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Goddess Mahabhaga

Goddess Mahabhaga is one of the manifestations of Goddess Shakti. She is the great Mother Goddess who fulfils the desires of her devotees. As Mahabhaga, She is the provider of bliss, which is uninterrupted, perfect, integral, independent, and is expression of divine freedom. But only a slight fraction of bliss is given out by her. Whatever happiness there is in life, that is possible only by understanding the universal creative energy in Goddess Mahabhaga who is the highest abode of the Supreme Bliss.

The most famous temple dedicated to Goddess Mahabhaga is located at Devikuta. It is believed that feet of Goddess Sati fell at Devikuta. This is mentioned in the Kalika Purana.

Legend has it that Lord Shiva was carrying the body of his dead wife Sati around the world. There seemed to be no end to Shiva’s anger and grief. This led to an imbalance in the universe. Finally, Lord Vishnu decided to decimate the body of Sati with his Sudhrashana Chakra. He cut the body of Sati into 51 pieces. Her feet fell at Devikuta and she came to be known as Goddess Mahabhaga.

She is worshipped for peace, prosperity, protection, good agriculture, healthy children, early cure of diseases and for victory over enemies.

Meaning of the term Mahabhaga

She who has the supreme one i.e. Siva as her aspect.

Another interpretation of Mahabhaga – The word bhaga has to be derived in this context from the root 'bhaj' which means to partake of, to adore. Mahabhaga means she who is adored by Shiva and worshiping of her gives great divine power.

Another meaning has it that Shiva the great one is just a portion of Mother Goddess for she enfolds within herself all animate and inanimate.