Saturday, May 15, 2010

Goddess Annapurna Mata

Goddess Annapurna Mata is the Hindu goddess of food and cooking. Annapurna is empowered with the ability to supply food to an unlimited amount of people. Annapurna means in Sanskrit 'Anna' means food and 'purna' means complete; together the term Annapurna signifies nourishing with food to the fullest. Food is one of the basic necessities of life, and it is no wonder that we say ‘Annam Brahma’, food is God. Annapurna is an incarnation of Parvati. She is often seen giving food to her husband, Shiva. Shiva is seen begging with a skull begging bowl as Annapurna doles out food to her lover. In south India you often find images of Annapurna anywhere people eat. In Hindu belief she is the one endowed with the powers to supply food in a limitless form. She is the divine symbol of nourish and care she provides to her children. In common parlance at Hindu households if people waste food, it is said that they in turn make Annapurna Devi angry.

The most popular temple of Annapurna is at Kashi followed by the one at Horanadu, in Karnataka. There are two other temples of Annapurna, one in Kerala, and one in Gujarat. I have not yet had the pleasure of visiting these last two temples. When I do, I shall surely write about them. Meanwhile, read about my visit to the Annapoorna Temple at Kashi.

A Jayanti is a festival dedicated to Goddess Annapurna Hindu goddess of food and cooking. It is observed on the full moon day in the month of Margashirsh. In some regions an Annapurna Vrat is observed during the period. Goddess Annapurna is believed to be an incarnation of Goddess Parvati. Annapurna Jayanti date is 2 December.

Hindu Goddess of Annapurna Mata

Maa Annapurna & Shiva Photo

Maa Annapurna Murti Image

Mata Annapurna Devi Wallpaper

Image of Annapurna Maa

Photo of Annapurna Devi

Bronze Statue Annapurna Mata

Goddess Annapurna and Shiva Picture

Wallpaper of Annapurna Mata

Maa Annapurna Photo

Maa Annapurna Temple Murti

Picture of Mata Annapurna Devi

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