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    About Manikanta

    Manikanta – The Mighty Son of VishnuVishnuVishnu
    Vishnu is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindus and is a part of Hindu Trinity,..
    and Shiva

     

    Manikanta, also popularly known as Manikandan or Ayyappan, is a very popular Hindu deity. The name ManikantaManikantaManikanta
    Manikanta, also popularly known as Manikandan or Ayyappan, is a very popular Hindu deity. The name Manikanta is a combination of two Sanskrit words “Mani” and “Kanta”. 
    is a combination of two Sanskrit words “Mani” and “Kanta”. The word “Mani” means “gem or jewel” and “Kanta” translates to “neck”. Hence, the deity is always shown wearing a beautiful jewel or gem around his neck. He is believed to be the son of Harihara, a fusion of Vishnu and Shiva. Therefore, he is also known as Harihara He is the representation of Vishnu and Shiva fused together. He is considered as the supreme God by Vaishnavites and Shaivities. He presents the principal of oneness of all existence. They both are considered as one and same entity. They are a single entity of the Brahman. It is presented as an image or idol split down in half. One side represents Shiva with matted hair, pale skin with ash smeared forehead whereas the other half represents Vishnu with a half crown on his head and some jewelry. He is black-skinned and holiness is visible on his face. Sudhan which in Sanskrit translates to “the privileged son of Harihara”. Manikanta is one of the most important and iconic gods in Hinduism and is worshipped by devotees and worshippers with great zeal and passion, especially, in the southern states of India.

     

    Depiction

     

    Manikanta is usually depicted as a handsome young man seated on a tiger. As the name suggests he wears a beautiful necklace with a bright gem, and bears a dazzling complexion. He is generally portrayed to carry a lotus stalk, bow and arrow in his hands. He has a close resemblance to both ShivaShivaShiva
    Shiva is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindu Trinity that ...
    and Vishnu.

     

    Legends

     

    Once upon a time there was a very powerful demon called 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 Godscreated utter chaos and havoc all around the world. However, eventually, the demon was slain by Durga. This enraged Mahishasura sister, Mahishi. She was a demoness sister of Mahishasura. She was known for performing severe austerities to Lord Brahma, according to which she was blessed with a boon that she would only be killed by a child born out of the union of Vishnu and Shiva. She was furious at the death of her brother and wanted to take revenge. He was killed by Parvati’s fierce form Durga, with the help of many other Gods and she wanted to kill everyone. She dies looking at the fused representation of Vishnu and Shiva in the form of Harihara. So, in order to avenge the death of her, brother she began to observe intense penance. She performed severe austerities to please Brahma. BrahmaBrahmaBrahma
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    was pleased by her penance and told her to ask for a boon. Filled with revenge she asked him to grant her the boon that she would be invincible to everyone. Brahma said that it was not possible as it was against the rules of the universe. Mahisha then thought of another plan and asked him for the boon that she would be the ruler of the universe and invincible to everyone except the son of Shiva and Vishnu. As both the deities are male it was impossible for them to procreate a son. Brahma agreed and granted her the boon she asked for. As there was no son of Shiva and Vishnu during that period of time, she began conquering and plundering all realms of the world and brought about utter destruction and mayhem everywhere. The gods were terrified by her and all attempts of struggle against her went futile. Eventually, they approached Shiva and Vishnu for help. Vishnu thought for a while and came up with a solution. He recalled that during the Samudra Manthan, he had created a female manifestation of himself known as Mohini. He said that his manifestation of Mohini, a female, and Shiva, a male, could procreate a divine son. Eventually, the two deities unified their female and male manifestations and powers. The fusion came to be known as Harihara and, thus, Manikanta was born. Manikanta combined his powers with those of Durga and vanquished Mahisha and, thus, freeing the world from her tyranny.

