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About Ashoksundari

Ashok Sundari - Lord Shiva’s Daughter

According to Padma Purana (Hindu religious text), Ashok Sundari is a daughter of ShivaShivaShiva
Shiva is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindu Trinity that ...
and ParvatiParvatiParvati
After the death of Shiva's first love Sati, Shiva...
which was created by Kalpavriksha (a tress that fulfill wishes). Ashok Sundari is a compound of two words, Ashok (one who gets rid of sorrow) and sundari (one who is beautiful), therefore Ashok Sundari was a beautiful deity who took away the sorrows of her mother. Though she is not a major deity, she is talked about in Gujarati folk tales.

She is also associated with salt because when Shiva had beheaded GaneshaGaneshaGanesha
The guardian deity of Hindus, also known as the Ganapati (The God of all groups) is the son of Lord Shiva ...
, Ashok Sundari hid behind a sack of salt. Parvati was so furious that she even cursed her and Ashok Sundari melted with the salt and became one with the sack of salt. Only after Parvati was pacified and Ganesha's head was restored, she brought back Ashok Sundari.Just as the food is tasteless with the pinch of salt, similarly it is believed that the life of Shiva and Parvati is tasteless without their daughter.

Legend

Though Shiva was an ascetic but it was important for the welfare of the universe, if he agreed to be a part of a household as it would make him an active participant. He was hollow without Parvati (Shakti), thus when she asked him to become a family man, he couldn’t disagree. Shiva didn’t stay at Kailash much as he had to kill various demons and protect humans and Gods from negative forces.

Parvati was upset because of her loneliness and once asked Shiva to take her to the most beautiful forest and he took her Nandanavana. She came across a wish fulfilling tree called Kalpavriksha and made a wish of having a daughter. She was soon blessed with one and named her Ashok Sundari who became a companion and a friend in her lonely times. Parvati wanted to marry her to Nahusha (an heir of lunar dynasty). He was also supposed to take care of heaven, in future, in the absence of Indra.

A demon named Hunda fell in love with Ashok Sundari and wanted to marry her. After being approached by the demon, she told him her destiny of marrying a king. Angered Hunda took a form of a widow and one day asked Ashok Sundari to help him reach his hermitage. As soon as they reached the destination, he took his real form and captured her in his palace. Ashok Sundari then cursed him that Nahusha will kill him and escaped to Kailasha.

Hunda then kidnapped Nahusha and tried to kill him but he was rescued by Hunda’s maid. When he grew up, he realized his destiny. Hunda abducted Ashok Sundari once again and told her that he had killed the prince. She was devastated but later she came to know about the wellbeing of the prince. Nahusha grew up to be a very strong man who fought a battle with Hunda and defeated him. He then married Ashok Sundari and the couple was blessed with a powerful son named Yayati and hundred beautiful daughters.

The story of her creation is told in many fasts observed by the people of Gujarat and nearby areas.
 



 
 

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