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Mahalasa, Mhalsa Narayani
Devanagari म्हाळसा, म्हाळसा नारायणी
Affiliation Form of Parvati / Mohini
Abode Jejuri
Weapon Trishula
Consort Khandoba (in his cult)

Mahalasa (Marathi: म्हाळसा), also known as 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.

As an independent goddess, Mahalasa's chief temples exist in Mardol as Mahalasa Narayani and Nevasa, which is considered birthplace of 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, 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 [binaga] 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. 

External links[edit]


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Sat, 07 Mar 2015 01:33:45 -0800

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Wed, 11 Mar 2015 10:58:02 -0700

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