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Annapurna alankaram today at Durga temple

The deity will appear as Sri Annapurna Devi on the fifth day of Dasara Navaratri festivities at the Kanaka Durga temple in Vijayawada on Saturday. —Photo: By Arrangement  

Goddess Sri Annapurna Devi is worshipped as the goddess of fifth day, Aswijyuja suddha chavithi, and one of the manifestations of Nava Durga during Dasara celebrations at Indrakeelari.

In this attire, goddess Kanaka Durga is decorated as Sri Annapurna Devi with a feeding bowl and spatula or ladle in her hands to serve food; and, Lord Siva stands at her doorstep urging her for food. Sri Annapurna Devi, who is presiding deity of ‘anna’ (food), in this attire, blesses her devotees with enough food.

The priests, with this alankaram, convey to the devotees that Lord Siva himself begged her some food, and made himself free from starvation; one should seek her blessings and give him or her ‘anna’ without which there is no living creature. The only one mother who feeds all the creatures is Sri Annapurna Devi.

Feeling hungry is symbolic to your hunger for jnana (knowledge).

She is the one who quenches the hunger, which is, in a way, symbolic to ‘Jnana’; the devotees, hence, praise her saying ‘jnana vairagya sidhyartham biksham dehi cha parvati’—merciful goddess, give me food for the ‘jnana’(knowledge) and vairagya (stoic, renunciation of worldly desires).

Ashtotras, and Sahasra Nama Pujas and offer different kinds of eatables to her as Naivedyam.

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