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LORD AYYAPPA
THE THIRD SON OF GOD SHIVA
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While every one knows Ganesha and
Murugan, the two sons born of Shiva and
Parvati, not many know...
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Hari Hara, unlike his other brothers, was born not from
the union of Shiva and Shakti, but from ...
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But how did Hari Hara
come to possess in his
body both, Shiva and
Vishnu?
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Sometime in Treta yuga, a demon goddess Mahishi, prayed with such
devotion that Brahma appeared ...
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Knowing that none, or almost none, can
harm her Mahishi went about wrecking
havoc. Her iniquitie...
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Vishnu, in one of his avatars had taken a female form; he had
transformed into Mohini. Now, it i...
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Hari Hara is also known as Sri Ayyappan (and
sometimes Manikandan), in the southern parts
of Ind...
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Since Sri Ayyapan took birth to vanquish
evil and to save his people from evil, even
today devot...
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Ayyappa - The Third Son Of God Shiva

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The legend and history of Hari Hara. The rare and interesting tale about the alliance between God Shiva and God Vishnu.

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Ayyappa - The Third Son Of God Shiva

  1. 1. LORD AYYAPPA THE THIRD SON OF GOD SHIVA
  2. 2. Click icon to add picture While every one knows Ganesha and Murugan, the two sons born of Shiva and Parvati, not many know of Hari Hara, another son to Shiva, who was actually born outside the Shiva Shakti wedlock.
  3. 3. Click icon to add picture Hari Hara, unlike his other brothers, was born not from the union of Shiva and Shakti, but from a unique condition that has no parallel elsewhere. Hari Hara takes form from both-- Shiva and Vishnu—the two Godheads that otherwise do not come together, and that makes him extra special in the pantheon of gods.
  4. 4. Click icon to add picture But how did Hari Hara come to possess in his body both, Shiva and Vishnu?
  5. 5. Click icon to add picture Sometime in Treta yuga, a demon goddess Mahishi, prayed with such devotion that Brahma appeared before her to grant her a boon. Mahishi asked Brahma to make her invulnerable. Which of course could not be allowed for the sake of mankind. So Brahma refused. Mahishi, not to be outdone, then changed her request. She then asked for invulnerability from all men, except from the one born of a male-male union, knowing full well that such a birth would never be possible. Brahma, unsuspecting, granted her boon.
  6. 6. Click icon to add picture Knowing that none, or almost none, can harm her Mahishi went about wrecking havoc. Her iniquities were such that the Devas had to beg Vishnu and Shiva to save mankind.
  7. 7. Click icon to add picture Vishnu, in one of his avatars had taken a female form; he had transformed into Mohini. Now, it is this avataar that Vishnu assumed to have a child with Shiva. The child born, Hari Hara—part Vishnu and part Shiva, was born out of a male-male wedlock and so could break Mahishi's protection. Hari Hara slayed Mahishi and saved mankind.
  8. 8. Click icon to add picture Hari Hara is also known as Sri Ayyappan (and sometimes Manikandan), in the southern parts of India. Every year over 30 million devotees, trudging a mountainous path, come to visit Ayyappan at his Sabari malai temple.
  9. 9. Click icon to add picture Since Sri Ayyapan took birth to vanquish evil and to save his people from evil, even today devotees turn to him, seeking refuge from evil with the prayer-- “ Swamiye Saranam Ayyapa” Ayyapa in your feet I seek refuge!
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