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Goddess Matangi – Story of Shiva and Goddess Matangi

Goddess Matangi is one of the Dasa Mahavidyas. She is a manifestation of Goddess Parvati. Some scholars also associate her with Madurai Meenakshi. The popular legend associated with Goddess Matangi suggests that she took the form to teach Shiva a lesson as he had tried to trick her through a change in his form.

Legend has it that Goddess Parvati once went to her father’s home. Shiva could not tolerate the absence of Goddess Parvati. He grew jealous and took the form of an ornament vendor and visited the palace of Parvati’s father.

Goddess Parvati brought some bangles from the vendor. When asked its price, the vendor asked to pay it with sexual favors. Goddess Parvati immediately recognized that the merchant was Shiva who was to test her fidelity. She agreed to do sexual favors but at an appropriate time.

To teach Shiva a lesson, Goddess Parvati appeared in the form of a Chandala Girl – a member of the hunter community – before Shiva while he was doing his evening prayers.

To attract …

Book – Dancing With Siva: Hinduism's Contemporary Catechism – Read online for free

Dancing With Siva: Hinduism's Contemporary Catechism is written by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami. The book is in question and answer form and explores various aspects of Hinduism. A highlight of the book is its rich illustration. You can now read the book online at Google Books for free. Please note that there is no option of download. Link - Dancing With Siva: Hinduism's Contemporary Catechism read online
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Atharva Veda Teachings

May we throw off the interior impurities in the stream of knowledge and the exterior ones in that of water and thus we may become pure, fit for admittance into heaven. (Atharva Veda 14, 2, 67). Evil befalls him who does evil. (Atharva Veda 10, 1, 5) May I love everyone whether noble or ignoble. (Atharva Veda 19, 26, 4) Those who love and keep peace, preserve the forces of nature (physical, mental and spiritual) within themselves. (Atharva 19, 27, 10) It is with united effort that good deeds can be done. (Atharva 20, 128, 12)