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Annapurna Devi - Information About Goddess Annapurna - Story

Goddess Annapurna is an incarnation of Goddess Parvati and she is the Hindu Goddess of Food. Annapurna means ‘Bestower of Food.’ ‘Anna’, though translated as ‘food,’ has a wider connotation and includes all material objects/wealth, which are food for the five-sense organs. Goddess Shakti as Annapurna symbolizes nourishment without which the universe is dead.

Information About Goddess Annapurna Story

Goddess Annapurna Story 

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 Annapurna at Kashi and served food to Lord Shiva.

Annapurna Devi Image

The image of Annapurna is always depicted with a small vessel or a ladle or bowl containing Annam (food). Symbolically, it suggests that her devotees will never go without food.

Images of Goddess Annapurna adorn the walls of traditional kitchens, dining areas and restaurants of India.

There are numerous temples dedicated to Annapurna and in all these temples the devotees are fed all the time and in some temples the Goddess only take her Prasad after all her devotees are satisfied.

As per Hindu scriptures, Annapurana is the image of Goddess Mahagauri (Maa Parvati).

It is believed that those who worship Annapurna will never go hungry. There will always be food in homes that worship Annapurna.

Annapurna Mantra

ह्रीं अन्नपूर्णायै नम:
Hreem Annapurnaye Namah

Annapurna Gayatri Mantra

Chanting this mantra will help a person to be eternally nourished – the person will never face shortage of food. The devotee chanting the mantra will also have good health.

ॐ भगवत्ते विद्महे महेश्वराय धीमहि
तन्नो अन्नपूर्णा प्रचोदयात

Om bhavattay vidmahe maheshwariya dheemahee 
tanno annpurna prachodyat

Annapurna Devi Prayer

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.

Important Festivals and Vrat Dedicated to Annapurna Devi

Annapurna Jayanti is observed in many regions in India on Margashirsh Purnima (as per traditional North India calendar)/

She is also worshipped on Chaitra Shukla Paksha Ashtami.

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