Showing posts with label Maa Durga. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Maa Durga. Show all posts

Saturday, October 10, 2020

Durga puja symbol of women's honor

Durga puja symbol of women's honor

It is surprising to bring soil from an 'unholy' place like a brothel in a sacred work like Durga Puja.  This is the place around which passing through is not considered good, then why on Durga Puja?
Nobody looks as excited as the women of Bengali society in Navratri.  The mind becomes happy to see their being composed, the glow and energy of their face.  However, thats why , Durga Puja is the biggest festival of Bengali Hindus.  I also like this festival of Maa Durga because some things related to this festival are related to female honor.

Prostitute: The idol of Durga Maa is incomplete without their respect.

According to traditional beliefs, some things are considered very important for making the idol of Goddess - cow urine, cow dung, wood, jute structures, sindoor, paddy shells, soil of holy rivers, special flora and prohibited pali raz.  (Prohibited Pali, ie forbidden area and Raz i.e. soil.) This means that along with other things, the soil of that place is also necessary who is prohibited .  That means brothel.  If this soil is not used to make an idol of Durga Maa, then the idol of the mother is considered incomplete and the Pran-pratistha of Durga Maa is not complete .  Therefore during Durga Puja, the soil of the brothel is used to make the idol of Durga. But it is surprising to bring soil from an 'unholy' place like a brothel in a sacred work like Durga Puja.  This is a place around which it is not considered good to pass through, the women who trade the body are seen with hatred.  Then why so on Durga Puja.  So the answer is found only in popular mythology.
The mud of the brothel is used to make the idol of Maa Durga.
- It is said that these soil are the desires of the society that accumulate in the brothel.  It is offered to Durga so that those who have committed mistakes can get freedom from sins.
- According to a legend, a prostitute was a great devotee of Durga Maa.  But being a prostitute, society used to despise her.  Then the mother gave her a boon to save her devotee from reproach that only the idol of Goddess would be made from the clay given by her hand and the idols would not be complete without the use of this clay.  According to scholars, it has been confirmed in texts like Sharda Tilakam, Mahamantra Maharnava, Mantramahoddhi etc.
- There is also a belief that when a person goes inside a brothel, he leaves all his purity outside the brothel door and hence the soil outside the door becomes sacred.
Everyone understands these beliefs in their own way.  But in what I understood, I saw only the honor of the woman in this ritual.  On one hand, this society worships the goddess, calling it a superpower, but the same society does not respect a prostitute just because she does body trade. Somewhere through this ritual, this message is also given to the patriarchal society that the women of the sex trade did not choose on their own, they had to choose this profession due to the desires of men.  So why their disdain for this. These women are also someone's mother and sister.  They are not worthy of scorn.  She is also an equal eligible for respect like the rest of women.  Through this rituals, once a year, pundits also have to stretch their hands in front of the  prostitutes.  What can be a better example of women's respect and women's empowerment.

Mother Durga is the form of power
 Durga: Daughter of every household

On the sixth day of Navratri, i.e. Shashthi, the idol of Maa Durga is installed in the pandal.  And in the evening the cover is removed from her mouth.  It is said that Durga maa comes to her maternal home for 10 days with Ganesh, Karthikeya, Lakshmi and Saraswati.  Goddess is worshiped in every pandal and happiness is celebrated. Dancing, singing, prostrate everything . That is, the daughter comes to her maternal home, then there is happiness in the family.  These 4 days are considered very important.  And on the morning of Dashami, women come to the pandal to put sindoor on the idol of Goddess Durga and play Holi of Sindoor there.  It is called 'Sindoor Khela'.  And after this, the idol of the Goddess is bid farewell, immersed in them. On this day, every woman bids farewell to mother Durga like a daughter.  It is to be noted here that Durga, who is the mother of the whole world, departs like a daughter on this day.  And the tradition is to leave them laughing happily, no one cries because the mother has to come again next year.  That is, every woman has a love and respect for her mother Durga like a daughter.
Here it has also been tried to say that every daughter in the world deserves respect in the same way as own daughter is given respect.  In the society, both daughter and daughter-in-law have their own different importance.  But if both are compared, daughters get more love and respect.  Through this festival, the message is sent to the society that every woman should be treated like a daughter.
In our culture, women have been considered venerable.  But today this honor is seen only in customs and festivals.  People are proud to see Durga Maa's 10 hands and Mamatamayi's face, but they do not see that the woman who is in their house is also the form of Goddess.  She is also tied in different relationship and does hundreds of works inside the house and outside.  But no one can see her 10 hands.  The reverence on Durga Puja with is also important  understanding its moral values.

You all understand the spirit of this article… bring purity in your mind.  So that women can get respect in this country.

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Maa Sati and story of Shaktipeethas.

Maa Sati and story of Shaktipeethas.

In Hinduism, the divinity and power of a woman is considered the most creative force in the universe.  Hindus across the world celebrate the power of the Goddess through many festivals such as Durga Puja, Kali Puja, Navratri.  Shaktipeeth came into existence due to the power of Goddess.  Shaktipeeths are very important in Indian spiritual history.  In Navratri, nine forms of Maa Bhavani are worshiped and praising is performed.  By the way, mother's power is present in every particle.  The control of nature is established on the whole world by power and power is worshiped.
Mother Durga has been given a very important place in Hinduism.  Also Durga is an extremely powerful goddess in mythology.  The Puranas have a very special significance in Hinduism.  Maa Durga removes all the troubles and destroys evil forces.  No devotee goes empty-handed from the court of the mother. The mother fulfills all their wishes, who worships the mother with true heart and full devotion.  Describing the power of Mother Durga and her kindness is impossible .  Mother's Shakti Peethas are described very well in the Puranas. Mother's Navratri is the main festival of Hinduism, which all devotees eagerly waiting and worship Maa Durga in the Navratri. Navratri is going to come in India and with this, mother's cheers will resonate everywhere. The nine different forms of mother are worshiped in the Navratras of Shailputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skandamata, Katyayani, Kalratri, Mahagauri and Siddhidatri.  This festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm all over India. In such a situation, there is a very grand view on the Shaktipeeth of the mother Durga and all of the devotees of the mother are gather in Shaktipeeth.  The glory of all these Shaktipeeths in the Puranas is immense and these Shaktipeeths are spread all over the Indian subcontinent.  This Shaktipeeth remains where the Goddess Sati's body part, clothes and jewelry fell.
Different things have been said in the texts about the location and number of Shaktipeeths.  The Kalika Purana mentions the number of Shaktipeeths as 26.  The number of Shakti Peethas are 51 according to the Shivacharitra.  According to Tantra Chudamani, Markandeya Purana, Shakti Peetha is 51.  108 Shakti Peethas are mentioned in Devi Bhagwat and 72 in Devi Gita. India is a Hindu-dominated country.  There are lakhs of pilgrimage and religious places in India.  Many of these pilgrimage and religious places have been considered more important in Hinduism.  Among them, 51 Shaktipeeth Temple is also included.  Which is considered very important in Hinduism.  Which is in different places in India.

