandhara. Sensing danger, he escaped and hid himself in the seas. Chathan as Chakra followed him. Due to the heat of the fiercely revolving Chakra the water where Jalandhar was hiding started to boil. Unable to bear the heat, Jalndhara came out and he was promptly beheaded. Thus came the end of Jalandhara. With the killing of Jalandhara, the power of Chathan was recognized by the Devas. Indra invited him to Heaven. But Chathan declined the offer saying that his place was among the poor people who needed his protection. Chathan returned to his own people.

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Posted: 15 March 2013 at 2:04pm | IP Logged
It's a legend prevalent in Kerala I believe. Never thought they might go in this direction though. Geek

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Posted: 15 March 2013 at 2:06pm | IP Logged
i am a keralite..bt i dnt knw much stories..bt defo knw the existence of VishnuMaya aka Chathan here...so ur title thts how caught my attention..thnx for sharin this story..Smile

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Posted: 15 March 2013 at 3:20pm | IP Logged
Originally posted by Kal El

It's a legend prevalent in Kerala I believe. Never thought they might go in this direction though. Geek

I don't think they will go this route either. Mahadev is the center plot for this serial. No one is given importance other than the main character. Even in the Tarakasur Vadha, they had to bring in Mahadev holding Kartikeya in his palm. I don't think they will let Vishnu Maya kill "Mahadev's sab se bada shatru".

It did intrigue me though. Let's see what the CVs have in store for us..LOL

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Posted: 15 March 2013 at 3:21pm | IP Logged
Originally posted by Nikki_SAS-holic

i am a keralite..bt i dnt knw much stories..bt defo knw the existence of VishnuMaya aka Chathan here...so ur title thts how caught my attention..thnx for sharin this story..Smile


Any more stories you can share? Seems like a regional legend.

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Posted: 15 March 2013 at 9:19pm | IP Logged
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but i doubt the Cvs will show thisLOL
cos i am sure they are planning a nice big fight between Mahadev and Jaladhar-so i am sure they wont give credit to someone else
also this story doesnt exactly put Mahadev in a good light...

but about the memory loss thingy-still clueless as ever!

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Posted: 15 March 2013 at 9:49pm | IP Logged
Originally posted by Shakti_Shiva

Originally posted by Kal El

It's a legend prevalent in Kerala I believe. Never thought they might go in this direction though. Geek

I don't think they will go this route either. Mahadev is the center plot for this serial. No one is given importance other than the main character. Even in the Tarakasur Vadha, they had to bring in Mahadev holding Kartikeya in his palm. I don't think they will let Vishnu Maya kill "Mahadev's sab se bada shatru".

It did intrigue me though. Let's see what the CVs have in store for us..LOL



Originally posted by shruti.nil

story
but i doubt the Cvs will show thisLOL
cos i am sure they are planning a nice big fight between Mahadev and Jaladhar-so i am sure they wont give credit to someone else
also this story doesnt exactly put Mahadev in a good light...

but about the memory loss thingy-still clueless as ever!



Yes but we know that they don't always adapt a story faithfully; the recent story of Vishnu and Mahadev was adapted from the Shiva Purana but with significant modifications. So if they decide to incorporate this oral legend, rest assured it will be with many modifications. One such idea is already there in the OP: instead of the tribal woman Koolivaka being a separate individual that Shiva lusted over, they could simply have her be an amnesiac Parvati and Mahadev would be shown trying to woo her back. As for Jalandhar, they might relegate Vishnu Maya/Chathan to a smaller role and keep the focus on Mahadev. There is also another asur that Chathan is associated with; this asur was causing a lot of problems and one of the reasons Chathan was born was to kill him. And he did so at the age of seven (I think the asur attacked his 'mother', the tribal woman). They could have his track focus on that asur instead of Jalandhar.


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Posted: 15 March 2013 at 9:51pm | IP Logged
Have heard of Chathan but had no idea he was the son of Shiv and Parvati. They will never show this version. How I wish they did but that would be just wishful thinking. Anjani thanks for bringing this story to the forum.  Thumbs Up

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