In Hindu religion, Annapurna is revered as the reincarnation of the Goddess Parvati, who is the wife of Lord Shiva. The deity was born as a result of an argument...
Annapurna, in Hindu mythology, is the goddess of food and nourishment.
Derived from the Sanskrit words “anna” (food) and “purna” (full or complete), her name translates to “full of food” or “plentiful in food.”
Revered as the provider of sustenance, she is often depicted with a golden ladle filled with rice, signifying her role in ensuring that everyone is well-fed.
How Parvati manifested herself as Annapurna
Legend has it that once, Shiva and Parvati had an argument about the material world. Shiva declared the world to be an illusion and said that everything material, including food, was part of this illusion.
Parvati, who is believed to be the creator of the material world, wanted to prove the importance of her creations. To demonstrate the significance of her domain, she disappeared, making the earth barren without crops or food. Starvation ensued, and the gods and sages turned to Shiva for a solution.
Realizing the importance of food and Parvati’s role as the sustainer of life, Shiva pleaded with her to return. Parvati complied, manifesting herself as Annapurna and brought forth food to the world.
Annapurna is worshipped especially in the city of Varanasi (Benares), a major pilgrimage site in India. There is a temple dedicated to her, where she is venerated as the divine mother, and it’s believed that anyone who seeks her blessings will never suffer from hunger in their life.