So in this article, we will give you information about the 51 most famous Shaktipeeths in the subcontinent of India.  So let's travel to the main Shaktipeeths of India, but before that we will know the story of Shaktipeeth.

in the context of these 51 Shaktipeeths located in India and abroad is that as the daughter of King Prajapati Daksha, Mother Jagadambika was born as Sati and married Lord Shiva. Once a group of sages were performing a yajna. All the deities were invited in the yajna. When King Daksha came, all the people stood up but Lord Shiva could not stand. Lord Shiva was Daksha's son-in-law. Seeing this, King Daksha became very angry. Daksha always looked at his son-in-law Shiva with disdain.
King Dasaksha considered it his insult and spoke many harsh words to Shiva. But Shiva did not say anything but Nandi did not see this insult to Shiva. There was a lot of debate… I have published this story on this blog before… You can read it in The curse series. Sati's father Raja Prajapati Daksha performed a yajna called 'Brihaspati Sarva / Brhashani' at Kankhal (Haridwar). Brahma, Vishnu, Indra and other gods and goddesses were invited to that yagya, but deliberately did not send an invitation to Lord Shiva, (the husband of his daughter and Sati), to join this yagna. Due to which Lord Shiva did not join this yagna. When Sati comes to know from Naradaji that her father is going to perform the yagna but she is not invited.  She got angry after knowing this.  Naradaji advises her that  there is no needed to see the invitation to go to the father. When Sati started going to her father's house, Lord Shiva refused. Without invited by the father and also stopped her by Shankarji but Sati stubbornly go to join yajna .
At the place of yajna, Sati asked her father Daksha the reason for not inviting Shankar ji and expressed fierce opposition to her father.  On this, Daksha started talking abusive things about Lord Shankar in front of Sati. Sati, suffering from this humiliation, could not tolerate all this and jumped into the sacrificial fire and gave up her life.  When Lord Shankar came to know of this accident, his third eye opened with anger.  There was a chaos like a holocaust everywhere.
On the orders of Lord Shankar, Veerabhadra beheaded Daksha and also punished the other gods for hearing Shiva's condemnation and all the gods and sages, fearing the fierce anger of Shiva's ganas, fled the yajna's place. Then Lord Shiva took Sati's  dead body out from  the Yajnakund, kept on the shoulder and started touring the entire grief-stricken world.  Bhagwati Sati appeared to Shiva in space and told him that wherever the sections of her body split and fall, there will be established  of the Shaktipeethas.
Taking Sati's body, Shiva wandering on the earth and started dancing Tandava, due to which the state of holocaust started to occur.  Seeing the distraught of the three worlds including the earth and at the request of the gods, Lord Vishnu splitting Sati's body with the Sudarshan Chakra.
Where Shiva slammed leg into the dance posture, Vishnu cut off a part of the her body from his Chakra and dropped its pieces on the earth.  According to 'Tantra-Chudamani', where the pieces of the part of Sati, the clothes or the jewels fell, Shaktipeeth came into existence. In this way, Shaktipeeths of Mata were constructed in 51 places.  In the next birth, Sati was born as Parvati to the home of the Himwan king and regained Shiva after doing hard penance.

                                                            Description of Shaktipeeth  .                                                                     

01 . Kirit Katyayani Shaktipeeth - Kirit Shaktipeeth, situated on the Lalbagh Kot, on the banks of the Hooghly River in West Bengal, where Sati Mata's kirit i.e. Shirabhushan or crown was dropped.  Here's Shakti is Vimala or Bhuvaneshwari and Bhairava is Samvart.

02. Katyayani Shaktipeeth - Vrindavan, located in Bhuteshwar of Mathura, Katyayani Vrindavan Shaktipeeth where the hair of Sati fell. Here's Shakti is  in Devi Katyayani and Bhairav is Bhutesh.

03. Karveer Shaktipeeth - This Shaktipeeth is located in Kolhapur, Maharashtra, where the Trinetra of Mata fell. Here's Shakti is Mahishasuramardini and Bhairav is​​Krodhashish.  It is believed to be the personal residence of Mahalakshmi.

04. Shri Parvat Shaktipeeth - There are differences among scholars regarding this Shaktipeeth. Some scholars believe that the original site of this Peeth is Ladakh, while some believe that it is in Sylhet of Assam where the south talpa(Temples or kanpatee) of Mother Sati fell. Here's  Shakti is Shri Sundari and Bhairav ​​ is Sundarananda.

05. Visalakshi Shaktipeeth - Shaktipeeth is located on the Mirghat of Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, where the gem of the right ear of Mother Sati fell. Here's Shakti is Vishalakshi and Bhairav is ​​Kaal Bhairava.

06. Godavari Shaktipeeth - This Shaktipeeth is situated on the Godavari coast in Kabbur, Andhra Pradesh, where the mother's left cheek was dropped. Here  Shakti is Vishveshwari or Rukmani and Bhairav is ​​Dandapani.

07. Shuchindram Shaktipeeth - This Shuchi Shaktipeeth, located at the Trisagar Sangam site of Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu, where the upper teeth of Sati fell, here Shakti is Narayani and Bhairav is ​​Sanhar or Sankur.

08.  Panch Sagar Shaktipeeth - No definite location of this Shaktipeeth is known, but the lower teeth of the mother fell here.  Here's Shakti is Varahi and Bhairav is ​​Maharudra.

09. Jwalamukhi Shaktipeeth - This Shaktipeeth is located in Kangra, Himachal Pradesh, where the tongue of Sati fell. Here  Shakti is Siddhida and Bhairav ​​is Unmata.

10. Bhairav ​​Parvat Shaktipeeth - There is a difference of opinion among scholars regarding this Shaktipeeth.  Some consider the Bhairav ​​mountain near Girinar in Gujarat to be a real Shaktipeeth  and other on the banks of the Kshipra river near Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh, where the upper lips  of Mata fell. Here's is Avanti and Bhairav is ​​Lumbarkarna.

