Muthyalamma – The Dravidian Goddess
Muthyalamma is a Hindu goddess and is regarded as a form of Durga. She is believed to have been worshipped since the Dravidian times and as such is the chief deity of South Asia. MuthyalammaMuthyalamma
Muthyalamma is a Hindu goddess and is regarded as a form of Durga. She is believed to have been worshipped since the Dravidian times is one of the most important and popular goddesses of India, especially the south Indian states of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and is worshipped by the people with great zeal and devotion.
Temples, Beliefs and Significance
Most importantly, there are hundreds of temples of the goddess at Hyderabad district of Telangana, where thousands of devotees offer prayers and worship Muthyalamma daily. There are huge celebrations, rituals and ceremonies which are performed every weekend at these temples for the goddess. One of the most important festivals associated with the goddess is Mahankali festival which is celebrated during June or July annually. People from all over the world visit the temples of Muthyalamma during the Mahankali festival. It is a popular belief that worshipping the goddess with full sincerity and devotion fulfils the desires of the devotee. Moreover, the goddess blesses her worshippers and devotees with great happiness, prosperity, joy, wisdom and protection in life. One of the most peculiar rituals associated with Muthyalamma is the Jatara. In this, an idol of Muthyalamma is made with the help of clay, and the goddess is worshipped. After that, the idol is left to be crushed under the foot. This ritual is believed to please the goddess and bring good rains for the devotees. Another tradition associated with Jatara is the sacrifice of animals. The animals, mostly buffalo, goat, sheep and chicken, are sacrificed and offered to the goddess by the people of a village. And as such the offering is considered to be made collectively by the village as a whole. The main sacrifice, however, is considered to be that of a buffalo in which the head of the animal is then offered to the goddess by the whole village.