Maya is also referred as Chathan or Kuttichathan.
in buffalo and known for his
Maya (illusions). Vishnu Maya (Kuttichathan) born in
union of Lord Siva and a tribal girl called Koolivaka.
Koolivaka was a tribal chandala (outcaste) girl and
was forced by Lord siva to mate. Koolivaka, who was
devotee of goddess parvathy asked help from devi to
escape from the embarrassment. Parvathy devi then
to stay away and took the form of her. The reason behind
this was the pre-ordained fate of Koolivaka. She was
one of the servants of Parvathy Devi in her previous
birth. One day Devi happened to see her breast feeding
vinayaka. Parvathy Devi could not control her anger
and cursed that she would be born in earth as an
girl. In reply to her apology and request for getting
out of this situation, goddess parvathy devi blessed
her and told that she would be getting an opportunity
to feed Lord Siva’s son in next birth.
Another intention behind
Vishnu Maya’s birth
was to kill the asura called “Jalandhara“.
Once Narada revealed to Chathan the secret behind his
birth and intention, chathan went to see his parents
in Kailasam. He took form of Vishnu and bluffed Nandikeshwara
while entering to Kailasam. Lord siva thus named Chathan
as Vishnu Mayam the one who took the form of Vishnu
as Maya (illusion).
List of Vishnu Maya Temples