Vishnu Maya is also referred as Chathan or Kuttichathan. His rides 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 true devotee of goddess
parvathy asked help from devi to escape from the embarrassment. Parvathy devi then
advised her 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
out caste 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).