Showing posts with label Minakshi Temple. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Minakshi Temple. Show all posts

Hinduism - Who Is Known As Sundareshvara In The Hindu Pantheon?

 


(The "Handsome Lord") 

The deity Shiva's epithet when he appears as the goddess Minakshi's spouse.

Minakshi, the presiding goddess of the Minakshi temple in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, is the presiding deity of the Minakshi temple.

Look at Shiva.


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Hinduism - Who Is Goddess Minakshi In The Hindu Pantheon?

 


Minakshi (meaning "fish-eyed") is a Sanskrit word that means "fish-eyed." Minakshi is the presiding goddess of the Minakshi temple in Madurai, Tamil Nadu.

Her name alludes to her eyes' form (long and oval) as well as their fluttering movement, both of which are considered feminine beauty features in ancient India.

Minakshi was formerly a local divinity who served as the city's protector.

Minakshi grew in importance as Madurai grew in importance as the capital of the Pandya kingdom.

Minakshi is born with three breasts, which is already a clue that she is odd, and is nurtured by her parents as a male, according to her charter myth.

She swears that she would only marry a man who can beat her in war when she ascends to the throne in Madurai.

She battles and defeats all of the earth's rulers, but when she approaches the deity Shiva, she is overcome with modesty and turned from a fierce warrior to a meek and bashful girl.

Her third breast vanishes at this point, signaling the end of her unique status.

Minakshi and Shiva (in his Sundareshvara incarnation) get wedded.

Every year at the Chittirai festival in Madurai, their wedding is commemorated.

Minakshi remains a peculiar goddess, despite her metamorphosis in the charter tale.

A goddess's wedding generally signifies her domestication and servitude to her spouse.

Minakshi, on the other hand, is still the most significant goddess in Madurai, maybe due to her past role as the city's guardian deity.

Dean David Shulman, Tamil Temple Myths, 1980, has further information.


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Hinduism - How Prevalent Was Execution Via Impalement And Mass Impalement In Ancient And Feudal India?

 


One of the most popular methods of execution, which appears to have been especially popular in ancient southern India.

Impaling someone means piercing them with a sharp spike and killing them.

The most spectacular incident is said to have occurred at Madurai, when 8,000 Jain ascetics were impaled by one of the Pandya dynasties' rulers after the latter had left Jainism to become a Shaiva, or a Shiva devotee (bhakta).

The Nayanar saint Sambandar, who had converted the monarch and whose surviving poetry displays a great animus towards the Jains, is said to bear ultimate culpability for this, according to legend.

If this claim is accurate, it also reveals one of the few examples of religious persecution in Hindu India, which has been very accepting of other religious practices on the whole.

Murals created in the Minakshi temple in Madurai—whose construction predates the supposed event—as well as popular art of many types depict depictions of this mass impalement.


 

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Hinduism - What Is The Float Festival At Madurai's Meenakshi Temple?

 


On the full moon in the lunar month of Magh (January–February), the city of Madurai in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu has a festival. 

This is King Tirumalai Nayak's (r. 1623–1659) birthday, during whose reign substantial portions of Madurai's Minakshi Temple were constructed. 

The goddess Minakshi and her consort Sundareshvara (a Shiva epithet) are transported in procession to an artificial lake east of Madurai, where they are placed on lavishly painted floats and dragged back and forth over the lake's waters. 



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