Modheshwari – The Fiery Goddess
Modheshwari, also popularly known as MatangiModheshwari, is a Hindu goddess who is regarded as an aspect of Parvati. She is also considered to be one of the DashaMahavidyas. It means “Ten Goddesses” or supreme powers of the world. The 10 Mahavidyas are Wisdom Goddesses, aspects of Parvati (Shakti), who represents a range of feminine divinity, from fearsome goddesses at one end, to the gentle at the other. She is the clan goddess of the Modhcommunity of the Indian state of Gujarat. The goddess is considered to be the protector of her devotees and their family members. ModheshwariModheshwari
Modheshwari, also popularly known as MatangiModheshwari, is a Hindu goddess who is regarded as an aspect of Parvati. is one of the most popular and highly revered goddesses of India.
Modheshwari is generally depicted to be a young fierce looking woman with fiery eyes. She is usually portrayed to be clad in a beautiful red Sari A type of an Indian dressand is adorned with many jewels and ornaments, and a crown. She has eighteen arms and holds various weapons like mace, axe, sword, trident, bow and arrow, dagger, club, stick etc. in each hand. She is usually shown to be seated on a lion.
Legends state that once upon a time there was a demon named Karnat. He used to create havoc, chaos and trouble for everyone. Once he attacked the region of Dharmanarayana. The area was populated by very simple and peace loving people, mainly Brahmins. It is one of the caste of Hindus. They are known for their knowledge of ancient, sacred scriptures The people were terrorized by the sudden attack of Karnat and were left in utter fear. They were unable to overcome the demon. Therefore, everyone approached ParvatiParvati
After the death of Shiva's first love Sati, Shiva... and narrated the whole incident about Karnat to her, and prayed to her to help them. Upon hearing the predicaments of her devotees Parvati was filled with anger and rage. She got so infuriated that a power, in the form of a ball of fire, came out of her mouth. The power assumed the form of a goddess – Modheshwari. Modheshwari then went on to fight the demon Karnat. A battle ensued between the two and soon Modheshwari prevailed victorious as she killed the demon. Great joy and happiness was brought about among the people by their goddess and they accepted Modheshwari as the chief goddess of their clan.
Modheshwari is the chief goddess of Gujarat and as such there are numerous temples of the goddess all over the state. Major temples of the goddess can be found at Ahmedabad, Bharuch, Bhavnagar, Bhuj, Jhabua, Khedbrahma, Sinhore, Tera, Ujjain and Vadodara. The most prominent temple, however, is considered to be the Modheshwari temple at Modhera in Gujarat, a town which is named after the goddess. The goddess is believed to bless her devotees with happiness, joy and protection from all evil. Modheshwari symbolizes supremacy, protection, reverence and faith.