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    About Annapurna

    Annapoorna - The Goddess of Food

    Annapoorna is a Sanskrit name, composed of two words i.e., ‘Anna; means food and ‘Poorna’’ means complete. Therefore Annapoorna is the Goddess of nourishment who never let her devotees stay without food. She rather supplies unlimited amount of food to people. She is an incarnation of Parvati. She is also the Goddess of Kashi, a city in Uttar Pradesh (now known as Varanasi). This place is also known as City of Light as Annapoorna not only provides nourishment to body through food, but also to soul through enlightenment. She gives energy to achieve knowledge.

    People often put the images of AnnapurnaAnnapurnaAnnapurna
    Annapoorna is a Sanskrit name, composed of two words i.e., ‘Anna; means...
    in their kitchen and restaurants and worship her to gain the quality to nourish people with their cooking. She is considered the Goddess of cooks and kitchen and at the same time of farmers as she represents fertility of land and harvest.

    Legend

    Once ShivaShivaShiva
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    and ParvatiParvatiParvati
    After the death of Shiva's first love Sati, Shiva...
    were playing game of dice. Parvati was so good in this game that she won everything that Shiva bet, including his trident, serpent and bowl. When the game ended, upset Shiva went to a forest where he met Vishnu. VishnuVishnuVishnu
    Vishnu is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindus and is a part of Hindu Trinity,..
    asked him to play the game again and he will win back everything. He went back to his abode and won everything back as promised by Vishnu. Parvati became suspicious of Shiva’s sudden change of luck and called him a cheat. Later she came to know that Shiva was helped by Vishnu and the dice moved as per his wish. They were just under the illusion that they were actually playing.

    Shiva added that life is also in illusion and everything materialistic, including food is illusion. Parvati became furious and said that calling food an illusion is equivalent to calling Parvati an illusion. She wanted the world to known her importance and hence she disappeared.

    Her disappearance led to barren land. There were no changes in the nature, thus no changes in the seasons. The land grew nothing and everything remained infertile. There was a severe drought and hunger became prominent everywhere. Parvati couldn’t see her children hungry and was filled with compassion. She landed in the City of Kasi and provided food to everyone.

    When Shiva realized that his wife was back, he went to meet her with a bowl in his hand, begging for alms. He realized his mistake and said that food cannot be dismissed as an illusion. Atma (soul) lives in the body and no one can attain salvation with an empty stomach. Since then Parvati has been worshipped as Annapurna and it is believed that when food is cooked with a spirit of holiness, it becomes alchemy. The food becomes sacred as Annapoorna blesses it.

    Depiction and Symbolism

    Annapoorna is depicted with a jeweled bowl full of rice in her left hand and a golden ladle in another. Her bowl full of grain represents the bountiful of food she offers her children. She sits on a throne and many times her husband Shiva is often depicted with a skull in his hand (used as a bowl) and asking for food.

    How and Why to Worship Annapoorna?

    Annapoorna is known by a thousand of names which are mentioned in Annapurna Sahasranam but when worshipped, people recite her 108 names mentioned in Annapurna Shatanama Stotram (a hymn dedicated to her). Her names represent her as a complete and perfect deity with food, strength of Shiva, nourishment-giver, knowledge-giver, one who is beyond Maya (illusion), who is Supreme Goddess and one who takes away all the fear and provide welfare.

    Devotees should recite these names in order to gain nourishment, perfection in wisdom and salvation. Before consuming meal, she should always be remembered and prayed to. She should be thanked for not letting her devotees sleep empty stomach.

    People also perform Goddess Annapoorna Devi Pooja once in a year in the month of Chaitra (March April), according to Bengali calendar, on a grand scale to gain health and prosperity. She helps attain freedom from worldly desires and attain spirituality.

    Temples

    Many temples in India are specifically dedicated to Annapoorna. The most famous temple is in Varanasi (U.P). Other temples are Annapoorneshwari Temple in Karnataka, Annapurneshwari temple in Cherukunnu (Kerala) and Kunnam Annapoorneswari Devi temple in Chalappally (Kerala).
     




     
     

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