Lord \u015aiva is often glorified as Tripur\u0101ri or Tripur\u0101ntaka, meaning the foe or the destroyer of the three cities. The \u015aiva-Pur\u0101\u1e47a amongst other Pur\u0101\u1e47as elaborates the anecdote of the three famed cities. There was once an asura by name T\u0101raka who tormented the devas. Lord \u015aiva\u2019s son, K\u0101rtikeya, vanquished him and brought order to the world. T\u0101rak\u0101sura\u2019s sons, however, T\u0101rak\u0101k\u1e63a, Vidyunm\u0101l\u012b and Kamal\u0101k\u1e63a were devastated by the death of their father. They gave up the pleasures of the world and resorted to a cave in mount Meru for penance. Thousands of years rolled by as the brothers engaged in stupendous penance. Finding that their minds were completely stilled in thoughts of him, Lord Brahm\u0101 appeared before them immensely pleased. He said, \u201cwhy do you put yourself through such hardship? Seek of me that which you most desire, and I shall fulfil the longing of your heart.\u201d The sons of T\u0101raka were delighted. They said, \u201cif indeed you are pleased with us, please bless us with immortality and invincibility.\u201d Lord Brahm\u0101 responded, \u201che who is born must indeed die. This is the law of creation. Think carefully and ask me for something else.\u201d The three pondered a while and responded, \u201clord, if that is the case, bless us with three impregnable cities. Let these cities be mobile so that we may move about freely.\u201d T\u0101rak\u0101k\u1e63a added, \u201cmay the celestial architect construct a city of gold for me.\u201d Kamal\u0101k\u1e63a said, \u201cI want my city to be made of silver.\u201d Vidyunm\u0101l\u012b chimed, \u201cI would like my city to be fashioned in iron and steel.\u201d The three wicked brothers added in unison, \u201cthe cities must only be destroyed by a single arrow of Lord \u015aiva, released when he is seated in a special vehicle, and when the three cities are perfectly aligned.\u201d Upon Brahm\u0101\u2019s command, Vi\u015bvakarma designed three exquisite cities that were fortified by three forts. The first fort could be seen only from heaven, the second from the sky, and the third from the earth alone. The brothers assumed charge of the magical cities that were guarded by the forts and began terrorizing the three worlds. With the support of May\u0101sura, the r\u0101k\u1e63asa overlord, they overpowered Indra and took charge of Indraloka. Deeply distressed, the celestials surrendered to lord \u015aiva and pleaded, \u201cMah\u0101deva, the three sons of T\u0101rak\u0101sura now rule over the three worlds. Siddhas and sages live in fear as they unleash tyranny over the universe. We are striped of power and unrighteousness spreads like poison in the three worlds. You are our only recourse. Please vanquish them and bring peace to the world.\u201d The lord responded with a smile, \u201chow can I be ungrateful to the sons of T\u0101raka, who bear me such love? They worship me with great devotion and dedication. How can I possibly betray them?\u201d Crestfallen, the celestials next resorted to lord Vi\u1e63\u1e47u for succour. Listening to the supplication of the celestials Lord Vi\u1e63\u1e47u responded, \u201cthe citizens of the three famed cities engage in worship of lord \u015aiva constantly. They are hence invincible. I shall devise a plan to turn them away from worship and vedic rites. When the power of prayer diminishes, the lord will intercede.\u201d Having given the celestials leave, lord Vi\u1e63\u1e47u created a m\u0101y\u0101puru\u1e63a (an embodiment of illusion) from his body and commissioned him with the task of uprooting Vedic practices from the three cities. The m\u0101y\u0101puru\u1e63a entered the three cities and began spreading false doctrines. When his efforts were not successful, sage N\u0101rada went to May\u0101sura upon lord Vi\u1e63\u1e47u\u2019s command and convinced him to listen to the teachings of the unique guru. The false guru initiated May\u0101sura and began telling him, \u201cthere is no distinct god; each is god unto himself. The Vedas proclaim that joy is the embodiment of the Supreme. Therefore, man must seek pleasure until he lives.