In Thirukandiyur near Thanjavur district, there is a temple for Brahma dev by the name Brahma Sira Kandeeswarar temple. It is believed that lingodbhava incident of where Shiva appearing in linga form to kill Ahankara of Brahma took place. This was the place where Lord Shiva first appeared as Kala Bhairava.

It is during this period where Kala Bhairava seemed to have nullified his Brahmahatya dosha in Kashi.

So now my question is, did this Shiva linga incident took place twice in this Kalpa? Do we have reference for it?

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    It happened outside cosmic egg. It would be too easy for Brahma dev to find top and bottom of fire pillar if it happened inside cosmic egg or on earth. It happened before creation, after all, Brahma dev would not be aware about who Lord Shiva is before commencing creation and at the start of kalpa and not after everything had already been created. – Pinakin Sep 17 '18 at 9:24
  • From what I heard in my visits to sacred places, two places in south India is where Lingodbhava took place and Bhairava form of Shiva came from it. So, I am seeking for proper reference on how this incident happened. Subject of infinity seems so vast and taking me lot of time to realize it! – Parabrahman Jyoti Sep 17 '18 at 10:20
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    If you look at famous saying " if you end your life in Kashi, you'll get Mukti" - In Kashi, the story behind Bhairava is it is the place where Bhairava got freed from Brahamahati Dosha for taking out Brahma's head. Then something is missing? – Parabrahman Jyoti Sep 17 '18 at 10:22
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    What is the relation between Shivalingodbhavam and Brahma's temple at Tirukkandiyur?? Looks like you are mixing two different stories. Temple history doesn't mention lingodhbhavam. – Sarvabhouma Sep 18 '18 at 18:55
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    The other temple you're thinking of is the Arunachaleshwarar temple in Thiruvannamalai, right? – Keshav Srinivasan Sep 18 '18 at 20:53

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