|Kadampuzha Devi temple, kerala Trip advisor.com|
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Quite infuriated, Arjuna shot an arrow and killed Mukasura. Lord Shiva also shot at the Assura at the same time. An argument ensued as to whose arrow killed the demon. Shiva, in the guise of the Kirata king finally agreed with Arjuna to have an archery contest. In the fierce contest, Arjuna was defeated and became quite dismayed. Then he placed a big stone in front of him and prayed to Goddess Adi Parashakthi. The flowers he showered on the stone fell at the feet of Kirata and Kirati. He then realized that those were none other than Lord Shiva and Devi Parvathi who wanted to test his devotion and bhakti. Pleased with this, Lord Shiva granted him the arrow - ''Pashupathastra'', as desired by Arjuna.
The 'Kadampuzha Devi Shetram' is an holy one and highly sanctified. Further, the consecration here was done by the great saint Sri Shangaracharaya of Kaladi. He was born close to Thrissur and became an authority on Advaidtha philosophy, he established five Mutts to propagate his philosophy. In the South Tha Kanchi Mutt at Kanchipuram. Tamil Nadu and the Sringeri Mutt at Sringeri in Karnataka are quite popular.
Strict dress code needs to be followed to enter the temple premises. Men needs to wear dhoti and has to remove shirt before entering the main temple. Women with pants, etc are not allowed inside the temple premises. Almost daily Annadaanam (free meals) is provided to devotees during noon time. Devotees are advised
|The Mahabharata, the great epic of India firsttimemommy.net|
Traditionally, the authorship of the Mahābhārata is attributed to Vyāsa. There have been many attempts to unravel its historical growth and compositional layers. The bulk of the Mahābhārata was probably compiled between the 3rd century BCE and the 3rd century CE, with the oldest preserved parts not much older than around 400 BCE. The original events related by the epic probably fall between the 9th and 8th centuries BCE. The text probably reached its final form by the early Gupta period (c. 4th century CE).
The Mahābhārata is the longest epic poem known and has been described as "the longest poem ever written". Its longest version consists of over 100,000 śloka or over 200,000 individual verse lines (each shloka is a couplet), and long prose passages. At about 1.8 million words in total, the Mahābhārata is roughly ten times
the length of the Iliad and the Odyssey combined, or about four times the length of the Rāmāyaṇa. W. J. Johnson has compared
the importance of the Mahābhārata in the context of world civilization to that of the Bible, the works of William Shakespeare, the works of Homer, Greek drama, or the Quran. Within the
Indian tradition it is sometimes called the fifth Veda.(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahabharata)