As per one of the legends, once when Lord Vishnu was sleeping on Divine snake Adi Shesha, the divine serpent noticed jerks now and then over the body of the Lord. Divine snake Adishesha did not realise that the Lord was in slumber cherishing the enchanting dance of Lord Shiva happening elsewhere. As Lord Vishnu got grossly absorbed in the dance of Lord Shiva, his body vibrated with rhythm in dance. As vibration of Lord Vishnu continued, his body began to become heavier and heavier out of ecstasy. The vibration made Divine snake Adishesha so uncomfortable that he was gasping for breath and reached the point of collapse. After some time, suddenly the weight of the Lord began to lesson and reached normal weight. Divine snake Adishesha was amazed, but could not guess the reason and therefore waited for the Lord to get up and after he woke up politely sought reason for the sudden changes in him gaining weight during his slumber. Lord Vishnu revealed that he was cherishing the majesty and grandeur of Lord Shiva’s dance and may be that was the reason why his body bloated and gained weight out of ecstasy. As the Lord continued to narrate the majesty and grandeur of the dance of Lord Shiva, Divine snake Adishesha overjoyed by the sequence expressed by his master desired to witness it at the earliest and pleaded with Lord Vishnu to bless him for the same. Pleased Lord Vishnu acceded to his request and blessed that he would soon be born a human on earth to witnesses the cosmic dance of Lord Shiva in Chidambaram.
Divine snake Adishesha still remaining bed for Lord Vishnu on ocean began to meditate for getting his desire fulfilled at the earliest. Simultaneously on earth another event was occurring connected to this story. A Yogin of high order in wisdom, namely Gonika desired that the knowledge and wisdom which she had gained over years on account of severe penance and tapas should not go waste and reach the mankind for their benefit before her earthly life came to an end. She was in search of a suitable disciple whom she can adapt and impart her knowledge and wisdom since her end was nearing. Taking hint from Lord Vishnu, the Divine snake Adishesha realized that it was the opportune time to reach her to become her adapted son or a disciple so that he can gain human form to witness the cosmic dance of Lord Shiva.
As the session continued, one of the disciples in the gathering could not control natures call and therefore went out thinking that he could go quietly and return back quietly without anyone’s knowledge as a cloth veil separated the master and the disciples. In the meanwhile another disciple too became curious to know what the master was doing behind the curtain. In a haste he ran near the screen and lifted it. Alas, nobody was found behind the veil and there occurred a terrible disaster. Entire fleet of disciples who were still seated there facing the curtain turned into ashes.
In the meantime the disciple who had gone to attend the natures call returned. Seeing him an angry Maharishi cursed him to instantly become Brahma Rakshasa (Demon) and stuck to the tree top for disobeying the dictum of the master. With the curse, the disciple instantly become Brahma Rakshasa (Demon) and stuck to the tree top and since he cannot move from the tree. Therefore to pass his time, he began to write on the leaves all that he had learnt from Maharishi Pathanjali and threw them one by one below. As per the lore, a goat which was sitting below the tree began eating those leaves as they fell on ground without leaving even one to remain there. The Maharishi too disappeared.
In this mystery lore, several questions remained un answered.
- Who were those disciples who were turned to ashes?
- Why were they punished when they had committed no crime?
- How did the master convey the knowledge to everybody without uttering a single word of sound?
- What was the significance of the veil (Curtain)?
- Why was only one disciple saved?
- Why did he become a demon?
- Why was he asked to write all that he learnt?
- Why did the goat eat away all those leaves without leaving even one that fell ?