11. Atthas Shaktipeeth - Atthas Shaktipeeth is located in Labpur, West Bengal.  Where the Mata's lower lip was dropped. Here  Shakti is Phullara Devi and Bhairav is​​Vishvesh.

12. Jansthan Shaktipeeth - Located in Panchvati, Maharashtra , Nashik, Jansthan Shaktipeeth where mother's chin fell. Here Shakti is Bhramari and Bhairav  is ​​Vikritaksha.

13. Kashmir Shaktipeeth - Located in Amarnath, Jammu and Kashmir, this Shaktipeeth where the throat of the mother fell. Here  Shakti is Mahamaya and Bhairav is ​​Trisandhyeshwar.

14. Nandipur Shaktipeeth - Situated in Santhya, West Bengal, this Peetha, where the necklace of Devi's body fell.  Here Shakti Nandini and Bhairav ​​are Nandakeshwar.

15. Shri Shail Shaktipeeth - Shri Shail's Shaktipeeth near Kurnool in Andhra Pradesh, where the mother's cervix was dropped. Here Shakti is Mahalakshmi and Bhairav is ​​Sanvaranand or Ishwaranand.

16. Nalhari Shaktipeeth - Nalhari Shaktipeeth is in Bolpur, West Bengal, where the Udarnali (Intestine) of the mother fell. Here Shakti is Kalika and Bhairav is ​​Yogish.

17. Mithila Shaktipeeth - Its exact location is unknown. Mithila Shaktipeeth is considered at three places, that is, Janakpur in Nepal, Samastipur and Saharsa in Bihar, where the left wing of Mata fell. Here Shakti is Uma or Mahadevi and Bhairav  is ​​Mahodar.

18. Ratnavali Shaktipeeth - Its exact location is unknown, it is located somewhere in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, Ratnavali Shaktipeeth where the south wing of Mata fell. Here Shakti is Kumari and Bhairav ​​ is Shiva.

19. Ambaji Shaktipeeth, Prabhas Peeth - On the first peak of Girnar mountain of Gujarat Junagarh, there is a huge huge temple of Goddess Ambaka, where the mother's belly was dropped. Here Shakti is Chandrabhaga and Bhairav is ​​Vakratund.  It is also believed that Sati's upper lips fell near Girinar mountain, where Shakti is Avanti and Bhairav ​​is Lambarkana.

20. Jalandhar Shaktipeeth - Mata's Jalandhra Shaktipeeth is located in Jalandhra, Punjab where mother's left breast was dropped. Here  Shakti is Tripurmalini and Bhairav ​​is Bheeshna.

21. Ramagari Shaktipeeth - There is a difference of opinion among scholars regarding the position of this Shakti Peetha.  Some believe in Chitrakoot of Uttar Pradesh, some in Maihar in Madhya Pradesh, where the right breast of the mother fell.  The Shakti of this place is Shivani and Bhairav is ​​Chand.

22. Vaidyanath's Hadra Shaktipeeth - Vaidyanath Hadra Shaktipeeth is located in Giridih, Deoghar, Jharkhand, where Mother's heart fell. Here  Shakti is Jayadurga and Bhairav is ​​Vaidyanath.  According to a belief, Sati was cremated here too.

23. Vaktreshwar Shaktipeeth - This Shaktipeeth of Mata is located in Sainthia, West Bengal where the mother's brain fell. Here  Shakti is Mahishasuramardini and Bhairav is ​​Vaktranath.

24. Kanyakashram Kanyakumari Shaktipeeth - Kanyakashram Shaktipeeth is situated at the confluence of the three seas of the Indian Ocean, the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal in Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu, where the mother's back was dropped.  The Shakti here is Sharvani or Narayani and Bhairava is Nimishi or Sathanu.

25. Bahula Shaktipeeth - Bahula Shaktipeeth is located in Ketugram near Katwa Junction in West Bengal, where the left arm of Mata was dropped. Here  Shakti is Bahula and Bhairav ​​is Bhiruk.

26. Ujjayini Shaktipeeth - Ujjaini Shaktipeeth is situated on both the banks of the holy Kshipra of Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh.  Where Mother's elbow had fallen. Here Shakti is Mangal Chandika and Bhairav ​​ is Mangalya Kapilambar.

27. Manivedika Shaktipeeth - Located in Pushkar, Rajasthan, Manidevika Shaktipeeth, popularly known as Gayatri Mandir, was the place where the wrist of mother fell. Here Shakti is Gayatri and Bhairav is ​​Sharwanand.

28. Prayag Shaktipeeth - Located in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh.  Mother's hand fingers fell here.  However, differences over places are considered to have fallen here at Akshayavat, Meerapur and Alopi.  Shakti Peeth's Shakti is Lalita Devi and  Bhairav is Bhav.

29. Virjakshetra, Utkal Shaktipeeth - believed to be in Puri and Yajpur in Orissa where the mother's navel was dropped. Here Shakti is Vimala and Bhairav ​​is Jagannath Purushottam.

30. Kanchi Shaktipeeth - Kanchi Shaktipeeth is located in Kanchivaram, Tamil Nadu, where the skeleton of the mother was dropped. Here Shakti is Devagrabha and Bhairava is Ruru.

31. Kalamadhva Shaktipeeth - No definite location is known about this Shaktipeeth.  But, the left buttock of the mother was dropped here. Here Shakti is Kali and Bhairav ​​is Asitanga.

32. Shon Shaktipeeth - Narmada Temple of Amarkantak, Madhya Pradesh is Shon Shaktipeeth.  Mata's south buttocks fell here.  Another belief is that the Tarachandi temple of Sasaram in Bihar is the Shona Tantastha Shaktipeeth.  It is believed that the right eye of Sati fell here. Here Shakti is Narmada or Shonakshi and Bhairav is ​​Bhadrasen.

33. Kamrup Kamakhya Shaktipeeth - Kamagiri of Asaam ,this Shaktipeeth is situated on the Kamagiri mountain of Guwahati, where the mother's vagina was dropped.   Here Shakti is Kamakhya and Bhairav ​​ is Umanath.

34. Jayanti Shaktipeeth - Jayanti Shaktipeeth is situated on the Jaintia hill of Meghalaya, where the left thigh of the mother fell. Here Shakti is Jayanti and Bhairav is ​​Kramadishwar.

