Kolaramma – The Protective Mother
Kolaramma, also popularly known as Mahishasuramardini, is a Hindu goddess and is considered as an incarnation of ParvatiParvati
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Kolaramma, also popularly known as Mahishasuramardini... is a conjugation of two words “Kolar” and “Amma”. The word “Kolar” refers to a town of India and “Amma” means “mother”. And as such, she is regarded as the presiding goddess of the Kolar town in Karnataka. Kolaramma is one the most important goddesses of Karnataka.
Kolaramma is usually portrayed as a beautiful woman with eight arms. She is shown wearing a beautiful dress and is decorated with a crown, jewels, ornaments and flowers. She holds various weapons like sword, trident, mace, bow and arrows, axe, etc. She is always shown seated on her lion that is her vehicle. She is depicted as the protective mother of her devotees.
One of the most famous legends associated with Kolaramma states that once upon a time the world was trembling with the terror of the demons. Mahishasura, the king of the demons, spread havoc and chaos all around the world along with his followers Chanda and Munda. He defeated many gods and demigods and, thus, the whole world faced a great imbalance. All the gods and demigods approached BrahmaBrahma
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Shiva is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindu Trinity that ... for help. Upon this, the three supreme deities concentrated together and started emitting rays and flames from their eyes. Their energies merged and a beautiful woman with the radiance of a thousand suns, three eyes and long black hair was born. Many gods came there and bestowed upon the goddess several gifts like trident, sword, discus, water pot, rosary, axe, thunderbolt, mace, bow and arrows, etc. They named the form of Devi as Kolaramma. Later, Chanda and Munda saw Kolaramma and were mesmerized by the beauty and charisma of the deity. They informed the same to their king Mahishasura. Mahishasura He was a demon who had the power to transform into a buffalo at will. He was blessed by Brahma that no man could kill him. He wanted to take over the heaven and conquer the universe. Durga failed him in his attempt by fighting and killing him. According to some legends, he is believed to be a great devotee of Durga, who played her enemy on her request as she wanted to teach the value of heaven to various Godsthen gave them orders to convey a message to her. Chanda and Munda then approached Kolaramma and told her that their king mahishasura wanted to marry her. To this Kolaramma replied that she had no objection to it, but there was just one problem. She told them that she had made a vow to herself that only the one who would be able to defeat her in a battle will be her husband. When Chanda and Munda told Mahishasura about it, he was infuriated. This made him hell bent to do anything to defeat her. Soon he approached Kolaramma with his army. Kolaramma then assumes her true warrior form and started fighting the demons. She then got up from her lion and crushed Mahishasura on the ground with her feet. Thus, she freed the world from the tyranny and terror of the demons and brought joy and happiness to the gods, demigods and all the living beings of the world. That is why she is also known as Mahishasuramardini which literally means “The Vanquisher of Mahishasura”.
Worship and Beliefs
The Kolaramma Temple at Kolar, Karnataka is regarded as one of the most important places of pilgrimage of Kolaramma. People from all over the world visit the temple and offer their prayers to the goddess. Kolaramma is regarded as the goddess who helps her devotees and worshippers in fighting all the diseases, fears and sorrows. It is believed that if women observe fasts and worship the goddess, they are blessed with a suitable husband for them, and also any hurdles and obstacles in their marriage are removed by her. Navratri is one of the most important festivals associated with the goddess. Kolaramma symbolizes strength, courage, knowledge, justice and victory of good over evil.