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Goddess Lajja Gauri And Lotus Head - Reason

Goddess Lajja Gauri is a manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti. She is depicted as a headless woman. Sometimes her head is replaced with lotus flower. Lajja Gauri means shy mother goddess.

There are numerous stories associated with Lajja Gauri and Lord Shiva. Majority of the stories are folktales and are not found in Hindu scriptures.

This particular folktale is from Karnataka.

Once Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati were making love inside a cave.

A group of sages entered the cave to take the blessings of the divine couple.

Shiva ignored the sages and continued with his lovemaking.

The angry sage cursed him to be worshipped in the form of Shivling.

Goddess Parvati was embarrassed by the sudden intrusion and she covered her face with a lotus.

From that day onward she came to be known as Lajja Gauri.

She is associated with fertility. She is also part of tantric worship.