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With the hands in abhaya (protecting) and varada
(boon giving) postures, with a pleasing and decorated expression, a
blossomed face and eye, with the shadow created by moon on the crown,
with an upright body, and feet in the same level, Coral like formed,
holding the deer and axe, (He) stay in the lotus pedestal. (of my heart)
purANa of the deity :
cha.ndra shEkharar : moon ornamented Lord (bhOga mUrti)
daksha had twenty seven stars as daughters. All of them were married
to moon. But the moon had special attraction towards rOhiNi. So all the other
wives complained it to the father dakasha that their husband moon is not treating
them fairly. daksha got angry and cursed the moon to lose its luminance (kala)
day by day. Everyday the moon started loosing one luminance part (kala)
out of his 16 parts. Afraid and ashamed moon disappeared into the ocean. There are many
herbs that require the light of the moon to grow. Without moon, they were harmed.
Consequently there was suffering in the world. To end the problem the celestials advised
moon to take refuge in the Great Divine, Lord shiva. Left with only one kalA,
he took refuge in Lord Shiva. Being the graceful Almighty, He wore the moon crescent on His
head, making him grow for 15 days and decay for 15 days periodically.
Thus chan^drashEkharar is considered a giver of refuge.
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