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Mahalasa, Mhalsa Narayani, Mhalsa Mohini, Mhalsa Devi
Devanagari म्हाळसा, म्हाळसा नारायणी, म्हाळसा मोहिनी, म्हाळसा देवी
Sanskrit transliteration Mhāḷasā
Tamil script மஹலசா
Kannada ಮ್ಹಳಸಾ ನಾರಾಯಣಿ
Affiliation Form of Mohini or/and Parvati
Abode Varies per interpretation
Weapon Trishula
Consort Khandoba (in his cult)

Mahalasa (Marathi: म्हाळसा), also known as Mhalasa and Mhalsa is a Hindu goddess. She is venerated in two distinct traditions. As an independent goddess, she is considered as a form of Mohini, the female avatar of the god Vishnu and is called Mahalasa Narayani. Mhalsa is also worshipped as the consort of the folk god Khandoba, a form of the god Shiva. In this tradition, she is associated with Parvati, Shiva's wife as well as Mohini.It is also believed that she is incarnation of Parvati with the beauty of Mohini as per Lord Shiva's wish.

As an independent goddess, Mahalasa's chief temples exist in Mardol also known as Mhardol in the form of Mahalasa Narayani and Nevasa as Mhalsa Mohini or Mhalsa Devi , which is considered as her birthplace as Khandoba's wife. She is worshipped as the Kuladevi (family goddess) of different castes and communities in the region.

Iconography[edit]

Khandoba and Mhalsa killing demons Mani-Malla — a popular oleograph, c.1880.

In the Mahalasa Narayani form, Mahalasa has four hands, carrying a Trishula, a sword, a severed head, and a drinking bowl. She stands on a prostate man or demon, as a tiger or lion licks blood dripping from the severed head. She also wears the yajnopavita (sacred thread), which is generally dedicated on male deities. She stands on a prostate man or demon, as a tiger or lion licks blood dripping from the severed head. Goud Saraswat Brahmins as well as Vaishnavas from Goa and South Canara identify her with Mohini and call her Narayani and Rahu-matthani, the slayer of Rahu, as told in the Bhavishya Purana.[1]

As the consort of Khandoba, her chief temple - the Mohiniraj temple - is located at Nevasa taluka of Maharashtra, where she is worshipped as a four-armed goddess and identified with Mohini. Mhalsa is often depicted with two arms and accompanying Khandoba on his horse or standing besides him.

Legend[edit]

During the Samudra manthan (churning of the ocean of milk) by the gods and the demons, the demons steal the pot of amruta (elixir of immortality). The god Vishnu took the form of the enchantress, Mohini. Mohini seized the amruta from the demons and served it to the gods. Mohini is worshipped as Mahalasa Narayani or Mahalasa.

According to another legend linking her to Khandoba, the god Shiva enchanted by Mohini. She promises to be his wife in her earthly reincarnation when he would be incarnate as Khandoba on earth. Mhalsa (as called in the Khandoba cult) is considered a form of Mohini as well as Shiva's wife Parvati. Mhalsa was born as the daughter of a rich Lingayat merchant in Newasa called Timmaseth.[2] On the divine orders of Khandoba in a dream to her father, Mhalsa was married to Khandoba on Pausha Pournima (the full moon day of Hindu calendar month of Pausha) in Pali (Pembar). Two shivlingas appeared on this occasion. An annual festival marking this event is celebrated in Pali every Pausha Pournima.

Worship[edit]

Mardol Temple in Goa

Mahalasa/Mhalsa is worshipped as an independent goddess or gramadevata (village guardian deity). Her chief temples stand in Paithan and Nevasa (called Mohiniraj[3]) in Maharashtra and Mardol in Goa.[2][4] Her temples also exist in the states of Karnataka, Kerala, and Gujarat.[5] She is the Kuldevi (family goddess) of many Hindus from western and southern India, including Goud Saraswat Brahmins, Karhade Brahmins, Daivajna Brahmins, Bhandaris and Shimpi caste.

In recent years, due to the increased popularity of the goddess, new temples have been established in Verna, Kumta, Mudgeri, Kundapura, Basruru, Shirva, Mangaluru, Kasargod, Harikhandige, Malpe and other areas mostly along coastal Karnataka. The temple is also located in Madangeri a small place near to Gokarna.

Mhalsa is also worshipped as the consort of Khandoba.[2] She is worshipped with Khandoba in all centres of his worship, including Jejuri.

References[edit]

  1. ^ V. P. Chavan (1991). Vaishnavism of the Gowd Saraswat Brahmins and a few Konkani folklore tales. Asian Educational Services. pp. 26–7. ISBN 978-81-206-0645-6. 
  2. ^ a b c Harsha V. Dehejia (1 January 1999). Parvati: Goddess of Love. Mapin Publishing Pvt Ltd. pp. 36–7. ISBN 978-81-85822-59-4. 
  3. ^ "NEVASA". Gazatteers Department, Maharashtra. Retrieved 5 February 2015. 
  4. ^ Dhere, R C. "Chapter 2: MHAALSA". Summary of Book "FOLK GOD OF THE SOUTH: KHANDOBA". R C Dhere. Retrieved 14 March 2010. 
  5. ^ NT Network (11 February 2010). "Music concert to be held at Mardol". Navhind Times. Retrieved 12 March 2010. 

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The Navhind Times
Wed, 13 Jan 2016 11:07:30 -0800

The 22nd edition of the prestigious Classical Dance Festival jointly organised by Kala Academy Goa and West Zone Cultural Centre, Udaipur will be held from January 15 to January 17 at 7p.m. with the courtesy of Shree Mahalasa Saunsthan, Mardol at the ...
 
Times of India
Mon, 04 May 2015 13:41:18 -0700

Margao: The splendor and glory of Shree Mahalasa Devasthan, Mardol, just got a shade glossier. And a tad richer too. Literally. A 'suvarn shikhar kalash' worth 14.5 crore now sits pretty on the dome of the temple beckoning the faithful to the hallowed ...

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Bangalore Mirror
Sun, 10 Jan 2016 09:26:15 -0800

Veena, an artist for over 20 years, adds, "The turning point was when I visited Mahalasa Narayani temple in Kumta about seven years ago. The works had such an influence on me that I decided to take it up. I spend at least one month on a work 36x42 inches.
 
Times of India
Sat, 06 Nov 2010 15:39:26 -0700

MARDOL: With the onset of Kartik (eight month of the Hindu calendar) on November 7, the precincts of the Shree Mahalasa Narayani temple at Mardol will turn into a yagnya bhoomi (ritual centre). For the first time in the temple's rich history a sapallav ...

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Tue, 05 Oct 2010 04:33:40 -0700

Udupi, Oct 5: After the complete sell-out of its earlier three editions, the new edition of Shri Mahalasa Narayani's Charitra in Kannada was released at a small function at Shri Mahalasa Narayani Devi Kshetra at Harikhandige here on Monday October 4.

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Sat, 16 Jan 2016 02:07:30 -0800

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Tue, 24 Aug 2010 03:19:38 -0700

Mumbai, Aug 24: The ninth annual day celebration of metro-based Shanteri Mahalasa Narayan Welfare Trust was held at Gokarna Partagali Jeevottam Mutt Dwarakanath Auditorium, Wadala, on Sunday August 22. Members of the Mahalasa Kulavi ...

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Tue, 23 Feb 2010 18:45:16 -0800

Udupi, Feb 24: The punarpratishta vardhanti mahotsav and valedictory of silver jubilee year of Mahalasa Narayana Temple under Kashimutt, Shirva will be held from Saturday February 27 to Monday March 1. Addressing presspersons on Tuesday February ...
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