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Meenakshi Devi, the Fish-Eyed Cosmic Mother

Meenakshi Devi, the Fish-Eyed Cosmic Mother
The Mother of the Cosmos, “Adi Shakti” (the original source of energy), the divine consort of Lord Shiva, “Sundareshwara” appeared in her third incarnation as “Meenakshi, meaning fish eyed” from the words “mīna, meaning fish” and “akṣi meaning eyes”. Meenakshi also means “the one who has eyes like that of a fish”. Fishes are said to look after and protect their younger ones with their eyes, similarly goddess looks after her devotees. Just by her one look, one glance our miseries disappear.
 

She is also called “Angayarkanni”. With her infinite auspcious qualities (Ananta Kalyana Gunas), her devotees also call her – Pachchai Devi, Maragathavalli, Thadagai Pirattti, Abhitekavalli, Abhiramavalli, Kayarkan Kumari, Karpooravalli, Kumarithurayaval, Komagal, Sundaravalli, Pandipiratti, Madhurapuri  Thalaivi, Manickavalli, Mummulaithiru, and Vazhudhimagal.

In the stone inscriptions, Meenakshi Devi has been referred to as “Thirukamakottathu Aludaya Nachiyar.”

Meenakshi, the Expression of Ultimate Masculine and Feminine Consciousness

Mother Meenakshi at the Garbha Mandir (Sanctum Sanctorium)

H. H Srila Sri Paramahamsa Nithyananda, the present 293rd pontiff of Madurai Aadheenam, from His enlightened consciousness, describes Meenakshi exactly as she is.

“All the grandeur of masculineness and the beauty of feminineness expressed in one body that is Meenakshi. Please understand, if I have to define, describe Meenakshi in one line, of course, it is impossible, but if it is forced, this is the description I will give –

All the grandeur of the super consciousness, the masculine principle and the beauty of the feminine consciousness, the divine feminine principle expressing in one body is Meenakshi. Meenakshi shines more than Chokkanathar. Meenakshi radiates more than Chokkanathar.

Sundareshwara is the embodiment of super consciousness, expressing in human body, playing with all his glory. Meenakshi is the expression of the ultimate masculine and feminine consciousness.”

Meenakshi is the epitome of wisdom, beauty, courage, compassion and efficiency, completely radiating divinity on Earth.

Goddess Meenakshi’s Immaculate Appearance

Pandiya King Malaiyathwajan’s ruled after his father, Kulashekara Pandiyan king, the blessed king who consecrated Lord Shiva’s Swayambhu Lingam, and got the rare honor to build the Madurai temple, and the temple city around it.

Not having the fortune of a child, King Malaiyathwajan did a Putrakamika yagna (sacrificial offering desiring a child) with a prayer to get ‘Putra Bhagya’ (fortune of having a child).

Goddess Parvati’s, the Cosmic Mother’s close devotee was Kachanamala, King Malaiyathwaja’s wife. In her previous birth she had intensely prayed for the boon to be blessed with ‘putra bhagya’. Mother Parvati being pleased with her intense yearning and devotion, blessed and assured her in a sacred darshan (vision) during her dream that – she, the Cosmic Mother, the very source of Existence herself will descend down as a baby girl in the next birth.

Birth of  an Ayonija child (not born from the womb)

Child Meenakshi_Thadathagai

Radiant Child Meenakshi "Thadathagai"

As all divine boons eternally fruit to life, in her next birth as Queen Kachanamala of the great Pandiyan kingdom of South, she became the mother of Devi. The Cosmic Mother verily appeared from the sacrificial fire, Yagna, in the form of Mother Meenakshi playfully as a 3 year old girl child, and took her first seat on the lap of Kachanamala, the most blessed Queen.

The unsurpassed beauty and divine fire of baby girl Meenakshi shone as brightly and as radiant as that of the fire from which she appeared.

 

Rare Marks on Meenakshi

The Queen’s joy knew no bounds on seeing the divine child girl on her lap. The child Meenakshi had one unique mark on her body. She was born with 3 areolar regions on her chest area. Noticing this the king grew upset. At that very moment, a divine voice resonated in all directions. It declared to all to name the child as “Thadathagai” (warrior princess) and to bring her up equal to a male child, and also assured the wonder-struck parents that when She meets Her consort, the third breast will just disappear.

No Incarnation like Mother Meenakshi

The incarnations appear from the super consciousness energy simply to please their unalloyed devotees and for the ultimate benefit of the human consciousness. When they happen, they carry specific auspicious qualities and energies in their bio-memory that are needed to fulfill their divine mission. Unlike any other female incarnations, Meenakshi is the absolute expression, the original source of the Cosmos, ‘Adi Shakti’ manifesting in a human form. She carries all the infinite divine qualities in her body. In complete union with her masculine and feminine energy, Her extraordinary expressions of Divinity eclipse all others.

Her body even though appearing like a human does not have the normal physiology of a human body, and so is her psychology, radiating the consciousness of male and female divinity spontaneously.

Regal Upbringing Befitting a Mighty Cosmic Queen

Thadathagai, "The Warrior Queen"

As per the divine voice, the king brings her up like a brave warrior with indomitable prowess. She becomes a perfect master of the 64 great knowledge (maha vidyas). She grows up to become a very powerful mighty princess as the Shiva-Shakti personification.

