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Hinduism - Who Is Nanda Devi?


Nanda Devi  is a Hindu Mountain deity and Himalayan Shivalik Goddess.

Nanda Devi is the name of one of India's highest mountains, towering above 25,000 feet in the Kumaon Himalayan area.

Nanda Devi is another name for the Goddess associated with the mountain.

Divinity and the natural environment are intricately linked for Nanda Devi, as they are for many other Indian deities.

Nanda Devi, a Himalayan goddess who rules over the Garhwal and Kumaon areas, is a local deity.

People in the area see her as a "daughter" of the area who was forced to relocate when she married the deity Shiva.

Nanda Devi's songs and ceremonies have significant ties to Himalayan women's life-cycle trips.

Nanda Devi's songs depict the hardship of transitioning from her birth home to her married home, which is a reality for many Himalayan women.

Nanda Devi's pilgrimages, which highlight trips across the hills around the mountain, are modeled by the women's periodic journeys back to their native villages.

The adoption of an abandoned buffalo calf, subsequently proven to be a demon in buffalo form, is a prominent component of Nanda Devi's mythology.

Nanda Devi ultimately slays the buffalo demon, which has become huge and unpleasant.

This myth corresponds to the story in the Devimahatmya, the Goddess's oldest and most significant source of mythology; it is the most influential scripture in Nanda Devi's devotion.

See William Sax's Mountain Goddess, 1991, for further information about Nanda Devi, her ceremonies, and her link to Himalayan civilization.

~Kiran Atma

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Hinduism - What Does Himalayas Mean In Sanskrit? Why Are The Himalayas Sacred And Revered By The Hindus?

(meaning "abode of snow") Although only Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, and, further east, Sikkhim have important Himalayan areas, the Himalayan range arcs over India's northern border.

The Himalayan areas in the first three states are the most important in a Hindu religious context; the mountains in these three contiguous states are all part of a larger Himalayan cultural region, which is fronted by the Shiwalik Hills.

They are revered as both the physical residence of Hindu gods (especially Shiva, who is said to reside atop Mount Kailas) and the source of holy rivers including the Ganges, Yamuna, and Indus.

The physical sufferings that these ascetics must experience in the mountains are also thought to develop spiritual force; the physical hardships that these ascetics must endure in the mountains are also believed to generate spiritual power.

The Himalayas are densely packed with sacred sites (tirthas), the most important of which are Amarnath, Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath, Badrinath, and Nanda Devi. 

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