4" Small Devi Annapurna (Goddess of Food and Nourishment)| Handmade

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It was during a leisurely game of dice between his wife and himself that Lord Shiva lost everything, including his trident and the clothes on his body. The game soon transformed into a debate, to stop Lord Vishnu had to intervene. He and Shiva put forth the point that there was no use fighting over a mere game since everything in the universe is Maya or illusion, including food. Goddess Parvati, the mother of all life on earth, was deeply enraged by this. She disappeared in a bid to show the two divinities the value of food. 

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Item Code: ZEQ501
Height: 4 inch
Width: 2 inch
Depth: 1.5 inch
Weight: 340 gm
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When the great mother disappeared, famine and droughts hit the earth. It was understood that though detachment from worldly pleasures was the final goal of all, food is the fuel of the human body in this journey, and it cannot be sidelined as an illusion. Only when Shiva approached Maha Shakti in her earthly adobe at Varanasi, did she welcome him with food and lovingly reappeared in the Srishti (creation) as nourishment and fulfillment.

We have the famous goddess Annapurna (anna- food grain, poorna- provider) in brass here, a compact metal statue, with adornments as simple as the message this incarnation contains. Devi here is sitting in Lalitasana (posture of royal ease) on an inverted lotus, an attribute of goddess Lakshmi, who is also associated with the abundance of food and the fertility of the earth. Her slender body is decorated with simple jewelry and a kirit-mukuta/crown highlighting her status as a divinity. In the hand of this Devi Annapurna brass statue, we can see a cup and ladle, symbols of the incessantly open kitchen of the mother-goddess, ready to provide her children with the nourishment of her motherly affection.

A famous saying in Hindi- “bhookhe bhajan na hoye Gopala”, meaning one cannot sing hymns when one is hungry rightly brings out the illustriousness of Devi Annapurna and anna (food) in Hindu culture.


Feasting with the Divine: The Significance of Goddess Annapurna in Hindu Culture

Goddess Annapurna is one of the main deities in Hindu culture and is worshiped by many people around the world. She is considered one of the manifestations of Goddess Parvati, the consort of Lord Shiva. There are many temples dedicated to Annapurna Devi in India such as Annapurna Devi Mandir in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh where she is worshiped as the queen of Varanasi alongside Vishweshwar (Lord Shiva). Thousands and lakhs of people from different parts of the world visit this temple to take the blessings of Goddess Annapurna. The appearance of the Goddess is celebrated as Akshaya Tritiya and on this auspicious day, people buy gold jewelry. The glories and stories of Annapurna Devi are mentioned in various Vedic literature such as the Skanda Purana, the Annapurna Upanishad, and the Linga Purana.

She is depicted as a young, beautiful woman with a bright face. She typically possesses four hands and has a third eye on her forehead. She is often portrayed seated on a royal throne, bedecked with jewels, and wearing a crown with a crescent moon on her head.

What is Annapurna the goddess of?

The Vedic scriptures mention Goddess Annapurna as the Goddess of food and nourishment. She is a special form of Parvati who promised to take care of all living entities on earth by providing them with sufficient food. Food is necessary for our growth and development. If you look at the iconography of Goddess Annapurna, you will find her holding a pot filled with porridge in one of her hands. Without food, we will not be able to maintain our bodies, that act like a vehicle to the path of Godhead (the ultimate goal of human life). The Annapurna Upanishad also mentions Goddess Annapurna to be the source of all wisdom. Therefore, being merciful upon all souls, Goddess Annapurna not only offers nourishment to the body but also enlightens us to take the shelter of the Supreme Lord Vishnu.

Are Annapurna and Parvati the same?

Yes, Devi Annapurna and Devi Parvati are non-different from each other. There comes a story in the Vedic literature that describes how Goddess Parvati took the form of Annapurna to show her consort Lord Shiva her importance and how the world would not survive without her offering of food. It is believed that the Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Varanasi was built by Lord Shiva in her honor.

What are the benefits of keeping the Annapurna deity at home?

Worshiping Goddess Annapurna is very auspicious both materially and spiritually. She is extremely kind and compassionate to all living beings. It is said that if you worship the deity of Annapurna Devi at home with devotion and sincerity, she will make sure that your home never goes out of grains. She bestows good fortune and prosperity on her worshipers and also gives them spiritual credits by which they can come closer to the Supreme Lord Vishnu. Thus, when we pray to Goddess Annapurna with purity, she takes care of our spiritual and material needs.
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