Zillions of pilgrims flock to Kasi, where there is a shrine of Lord Shiva. It is believed that those who visit this sacred place will gain ‘moksha’ liberation and will escape the cycle of life and death. They will, in other words, win a place in Kailasa, the abode of Shiva.
In Kailasa, Goddess Parvati, the consort of Lord Shiva, apprehensively, asked the Lord
“So many people are worshipping you in Kasi, but will Kailasa be big enough to accommodate all of them?”
Lord Shiva replied
“All of them cannot come to Kailasa, dear! I will design a drama and show you the folks who will win my Grace and ultimately come to Kailasa. We will both act in this drama.”
Lord Shiva and Parvati then disguised themselves and came down to Kasi. Parvati, as a shriveled old hag, sat on the step of the Shiva temple and Lord Shiva…
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