35. Magadha Shaktipeeth - Patneshwari Devi, located in Patna, capital of Bihar, is considered to be the Shaktipeeth where the right thigh of the mother fell. Here Shakti is Sarvanandakari and Bhairav is​​Vyomkesh.

36. Tristota Shaktipeeth - Tristota Shaktipeeth is located on the river Teesta in Shalwadi village of Jalpaiguri, West Bengal, where the left foot of the mother was dropped.   Here Shakti is Bhramari and Bhairav is​​ Ishwar.

37. Tripuri Sundari Shaktitripuri Peeth - Located in Radha Kishore village of Tripura, Tripure Sundari Shaktipeeth, where the south foot of the mother fell.  Here  Shakti is Triapur Sundari and Bhairav is ​​Tripuresh.

38. Vibhash Shaktipeeth - Vibhash Shaktipeeth is located in Tamraluk village of Midnapore, West Bengal, where the left ankle of Mata was dropped. Here Shakti is Kapalini, Bhimarupa and Bhairav is ​​Sarvanand.

39. Devikup Peeth Kurukshetra (Shaktipeeth) - Kurukshetra Shaktipeeth, located near Dwaipayan Sarovar near Kurukshetra Junction in Haryana, known as Sridevikup (Bhadrakali Peeth. Here the right ankle of the mother was dropped. Here Shakti is the Savitri and Bhairav ​​is Sthanu.

40. Yugadya Shaktipeeth (Kshiragram Shaktipeeth) - Yugadya Shaktipeeth is located in Kshiragram in Bardaman district of West Bengal, where the thumb of the right leg of Sati fell. Here Shakti is Yugadya and Bhairav is Kshirkantak.

41. Ambika Shaktipeeth of Virat - Virat Shaktipeeth is located in Vairatagram, Jaipur, Pink City of Rajasthan, where Sati's 'right toe fingers' fell. Here Shakti is Ambika and Bhairav is ​​Amrit.

42. Kali Shaktipeeth - This Shaktipeeth, popularly known as Kalimandir, in Kalighat, West Bengal, Kolkata, where 4 other fingers fell, leaving the thumb of the right foot of the mother . Here Shakti is Kalika and Bhairav ​​is Nakulesh.

43. Manas Shaktipeeth - Located on the Mansarovar coast of Tibet, Manas Shaktipeeth, where the right palm of the mother fell. Here  Shakti is Dakshayani and Bhairava is Amar.

44. Lanka Shaktipeeth - Lanka Shaktipeeth is located in Sri Lanka, where Nupur of Mata fell. Here shakti is Indrakshi and Bhairav ​​is Rakshaseshwar.  However, that place is not known at which place of Sri Lanka body part was fell.

45. Gandaki Shaktipeeth - Gandaki Shaktipeeth is located at the origin of the Gandaki River in Nepal, where the right cheek of Sati fell.  Here Shakti is 'Gandaki' and Bhairav ​​is 'Chakrapani'.

46. Guhyeshwari Shaktipeeth - Situated near the Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal is the Guhyeshwari Shaktipeeth, where both Janu (knees) of Mother Sati fell. Here  Shakti is 'Mahamaya' and Bhairava is 'Kapala'.

47. Hinglaj Shaktipeeth - Mata Hinglaj Shaktipeeth, located in the province of Bluechistan, Pakistan, where Brahmarandhra of Mata was dropped. Here shakti is Bhairavi Devi and Bhairav is Bheemlochan.

48. Sugandha Shaktipeeth - Located on the banks of the Sugandha river in Khulna, Bangladesh, Shaktipeeth of Ugratara Devi, where the mother's nose was dropped.  The goddess here is Sunanda and Bhairav ​​is Trimbak.

49. Karatoyaghat Shaktipeeth - Bangladesh Karatoyaghat Shaktipeeth is situated on the banks of river Karatoya in Begada, Bhawanipur, where the left sole of Mata was dropped.  Here Goddess Aparna and Shiva Vamana reside in Bhairava.

50. Chattal Shaktipeeth - Located in Chittagong, Bangladesh, Bhawani Shaktipeeth of Chattal, where the right arm of the mother, that is, the arm was dropped. Here Shakti is Bhavani and Bherav is Chandrashekhar.

51. Yashoreswari Shaktipeeth - Located in Jasore Khulna, Bangladesh, the famous Yashoreshwari Shaktipeeth of Mata, where the left palm of Mata fell.  Here  Shakti is Yashoreswari and Bhairav ​​is Chandra .

- "Shakti" means Goddess Durga, who is also worshiped as Dakshayani or Parvati.
 - "Bhairava" means the incarnation of Shiva, who is the protector of the Goddess.
 (Shakti means the form of the mother who is worshiped and Bhairava means that incarnation of Shiva who is protector of this form of mother).
- "Body's parts or ornament", that is, any part or ornament of the body of Sati, which fell on different places of the earth when cut by Sudarshan Chakra by Shri Vishnu, today that place is revered and called Shaktipeeth.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Kedarnath: All sins are destroyed by seeing Lord Narayana.

