Munippara – In search of the Immortal

Is being immortal, a blessing or a curse? Mortals might find being immortal a boon. But, immortals might not find the same, it seems. However, until we know any immortal in person, it will be hard to tell. But, we know a cursed immortal who had to wander with his chronic dermis wounds. It is […]

Is being immortal, a blessing or a curse? Mortals might find being immortal a boon. But, immortals might not find the same, it seems. However, until we know any immortal in person, it will be hard to tell. But, we know a cursed immortal who had to wander with his chronic dermis wounds. It is none other than Aswathama, the cursed descendant of Dhronacharya, the warrior Guru of Pandavas and Kauravas. And interestingly this wandering immortal is believed to have found his place of solace in Kerala. Munippara, the hilltock facing the Kovalam beach in Thiruvananthapuram is said to be the place where he is finding solace for his atonement.

Aswathama Shrine in Munippara

In the Hindu epic Mahabharata, Ashwathama or Drauni is the son of guru Drona and the grandson of the sage Bharadwaja. Ashvatthama fought on the Kaurava side against the Pandavas in the Kurukshetra War. He became a Chiranjivi (immortal) due to a curse given to him by Krishna. Ashwatthama used brahmastra on an unborn baby in the womb of uttara and burnt the baby to ashes. According to Lord Krishna, he committed a crime that cannot be forgiven. So he cursed Ashwatthama that he will attain immortality and he will live till the time earth ceases to exist. And he will suffer from incurable diseases, his body will rot like rotten meat and will give out a smell of rotten meat. His body will be filled wounds that will never heal and will be filled with pus. And pus will keep oozing out of those wounds. And he will carry this rotting body till earth ceases to exist.

Munippara is located near Thiruvallam in Thiruvananthapuram. The place is still maintained in its pristine environment. The small temple here has the shrine of Aswathama and other Gods and saints including Saint Agasthya. The huge rock which homes the shrine has a huge banyan tree, which is often flocked by peacocks.

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