Chhaya- Goddess of Shadow
The name ChhayaChhaya
The name Chhaya means shade and she was the... means shade and she was the personified goddess of shadow. Antonym to her name, Chhaya which signifies darkness, coolness and dullness, she was the consort of Lord Surya (the Sun God) who is known for his brilliance, light and heat. She is believed to be the image of Sanjana, also known as Saranyu, the first wife of Surya.
The first wife of Surya did not feel any love for her husband anymore. She felt oppressed due to the brilliance and glare of Surya. Her complexion became dark and thus Surya named her Sandhya, one with the colors of evening, dark and dusky. She wasn’t able to tolerate the heat anymore and decided to leave her husband. It was then she created an exact replica of her and named her Chhaya. She was exactly a look alike and no one could differentiate her from the real. Sanjana instructed her not to leave till the time she comes back and dutifully remain in the house.
Surya went on leading his normal life, without having a slightest hint that his real wife was missing. Through Chhaya, he then had three children, two sons and one daughter. ShaniShani
Shani, literally means the one who moves very... , the planet Saturn was her eldest son who was known for his judgment skills and was given the responsibility of rewarding and punishing humans based on their karma Karma are the good or bad deeds one performs in his life, according to which he/she receives(deeds). The second son was Savarni ManuManu
Manu, also popularly known Satyavrata Manu or Shraddha Deva Manu, is regarded as the ancestor of all humanity according to Hinduism., eighth progenitor of mankind. The daughter was named Tapti who is the personification of the river Tapti.
Chhaya was the stepmother of YamaYama
Also known as Yamaraja, Yama is the controller of the hell (Naraka)... (the God of death) who was born to Surya through Sanjana. He did not like the way Chhaya behaved with him, always ignoring. She didn’t love him and was more close to her own children. One day, Yama couldn’t take the rejection any longer and kicked Chhaya in her womb, the place from which he thought he was born. Angry and in pain Chhaya then cursed Yama that his leg will become the food of the worms and he will have pus and painful sores on his leg. As soon as the curse started affecting, Yama ran to his father narrated the whole incident. Though infuriated by his son’s fault, Surya knew that a mother’s curse can never affect her own children.
Surya went to Chhaya and then asked her about the truth. Chhaya accepted that she was not his real wife and that Sanjana was in some forest, away from the blaze of her husband.
Surya found his wife in a forest in the form of mare. He then took a form of stallion and tried to woo her. Impressed by his efforts, Sanjana agreed to go back with him. Vishwakarma was the father of Sanjana. He is the architect and craftsman and ‘all doer’. He thought of taking matters into his own hands so that the incident of his daughter leaving Surya, doesn’t take place again. It is believed that he took away one eighth shine of Surya to lessen his glow and decrease some of his daughter’s misery. Thus giving them a new chance of starting their lives.