the legend in kerala is that parsurama created *kerala* by throwing his axe into the sea. there is fossil evidence that indeed at least parts of the western ghats came up from the sea. fossils of sea-bottom dwelling marine creatures have been found atop (i think) peaks such as anamudi (elephant crest), the tallest peak in the ghats. this implies tectonic movements that caused the seafloor to rise up and become land.
also, this report below is very quiet about what happened to the ancient temple of katyayani. answer: the christists destroyed it during the reign of terror of 'saint' francis xavier and the inquisition. why is this fact 'negated'?
i went to madgaon recently, and found out that madgaon = matt + gaon = village of mathams. *every one* of those mathams was destroyed and taken over by the christists just as they did to the kapaliswar temple in chennai over which their san thome cathedral has been built.
yet another example of the babri masjid syndrome. mohammedans destroyed at least 100,000 temples in north india. christists destroyed at least 10,000 temples in south india. such a fine pair of barbaric imperialistic semitic cults!
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> Parshuram's creation of Goa
> By Rohit Phalgaonkar
> The Navhind Times
> 4th January, 2007
> An ancient temple of Kaatyaani Baaneshwar existed in Benaulim till the
> 16th cent AD.
> Legend has that Shri Parshuram (Shri Vishnu's sixth incarnation) shot
> an arrow in the Arrabian Sea from the peak of the Sahyadri. This arrow
> hit Baannaavali (Benaulim) and made the sea recede, thus reclaiming the
> land of Goa.
> An ancient temple of Kaatyaani Baaneshwar also existed in Baannaavali
> till the 16th cent AD. V S Dhume points out a temple of Shri Parshuram
> on Saalher (Sahyadri hill). Two rock hewn footprints in a pose of a man
> standing to shoot an arrow are seen near it. Today the ancient temple of
> Shri Parshuram that 2550-2350 BC given by Dr.Pusalkar corresponds to the
> period of the Sahyadri Khand, opines V S Dhume.
> The Sahyadri Khand states that Shi Parshuram along with 10 sages from
> Trihotr (Bihar) settled in Gomaanchal (Goa). They were Bhaardwaaj,
> Koushik, Vatsa, Koudimy, Kashyap, Vasisht, Jamadagni, Vishwaamitr,
> Gautam and Atri. They settled in 8 villages that is Mathhgraam
> (Madgaon), Vrney (Verna), Kudtari, Shankhaavali (Sancoale), Raaichuri
> (Raai), Lotli, Naagve and Baannaavali.
> The families of these sages settled in 66 villages called Saasashti
> (Salcette). This is evident from the line "Shat-Shadteshu Graameshu
> Kulaani Sthaapitaani" of the Sahyadri Khand. Ten families settled in
> Chudamani (ancient Chorao); 8 more in Dipvati (Diwar) and 12 families
> in central Goa. This formed the ancient Tiswadi. In total 96 families
> were established. From this it is inferred that the Goan surnames
> 'Shennai' is a corruption of 'Shaannavi' meaning 96.
> The Sahyadri Khand also mentions a Yadny (fire ritual) performed by Shri
> Parshuram in Goa. It is said that vestige of this Yadny is the
> 'Bhasmaacho Dongor', a small hillock facing he sea in Arambol. Pernem.
> Arambol is a corruption of Harmall, which appears to have derived from
> 'Hari Mall' (Shri Vishnu's land). The soil on this hillock resembles
> ash. Surprisingly a natural rock formation in the shape of a 'Yadney
> Kund' (provision made to light fire) is seen on its peak. One can also
> see an ancient laterite shrine nearby.
> From this it appears that Shri Parshuram was a historic figure, which
> lead a group of people helping them to settle in Goa by reclaiming the
> land; perhaps by bunding waterlogged areas.
> Temples of many 'Vir' or 'Purush', reclaimed flooded lands by bunds are
> found in Goa, shows that the art of land reclamation was also known to
> the aboriginal inhabitants of Goa.
> One cannot totally dismiss folklore and mythology, which are the traces
> of history. Unique churches, temples of Goa give it a different
> character, which needs to be conserved.