Annapurna Thangka is handpainted in Newari style in Kathmandu Nepal. Annapurna is the Hindu goddess of Nourishment and Fertility.
Annapurna is empowered with the ability to create fertile life in the form of living beings and in the form of greenery so to supply food to an unlimited amount of people.
The Agamas (religious texts) describe the iconography of Annapoorna as a youthful goddess having a red complexion with a face round like full moon, three eyes, high breasts, and four hands.
The lower left hand is depicted holding a vessel full of delicious porridge and the right with golden ladle adorned with various kinds of jewels. The other two hands depict Abhaya and Vrata pose.
She is depicted with wristlet and golden jewelry which rest on the chest. She is seated on a throne with a crest of moon adorning her head.
In some depictions, Shiva is shown standing to her right with a begging bowl, begging her for alms. Shankara in Annapoorna Stotra described the deity always holding a scripture, akshamala, and opener of doors of Moksha in her hands in place of vessel and ladle, indicating his prayer to Annapoorna being spiritual perfection rather than food.
Legend Behind Maa Annapurna
“Now I realize that the material world, like the spirit, cannot be dismissed as an illusion. “
Mantra of Maa Annapurna
Story Behind Mata Annapurna
Annapurna is the goddess of food and nourishment in Hinduism. Worship and offering of food are highly praised in Hinduism and therefore, the goddess Annapurna is regarded as a popular deity.
She is an avatar (form) of Parvati, the wife of Shiva. and is eulogized in the Annada Mangal, a narrative poem in Bengali by Bharatchandra Ray. The Annapurna Sahasranam is dedicated to the goddess and praises her one thousand names while the Annapurna Shatanama Stotram is dedicated to her 108 names.
A few temples exist that are dedicated to her, the most prominent being the Annapurna Devi Mandir and the Kasi Viswanath Temple in Varanasi.
Since Akshaya Tritiya is considered to be the birthdate of the goddess Annapurna, the day is believed to be very auspicious for buying gold jewelry.
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