Story of Nandikeshwar
Once Sage Shilad did a tremendous penance to please lord Shiv with an
aspiration to have a son. Lord Shiv appeared before him and asked him to
demand any boon he wished. Sage Shilad expressed his desire of having a
son who is not born from a physical body and who is proficient in all the
scriptural knowledge. Lord Shiv blessed him by saying - "So be it".
Sage Shilad then returned to his hermitage and performed a Yagya. From the
Yagya Kund appeared a child who possessed four arms and three eyes. Sage Shilad
was very pleased to see that child. The birth of the child was celebrated
with great fanfare. Lord Shiv and Paarvatee arrived to bless the child. The
child was named Nandee as his birth had given immense joy (Aanand) to sage
Shilad. Later on Nandee lived with his father like any other normal child and
was brought up with great love and care. He became proficient in all the
scriptures within seven years.
Being inspired by Lord Shiv, two Braahman came to sage Shilad and informed
him that after one year Nandee may return back. Sage Shilad became extremely
sad. Seeing his father in his sorrowful mood, Nandee consoled him and later on
went to do penance. His tremendous penance pleased Lord Shiv and Paarvatee
and both of them appeared before him. Lord Shiv blessed him and said- "You
are just like me, so you will never die". Lord Shiv also gave one of his
garlands to him. As soon as Nandee wore that garland he imbibed all the qualities
of Lord Shiv. After that Lord Shiv took out some water from his locks of hair and
sprinkled on him, as a result of which five rivers came into existence. These five
rivers were later on came to be known as Pancha-nad. Lord Shiv then made him the
leader of all his Gan. Later on Paarvatee took Nandi under her guidance and considered
him just like her own son. Nandee was married to Suyashaa, the daughter of Marut.
Ultimately all of them accompanied Lord Shiv to his abode. There was no effect of
the words of Braahman.
Nandikeswar is an incarnation of Lord Shiv himself as told in Shiv Puraan by sage Soot Jee.
Yet Another Story About Nandee
Another is a story about Nandee getting the form of the oxen. This is also from the
Internet. One day Lord Shiv called Nandee and asked him to go over to the world and
tell people to take oil bath daily and to take food once a week. It appears Nandee
was absent minded a little. He came and told the people just the reverse - Take food
daily and oil bath once a week. Shiv became angry at Nandee for telling just the
reverse of what he has told him to say. So Shiv transformed him into an ox by the curse.
It is told because of this all the shortage of food has happened in the world. Just
think we all feel hungry only one day in a week. Food production will get lessened,
people will work still less, since they require food on one day only.
There is one another story about
Vadakkunaath Temple. It is also from Internet.
Once a smart young gentleman, with a very fair complexion, appeared offering prayers sitting
in the Mandap. He would appear suddenly, sit calmly offering prayers in the Mandap and would
suddenly disappear too. This continued for months. People coming to worship in the temple stood
looking at the handsome gentle man including pregnant women. It is said that the children delivered
(from those pregnant women who looked at him) started appearing like the same handsome man. And
it was not the case only with one pregnant woman but for many pregnant women. Quarrels started on
the integrity of women, because they looked at the gentleman. One fine day the gentleman disappeared.
It is told that that young man was Lord Shiv himself in the legend. Leaving the legend, generally
many people from Trichoor, both male or female, look more handsome and well built and of wheatish
complexion comparing to other parts of Kerala.