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==Names of Goddess Kāmākṣī==
 
==Names of Goddess Kāmākṣī==
 
Goddess Kāmākṣī has several names:
 
Goddess Kāmākṣī has several names:
# Kāmakoṭṭam
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* Kāmakoṭṭam
# Devagarbhā
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* Devagarbhā
# Kāmakaṇṇi  
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* Kāmakaṇṇi  
# Kāmeśvari
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* Kāmeśvari
  
 
==Image of Goddess Kāmākṣī==
 
==Image of Goddess Kāmākṣī==
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==Śrīyantra at Kāmākṣī Temple==
 
==Śrīyantra at Kāmākṣī Temple==
There is a Śrīcakra or a Śrīyantra established by Śaṅkara (A. D. 788-820) in front of the image, on the ground. Worship is offered to this yantra. Originally this goddess was fierce and used to come out of the temple at night to devour the people who had incurred her wrath. When Śaṅkara came to know about it, he appeased her and exhorted a promise that she would not stir out of the temple without his permission.
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Śaṅkara (CE 788-820) established  a Śrīcakra or a Śrīyantra in front of the idol, on the ground. Worship is offered to this yantra. Originally this goddess was fierce and used to come out of the temple at night to devour the people who had incurred her wrath. When Śaṅkara came to know about it, he appeased her and exhorted a promise that she would not stir out of the temple without his permission.
  
The tradition of taking Śaṅkara’s permission before the utsavamurti or the procession image is moved out is kept up even now. The image of Śaṅkara has also been established in the temple complex.
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The tradition of taking Śaṅkara’s permission before the utsavamurti or the procession idol is moved out is kept up even now. The idol of Śaṅkara has also been established in the temple complex.
  
 
==References==
 
==References==

Revision as of 10:53, 19 September 2016

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Kamaksi, KAmAksI, Kaamaaksi


Significance of Kāñcīpuram

Kāñcīpuram, the modern town Kanchi or Conjeevaram in Tamil Nadu, is one of the seven very ancient sacred cities described in the scriptures.

Kāmākṣī Temple

The goddess in the Devī temple attached to the Ekāmranātha temple complex is known as Kāmākṣī, ‘one with beautiful eyes’. It is said that once when Śiva and Gaurī quareled during a game of dice, Śiva cursed Gauri to become ugly. With Viṣṇu’s grace she obtained lovely features with beautiful eyes. By performing severe austerities under a single mango tree,[1] she pleased Śiva and was reunited with him.

Names of Goddess Kāmākṣī

Goddess Kāmākṣī has several names:

  • Kāmakoṭṭam
  • Devagarbhā
  • Kāmakaṇṇi
  • Kāmeśvari

Image of Goddess Kāmākṣī

Kāmākṣī is shown seated in the padmāsana with four hands. In the upper right and left hands, she holds the aṅkuśa (goad) and pāśa (noose). The other two hands holds lotuses. A parrot is also shown at the back.

Śrīyantra at Kāmākṣī Temple

Śaṅkara (CE 788-820) established a Śrīcakra or a Śrīyantra in front of the idol, on the ground. Worship is offered to this yantra. Originally this goddess was fierce and used to come out of the temple at night to devour the people who had incurred her wrath. When Śaṅkara came to know about it, he appeased her and exhorted a promise that she would not stir out of the temple without his permission.

The tradition of taking Śaṅkara’s permission before the utsavamurti or the procession idol is moved out is kept up even now. The idol of Śaṅkara has also been established in the temple complex.

References

  1. A single mango tree is called as eka āmra.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore