As per the legend, a Shivalinga was owned by the Rakshasa king Tarakasura. No one could win over him due to the power of this Shivalinga. In the war between the Devas and Asuras under Tarakasura, Karitkeya and Tarakasura were face to face. Kartikeya used his Shakti Aayudha to kíll Tarakasura. By the power of Shakti Aayudha the body of Tarakasura was torn into pieces. But, to the astonishment of Kartikeya, all the pieces reunited to give rise to Taraka. He repeatedly broke the body into pieces and it was re-unified again.
Lord Kumara Swamy was confused and was in an embarrassed state. Lord Sriman Narayana appeared before him and said “Kumara! Don’t get depressed. Without breaking the Shivalingham worn by the asura you can’t kíll him.” (You should first break the Shivalingam into pieces, then only you can kíll Taraka Lord Vishnu.) He said that after breaking, the shivalingham will try to unite. To prevent the Linga from uniting all the pieces should be fixed in the place where they fall by worshiping them and building temples on them.
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