 Kedarnath: All sins are destroyed by seeing Lord Narayana.
Kedarnath: After seeing the Kedareshwar Jyotirlinga, all the sins of human beings are destroyed by having darshan of Lord Nara-Narayana.
The Himalayas have been a place of asceticism for sages and deities for centuries.  Great personalities gained spiritual power by doing penance here and increased the pride of India in the world.  Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri are famous in the name of Chardham in the Himalayan region of Uttarakhand state. These shrines are precious gems shining in the head-crown of the country.  Among them, the darshan of Badrinath and Kedarnath shrines is of special importance.  In relation to the Kedarnath Darshan coming in Dwadash (Twelve) Jyotirlinga in Kedarkhand, it is written that if a person travels to Badrinath region without seeing Kedarnath God, then his journey becomes fruitless ie futile -
अकृत्वा दर्शनं वैश्वय केदारस्याघनाशिन:।
यो गच्छेद् बदरीं तस्य यात्रा निष्फलतां व्रजेत्।।
The temple of Shri Kedarnath ji is situated on the peak named 'Kedar' of Mount Himalayas.  The holy shrine of Lord Badri Vishal is situated on the banks of the Alaknanda River flowing in the east direction of this peak and Lord Shree Kedarnath sits on the banks of the holy  Mandakini River in the west.
Alaknanda and Mandakini are the sacred confluence of both those rivers at Rudraprayag and from there they form a stream and then join the 'Bhagirathi-Ganga' at Devprayag.  In Devprayag, Ganga comes out from the holy shrine 'Gangotri' of Uttarakhand. After Devprayag, the existence of Alaknanda and Mandakini merges into the Ganges and there, for the first time, Ganga flow on the flat earth of Haridwar.  After seeing Lord Kedareshwar Jyotirlinga, all the sins of human beings are destroyed by seeing Lord Nara-Narayan in Badri region.  And he also gets salvation.  The same intention is also expressed in the Koti Rudra Samhita of Shiva Purana-
तस्यैव रूपं दृष्ट्वा च सर्वपापै: प्रमुच्यते।
जीवन्मक्तो भवेत् सोऽपि यो गतो बदरीबने।।
दृष्ट्वा रूपं नरस्यैव तथा नारायणस्य च।
केदारेश्वरनाम्नश्च मुक्तिभागी न संशय:।।
The ancient temple of Kedareshwar (Kedarnath) Jyotirlinga was built by the Pandavas, which is situated at a height of 11750 feet of the mountain.  According to mythological evidence, 'Kedar' is the back part (part) of Mahish ie buffalo.
The height of the Kedarnath temple is 80 feet, which stands on a huge square platform.  Brown stones have been used in the construction of this temple.  The biggest surprise is that in the ancient times, how would this magnificent temple have been established by bringing those huge stones to such an inaccessible site in the absence of mechanical means?  This grand temple is a living proof of the devotion of the Pandavas to Shiva, their strong will and their muscle power.
Story in Shiva Purana
 There are two incarnations of Lord Vishnu called Nara and Narayana.  Both Nara and Narayan had done great penance at Badarikashram in the holy Himalayas.  They prayed to Lord Shiva to make a Shiva lingam of the Parthiv (soil) reverentially and devoutly dwell therein. When Shiva was present in the Parthiva linga, both (Nara and Narayan) worshiped him with reverange.  Constantly worshiping Shiva daily and being immersed in his meditation was the restrained routine of those ascetics. Satisfied with their worship after a long time, God Shankar said that I am very happy with both of you, so you ask for boon to me.  Pleased to hear Lord Shankar's talk, Nara and Narayan said with the feeling of public welfare - 'Deveshwar!  If you are happy and want to give us boon, then you can stay here forever to accept worship in your form. ' Lord Shankar, who took care of the world, accepted the request of those two ascetic-brothers and located himself as Jyotirlinga in Kedartirtha in the Himalayas.  Worshiped by those two unique devotees, Lord Shiva, known as Kedareshwar Mahadev, is always present there, in order to destroy all fear and sorrow and to wish to give his darshan to devotees.
The person who visits Badrivan and sees Nara and Narayan and Kedareshwar Shiva, of course he becomes eligible of salvation.
Greatness of Kedar region in Skanda Purana
 This Kedar region is very dear to Lord Shankar, irrigated by the rivers Mandakini, Ganga, Madhuganga, Ksheer Ganga, and beautified by hundreds of Shivalingas and covered with icebergs.  According to the story of Skanda Purana, when Maa Parvati asked the glory of Kedar region, Lord Shiva told her that he never leave it due to this area being more dear. He told Parvati ji that since I took the form of Brahmaji for the work of creation, I have always resided in this area .  Nandi, Bhringi etc. stand as guards (gatekeepers) at the entrance of this area. The human who contemplates this Kedar Yatra while staying at his residence, makes a program for it, his three hundred generations of ancestors get residence in Shiva lok. If a person, who is devoted to me with mind, speech and deeds, sees Shri Kedarnath ji, then even if he has committed a sin similar to the Brahmhatya, all of them are destroyed from only seen. Just like Lord Vishnu among the Gods, the sea in the lake, the Ganges in the rivers, the Himalayas in the mountains, Narada among the devotees, Kamadhenu in the cows and Kailash among all the Puris, the Kedar region is the best in all the regions.
 Story of Skanda Purana
Thus rejoicing in the glory of Kedar region, Lord Shankar told a story to Mata Gauri.  He said that there lived a violent 'fowler' in a village. He loved the meat of antelope and being a non-vegetarian, he used to commit a lot of misconduct. He used to hunt antelope and make them his diet.  One day he reached Kedartirtha in connection with the hunt. As he was wandering through the dense forests on the mountains in search of prey, he saw Muni Narada, he considered him a golden deer, as he was looking at him from far away. He climb an arrow on his bow.  By the time he set out to kill the sage Narada with the arrow, the sunset had gone.
At that time, the fowler saw there that a snake had swallowed the frog, but the dead frog became in the form of Shiva.  When he went a little farther, he saw that the tiger killed the deer, but the deer is going to the Shivloka with the Shiva Ganas. Seeing all these scenes, Fowler was confused and amazed.  In the meantime, sage Narada ji reached that fowler.  Seeing Narada coming to him in human form, that hunter expressed his desire to know from him in relation to the above events. Narada Muni told him that you are very fortunate to be present in this supreme holy pilgrimage.  As you have seen, even the living beings in this auspicious pilgrimage have attained Shivatattva while you looking this events.
After that the fowler (hunter) bowed in utter surprise and bowed down at the feet of Munishreshtha Narada.  He pleaded with Narada ji for his salvation.  Narada Ji preached and instructed him in relation to Lord Shiva.  According to his teachings, the hunter became a resident of the same Kedar region and he was immersed in the hymns of the Lord Kedareshwara.  By doing devotion to Kedarnath, the hunter who committed extreme violence, finally attained the ultimate state (Mukti).
In Skanda Purana, a different story of Lord Shiva in the form of Mahish(Buffalo) mentioned .  In the Kedar region, Devraj Indra did the penance of Lord Shankar.  In that time, the great demon Hiranyaksha was born. That monster defeated Indra, the king of the gods in battle, and asserted his authority over heaven.  The defeated Indra worshiped Devadheeva Mahadev along with the gods.  Ashutosh Lord Shiva was pleased with his penance.
He took the form of Mahisha (buffalo) one day and out from the earth in front of Indra.  He said- 'Devendra!  tell me .... who is your enemy....I will kill them all. When asked by Lord Shiva, Indra told the name of five demons including Hiranyaksha.  Bholenath went to the place  where of those powerful five demons were staying told by Indra.
There were also other fierce mighty companions of those demons.  All of them ran towards Shiva in the form of buffalo with weapons and arms, which Mahadev ji with his horns dipped in water and sent them into the Yamlok. He then asked Indra to ask for the boon.  Indra prayed to Pinakdhari Shiva and said that you should always stay in this area to protect dharma and all the three worlds.  Lord Shiva accepted Indra's request .

