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Goddess Sharika – About Hindu Goddess Sharika

Goddess Sharika is a manifestation of the Mother Goddess or Goddess Shakti. Hindu Goddess Sharika is worshipped mainly in Jammu and Kashmir by the Kashmiri Pandits. She is also known as Jagadamba Sharika Bhagwati, Mahatripurasundari, Rajarajeshwari and also as Haer.

The Goddess is represented in the form of a Swayambhu Sri Chakra – a Sri Chakra that appeared on its own.

The popular belief is that Goddess Sharika appeared on the ninth day during the Shukla Paksha of Ashada month. Her abode is the Hari Parvat on the outskirts of Srinagar. The belief is that this place is the source of Sri Chakra – the secret knowledge of Sri Yantra.

Legend has it that Goddess Sharika took the form of a bird (Haer in local language) and took a huge pebble from Hari Parvat and annihilated a demon that was causing havoc in the valley. Thus she is also known Haer.

There are numerous miracles associated with Goddess Sharika and some of them are part of folklore.

In human form, Goddess Sharika is represented with 18 arms. Her vehicle or Vahana is a lion.