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Slaying of Gajasura

(Ref: Shiva Purana - Rudra Samhita - Yuddha Khanda - 57)

Lord Shiva Shiva and GajasuraLord Shiva slays Gajasura and wears the elephant hide: Gajasura, the son of Mahishasura performed severe penance inside a forest to avenge his father's death. Getting boon from Lord Brahma he became invincible from the devas. He conquered the three lokas and started tormenting the gods and the religious-minded people.

Once Gajasura arrived at Kashi to torment the people there. The gods took refuge of Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva arrived with a trident and waged a war with Gajasura. Gajasura was wounded and before dying eulogized Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva became pleased and told him to ask for a boon. Gajasura asked the boon that the Lord should wear his elephant hide and be known as Krittivasa (who is clad in elephant hide). Lord Shiva granted the boon and told him that his body will become a Linga by name Krittivaseshwara which will remove the sins and bestow salvation.

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