Friday, September 11, 2020

When Lord Shiva took Parvati's test by becoming a crocodile

When Lord Shiva took Parvati's test by becoming a crocodile
Many stories related to the marriage of Lord Shiva and Mother Parvati are enshrined in the heart of the Indian public mind.  Goddess Parvati had done austerities for thousands of years to get Lord Shiva as her husband, this is a famous and well-known fact. But do you know that Mahadev had also duly tested Parvati before approving his marriage.  In fact, Mahashiva wanted that since he has to take cognizance of the happy-sad of the people, then his wife should also be such a person, who understands the mind of every living being, accept every particle of the creation as her own part. to nourish and to protect.  It was for this reason that he took the test of Parvati.

Mother Parvati was doing intense penance to get Shiva as her husband.  Seeing her tenacity, the gods prayed to Shiva to fulfill the wish of the maa Parvati.

Shiv ji sent the Saptarshi to take Parvati ji's test.

The Saptaris counted hundreds of demerits of Shiva but Parvati ji was not allowed to marry anyone other than Mahadev.

 Before marriage, all grooms want to be confident about their future wife.  Therefore Shiva himself decided to take Parvati's test.

Lord Shankar appeared and disappear after granting a boon to Parvati.  While she was doing penance, the crocodile caught a boy in a nearby pond.

The boy shouted to save his life.  The scream of that child could not unheard from Parvati ji.  She reached the pond with a kindful heart.  She sees the crocodile dragging the boy inside the pond.

 Seeing the goddess, the boy said - I have neither mother nor father, nor any friend ... Mother, you protect me ...

Parvati ji said- O grah(crocodile)!  Leave this boy.  The crocodile said- It is my rule to accept what I receive in early morning  of the day, considering it as my diet, it is my rule.

Brahmadev has sent this boy for early morning  of the day.  Why should I leave it?

 Parvati ji pleaded - you leave it.  Tell me what you want in return.

The crocodile said- I can leave it on one condition only.  You received  a boon from Mahadev by austerity, if you give me the result of that tenacity, then I will leave it.

Parvati ji agreed.  She said- I am ready to give you the results of my tenacity but you leave this child.

 Crocodile explained- Think Goddess, do not get excited and get resolved.  The penance that has been done for thousands of years is not possible even for the gods.

All its results will go in return for the life of this child.

 Parvati ji said- My determination is sure.  I give you the results of my tenacity.  You return his life.

The crocodile made Parvati resolve to do donate .  As soon as the tenacity was donated, the body of the crocodile started shining brightly.

 Crocodile said - O Parvati, look, I have become stunning due to the effect of tenacity.  You wasted a lifetime's achievement for a child.  If you want, I can give one more chance to correct your mistake.

Parvati ji said- O grah!  I can do penance again, but if you had swallowed this boy, would he has got his life back?

 On seeing this, that boy became invisible.  The crocodile disappeared.

 Parvati ji thought - I have donated my penance.  Now I start my tenacity again.  Parvati pledged to do penance again.

Lord Sadashiva appeared again and said - Parvati, why are you meditating now?

 Parvati ji said- Lord!  I have donated the results of my tenacity.  To resolve to get you as a husband, I will again do the same intense meditation and please you.

Mahadev said - I was both in crocodile and boy form.  I made this leela(play) to test whether your mind feels its happiness and sorrow for the creatures .  I am one in many forms.  In many bodies, I am devoid to only one.  You have given me your tenacity only so there is no need to meditate anymore…

Now give up penance and prepare for marriage and thus on the strength of own hard penance and simple mind, Parvati ji pleased Shiva and she became unindivisual part of  Shiva.

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Story of Ravana's wife Mandodari

Story of Ravana's wife Mandodari

What effect did Mandodari's life have on a mistake and a curse?  Today we will know in today's article.

An important character of the Ramayana was Ravana's wife Mandodari, who told Ravan from time to time the difference between right and wrong deeds.  Lankapati Ravana's wife's name was Mandodari.  Mandodari was a Pativrata (Virtuous wife) woman.  Mandodari is also compared to Ahalya in terms of Pativrata dharma.  But there was a big reason behind how Mandodari became Ravana's wife.  Mandodari knew that Ravana is very cruel and tyrannical.  Despite this, Mandodari had to accept Ravana as her husband. 

Who doesn't know about Ravana's wife Mandodari?  But did you know that Mandodari was a frog in his former life. According to the description found in the Puranas, Lankapati Ravana's wife was a frog.  Today I am going to tell you about the same legend which reflects this. So let's know about it.

According to the story:-----

We have been hearing the story of Ramayana since childhood and we also know about its main characters.  But there were some characters in the Ramayana whose role was very important, but people could not know much about those .. One such character was Mandodari, most people do not have any special knowledge about the wife of Lankapati Ravana.  Let's tell you about some interesting and unheard things related to Mandodari in my special article today.

Mandodari, who you know as Ravana's wife, was a Apsara(nymph) in a previous life.  Oh!Yes, according to legend, once a beautiful apsara named Madhura reached the Mount Kailash in the absence of Goddess Parvati and went there and tried to attract Lord Shiva with her form, beauty  and art.
But then Goddess Parvati reached there and seeing her action cursed the apsara that she would remain in the well as a paddock for 12 years.  

However, later on the insistence of Lord Shiva, Mother Parvati also revealed her curse and said that Madhura can come back to her true form only after harsh penance.

Madhura became a paddock due to  mother Parvati's curse and according to her, she started doing harsh penance to get rid of the curse .. After her many years passed, when the god of Asuras, Mayasura and his apsara wife Hema wished for a daughter  and start to doing penance . Meanwhile, Madhura too became free from curse due to her harsh penance. 

As soon as she was free from curse , Madhura came out of the well, Mayasur-Hema saw their tenacity coming true and they adopted Madhura as a daughter at that very moment.  After that, Mayasur has named his adopted daughter Mandodari.  Later this Mandodari became the wife of Ravana. 

The mythological belief about the marriage of Ravana and Mandodari is that once Ravana came to meet Mayasur, he was fascinated to see his beautiful daughter there and expressed his desire to marry Mandodari, but Mayasur rejected the offer. But at the same time, Mandodari knew that Ravana is very powerful with egoistic attitude, so she agreed to marry him for fear of him and for her father's safety.

