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    About Svaha

    Svaha is a minor Hindu Goddess who is known as the wife of Agni, the God of fire. She is considered as an embodiment of Shakti (strength). She is a part of the feminine aspect of universe which lets fire burn and produce heat and light. The name SvahaSvahaSvaha
    Svaha is a minor Hindu Goddess who is known as the wife of Agni, the God of fire...
    is the combination of two words ‘su’ meaning well and ‘ah’ meaning to call. The term is uttered at the end of mantras (a group of sacred words), recited during fire sacrifices. Usually ghee (clarified butter) is poured in the fire with the utterance of svaha. The name Svaha also means ‘oblation’ or to offer. While offerings are made in the name of the God, the sound of the word Svaha, guarantees that prayers will reach to the heavenly abode of Gods. This boon was given to Svaha by Agni. Svaha’s body is believed to be made of the four Vedas Four ancient texts constituting the oldest layer of Sanskrit literature and the oldest scriptures of Hinduism(Sanskrit texts, the oldest scriptures on Hinduism).

    Svaha’s Life

    Svaha was the one of the many daughters of DakshaDakshaDaksha
    Brahma, the creator of the universe, created Daksha from his right thumb...
    (son of Lord Brahma, the Creator of the Universe) and his wife, Prasuti. As she grew up, she fell in love with Agni and though before the marriage she was a mortal nymph, she soon turned into an immortal Goddess after Agni accepted her.

    Svaha loved Agni, but the tragedy was Agni was in love with Kritikas. They were seven sisters who were happily married to seven sages, collectively known as the Sapta Rishis or the seven stars. Agni tried to woo every one of them but true to their status and character, they all turned down his offer. Anger and disappointed by the rejection, Agni went into a forest, broken-hearted.

    When Svaha realized Agni’s wish, she one by one transformed herself into each Kritika and made love to him six times. When the seventh time, she wanted to recreate the last six experiences, Agni realized that it was a trick as the seventh Kritika named Arundhati was a very pious and dedicated wife and by no means could stand the thought of being with someone else. Agni when realized that it was Svaha, disguising as Kritikas, he didn’t get angry and rather moved by her love, decided to accept her as she let him satisfy his passions without breaking the laws of marriage and without getting scorns or curses from the Seven Sages.

    Svaha and Skanda

    Each time Svaha took the form of a Kritika and made love to Agni, a sperm was transferred to her body. Svaha knew she couldn’t get pregnant without marriage thus she collected all the six sperms from six times of love making and kept them into a cave. Soon a beautiful yet courageous boy named SkandaSkandaSkanda
    The fifth manifestation of the Durga worshipped on Navratri...
    was born. Everyone considered him the son of Kritikas and Agni, thus six of the sages divorced their wives (except Arundhati). In actual, as he was born from the union of Agni and Svaha, he was also known as Agneya. He was a great warrior with the power of seven men.

    Svaha and Kartikeya

    Though Kartikeya, the God of wars, was the son of Lord ShivaShivaShiva
    Shiva is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindu Trinity that ...
    (one of the Supreme Gods of Hinduism, also known as the Destroyer) and his consort, ParvatiParvatiParvati
    After the death of Shiva's first love Sati, Shiva...
    (the Goddess of love, devotion and fertility), but he was not naturally conceived. Parvati gave Shiva’s aura to the Gods to create a warrior from it. But such was the power of that aura that no God could bear the heat. The aura was then withheld by Svaha for very long before giving it to GangaGangaGanga
    According to Bhagavata Purana, Vishnu in one of....
    (the personification of Indian River Ganga) to cool it down. Shiva’s aura then turned into a seed out of which KartikeyaKartikeyaKartikeya
    Kartikeya is the son of Shiva and Parvatiand is regarded as the commander- in-chief the army of the gods. Being the son of the supreme couple
    was born. He was found in a lotus by Kritikas and later handed over to Parvati. Thus Kritikas and Svaha are considered Kartikeya’s divine mothers.

    Brahma’s Boon

    After the creation of universe, mankind and food for humans, BrahmaBrahmaBrahma
    According to Hinduism, the whole creation is the work of Trimurti (the Hindu Trinity)...
    had to create food for the Gods. He then decided that whenever fire sacrifices and offerings will be made by humans in the name of God, as soon as they will utter the term Svaha, the food will reach to the respective Gods automatically. Thus Svaha was made repository of all prosperity.
     



     
     

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