This hand made, bronze sculpture is a one-of-a-kind antique statue, hand cast by the artists of south India. It is a household puja statue purchased from an Indian home and is between 50 and 200 years old.
About Meenakshi of Madurai: The legend of Meenakshi of Madurai goes back to the days of Malayadwaja Pandya. The king was childless and wanted the help of the gods to ensure him an heir to the throne. To win the favor of the gods, he performed an elaborate yagna, which is a sacrificial rite before a sacred fire.
To the wonder of all, a three-year-old girl emerged from the fire, ran to Queen Kanchanamala and sat on her lap. The king and queen were happy. The girl had one abnormality; she had three nipples. A divine voice assured the king that the abnormality would disappear as soon as she met her consort.
The girl grew into a beautiful princess, heroic on the battlefield as well. Setting out on a digvijayam (career on conquest) she overcame all adversaries and, after a sequence of victories, proceeded towards the Himalayas. In Kailash, when she met Lord Shiva on the battlefield, her third breast disappeared.
The princess was Parvati, Shiva’s heavenly consort. Kanachanamala (the wife of the King), as Vidyavathi in a previous birth, had received for her penance a boon from the goddess whereby Parvati would one day be brought up as her daughter. The goddess Parvati thus fulfilled Vidyavathi’s wish in the form of Meenakshi.
Kamatchi is the sweet Mother of love towards human beings.
She impels full control over kama
Devi is the Sanskrit word for "Goddess". She is the core aspect of every Hindu Goddess. Devi is synonymous with Shakti, the female aspect of the divine, as conceptualized by the Shakta tradition of Hinduism. She is the female counterpart without whom the male aspect, which represents consciousness or discrimination, remains impotent and void.
Devi has many different names depending on where in India she is worshipped. In Madurai she is referred to as Meenakshi, in Chidambaram Shivakami, and in Kanchipuram she is revered as Kamatchi. In each city her likeness takes on different aspects as you can see by the variety of poses of Devi. As Meenakshi she stands holding a parrot. As Shivakami she stands next to her husband as Lord Nataraja and as Kamatchi holding fertility symbols.
Kamatchi is Devi in her creative manifestation bearing fertility symbols such as sugarcane, conch shell and parrot. As Prakriti she balances out the male aspect of the divine.
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