Significance of Devi Annapoorneshwari
Devi Annapoorneshwari is another Avatar of Devi Parashakthi (Parvathi) who appeared on Earth to give people food to the body and spiritual food for the soul. She is the giver of Food and nourishment. According to legend, Lord Shiva told Parvathi that the world including food is only an illusion (Maya). The divine Mother wanted to demonstrate to her consort that Food is indeed very real and is important and so she disappeared from the world which brought on misery and death of people due to Hunger. Having demonstrated this, She reappeared in the City of Kasi (Varanasi) and set up a kitchen to feed the hungry. Lord Shiva realized what His consort wanted to emphasize, came to Her with his bowl for alms and hence Shiva is also called Bhikshandavar.