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    About Kamadeva

    Kamadeva – The God of Love

     

    Kamadeva is regarded as the Hindu god of love and desire. The name KamadevaKamadevaKamadeva
    Kamadeva is regarded as the Hindu god of love and desire. The name Kamadeva is a conjugation of two Sanskrit words “Kama” and “Deva”. “Kama” means “desire” and “Deva” means “God”.
    is a conjugation of two Sanskrit words “Kama” and “Deva”. “Kama” means “desire” and “Deva” means “God”. He is also popularly known as Madana which means “intoxicating” as he is believed to intoxicate or charm people in order to make them fall in love. He is conceived to be son of Brahma.Kamadeva has been referenced in many religious as well as historic texts and scriptures throughout the world.

     

    Depiction

     

    Kamadeva is often depicted as a very handsome young man with wings and a sparkling complexion usually with greenish or reddish tint. He is shown as carrying a bow made of sugarcane and its thread made of humming honey bees. The arrows are made of five types of fragrant flowers which consist of the lotus, the blue lily, the jasmine, the mango tree flowers and the Ashoka tree flowers. Kamadeva is depicted to be seated on a parrot which is his vehicle.

     

    Legend

     

    There are many Vedic texts and legends which state that once upon a time there was a very powerful demon called Tarakasura. He was a great devotee of BrahmaBrahmaBrahma
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    and observed intense penance in order to please him. Eventually, Brahma was pleased by his prayers and granted him the boon that Tarakasura He was a powerful demon who was fathered by Vajranaka. He was also known as Taraka and was always able to defeat Gods in wars. The heaven was almost on the verge of collapse. No one was able to stop him therefore all the Gods wanted Shiva to end him. Shiva was in extreme meditation and thus no one dared to disturb him. The Gods approached Kamadeva and him to create an untimely spring and break his mediation with the help of an arrow of lust. Ultimately it was Kartikeya who killed the demon as Shiva was extremely furious due to the act of Kamadeva. could be killed only by son of Shiva. Meanwhile, ShivaShivaShiva
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    was struck with great sorrow and grief due to the death of his wife SatiSatiSati
    The name Sati means true and justifying her name...
    , and went into complete seclusion. He isolated himself from the world and yielded himself into deep meditation. As Shiva had gone down into utter celibacy, it was not possible that he would engender a child and, therefore, in a way, Tarakasura had become immortal.  This provided full freedom to Tarakasura to create his terror all over the world. Consequently, he defeated several gods and demigods and assumed their thrones. He became so powerful that even the heaven was on the verge of destruction. At the same time Parvati, a beautiful girl who was a great devotee of Shiva, was observing austerities in order to please Shiva so that she could marry him. But her prayers were not able to come to fruition as Shiva remained unperturbed in deep meditation. In order to wake Shiva from his meditation and, eventually, help them to get rid of Tarakasura, the gods approached Kamadeva. Kamadeva was really flattered by the praises he received from the gods and while boasting to them, promised that he would help them. Kamadeva’s wife Rati, however, did not approve of it. She told him that he would have to face severe consequences for his actions. Upon this Kamadeva told her that he knew about the punishments he might have to face but it will be for the greater good of the gods. After some persuasion, RatiRatiRati
    Rati is a Sanskrit word meaning pleasure and delight, and mostly...
    gave her consent to Kamadeva and told him that she would accompany him. 

     

    Shiva’s bull NandiNandiNandi
    Nandi is one of the most iconic and famous characters of Hindu mythology. He is the vehicle of Shiva and also the gatekeeper of the abode of Shiva and Parvati. 
    was guarding the place where Shiva was meditating. Kamadeva went pass him by assuming the form of a fragrant spring breeze. He then approached the place where Shiva was sitting deep in his meditation. Kamadeva then struck Shiva with his flower arrow on his head. This disturbed and angered Shiva a lot. He woke up from his meditation and filled with great fury he opened his third eye which brought about his wrath on Kamadeva. In an instant, Kamadeva burnt down into ashes. As soon as this happened the world became infertile, barren and devoid of love. There was a severe imbalance in the world and all the gods along with Rati and ParvatiParvatiParvati
    After the death of Shiva's first love Sati, Shiva...
    pleaded to Shiva to bring back Kamadeva to life. To this Shiva was reluctant at first but after some time he agreed to do it on one condition. He said that Kamadeva would have no body so that he would represent pure love and emotion rather than physical lust and immoral sexual desires. Kamadeva was then revived by Shiva as a spirit without body and came to be known as Ananga which in Sanskrit translates to “one without a body”. It is believed that the incident took place on Holi, one of the most prominent festivals of the Hindus. There are some religious textual references which state that, later, Kamadeva was reincarnated as son of KrishnaKrishnaKrishna
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    and RukminiRukminiRukmini
    Also known as Ruciranana (meaning one with a beautiful face) and Vaidarbhi, Rukmini is the wife of Lord Krishna..
    .

     

    Worship and Beliefs

     

    Kamadeva is considered as the best friend of Indra, the king of gods, and as such worshipping the Kamadeva is considered to please Indra as well. Many people celebrate the sacrifice made by Kamadeva on the occasion of Holi and offer prayers to him in a ceremonial fire. Worshippers and devotees offer mango blooms and sandalwood paste to the deity in order to cool off the pain he had suffered due to the wrath of Shiva. People often worship Kamadeva in order to fulfill their desire of getting the love of an individual. Kamadeva is believed to symbolize all the elements of pure love which are peace, tranquility, purity, sensitivity, prosperity, fulfillment and fertility.

     




     
     

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