Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Shrinkala Devi

Shrinkhala Devi is one of the eighteen Shaktipeeth. It is believed that the Stomach part of Sati Devi has fell here. This is located at Pandua in Hugli district ( West Bengal).The word Shrinkhala has two meanings. The first one being, a Binding thread or Binding chain, second one is, a cloth which is used by the postnatal women to tie their abdomen tightly. According to the first meaning the goddess is in bounded form. Of-course, Jaganmata is bound only to the lord Shiva (Satya). She removes all bonds attached to her devotees. In the second meaning the goddess is in postnatal stage (Mother of a newborn baby), in this form, she will see the entire universe as her child. The devotees imagine him/ her as a new born baby of Shrinkhala mata. A complete surrenderance (Saranagati) and Sishu bhava is required to worship her.

At present there is no temple in that place. We will see a Minar in spite of the temple. But still in Maghamasa of every year, a mela tala will be conducted there. Some people consider it as Shrinkhala Shaktipith present at Ganga sagar, in Adinath kshetra. Some people consider that Srunkhala mata is present near Shringeri of Karnataka, brought by Rishyashringa maharshi, on the order of Goddess. Some people consider that the temple is in Chotilla, Gujarat.

                Sthala Purana: Rishyshringa maharshi worshipped Srunkhala mata here and got the complete blessings. One day he received an order from the goddess and went Shringeri of Karnataka. Srunkhala mata also came with the maharshi. Later Rishyashringi maharshi established the power of Srunkhala in and around the Shringeri hill. the story of Rushya srunga it is said that he was grown up by his father from his child hood without exposure to the external world away from everyone except his father himself in the forest.This sage was pure at heart that he had a soul of an infant who does not get into the wordly joy. This made him a devotee of Shrinkhala devi .
This sage was the one who conducted the Putrakaameshti yaaga for king Dasaradha.
King Romapada a friend of Dasradha adopted Santha devi who was the sister of Sri Rama.He requested this sage to conduct a yagna to get relief of very long famine which was relieved after the yagna.On the request of the king this sage married Santha devi and conducted the above metioned Yagna .
After some time this great sage as was a great devotee of Shrinkhala devi brought her in the sense his mother to Sringeri and distributed the energy around the Srunga parvatha and there he constructed temples to the deity.

Rukmini as Shrinkhala mata: After the marriage of Lord Srikrishna and Rukmini mata, they are going to Dwaraka. At that time Durvasa maharshi tested their Dharma. Maharshi tied both of them to a cart, and ordered them to pull it. Rukmini mata got thirsty and looked towards Lord Srikrishna, he gave her water. But Durvasa mahrshi got angry for that act, because both of them acted without the prior permission from Maharshi, while they are under control of Maharshi. He passed an order, Lord Srikrishna and Rukmini mata should live separately for 12 years. Rukmini mata obeyed the order and lived in the outskirts of Dwaraka for 12 years without entering into Dwaraka. After that period Pradyumna born to Rukmini mata. But immediately after delivery, a rakshasa stolen the new born Pradyumna from Delivery room. In that time Rukmini mata is also in the form of a postnatal women. In this way Rukmini mata life resembles Shrinkhala mata.

pradyumnE vangarAjyAyAM shrunkhalA nAma bhUSHitE /
vishvavimOhitEdEvi shrunkhalA bandhanAshini //


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