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==Significance of Goddess Manonmani==
 
==Significance of Goddess Manonmani==
She is one of the aspects of the Divine Mother Pārvatī dear to Sadāśiva, more common in South India. She is worshiped for bhuti<ref>Bhuti means prosperity.</ref> and also for striking fear in the minds of enemies.
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She is one of the aspects of the Divine Mother Pārvatī dear to [[Sadāśiva]], more common in South India. She is worshiped for bhuti<ref>Bhuti means prosperity.</ref> and also for striking fear in the minds of enemies.
  
 
==Representation of Manonmani==
 
==Representation of Manonmani==
Iconographical works describe her in various ways. The most common description is that she is of the color of the moon with a benevolent appearance. She has four arms, holding a red and a blue lotus in two hands, the other two in varada and abhaya mudrās. Sometimes a rosary is shown instead of the blue lotus. Other works show her with five faces and ten arms carrying:
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Iconographical works describe her in various ways. The most common description is that she is of the color of the moon with a benevolent appearance. She has four arms, holding a red and a blue lotus in two hands, the other two in varada and [[abhaya]] mudrās. Sometimes a rosary is shown instead of the blue lotus. Other works show her with five faces and ten arms carrying:
 
# Śula - spear
 
# Śula - spear
# Taṅka - hammer
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# [[Taṅka]] - hammer
 
# Pāśa - noose
 
# Pāśa - noose
# Ankuśa - goad
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# [[Ankuśa]] - goad
# Ghaṇṭā - bell
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# [[Ghaṇṭā]] - bell
 
# Fire  
 
# Fire  
 
# Lotuses
 
# Lotuses
  
She may also be shown as surrounded by 46 Śaktis and an equal number of Kanyās.<ref>Kanyās means virgin-deities.</ref>
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She may also be shown as surrounded by 46 Śaktis and an equal number of Kanyās.<ref>Kanyās means virgin-[[deities]].</ref>
  
  
 
==References==
 
==References==
 
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* The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore
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* The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram [[Krishna]] Math, Bangalore
  
 
[[Category:Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism]]
 
[[Category:Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism]]

Latest revision as of 10:57, 17 December 2016

By Swami Harshananda

Manonmani literally means ‘one who makes our mind eager to attain her’.

Significance of Goddess Manonmani

She is one of the aspects of the Divine Mother Pārvatī dear to Sadāśiva, more common in South India. She is worshiped for bhuti[1] and also for striking fear in the minds of enemies.

Representation of Manonmani

Iconographical works describe her in various ways. The most common description is that she is of the color of the moon with a benevolent appearance. She has four arms, holding a red and a blue lotus in two hands, the other two in varada and abhaya mudrās. Sometimes a rosary is shown instead of the blue lotus. Other works show her with five faces and ten arms carrying:

  1. Śula - spear
  2. Taṅka - hammer
  3. Pāśa - noose
  4. Ankuśa - goad
  5. Ghaṇṭā - bell
  6. Fire
  7. Lotuses

She may also be shown as surrounded by 46 Śaktis and an equal number of Kanyās.[2]


References

  1. Bhuti means prosperity.
  2. Kanyās means virgin-deities.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore