Tuesday, September 10, 2019

September 11th is the festival of Sri Maha Meriamman ..

               Significance of Sri Maha Mariamman
 
Sri Maha Māriamman is a very ancient Deity worshipped from time immemorial ever since human civilization existed and is considered the closest form of Divine to Humans that can easily grant boons. She is also closely associated with the Hindu goddesses Parvati and Durga as well as with her North Indian counterpart Shitala Devi. One story about the origin of Maha Maariamman is found in the Mahabharata, where Draupadi, the wife of Pandavas, is said to be an incarnation of Maha Kali. This was known to no one but Sri Krishna. Draupadi, despite being Maha Kali, lived like a normal woman, suppressing her supernatural powers.

Goddesses, the Divine as “Eternal mother” has been worshipped in all cultures, the world over, since earliest of times. The Divine as the great Mother, the Eternal, Universal Mother is known to us from the ancient written records of Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, Rome and India.

She has been worshipped as Isis, Sophia, Shekina and with many other names. She manifests in various historical religions of the world, including the most ancient living religious tradition of Hinduism. In the early Church, the Holy Spirit was experienced as feminine, as seen from the writings of some church Fathers. In early Judaism, the figure of wisdom is experienced as feminine and the theology of "Shekina" and other references in the book of Isaiah as to the Motherhood of God are well known.
In India, since Indus Valley times, the newly discovered Saraswathy river civilization and the Vedic period, going back to over 5000 years we find a rich tradition of theology as well as worship-patterns of God as Mother, Devi and Maha Mariamman. Her manifestations and worship centers are seen in various parts of India.
The origin of Shakthi worship can be traced to such Vedic texts as Sri-Suktam, Durga-Suktam, Bhu-Suktam, Tripuropanishad, Bhavanopanishad etc. In Sandhya Upasana, we think of Gayatri Devi in the solar orb and imagine that the sun shines by HER effulgence and that She is also the Truth, which has kindled the light of reason in our minds.



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