\u201d The false guru further denounced the worship of the \u015aivali\u1e45ga or any other deity, charity, and other Vaidika-dharmas. With May\u0101sura influenced by the false guru, the three cities soon relinquished dharma and their loyalty to lord \u015aiva. Adharma spread through the three cities, and evil took residence in the hearts of the citizens. Vi\u1e63\u1e47u seized this opportunity to appeal to Lord \u015aiva. He said, \u201cO\u2019 lord, you are the soul resting in all created beings. Please protect us. May\u0101sura and the sons of T\u0101raka tyrannize us. They have fallen from dharma. We reveal to you their evil ways and plead with you to act as you see fit.\u201d Lord \u015aiva responded mischievously, \u201canyone who transgresses dharma is deserving of an end at my hands, no doubt. However, I have no divine chariot, an expert charioteer, or masterly weapons to wage war against the formidable daityas. How do I slay them?\u201d Relieved that the lord was willing to punish the daityas, the celestials chimed in unison, \u201cwe shall transform ourselves into a chariot and serve you.\u201d His face blossoming in a smile, lord \u015aiva said, \u201cconsider the three cities reduced to shambles! Make haste and construct a chariot.\u201d Upon the word of the lord, Vi\u015bvakarma hastened to create an astonishing chariot. It was a miniature of the created universe. Lord Brahm\u0101 was the charioteer. The four Vedas were the horses yoked to the chariot. The Mandara mount served as the formidable bow of the lord, and the king of serpents served as the bowstring. Lord Vi\u1e63\u1e47u served as the arrows, and lord Agni served as their sharp tips. With the brilliant lord amount the chariot, it sped through the skies towards the three cities with a horde of celestials in tow. The lord reached the vicinity of the three cities, placed an arrow upon his mighty bow and drew his bowstring taut, awaiting the perfect moment. A hundred thousand years (earthly years) went by, but the three cities did not fall in a perfect line. At that juncture, a divine voice echoed in the sky \u2013 \u201cO \u015aiva, unless you worship Ga\u1e47e\u015ba, you will not be able to destroy the three cities.\u201d Hearing these words, the lord summoned Bhadra-K\u0101l\u012b and offered prayers to Ga\u1e47e\u015ba. As Mah\u0101deva completed the adulation, the three cities appeared in perfect alignment in the sky. The lord then placed the P\u0101\u015bupatr\u0101stra upon his bow and released the arrow, filling the world with its tumult. The arrow sped through the sky and reduced the magical cities to cinders in the blink of an eye. T\u0101rak\u0101k\u1e63a who lay upon the floor within inches of death, pleaded mentally, "you must indeed be pleased with us otherwise you would not have slain us with your own hands, O\u2019 lord. We have experienced your peerless magnificence today. May this tender devotion that bathes our hearts today stay with us birth after birth, compassionate one.\u201d With these words upon his lips and with the three magnificent cities razed to the ground, the daitya was reduced to ashes by the will of lord \u015aiva. \u0928\u092e\u0938\u094d\u0924\u0947\u093d\u0938\u094d\u0924\u0941 \u092d\u0917\u0935\u0928\u094d \u0935\u093f\u0936\u094d\u0935\u0947\u0936\u094d\u0935\u0930\u093e\u092f \u092e\u0939\u093e\u0926\u0947\u0935\u093e\u092f \u0924\u094d\u0930\u094d\u092f\u092e\u094d\u092c\u0915\u093e\u092f \u0924\u094d\u0930\u093f\u092a\u0941\u0930\u093e\u0928\u094d\u0924\u0915\u093e\u092f \u0924\u094d\u0930\u093f\u0915\u093e\u0917\u094d\u0928\u093f\u0915\u093e\u0932\u093e\u092f \u0915\u093e\u0932\u093e\u0917\u094d\u0928\u093f\u0930\u0941\u0926\u094d\u0930\u093e\u092f \u0928\u0940\u0932\u0915\u0923\u094d\u0920\u093e\u092f \u092e\u0943\u0924\u094d\u092f\u0941\u091e\u094d\u091c\u092f\u093e\u092f \u0938\u0930\u094d\u0935\u0947\u0936\u094d\u0935\u0930\u093e\u092f \u0938\u0926\u093e\u0936\u093f\u0935\u093e\u092f \u0936\u094d\u0930\u0940\u092e\u0928\u094d\u092e\u0939\u093e\u0926\u0947\u0935\u093e\u092f \u0928\u092e\u0903\u0965 namaste'stu bhagavan vi\u015bve\u015bvar\u0101ya mah\u0101dev\u0101ya tryambak\u0101ya tripur\u0101ntak\u0101ya trik\u0101gnik\u0101l\u0101ya k\u0101l\u0101gnirudr\u0101ya n\u012blaka\u1e47\u1e6dh\u0101ya m\u1e5btyu\u00f1jay\u0101ya sarve\u015bvar\u0101ya sad\u0101\u015biv\u0101ya \u015br\u012bmanmah\u0101dev\u0101ya nama\u1e25|| May my salutations be unto you lord Mah\u0101deva, the lord of the universe, the three-eyed one, the destroyer of the three cities who are the keeper of the three sacred fires, are formidable as the fire of cataclysm, bluish of hue in the throat, the vanquisher of Death, the overlord, and the embodiment of auspiciousness.