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    About Kamakshi

    Kamakshi – The Desirable Goddess

     

    Kamakshi is one of the most important Hindu goddesses associated with love and passion. The name KamakshiKamakshiKamakshi
    Kamakshi is one of the most important Hindu goddesses associated with love and passion. The name Kamakshi in Sanskrit translates
    in Sanskrit translates to “one with loving eyes” or “one whose eyes are filled with desire”. She is considered to be a manifestation of Shakti. There are many religious texts and references which state that Kamakshi’s eyes are actually forms of goddesses Saraswatiand Lakshmi. Hence she is also regarded as the goddess who personifies perfection via wisdom, wealth and love.

     

    Depiction

     

    Kamakshi is usually portrayed as a very beautiful young woman with extremely beautiful eyes. The goddess is depicted to be sitting in a yogic posture that resembles a lotus. She holds a sugarcane bow in her left upper arm and a parrot is sitting on her right upper arm. In her remaining two arms she holds Pasaand Angusawhich are regarded as the divine discuses. The goddess is adorned with a crescent moon on her forehead. Sometimes the goddess is depicted to be seated on ShivaShivaShiva
    Shiva is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindu Trinity that ...
    as it is considered that Shiva accepts her – Shakti.

     

    Legends

     

    Legends state that once upon a time there was an arrogant king named Daksha. He had a daughter named SatiSatiSati
    The name Sati means true and justifying her name...
    who was an incarnation of the supreme goddess AdiParashakti. When Sati grew up and achieved womanhood, DakshaDakshaDaksha
    Brahma, the creator of the universe, created Daksha from his right thumb...
    thought of getting her married. He brought proposals of gods, princes and many other powerful beings for her but she rejected all of them. She was a great devotee of Shiva and wanted to marry him. She then went to a forest and performed intense penance in order to please the deity. After several years of her prayers, Shiva was pleased and agreed to make her his consort. Sati then went back to his father’s place and invited him to her marriage with Shiva to which Daksha became very angry as she was going to marry someone he did not chose. He told her to go away and, in a way, cut off all the bonds with her. After some time, however, Shiva and Sati got married and this infuriated Daksha a lot. One day Daksha decided to perform yajna. He invited gods, goddesses, kings and many other beings to the ritual but did not invite Shiva and Sati. When Sati got to know about it, she tried to persuade Shiva to go to the yajna with her. But Shiva refused and told her not to go there as well. However, Sati was determined on going to the yajna to which Shiva agreed and told her that she could go but he would not come with her. His troops escorted Sati to the yajna. On seeing her at the yajna, Daksha became very angry and started shouting at her. He insulted her and her husband Shiva, and kept on yelling for a long time. Sati tried to talk some sense into him but it was of no use as he would not listen to anything she said. Upon this Sati became furious and assumed her true form of AdiParashakti. There was lightening, thunder and chaos all around the world. The earth was not able to bear the rage of Sati and was on the verge of complete destruction. Sati cursed Daksha that he would be killed by her husband Shiva. After some time she sat down and immolated herself, giving away her life. 

     

    When Shiva got to know about the series of aforementioned events, he was filled with rage, anger and grief. He went out of control and began Tandava. It is the divine and vigorous dance of Shiva. It represents the cycle of creation, preservation and destruction. Tandava is also of two types i.e., Rudra Tandava, which depicts his violent nature and Ananda Tandava, which depicts Shiva enjoying his dance. It is majorly performed in the states of South India, which has vigorous and brisk movements. According to scriptures, Shiva have performed Tandav many times but one of the most important incidence was when Sati jumped into the sacrificial fire and killed herself and Shiva performed Rudra Tandava to show his anger and grief. Ultimately, Daksha was decapitated by Virabhadra. With time, Shiva’s anger mollified and he stopped dancing. He then forgave Daksha and restored his life and kingdom. Daksha’s head was replaced with that of a goat. Daksha realized his fault and became a devotee of Shiva. Shiva then took the corpse of his wife Sati and wandered around the world, carrying the corpse, remembering the moments Shiva and Sati spent together. VishnuVishnuVishnu
    Vishnu is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindus and is a part of Hindu Trinity,..
    saw all of this and realized the plights of Shiva. He then began to cut down the corpse of Sati into fifty two parts so that ultimately Shiva would not be left with any part of Sati’s corpse. Each part of Sati’s body fell down on the earth and established a Shakti Peeth. It is believed that her eyes fell in Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu. This place came to be known as the manifestation of Kamakshi and, eventually, KanchiKamakshi Amman temple was built here.

     

    Worship and Beliefs

     

    Though she is associated with the human trait of desire, she is, in essence, the one who engenders passion around the whole world. She is considered to be a manifestation of pure love and desire which are omnipresent in all the living beings. As the eyes of Kamakshi are forms of SaraswatiSaraswatiSaraswati
    The name Saraswati is a combination of two Sanskrit words...
    and LakshmiLakshmiLakshmi
    Lakshmi is a Hindu goddess who is regarded as the ultimate deity of wealth...
    , her devotees and worshippers are blessed with the great intellect and wisdom, and abundant wealth and prosperity. The goddess also fulfills the desires of her devotees, who worship her with pure devotion and sincerity, by granting them the love of the individual they seek. Kamakshi symbolizes the supreme authority and power of nature and the fact that it cannot be conquered by anyone who seek to dominate her.

     



     
     

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