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About Mansa Devi

Manasa Devi is also known as the snake Goddess who is worshipped mainly in Bengal and other North-Eastern states of India. It is believed that Manasa She is a Hindu folk serpent-Goddess who is worshipped majorly in Bengal and various north-east parts of India. She is worshipped for protection from snake-bites and long and prosperous life. She was married to a sage named Jaratkaru and with him she parented a son named Astika. She is depicted as a woman covered with snakes and sitting on a lotus. On her head, seven cobras make a hood-like structure. She is also known as the one-eyed goddess. She is mostly worshipped without an image, rather a branch of tree or an earthen pot or a snake image is used as her symbol and is offered prayers. is the one who controls all the snakes on Earth and a snake bite can be cured by worshipping Her. People also worship Manasa for fertility and prosperity. According to the legends Manasa is the daughter of Shiva. However some scriptures suggest that She was the daughter of Sage Kashyapa and is distantly related to Shiva. She is the sister of vasuki He is one of the king serpents, given high privilege in Hindu mythology. He is depicted with a gem on his head. He is the snake of Lord Shiva and the brother of another snake named Manasa. He is the jewel of Shiva and sits around his neck. He was blessed by Shiva and thus given an important status. He was one of the main participants in the churning of the ocean. He was used as the churning rope and his one end was held by the demons and the other by Gods. His face was at the demons side and thus they were affected by his venom. and wife to Sage Jaratkaru. Due to the confusion in Her parentage, Manasa has been denied the position which other deities enjoy. Hence, She is an extremely furious Goddess for those who refuse to worship Her while extremely kind to those who worship Her with devotion.

According to scriptures the parentage of Manasa Devi is under confusion. Some legends suggest that She was born to Sage KashyapKashyapKashyap
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and Kadru She is the wife of the sage Kashyap and a daughter of king Daksha. She was the mother of thousand serpents and was a rival of her sister, Vinitawho was the sister of serpent-king Sesha. While some other scriptures suggest that Manasa was Shiva's daughter. But popular stories suggest that Manasa was born from Sage Kashyapa's mind. Hence Her name is 'Manasa' meaning born out of mind.
 
According to the Puranas, Sage Kashyapa married Manasa to Sage Jaratkaru He was a very learned sage who was married to the snake Goddess named Manasa and with whom he parented Astika. She is believed to practice severe asceticism. He didn’t have any inclination towards getting married but he was asked to so by his forefathers as they were destined to go to hell in the absence of any child of Jaratkaru sage. The couple didn’t share any emotional bond. He only impregnated her for his forefathers and left her all alone to give birth and then raise a child all by herself. They were married only for the sage to perform his “husbandly duties”. who married Her on a condition. Jaratkaru said that if Manasa ever disobeys him, then he will desert Her. Once Manasa awakened Jaratkaru very late in the morning and he was late for his morning prayers. He became furious at Manasa and deserted Her. Later he came back and they had a son named Astika.

Manasa is the presiding deity of the snakes. According to the folklores of Bengal, Manasa was the one who saved ShivaShivaShiva
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from the deadly poison. She is very kind and loving towards Her devotees and is equally destructive to those who refuse to worship Her

Manasa is depicted as a graceful Goddess adorned with the ornaments which are actually snakes. She sits on a lotus under a hooded canopy of the seven cobras. She is often portrayed as a 'one-eyed Goddess' or sometimes with Her son Astika on Her lap.

Manasa is generally worshipped during the rainy season because the snakes are more active during the time. The cult of Manasa Devi is mainly concentrated in the North-East region of India. She is an important deity worshipped for fertility, getting cured of snake bites and also to get rid of diseases like smallpox, chicken pox etc.
 
 

 


 
 

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