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Hinduism - Who Is Goddess Mansa Devi In The Hindu Pantheon?


Mansa Devi  is a Hindu goddess. One of the nine Shiwalik goddesses and the presiding deity of Manimajara, a small town in the Shiwalik Hills near Chandigarh.

This is one of the Shakti Pithas, a network of Goddess-sanctuary places that stretches throughout the subcontinent, according to local legend.

Each Shakti Pitha commemorates the location where a piece of the goddess Sati's severed corpse fell to earth and took on the shape of a different goddess; Mansa Devi was Sati's head.

The term "mansa" means "wish," and it is said that Mansa Devi would fulfill any desire brought to her by a devotee (bhakta).

In the holy city of Haridwar, there is another temple of Mansa Devi on the hill above the bathing (snana) ghats; here, too, the officiants promise that the presiding goddess would grant all one's requests.

The Manimajara's founding story Mansa Devi depicts her power and compassion for her worshippers during the reign of the Moghul emperor Akbar.

Akbar assigns a Rajput ruler to oversee the Manimajara region.

The chieftain is unable to pay his taxes one year because the crops have been damaged by harsh weather.

The chieftain is imprisoned, but one of Mansa Devi's worshippers is moved by his predicament and asks her to intercede on his behalf.

The chieftain is liberated and the taxes are canceled; when he realizes how this occurred, he is so thankful that he builds a shrine in her honor.

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Hinduism And Hindu Theology - Who Is Akbar?

Akbar (r. 1555–1605) was the third and greatest king of the Moghul dynasty, a Muslim dynasty that ruled over major portions of India from 1525 to 1707 and lasted until 1857 in a diminished form. 

  • Akbar's lengthy reign was characterized by largely positive ties with his Hindu people, many of whom were elevated to positions of power and for whom he seems to have real compassion and understanding. 
  • One of his most significant acts was to abolish a poll tax on non-Muslims, which had been in place for a long time but was very unpopular with Hindus. 

Despite the fact that more conservative Muslims suspected Akbar of being a secret Hindu, the friendliness and collaboration he created served to keep the country calm during his reign.

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