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Red in color (si.ndhUram), Three eyed, shoulders like
yugas (four shouldered), wearing necklace and bracelet,
Colorful in divine wonderful dress, Shining in the wedding robe, ornated,
with enchanting body, salutations to that mUrti who is in
marriage posture, with a hand of dEvi in one lotus hand, with
axe and deer in hands and ga.nga and moon on the wound-up hair.
purANa of the mUrti:
kalyANa su.ndarar : The beautiful (mUrti )in marriage(bhOga mUrti)
Shakthi was born as pArvati, the daughter of the king of Himalayas. As a
young child, She was not interested in playing like the other children. She was more
inclined towards meditating on Lord Shiva in the mountains. She desired to marry Lord shiva.
For that she wanted to perform austerity in the snow covered himalayas. Her parents
hesitated, but finally had to subdue to the determination of pArvati. pArvati
performed austerity from an ashram. Lord Shiva who was happy with Her worship, came as an
old devotee to her place. pArvati offered Her respect to the Old bhakta of Her Beloved Lord. Now,
He tried to convince Her that She shouldn't waste Her youth doing tapas, but should
enjoy life getting married ! He further suggested that She could get married to Him, instead
of desiring for Lord shiva Who dances in the cemeteries and wears skulls and bones!
pArvati, without knowing that He is God Himself, got very angry on hearing the Old
man's words and told Him that She showed Him respect only because He seemed like a devotee
and She would not want to hear any little blasphemy of God further. She asked the Old Man
to leave the place immediately. The Lord, pleased with Her determination and devotion,
revealed who He is. pArvati was surprised and begged the pardon of God. However God had
accepted Her scolding as the most pleasant hailing. Didn't it come from a very deep love
for God ?! He gave Her the boon She yearned for - getting married to Her.
The himalayan king's family was delighted to see their beloved daughter's wedding.
The region was decorated and shining with prosperity. The young beautiful pArvati was
decorated with chosen best ornaments for the wedding. Now came the Groom - Lord shiva -
to the wedding place - on an old bull, with skull and bone ornaments, with the skin of
the tiger as the clothing, accompanied by the roar of the bUta gaNas !! The mother of
pArvati mEnai fainted to see the groom in such a form for her sweet daughter, softer
than the flowers. Now the Lord changed to the form, glittering in a beautiful
wedding robe - with golden ornaments and splendid clothing! When mEnai woke up and saw the
Groom she was thrilled to see such a beautiful form and was very pleased that He is "the
suitable" groom for her daughter. The play of the Lord has no bounds ! mEnai saw only the
external appearance of the Groom. Other than the great pArvati who knows the glory of that
Groom ?! The enchanting Lord in the wedding robe got married to the Daughter of the
mountains and this form of God is called kalyANa sundharar.
1. kalyANa vrata
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