Friday, May 25, 2012

THE GREAT MOTHER BAHUCHARA MATA


Bahuchara Mata is a Hindu goddess. She was a daughter of a charan Bapal dan Detha. She and her sister were on journey with a caravan when a marauder named Bapiya attacked their caravan. It was common practice in charan men and women if overpowered by their enemies, not to surrender but to kill themselves. Shedding the blood of charan was considered heinous sin. When Bapiya attacked the caravan, Bahuchara and her sisters announced tragu and cut their breasts. Legends tells that Bapiya was cursed and became impotent. The curse was lifted only when he worshiped Bahuchara Mata by dressing and acting like woman.[1] Today Bahuchara mata is considered patroness of—and worshipped by—the hijra community in India. Her followers believe in non-violence and consider killing of all animals and creatures a sin.
Bahuchara Mata is shown as a woman who carries a sword on her top right, a text of scriptures on her top left, the abhay hasta mudra ("showering of blessings") on her bottom right, and a trident on her bottom left. She is seated on a rooster, which symbolises innocence.

Bahuchar mata is one of the goddesses like ambaji, or durga -- really she is a form of durga. She is worshipped in Yanta like ambaji and kamakshi. Her name in Tantrisam is BALA TRIPURASUNDAri or simply bala tripura or bala. Her mantra and Panchanga are also available. She is the giver of virya or semen to men, so those who are impotent worship her to get potency. She has given potency as a boon to many who were impotent. Bahuchara is a very famous goddess in Tantrisam: she gave abhaya, Varad and vidhya their desired boons and wealth as well. That temple has a very long history. Her Yantra has Nine triangles symbolising that she is Durga; Tripyra is her name which indicates that she controls everythiplease make sure these are just myths and not factual information. bahuchar mata surely did curse but being a charan goddess never asked for castration. this is a misinterpreted belief of the folk lores told. in gujarat the hijras themselves will say to become on of them you have to be born as a person with deformed genetalia to be called as a hijra. bahuchar mata is the form of the goddess bala tripura sundari and tripura sundari is part of the ultimate godess lakshmi! the belief of bahuchar mata being part of the shree yantra is true and a fact! the shree yantra is worshipped at the following shaktipeeths like ambaji of arasur mahakali of pavagadh along with bahuchar mata shankhalpur!ng in world. In Hinduisam the world is made of three like three guna, three loka, three deva three pura, etc. She is seated in sri chakra.

One important myth concerns a king who prayed before Bahuchara Mata to bring him a son. Bahuchara complied but the prince Jetho, who was born to the king, was impotent. One night Bahuchara appeared to Jetho in a dream and ordered him to cut off his genitals, wear women's clothes and become her servant. Bahuchara Mata identified impotent men and commanded them to do the same. If they refused, she punished them by arranging that during their next seven incarnations they would be born impotent. This is how the cult of Bahuchara Mata, whose devotees are required to self-castrate and remain celibate, developed [2]. In one of the many folk stories associated with Bahuchara Mata, the goddess was once a princess who castrated her husband because he preferred going to the forest and "behaving as a woman" instead of coming to her bridal bed. In another story, a man who attempted to molest Bahuchara Mata was cursed with impotence. He was forgiven only after he gave up his masculinity, dressed as a woman, and worshipped the goddess. Another theory says that she is one of the goddesses in Sri Chakra. The real symbol of her vehicle is kurkut which means the serpent which has two mouths. Bahucharaji is seated on low end and other end goes to sahastrar, which means that Bahucharaji is the goddess of starting the awakening of kundlini which eventually leads the liberation or moksha.

The temple of Bahuchara Mata is located in Bechraji town in Mehsana district of Gujarat, India. It is 110 km from Ahmedabad and 35 km west of Mahesana. The original temple complex was built in year 1783 AD. The temple is nicely decorated with stone carving. Every year 1.5 million pilgrims visit this temple [3]. Toda Mata (Bahuchara Mata) is located in Sankhalpur. The origin of Bahuchra Mata is situated at Varakhdiwala temple in Bechraji. Because Bhakta Vallabha Dhola wrote in his Aanand no Garbo the original place of Bahuchra Mata is situated at between Sankhalpur and Dedana village. The Toda Mata temple in Sankhalpur is 2 kilometers fare from Bechraji (Bahuchraji).

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