Shakambari Mata Navratra – Goddess Shakambari Navratri

Shakambari Mata, or Shakambhari Devi, is an incarnation of Shakti and is worshipped in many parts of India.  In 2015, Shakambari Mata Navratra or Navarati begins on December 29, 2014 and ends on January 5, 2015. It is believed that she feeds those who are hungry with vegetarian food. She is Mother Earth who suffices hunger.

Shakambari Ma is known as ‘the bearer of the greens’ – Shaka means vegetables and Amabari means who bears. Goddess Shakambari is mentioned in the Devi Mahatmya.

Shakambari Mata is worshipped during Navratri and Durga Puja but one of the most famous Navratra dedicated to her happens in Paush month or Pushya Month (December – January). Shakambari Mata Navratra is a major puja and festival in some parts of Karnataka, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.
In the Devi Mahatmya, it is said that Goddess Durga appeared as Shakambari after a dry period of hundred years. She brought forth from her body fruits, flowers, vegetables and herbs to suffice the hunger of the people.

Major Temples dedicated to Goddess Shakambhari are located in Badami and Bangalore Karnataka, Nagewadi and Kumbhoj in Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, and Rajasthan. In Karnataka, she is known as Goddess Banashankari and Banada Ashtami is a major event during Shakambari Mata Navratra.