Monday, 4 July 2011

Varahi Devi

Varahi Devi one of the Matrikas or the consort of Varah the incanation of Sri Vishnu as the Boar form

Oddly enough her sister looked exactly like most pictures I've seen of Randal Mataji(Having a red head dress and wearing a red and green sari), where as Randal had a browny purple head dress, and wore a completely red sari (I thought that might be her shadow image at first, but I remember the girl telling me she had a name which sounded nothing like Randal Mataji, and Mataji's shadow image is simply called Randal's shadow image).

Bhagwathi Randal - Randal Maa is the Goddess who appeared as the daughter of Vishwakarma. She is known as Sandhya and Chhaya in the Vedas. She came down to earth as a form of a girl when the earth dried up and there was no granary and fruit growing due to no rain. She made the clouds thunder and the clouds burst out with rain, the soil became rich as her feet touch the earth. Soon all the fields and gardens begun to bloom green. She was no ordinary girl but had super natural powers from which she healed the sick and cured them including the blind. Couples who could not give birth to children beared fruit due to the powers of Randal Maa. She is known to be the wife of Surya (God of the Sun).
Randal Maa once took a form of a horse (Ghodi) and came to earth. Surya wanted her to stay with her, Thus she divided herself into two forms Sandhya (twilight) and Chhaya (Shadow)She is also worshiped today and her miraculous powers still exist as she is possesed by many. People get healed from her possesed spirit and seek her for guidance in relationships and other matters in life. Her main Temple is located in Dadva (Saurashtra in Gujarat).

Finally she showed me the last picture in the gallery which was of a murti form of Some godess. She told me the goddess' name was a fusion of both Ammba and Kali's name, but she had forgotten the specific name of that Goddess. The goddess' murti was completely black (except for a red bindi on its head which was surounded by a white ring), had several weapons in it's various arms, a nose ring going through its nostrils, and was seated in a pile of leaves in front of a large tree.

The deity is Kaliambal. The other form of Parasakthi is Kali. She took this form to eradicate evil. With angry look this female deity by destroying evil is stead fast to truth. She is a deity whom people worship with fear and as with most south indian images she is black in colour and with no shrine but seated under the margosa tree in the open.

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