Then Ravana forcibly married Mandodari, Mandodari marries Ravana despite not wanting, because she knew that if she did not marry Ravana then my father's death was certain.  Mandodari used to try whole life to continued to make Ravana realize the truth.  By this marriage Ravana and Mandodari had three sons, Akshay Kumar, Meghnad and Atikay. 
Mandodari was a virtuous woman, but she knew that her husband was walking on the wrong path and when Ravana brought Mother Sita to Lanka, Mandodari also requested Ravana to send Sita back but the arrogant Ravan did not listen to his wife . However, when this resulted in war, Mandodari wished for the victory of Ravana by following the dharma of a virtuous woman. 
The originator of the chess game is considered to be Mandodari and in the scriptures, Mandodari has also been considered as the  CHIR KUMARI(everlasting girl).  She was one of the PANCHKANYA( five girls) who were Ahilya, Tara, Kunti, Draupadi and Mandodari respectively.  These five have also been considered as Mahasati.

Lord Rama returned to Ayodhya after the death of Ravana, but before that he handed over the kingdom of Lanka to Vibhishan, Ravana's brother.  But a question also arises that what happened to Ravana's family after this?  What happened to his beloved wife Mandodari, who lost her three sons, how Mandodari spent her life ahead.  If all these questions are coming in your mind too, then let us know the answer to these questions.

Ravana, despite being a scholar, was tyrannical. He had no value for moral principles in life.  Even relatives for him did not matter.  Shriram had to come to this earth to give rid of his atrocities.

Mandodari was a religious and sensible woman full of superior thought , civilized behavior .  It is said that when Ravana asked her father for her hand when he was fascinated by Mandodari. Mandodari agreed to the marriage Ravana, due to his devotion to Shiva and he being a Brahmin. Mandodari accepted to be live with Ravana.  Mandodari opposed every wrong act of Ravana.  Mandodari had termed the abduction of Sita Mata as wrong. Mandodari always inspired Ravana for good works and prevented him from walking on the wrong path.  Even after the abduction of Sita, Mandodari had told Ravana to send Sita to Rama with respect but Ravana did not listen to her.
According to the scripture Ramayana, King Ravana of Lanka lost and died in battle with Lord Rama.  After the death of Ravana, the ongoing war in Lanka came to an end.  After the war, everyone wanted to know about Rama, Sita and Lakshmana.  But what happened to Ravana's wife Mandodari after the war.  Hardly anyone could know and few people even tried to know about it. 

After conquering Lanka by Lord Rama, after winning Ravana, Vibhishana finally became the king of Lanka.  But a question arises that what happened to Maharani Mandodari?  Mandodari As soon as this name comes, a picture of such a queen emerges in our mind, in her feet every glory of the world was available . She was the daughter of an apsara who was very beautiful and attractive.  One such dedicated queen who herself was the queen of the demon Emperor Ravana.  The queen of the gold kingdom, Mandodari is one such character of Ramayana who was never properly understood, her identity always remained confined to the wife of Lankapati Ravana.  And after Ravana's death,  her chapter is believed then it is completely finished.
If we talk most of Ramayana, then most people have more curiosity to know about Ram, his wife Sita and Ravana.  But very few people know or are curious to know what happened to Queen Mandodari after Ravana's death.

Mandodari knew that Ravana is a devotee of Lord Shiva, so she agreed to marry Ravana for the safety of her father.  Ravana and Mandodari had three sons.  Ravana was very egoistic and because of this, Mandodari knew that there is nothing but destruction on the path on which he is walking.  Mandodari tried many times so that Ravana could walk on the right path but it had no effect. Mandodari wanted Ravana to return Lord Rama's wife Sita to him, because she knew about the curse in which Ravana's death was going to happen to Lord Rama.  But when Ram Ravan war took place, she supported Ravana like a good wife.  After the war, Mandodari went to the  battle ground and was very sad to see the destruction of her husband, son and other relatives there.

Lord Rama proposed to Mandodari to marry Vibhishan after Ravana's death.  Lord Ram knew that Mandodari is a good woman.  That is why he was worried about her.  But Mandodari rejected this proposal.  On this, Shriram explained. It is said that after this, Ram once again went to explain Mandodari with both Sita and Hanuman.  After convincing everyone, Mandodari agreed and got married to Vibhishan.

It is also said that after the death of Ravana and the Lankan ministers advised Mandodari to marrying with Vibhishan and again re-establish Lanka and Mandodari did the same, but Mandodari later separated from it.

After the slaying of Ravana, these were some special things related to Mandodari, though all these things are based on legends.
Today the article written about Mandodari.  She shows the loyalty of Mandodari. Now you all can understand how the life of Queen Mandodari must have been.  While writing the article, we have tried to write all aspects of Mandodari's life, but it seems that there is something lacking in it, as if the inclusion of a story or incident is left.  That's why many things have been repeated again and again. You should read the article and increase your knowledge.  And I think of a new topic to write.  But at the same time I try to gather more information about Mandodari.
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Friday, August 14, 2020

Do you know how the place 'Kanyakumari' got its name?

