The most popular image of Goddess Annapurna is that of Her serving food to Shiva. There is an interesting story associated with Annapurna serving food to Shiva. Once Goddess Parvati was told by Shiva that all that is here is illusion or Maya including food.
Goddess Parvati was not ready to agree to this and She disappeared from the world taking with her all the food items. Her disappearance caused havoc in the universe. Shiva soon realized that salvation or Moksha is not possible in an empty stomach.
Goddess Parvati then appeared as
The image of Annapurna is always depicted with a small vessel or a ladle or bowl containing
Images of Goddess Annapurna adorn the walls of traditional kitchens, dining areas and restaurants of
There are numerous temples dedicated to
One of the most popular prayers dedicated to Goddess Annapurna is composed by Adi Shankaracharya.
Annapoorne sadaa poorne Shankarah Praanavallabhe |
Gnana Vairagya Siddhyartham Bhikshaan Dehi ca Parvati ||
Mother Annapoorna, you who are Eternally Complete, you, the very life of Lord Shiva, give me food (in alms) so I can sustain my body to achieve the Supreme Knowledge.
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