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Shiva was attracted to Vishnu’s female form, Mohini, as a result of which Ayyappa was born

Shiva was attracted to Vishnu’s female form, Mohini, as a result of which Ayyappa was born

In the Bhagavata Purana, after Vishnu deceived the demons in his female form, Shiva wanted to see the bewildering Mohini again. When Vishnu agreed and revealed his Mohini form, Shiva got lured by Mohini, while the abandoned wife Parvati looked on. Shiva is overcome by Kama (love and desire). His ‘unfailing’ seed escaped and fell on the ground. From these seeds of Shiva, Ayyappa was born.