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Devi Shakambari

About Devi Shakambari - from Devi Bhagavatam:

Devi Shakambari Devi Bhagavatam (7.28):Demon Durgama getting boon and taking control of Vedas: Demon Durgama got a boon from Brahmadeva and took control of the Vedas. As a result, the brahmins forgot the Vedas and hence could not perform the Vedic yagnyas on the earth.

Devas become weak and were overpowered by demons: Since there were no sacrificial offerings, the devas could not get their havis and became weak. The demons overpowered the devas in a battle.

Devas started calling on the Devi: The devas escaped from heaven to some remote caves and starting calling on the Devi.

Great draught ensues on earth: The effect of this was also felt on the earth. Due to the devas becoming weak, rains stopped on the earth. A great draught ensued killing innumerable people.

Brahmins started calling on the Devi: The brahmins went to the himalayas and started meditating on the Devi and eulogising Her with various stotras.

Devi Shakambari appears before the Devas and Brahmins: When the invocations of the devas and brahmins reached the peak, Devi Parvati appeared in the beautiful form of Shakambari. She appeared with innumerable eyes on Her body.

Devi Shakambari removes the draught with Her own tears: With Her tears of compassion flowing continuously for nine days, She took away the draught from the earth.

Devi Shakambari provides fresh fruits and vegetables to the draught-striken people: Devi Shakambari then provided fresh fruits and vegetables to the people from Her own hands by manifesting them Herself. Since the Devi provided fresh fruits and vegetables from Her own hands, She came to be known as Shakambhari (literally meaning the bearer of vegetation). She appeared with innumerable eyes on Her body. So She is also known as Shatakshi (literally meaning hundred eyes).

Devi Shakambari slays demon Durgama and resurrects the Vedas: Hearing this incident, demon Durgama appeared with a huge army. The Devi protected the devas and the people and fought with that huge army, manifesting great Matrikas from within Her. Finally She slayed Durgama and resurrected the Vedas.

The Shakambhari Mahatmyam also illustrates a great lesson. The absence of offerings to Gods as per the Vedic principles can affect nature which can lead to disastrous consequences. Also the Nature itself is a manifestation of the Devi.

The detailed story is described in Shakambari (Shatakshi) Mahatmyam




Puranic Events:
  1. Penances - from Brahma Purana
  2. Mountains - from Brahma Purana
  3. Devi Shakambari - from Devi Bhagavatam
  4. Slaying of demons Madhu - Kaitabha - from Devi Mahatmyam
  5. Slaying of demon Mahishasura - from Devi Mahatmyam
  6. Penances - from Padma Purana
  7. Forests - from Padma Purana
  8. Lakes - from Padma Purana
  9. Festivals - from Padma Purana
  10. Jyotirlingas - from Shiva Purana
  11. Penances - from Shiva Purana
  12. Incarnations - from Shiva Purana
  13. Arunachala - from Skanda Purana (Arunachala Mahatmya)
  14. Badarikashrama - from Skanda Purana (Badarikashrama Mahatmya)
  15. Penances - from Skanda Purana (Badarikashrama Mahatmya)
  16. Purushottama Kshetra - from Skanda Purana (Purushottama Kshetra Mahatmya)
  17. Venkatachala - from Skanda Purana (Venkatachala Mahatmya)
  18. Srikalahasti - from Srikalahasteeswara Sthala Purana
  19. Life events of Sri Krishna - from Srimad Bhagavatam
  20. Life summary of Sri Krishna - from Srimad Bhagavatam
  21. Penances - from Srimad Bhagavatam
  22. Forests - from Srimad Bhagavatam
  23. Life events of Sri Rama - from Valmiki Ramayana
  24. Journeys of Sri Rama with sage Vishwamitra - from Valmiki Ramayana
  25. Journeys of Sri Rama during forest exile - from Valmiki Ramayana
  26. Hermitages - from Valmiki Ramayana
  27. Penances - from Valmiki Ramayana
  28. Forests - from Valmiki Ramayana
  29. Mountains - from Valmiki Ramayana
  30. Rivers - from Valmiki Ramayana
  31. Lakes - from Valmiki Ramayana


Bharatavarsha - The Land of Gods and Sages:

1. Stotras by Deity:
Initial: Ganesha - Hanuman - Gurudeva - Gayatri
Tridevas: Brahma - (Vishnu - Narasimha - Rama - Krishna) - Shiva
Tridevis: Saraswati - (Lakshmi - Tulasi - Bhoomi) - Parvati
Others: Murugan - Surya - Ganga - Yamuna - Narmada - Others
Final: Vedas - Brahman

2. Pilgrimages by Deity:
Initial: Ganesha
Tridevas: Brahma - (Vishnu - Narasimha - Rama - Krishna) - Shiva
Tridevis: Saraswati - Lakshmi - (Parvati - Shakambari)
Others: Murugan - Ganga

3. Sadhana: Sadhana - Hermitages - Penances

4. Saints: Ramakrishna - Vivekananda - Ramana - Saints

5. Sacred Geography: Forests - Mountains - Rivers - Lakes

6. Puranas: Puranic Events

7. Religious Life: Stotras - Puja - Pilgrimages - Festivals - Varnashramas - Samskaras - Traditions

8. Other Aspects: Sanskrit - Arts - Music - Dance - Medicine - Architecture - Astronomy

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