Angalamman - A Fierce Guardian Figure
Angala Parameshwari is a deity worshipped majorly in Tamil Nadu and parts of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. She was a village deity who was renamed as Angalamman. She is a fierce form of Goddess ParvatiParvati
After the death of Shiva's first love Sati, Shiva... who is appeased with blood. She is a guardian deity of many villages of South India. She is also known as ‘Adiparasakthi’ as she is the incarnation of Shakti and is worshipped as the Supreme Goddess. She is even known by the name of Ankamma, as in Telegu, ‘Ankamu’ means lap and she is the divine consort of ShivaShiva
Shiva is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindu Trinity that ... who sits on his lap.
People who worship Angalamman get relief from diseases. Also people who feel they are under some evil spirit or supernatural curse, visit her temples to protect themselves from ghosts and supernatural powers.
Brahma was attracted to an Apsara It means a female spirit and is almost comparable to angels. They are considered to be divinely beautiful females possessing supernatural powers. They are elegant and brilliant at dancing and sometimes seduce gods and men.(nymph) named Thilothama. She was born out of a yagna performed by BrahmaBrahma
According to Hinduism, the whole creation is the work of Trimurti (the Hindu Trinity)... to provide relief to men and Gods from two demons named Sandobi and Sundaran. So attracted was Brahma to her beauty that he followed her everywhere. He had four heads through which he followed her in all directions. She went to Shiva, in heaven to seek protection and Brahma grew a fifth head to look at her in the sky. Angered Shiva removed Brahma’s fifth head.
Brahma felt insulted and cursed Shiva that he will wander in forests and will have to beg for food. Also Brahma’s fifth head as Kabala will get attached to Shiva’s hand and eat food given to Shiva. Parvati was worried and in order to help her husband she took advice from VishnuVishnu
Vishnu is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindus and is a part of Hindu Trinity,... She prepared food for Shiva and also scattered it around the place. Kapala left the hand of Shiva and came down to eat food. Parvati then took the form of Angalamman and smashed Kapala with her right leg.
Depiction and Symbolism
Angalamman abode is in Malaiyanur (Tamil Nadu) and the most famous temple to her is located in the same place, named as Sri Angala Amman Temple. It is believed when SatiSati
The name Sati means true and justifying her name..., jumped into the sacrificial fire to show her grudge against her father for not inviting her husband, Shiva, to a Yagna (a sacred ritual), her body was all burnt and Shiva held her body and roamed around the universe. At many places, her body parts fell which were later known as Shakti Peethas (seat of Shakti or Parvati). Her right hand fell at this very place (Malaiyanur).
Angalamman holds a sword in one hand and a trident in another. She is also depicted with a lotus in her hand while presenting her calmness. She rides a Lion as her mount and to please her the Mantra A group of sacred words chanted in order to gain something, be it materialistic pleasures or peaceful mind(group of sacred words), “Om Shakthi”, is recited. One thousand red dots of kumkum (vermillion) are placed on her forehead, symbolizing her thousand eyes.
In earlier times, there were no majestic shrines dedicated to her, a simple stone structure was constructed for the villagers to pray to. These structures were built outside of the village in groves of trees because devotees were scared of her wrath. But it is believed that her true devotees are always protected by her. She has one thousand eyes through which she keeps a protective watch. She is considered as mother by many devotees (Amma is her names also means mother).
A ten day festival named Mayana Kollai is dedicated to Angalamman and is celebrated in Tamil Nadu in the month of Maasi (February-March), according to Tamil calendar. The deity is decorated in various forms and a large procession is carried out on the roads. People come from faraway places to see the grandeur of the event. Priests shoot wooden arrows from the chariots to symbolize the power and strength of the Goddess.
The biggest temple dedicated to Angalamman is Angala Parameswari Temple in Andhra Pradesh. Other major temples are Angalamman Temple in Choolaimedu (Chennai), Angalamman Temple in Choolai (Chennai), Angala Parameswari Temple in Thuraiyur (Tiruchchirappalli), Sri Angala Parameswari Temple in Soorakuzhi (Andimadam, Ariyalur), Sri Angala Amman temple in Melmalayanur (Tamilnadu) and Sri Angala parameswari Amman Temple in Kottur (Nannilam Taluk, Thiruvarur District).