     

    Another legend states that once a demon named Bhasmasura. He was a great devotee and worshipper of Shiva. Once he performed severe austerities to please the deity. Shiva was very pleased by his penance and told him to ask for a boon. Bhasmasura He was a demon who was a true devotee of Shiva. After performing great penance he asked Shiva for immortality. Shiva rejected his wish and said that he didn’t have the powers to do so. In exchange, he asked for the power of burning people by placing his hand on anyone’s head. He then wanted to kill Shiva and turn him into ashes as he wanted to marry Parvati. Shiva kept running away and the demon followed him wherever he went. Shiva then went to Vishnu for help. He took a form a woman, Mohini, and tricked Bhasmasura in keeping his hand on his own head, turning him into ashes. asked Shiva to grant him the boon that anyone or anything which he touched with his hand would turn into ashes instantaneously. Shiva granted him the boon. However, as soon as he did that, Bhasmasura approached towards Shiva to test his new power. Shiva ran away but Bhasmasura chased him and kept running after him. In order to save himself Shiva asked Vishnu for help. Shiva narrated the whole incident to Vishnu to which Vishnu replied that he had devised a plan to help him. he told Shiva to hide somewhere while he took care of the matter. Vishnu then assumed the form of a beautiful enchantress MohiniMohiniMohini
    Mohini is one of the most popular and iconic characters of the Hindu mythology and is the only female incarnation of Vishnu.
    and approached Bhasmasura. Bhasmasura was completely spellbound by the immense beauty of Mohini and asked her to marry him. Mohini replied that she would marry him only if he followed some dance steps performed by her. Bhasmasura agreed and Mohini started performing dance steps. Bhasmasura watched her carefully and repeated the dance steps precisely. Finally, Mohini performed a dance step in which she put her hand on her head. Bhasmasura, enchanted by her beauty, forgot about the boon and in an attempt to successfully repeat the dance step put his hand on his own head turning himself instantaneously into ashes. Vishnu then told Shiva the whole story and told him not to worry anymore. However, Shiva was curious to see the immensely beautiful form of Vishnu and asked him to show his manifestation of Mohini. Vishnu agreed and showed him his Mohini form. Shiva was so charmed by her beauty that he was overwhelmed with passion and unified with Mohini. The powers of the two deities combined Sree Dharma sastha Sree Dharma Sastha, also known as Thamaramkulangara Sree Dharma Sastha, is a temple that is located in the city of Tripunithura in Kerala, India. It is dedicated to Lord Ayyappa. Earlier it was owned by Morakkala Mana and was finally handed over to Maharajah of Cochin. An annual festival takes place in this temple which is known as Makaravilakku. It takes place in the month of January. The festival is celebrated in a way to keep the sanctity and holiness of the precincts of the temple. It goes on for six days. The temple is renovated time to time. was born. It is believed that, later, Sree Dharma Sastha combined his powers with those of Vishnu and Shiva and Manikanta was born. Vishnu later gifted a beautiful necklace to the new born baby and, hence, the name Manikanta.

     

    Temples

     

    There are numerous temples of Manikanta all over India, especially, the southern states. One of the most important temples of Manikanta is the Sabarimala SabarimalaSabarimala
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    Temple in Pathanamthitta District, Kerala, and is regarded as the shrine of the deity. The temple is visited by more than a million devotees annually, which makes it one of the largest places of pilgrimage in the whole world. the other prominent temples of the deity are Perambur Ayyappan Temple, Anna Nagar Ayyappan Temple, Adyar Ayyappan Temple and Mahalingapuram Ayyappan Temple, all of which are in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Additionally, Sorimuthu AyyanarAyyanarAyyanar
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    Temple at Tirunelveli and Kanchi KamakshiKamakshiKamakshi
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    Temple at Kanchipuram, both of which are in Tamil Nadu, are regarded as sacred places of Manikanta as well. Manikanta is believed to bless his devotees with great wisdom, knowledge, prosperity and respect in life. Manikanta symbolizes power, strength, intelligence and supremacy.

     



     
     

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