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Gangamma – About Goddess Gangamma Devi

Goddess Gangamma is worshipped mainly in villages in South India. Some people consider her as an incarnation of Goddess Durga. There are many villages that believe Gangamma Devi is the goddess of disguise and she is a manifestation of Yogamaya – sister of Sri Krishna who disappeared into the sky. In many villages in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka, Goddess Gangamma is the sister of Lord Balaji or Venkateswara.

Legend has it that Goddess Gangamma appeared on earth to put an end to rule of a demon king. She was famous for her beauty and was considered as the most beautiful woman on earth. The demonic king of the region tried capture Gangamma and make his wife. The Gooddess used her yogic powers and assumed various forms. Thus she came to be known as the goddess of disguise.

Another legend has it that Gangamma took seven different forms including that of a small girl, virgin, eunuch and a man. But on the eighth day, the goddess got fed up with the activities of the king and took a fierce form and annihilated the king.

The entire kingdom then started worshipping the Goddess. Due to the Adharmic activities of the king, the kingdom was going through a severe drought and with appearance of the Goddess, the sky opened up and there was rain. The drought ended and land became fertile.

The most important festival dedicated to the goddess is observed in Jyeshta month (May – June).

Gangamma is also worshipped by the transgender community as she took both male and female form during her stay on earth.

Today, Goddess Gangamma is a goddess of fertility and she is worshipped for healthy children, good rains, peace and prosperity in many villages and towns in South India.

Some of the important temples dedicated to Goddess Gangamma are located at Malleswaram, Lingarajapuram near Bangalore, Kuppam, Chikkaballapur, Vidyapith and near Gauribidanur.