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Devi Shakambari

(Ref: Devi Bhagavatam - Skanda 7 - 28)

Devi ShakambariDemon Durgama gets boon and takes 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 yagnas on the earth.

Devas become weak and gets 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 start calling on the Devi: The devas escaped from heaven to some remote caves and starts 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 start 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 detailed story is described in Shakambari (Shatakshi) Mahatmyam

• 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.

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