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Hinduism - Who Is Mohini In The Hindu Pantheon And Hindu Mythology?


 ("bewitching") A rapturously beautiful celestial enchantress in Hindu mythology, viewed as a manifestation of the deity Vishnu.

Vishnu assumes this shape in order to deceive the demons into giving her a part of the amrta, the nectar of immortality, churned from the Ocean of Milk.

Mohini uses her charms to get the amrta from the demons, which she then offers to the gods, robbing the demons of their opportunity for immortality.

The narrative stops here in most accounts, but the charter myth for the southern Indian deity Aiyappa adds a fascinating twist.

According to legend, when Shiva sees Mohini's enticing body, he can't help but fall in love with her.

Aiyappa, considered the son of Shiva and Vishnu, is the result of this marriage.

However, as with most similar legends in Hindu mythology, Aiyappa's strange paternity has a good cause.

Aiyappa is created to slay Mahishi, a demon who has been cursed with the ability to only be slain by someone who was not born from the union of male and female.

This prerequisite is satisfied by Mohini's "real" identity (Vishnu), and when Aiyappa reaches adulthood, he kills the demon.



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Hinduism - Who Is Mahishi In Hindu Mythology And Folklore?

 

The name of a buffalo-demon slain by the deity Aiyappa in Hindu mythology.

Mahishi is granted the ability to be killed only by someone who was not born from the union of male and female.

Aiyappa is born of a marriage of the gods Shiva and Vishnu, when the latter adopts the guise of the enchantress Mohini, to evade this curse.

Lila, a feminine form, comes from Mahishi's corpse after she is slain.

Lila want to marry Aiyappa, and he promises to marry her in the year when no celibate pilgrim visits him at Shabari Malai.

Lila is still waiting for this commitment to be fulfilled since women of reproductive age are banned to visit Shabari Malai, and those who do must remain celibate.



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