Goddess Annapoorna  

Posted by Stella Clark

Goddess Annapoorna Image
"IN HINDUISM, THE GODDESS ANNAPOORNA" (ANNAPUMA) IS THE GODDESS OF FOOD AND HARVEST AND IS BELIEVED TO BE THE ONE WHO FILLS THE STOMACHS OF THOSE WHO ARE HUNGRY; SYMBOLICALLY, SHE IS THE ASPECT OF MOTHER NATURE THAT NOURISHES ALL LIVING BEINGS. "ANNA MEANS FOOD; "PUMA MEANS NOURISHING. SHE IS ENDOWED WITH THE POWERS TO SUPPLY FOOD IN LIMITLESS FORM. LEGEND HAS IT THAT SHIVA MADE AN AGREEMENT WITH ANNAPOORNA THAT SHE LOOK AFTER LIFE BEFORE DEATH AND ENSURE THAT NO ONE GOES HUNGRY. SOME BELIEVE SHE IS THE INCARNATION OF PARVATI.

SHE IS ALSO REFERRED TO AS THE GODDESS OF FERTILITY AND AGRICULTURE. THUS, SHE IS IMMENSELY POPULAR IN THE VILLAGES WHERE SPECIAL IN SOUTH INDIA THERE ARE SEPARATE SHRINES DEDICATED TO THIS DEITY OF FOOD AND HARVEST, AND THE IDOL OF GODDESS ANNAPUMA IS ALWAYS SHOWN WITH A BOWL WHICH IS ALWAYS FILLED WITH GRAIN, REPRESENTING THE BOUNTIFUL FOOD SHE HAS TO OFFER HER CHILDREN. PUJAS AND RITUALS ARE CONDUCTED, AND WOMEN AND CHILDREN RECITE A PRAYER TO HER EVERY DAY.

THE FOLLOWING IS A TRANSLATION OF A HINDU PRAYER TO THE GODDESS ANNAPOORNA.

"AGAIN AND AGAIN, I SALUTE YOU, MOTHER, AGAIN AND AGAIN,"

"HE WHO THINKS OF YOU OH GODDESS, WHERE IS NEED FOR REST FOR HIM,"

"TAKE THE NAME OF ANNAPURNA AND ALL YOUR JOBS WILL BE DONE,"

"TILL THE DELUGE, FROM TIME OF BIRTH AND FROM THE BEGINNING OF TIME"

"WOULD COMPOSE THE MUSIC OF GODS AND WHERE IS KRISHNA, WHERE IS RAMA,"

"YOUR FEET ARE KISSED BY THE FOUR HANDED LORD BRAHMA,"

"AND THE PRETTY BLACK GOD WHO HOLDS THE HOLY WHEEL,"

"THE GREAT GOD WHO WEARS THE MOON IS GETTING HIS BRIGHTNESS BY SALUTING YOU,"

"OH GODDESS, IN BAD STRAITS, THE DEVAS ARE GATHERING YOUR MERCY BY PRAYING TO YOU,"

"FOR YOUR TEMPLE IS NOTHING BUT THE GREAT PERSONIFICATION OF YOUR DEVOTEES,"

"SHE IS THE ONLY ATTENTION, SHE IS THE ONLY KNOWLEDGE,"

"HER JOB IS TO MAKE THIS KALI AGE BLOSSOM LIKE LOTUS,"

"OH GODDESS, WHO IS LIKE LIGHT, PLEASE GIVE ME THE LIGHT OF PEACE AND MAKE ME WITHOUT WORK."

Keywords: names of egyptian gods and goddesses  hindu gods and goddess  celtic pagan gods and goddesses  ancient greece gods and goddesses  info about greek gods and goddesses  greek gods and goddesses clothing  hindu gods and goddesses images  all ancient greek gods and goddesses  greek gods goddesses symbols  aphrodite goddess of  

This entry was posted on 24 November 2009 at Tuesday, November 24, 2009 . You can follow any responses to this entry through the .

0 comments