chose Pushpakasi for the task and sent her back to earth. She killed the demon and
restored peace in the land. She did not like to stay on earth after fulfilling her mission
and so made further penance praying to Siva to call her back to Heaven.
happened to note the austere penance in which this virgin was engaged, installed her image
together with a Vinayaka, in tile firm belief that she alone could save the land, which
had been reclaimed from the sea, from being swallowed by it again. In this connection, it
is necessary to mention here that the mainland of Bharata Varsha had in ancient times
extended far beyond the present southern-most point. The land was known as the continent
of Lemuria and it probably connected Madagascar and Africa in a contiguous strip. The
first Tamil Sangarn was held in a place now under the sea. The ocean gradually swallowed
up that area. Now, at the request of Parashurama, this virgin Mother faced the South and
arrested the further march of the sea.