Kamakshi

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The goddess Kamakshee is the form of Parvati and Tripura Sundari (another form of Parvati). The main abode of Kamakshi is the Kamakshi Amman temple at Kanchipuram, 90 kilometers west of Chennai, India.

Goddess Kamakshi is considered to be the representation of Shri Vidya - Shri Lalita Maha Tripurasundari - she reigns supreme in Kanchi; the image of the goddess has been carved out of a Salagrama shila and the Meru in the temple is also made of Salagrama, believed to be consecrated by sage Durvasa, one of the renowned Shrividya upasakas. Kanchi is one of the most powerful pithas. Many literary and devotional musical compositions have been dedicated to Goddess Kamakshi.

As per Sri Adi Shankarcharyya,for the Bhurivar Subsect of the dasnami sampradaya of the hindu monks having titles Bharati and Puri, the chosen deity is Kamakshi. So those who think that Kanchi math was not established by Sri Adi Shankaracharyya are probably mistaken.

Shri Kamakshi and Tripura Sundari[edit]

While to many westerners it might seem that Kamakshi must be different from Tripura Sundari (Parvati) as they appear to have different names. However, in the Hindu pantheon, the "names" of the deities are more descriptions than names. Tripura Sundari, like many of the forms of the supreme, has 1000 names assigned to her and these can be found in the Lalita sahasranama text. One of the names in this text is "Kamakshi" which means "She whose eyes awaken desire, or She who has beautiful eyes".The word Kamakshi could also be split as 'ka' 'ma' and 'akshi' . Where 'akshi' in Sanskrit means eyes, the letter ka denotes goddess Kali Parvati and 'ma' denotes goddess Matangi which is also Parvati, thus Kamakshi is Parvati and it is enough if she merely glances at her devotees, not even lifting her hand in benediction, the devotee is sure to receive all that he prays for.

Shri Kamakshi Temple, Goa[edit]

Goddess Kamakshi at Shiroda, Goa

Shri Kamakshi temple located at Shiroda was built in the late 16th century built ; the other shrines in the temple complex are that of Shree Shantadurga, Shree Laxmi Narayana and Shree Rayeshwar. Boarding and Lodging for the pilgrims are provided by the temple authorities; the temple has recently banned entry of foreigners into the temple citing objectionable dressing and conduct as the reason.[citation needed]

This temple was originally located at Raia in Salcette and was moved to its present location in 1564-1568,because as a part of Goa Inquisition the Portuguese demolished almost all the Hindu shrines..The antiquity of the original temple is unknown; the new temple is located at Shiroda. There are other temples for Kamakshi in Goa is the one at Ramnathi.

In November 2013, Temple began to offer Live darshan on its website, it is the only temple in Goa to offer Live Darshan in streaming format for hundreds of devotees at a time. END

Shri Kamakshi Temple, Jonnawada[edit]

This temple is located on the banks of Pennar river at Jonnawada, Nellore district, Andhra Pradesh, India, it has a unique mythological background. The Goddess Kamakshi was incarnated from Goddess Parvati with Kali and Matangi in her eyes; this temple was built in 1150 AD. Brahmotsavam(Grand carnival) is celebrated every year around early June.

Sri-Kamadchi-Ampal-Temple, Hamm[edit]

The Sri-Kamadchi-Ampal-Temple in Hamm

The Sri-Kamadchi-Ampal-Temple (Shri Kamakshi Ampal temple) in Hamm, Germany, which was opened in 2002, claims to be the second largest Hindu temple in Europe.[1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Der Tempel" (in German). Hindu Shankarar Sri Kamadchi Ampal Temple e.V. 2013. Retrieved 2013-01-07.

External links[edit]

  • Lalitopakhyana (Lalita Mahatmya) chapters glorifying Kāmākṣī, as taken from the Brahmanda Purana; English translation by G. V. Tagare [proofread] (includes glossary)
  • Media related to Kamakshi at Wikimedia Commons