Mookambika - The Mother Goddess
Mookambika, also popularly known as MooghambighaiAmma or ThaaiMooghambighai, is a Hindu goddess and is regarded as an incarnation of Parvati. Hence, she is considered as an aspect of AdiParashakti. MookambikaMookambika
Mookambika, also popularly known as MooghambighaiAmma or ThaaiMooghambighai, is a Hindu goddess and is regarded as an incarnation of Parvati. is one of the most popular and widely worshipped goddesses of India, especially the south Indian states of Kerala and Karnataka.
Mookambika is usually depicted as a beautiful young woman with a glowing complexion. She is clad in a beautiful multi colored Sari A type of an Indian dressand is adorned with many jewels, ornaments, flowers and garlands. She wears a sparkling golden crown on her head. She is mostly portrayed to be seated on either a beautiful throne decorated with numerous gems and jewels, or a lotus flower. She has four arms and holds a conch shell and a discus in two of her hands, while assuming the gestures of Abhaya mudra and Varada mudra with the other two.
Legends state that once upon a time in Kollur there was a great sage named Kola Maharishi. The sage was meditating and observing penance but was troubled by a demon named Mookasura. Mookasura was also trying to perform austerities in order to gain a boon. When ParvatiParvati
After the death of Shiva's first love Sati, Shiva... got to know about the situation she made the demon dumb so that he could not speak or ask for a boon. However, Mookasura continued to cause problems and troubles for Kola Maharishi. The sage then prayed to the goddess to help him get rid of the demon. Parvati then in her incarnation of Mookambika helped the sage by killing Mookasura. After that the sage continued to meditate and observe penance in peace. It is believed that Mookambika then stayed in Kollur because of the request of gods and Kola Maharishi.
Another famous legend associated with the goddess states that once upon a time there was a very powerful demon named Kaumasura. The demon used to terrorize people and made their lives full of tyranny and suffering. Any attempts of struggle against the demon went in vain. All the people then prayed to Parvati to help them. Parvati then created an incarnation of herself known as Mookambika. Mookambika then went on to fight the demon. Soon a fierce battle ensued between Mookambika and Kaumasura. Kaumasura tried his best to defeat the goddess but he was no match for the supreme powers of Mookambika. As a result, the demon was soon slain by the goddess, and peace and balance was restored in the world.
There are many temples of Mookambika in the southern states of India. The most prominent temple, however, is the KollurMookambika Temple at Kollur, Udupi District in Karnataka. It is believed that Kollur has been named after the great sage Kola Maharishi. The temple holds a great significance and is believed to be around one thousand and two hundred years old. VidyaArambamis a prominent ceremony observed in the temple which is considered as an initiation of the small children for education. The most important festivals associated with the goddess are Pancha Puja It is a prayer ritual performed to make offerings, honoring, evoking or worshipping gods. The ceremony can also be performed to pay homage to the beloved ones who are deadand Thrikala Bali. Mookambika symbolizes great knowledge, power, wisdom, affection and supremacy.