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Hinduism - Who Is Goddess Kalika Devi?

 

Name of both a shrine and its presiding goddess in the Shiwalik Hills (foothills of the Himalayas).

Kalika Devi is one of the Shiwalik deities and is said to be a manifestation of Kali.

The temple is located in the town of Kalka, which is located on the route between Chandigarh and Simla.

The figure of Kalika Devi, like that of many other Shiwalik deities, is a natural stone outcropping.

This is regarded as the Goddess's self-manifested (svayambhu) form.

Unlike many other Shiwalik goddesses, the Hindi literature on this shrine does not state that it is part of the Shakti Pithas, a network of holy locations related mythically as places where a body part of the dismembered goddess Sati fell to earth.

Instead, the literature praises the temple for its grandeur and might.

Local priests identify it as the location where Sati's hair fell to earth, according to the literature.

This demonstrates both the power of pamphlet literature in directing pilgrim traffic and the importance of connecting one's place to the Shakti Pithas' network.

Kalika Devi's head is said to be the protrusion of stone that creates her appearance.

Kali assumed the guise of a lovely lady and came to the temple to perform celebratory songs during the Navaratri festival, according to legend.

Her voice and attractiveness had such an impact on the local king that he asked her to marry him.

Kali was enraged by the king's remark and cursed him to lose his realm.

She also forced the temple image to begin sinking into the dirt as a symbol of her anger.

She permitted the image's head to stay exposed at the request of an enthusiastic follower.

 

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Hinduism - Who Is Goddess Jwalamukhi?

 


 ("mouth of fire") One of the nine Shiwalik goddesses and the presiding deity of the Jwalamukhi temple in Himachal Pradesh.

Jwalamukhi is one of the Shakti Pithas, a network of locations holy to the goddess that stretches throughout the Indian subcontinent, according to the site's legendary charter.

Each Shakti Pitha commemorates the location where a piece of the dismembered goddess Sati fell to earth and reincarnated as a new goddess; in the case of Jwalamukhi, the bodily part was Sati's tongue.

Because the human tongue is such a strong portion of the body, linked to speaking, eating, and sex, Jwalamukhi is seen as a highly powerful temple.

A little natural gas vent in the cave where the shrine is located has been illuminated for as long as anybody can remember.

This flame is said to represent the Goddess's self-expressed (svayambhu) form, manifested in the shape of her tongue.

See David R. Kinsley's Hindu Goddesses (1986) and Kathleen Erndl's Victory To The Mother (1993) for further information.

 


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