Do you know how the place 'Kanyakumari' got its name?  Know the secret behind it.
It is said that God is omnipotent and he can fulfill every desire of human being.  But when God comes on earth, sometimes for human welfare he has to give up his desires too. The temple of Kanyakumari shows this divinity and greatness of God.  The temple of Kanyakumari is associated with the unfinished desire of Mother Bhagwati and the story of her remaining unmarried. 
The city of Kanyakumari, which is located in the southern most part of India, is known for its more than 3000  years old Kanyakumari temple.  This temple is dedicated to Goddess Kanya, which is a form of Mother Parvati.  This temple is also known as Kumari Amman Temple.
Kanyakumari Temple is a small temple dedicated to Goddess Kanyakumari.  It is situated on the seashore of Kanyakumari.  The temple is ancient and described in Ramayana, Mahabharata, and Sangam, Manimekkalai and Purananuru.  The statue of Kanyakumari was installed and worshiped by Parashurama.
Kanyakumari is a city on the south coast in Tamil Nadu, India.  A place where the Indian Ocean, Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea meet.  Kanyakumari has been a symbol of art, culture and civilization.  Kanyakumari is an excellent place for travelers to visit.  The view of the sunrise and sunset here is amidst the huge waves of the sea stretching far and wide are amazing .  The colorful sand on the beach adds to its beauty.
Kanyakumari is one of the most beautiful places in India.  But do you know why this place was named Kanyakumari?  So let's know the secret of the name of this place.
Kumari Amman Temple or Kanyakumari Temple is located in Kanyakumari, Tamilnadu.  If you ever go to visit Kanyakumari, here is one place that you should definitely see is Kumari Amman Temple, also known as Kanyakumari Temple.  Many people from India come to do pilgrimage and visit Kumari Amman Temple.  This magnificent temple situated along the coastline is one of the most sacred temples in the world.  Kumari Amman Temple is considered as one of the 51 Shaktipeeths, the temple is home to the goddess Kanya Kumari, known as the Virgin Goddess.  More than 3000 years old, this temple has not only religious but also historical significance.  Kumari Amman Temple or Kanyakumari Temple is situated on the seashore and is known for being the incarnation of Parvati, the virgin goddess who committed self-immolation to marry Lord Shiva.  According to the legends, Lord Shiva and Goddess Kanyakumari were not married, so Kanyakumari decided to remain a virgin.  It is also said that the grain that was collected for the wedding was left uncooked and turned into stones.  In the present day, tourists can buy stones that look like grains.  The temple was established by the Pandya emperors in the eighth century and was later rebuilt by the Vijayanagara, Chola and Nayaka kings.
Goddess Kanya Kumari is Goddess Sri Bhagwati as a teenage girl.  The Goddess is also known as Shri Bala Bhadra or Shri Bala.  She is popularly known as "Shakti" (Durga or Parvati) "Goddess".  Kanyakumari Temple is one of the 51 Shaktipeeths.
The principal goddess of Kanyakumari temple is Kumari Amman, also known as Bhagwati Amman.  The attractive idol of Goddess Kanya Kumari is characterized by the nose ring of the goddess.  There are many popular stories related to the glow of the nose ring.  According to legend, the nose ring was obtained from King Cobra.  It is also said that some ships sailing in the sea perceived the glow of nose ring ​​as light and were wrecked as they hit nearby rocks.  For this reason, the gates on the eastern side of the Kumari Amman temple are kept closed.
Goddess Kumari was the Kuldevi of the Pandya kings.  According to mythology, the goddess of power was born to end the Vanasura.  When the religion began to be destroyed by the atrocities of Vanasasura, all the gods reached the shelter of Lord Vishnu.  He told the gods that only the goddess Parashakti can end that asura. Lord Vishnu told that Vayanasura has got such a boon that no one can kill him.  But he did not ask for the boon that a virgin girl could not kill him.  The Gods pleased the Parashakti with their tenacity and also took the promise of liberation from Vansura.  The goddess then incarnated as a girl.  Since then it is said that this city was got named Kanyakumari. 
In the southern state of Tamil Nadu in India, an incident occurred centuries ago near the coast, whose story is engraved in the hearts of the people and even today people from abroad are told here.  This is the story of a girl who was waiting for her groom to make up for marriage.  But some such incident happened that the groom returned from the path and the bride remained a virgin forever and started saying 'Kanya-Kumari'.  According to the legend of Goddess Kanya-Kumari, the Goddess had the power to kill demons and prevent the sea from taking over the earth.  But this power remains with her as long as she remains unmarried.  But Devi had a strong desire to marry Lord Shiva and persuaded Lord Shiva to marry her.
All the gods wanted to get rid of the demon, but no one was able to kill it.  Because this Asura had a boon from Lord Shiva that he would die only at the hands of a 'virgin girl'.

Such a story is described in Shiv Puran

According to a famous legend described in Shivpuran, at one time a demon (Asura) named Banasuran had victimized the gods. Actually, he had taken a boon from Shiva by doing austerities that he died only of a 'virgin girl'.  It would be possible only with her hands .. He felt that no girl could be so powerful as to slaughter him. 

At the same time, when the outbreak caused panic in all the three worlds, a girl was born with a fraction of Adi Shakti to kill him.  It is said that this girl was born in the house of the then King Bharata who ruled India.  The king had eight sons and this was the only daughter, the king named his daughter 'Kumari' and divided his entire kingdom into nine parts and gave the southern part to the daughter Kumari.  Kumari is also considered as an incarnation of Shakti. 

At the same time, when 'Kumari' grew up, she fell in love with Lord Shiva and started a severe penance to get Shiva.  Pleased with this, Lord Shiva promised her marriage.  After this, the preparations for the marriage of Shivji and 'Kumari' started .. Shivaji even got out of Kailash after taking the procession but in the meantime when Narada came to know that the girl who was born to kill Banasuran, then why Shivji going to get marry this girl, Narada told this thing to the gods. 

Listening to Narada, all the gods together planned to stop this marriage.  In fact, Lord Shiva took out a procession from Kailash in the middle of the night to reach the southern end at the time of marriage in the morning.  But before the procession reached the entrance of the girl's home in before morning, the deities tricked the produced cock's sound into the darkness of the night, causing Shivji to be confused that he could not reach the girl's house at the right muhurta and then he returned the procession towards Kailash.  Returned .. due to which this marriage could not be done.

At the same time, when Asura Banasuran came to know about the beauty of 'Kumari', he sent a marriage proposal to 'Kumari' . In full of anger, 'Kumari' challenged Banasura to fight the war and said that  "If I lost in war , then I will marry you.  But 'Kumari' was born to kill Banasuran, Banasuran was killed when there was a fierce battle between the two.  But at the same time, 'Kumari' remained a virgin forever.  According to this legend, for this reason, the southern end was named Kanyakumari.  Because of this war and deception of the gods, Shiva could not marry Kumari and later she also gave up her desire to marry Shiva.

It is religious belief that the preparations made for this marriage were all turned into sand and thus the place was called Kanyakumari.  There is a temple of Kumari Devi on the coast today, where Goddess Parvati is worshiped as a girl.

According to another legend,  Narada and Lord Parashurama requested the goddess to remain on earth till the end of Kali Yuga.  Lord Parashuram later built a temple on the sea shore, he then installed the idol of Goddess Kanya Kumari.  There is another holy place near the temple, also known as Vivekananda Rock Memorial.  Footprints of the goddess can be seen on the rock. 

Due to this temple, Kanyakumari city has special spiritual significance among Hindus.  This temple of Kanyakumari is also one of the 51 Shakti Peethas and it is believed that the backbone of Mother Sati fell here.  For this reason, it is said that awakening of the Kundalini Shakti takes place at this holy place.

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