After the death of the king, she rules the kingdom exuding exemplary administrative powers, cosmic justice, and causeless compassion as a Universal Mother to all, all the greatest qualities in one.

Digvijaya, the Tour of Victory

Before being coronated as the ruler, the valiant princess goes on winning tours to establish her hegemony over other kingdoms and lands in all 8 directions to bring all under her compassionate protection and welfare. Her expedition is called ‘Dig Vijaya’ or a tour of victory, across the continents. After Thadathagai’s coronation as the Queen, she conquers many countries hoisting the auspicious Pandiya’s flag far and wide, reaching the whole planet and beyond. Later, she marches towards Mount Kailasha, the cosmic abode of Lord Shiva, the Cosmic Father. She first faces the Bhoota Ganas, the commanders and soldiers of Lord Shiva. Unable to cope up with her mighty warrior powers, they easily withdraw themselves from the waging war.

The First Vision, ‘Nayana Deeksha’ of Her Beloved, Lord Sundareshwara

Meenakshi's Darshan of Sundareshwara at Kailasha

At last comes the sacred moment of eternity, the time for Thadathagai to meet face-to-face with the Lord of Kailasha Himself. Lord Shiva appears Himself before the brave queen to directly wage the war with her, seeing all His commanders losing by just the glowing presence of Meenakshi.

Upclose Vision of Meenakshi's hand wedlocked into Chokkanathar's divine hands

At the very first sight of Mahadeva, her consort to be, She instantly gets rid of her third breast, as was predicted by the divine voice.

The striking unmatched beauty of Mahadeva, the embodiment of all that is beautiful and auspicious and His glowing tiger-skin attire wrapped over His handsome body, the divine love in His lotus eyes piercing every pore of Her being, makes Queen Princess Thadathagai awe-struck, wordless and she loses the very idea of the self, time and space, melting into the vision of Her beloved.

Immediately throwing all her weapons, the symbols of her masculine energies, she becomes enchanted and spell-bound overflowing in bliss, and all the sacred, divine feminine qualities spontaneously started expressing in her, as if hidden and waiting all life, to sprout and flower in Mahadeva’s one darshan (vision).

Thus, by losing the war, she wins everything, reuniting with her eternal consort, Lord Sundareshwara, the most handsome one possessing the beauty of the Cosmos in Him.

Shiva Awakens Meenakshi's Kurma Nadi

Shiva is so stable, powerful. Just by his stability He expresses power. Naturally by His Nayana Deeksha, the kurma nadi of Meenakshi awakens. When the kurma nadi of Meenakshi is awakened, she experiences intense power – the power of stability. She becomes enlightened.

Her enlightenment is completed. The other dimension was added to her life. Then Shiva marries Parvati – Meenakshi.

Meenakshi Thirukalyanam, the Celestial Wedding

Meenakshi ThiruKalyanam, the Sacred Wedding

On the 8th day from that hallowed first meeting at Kailasha, amidst cosmic celebrations with nature blossoming into its full beauty expressing its joy, the divine couple get married uniting at the sacred wedding ceremony called “Meenakshi Thirukalyanam”.

All celestial devtas (Gods), all great sages, and all representatives of the universe come down to planet earth from all known and unknown directions to celebrate their parent’s auspicious wedding. The whole Cosmos becomes soaked in ecstasy as if drunk in the divine bliss of witnessing Meenakshi-Sundareshwara Thirukalyanam. The Pandiyan King leaves no place untouched in ornamenting the richest city of the planet, Madurai as beautifully as His daughter, Meenakshi. The divine fragrance of holy jasmine flowers, most dear to Meenakshi fill the air of Madurai.

Meenakshi (the ‘fish-eyed’ one), the guardian deity of the temple town of Madurai, and the bridegroom, the vagrant ascetic called Sundareswara (the handsome God) from the cosmic center of the universe, Kailasha unite in the sacred ceremony of eternal union.

64 Divine Plays of Lord Sundareshwara, the Beauty of Cosmos

Lord Shiva Himself rules the Pandiyan empire for some period in the name of “Sundara Pandiyan”, “Soma Sundarar”, “Sundareshwara”. During this golden time, Lord Sundareshwara playfully performs His divine leelas, forming the wonderful 64 leelas (divine plays) called the Thiruvilayadal. Along with 64 leelas, from which 1 is a presence of Chokkanathar, He played uncountable miracles proving His causeless compassion for not only his devotees, but anyone who sincerely calls, seeks His grace, and even those fortunates ones, who got blessed without even praying.

Such the causeless and sweet compassion of Shiva’s playful incarnation, Lord Chokkanathar.

Travel into the space of causeless grace of 64 great divine plays of Chokkanathar…explore them here.

Thereafter, their son Lord Muruga (Subramanya) is coronated to rule the cosmic empire in the name of “Ukkira Pandiyan”.

Chithirai Festival, Yearly Wedding Celebrations at Madurai

Amidst celestial celebrations, this divine marriage is celebrated every year as the famous “Chithirai Festival” at Madurai and attracts huge crowds with over 1 million (10 lakh) devotees and pilgrims. Chiittirai refers to the first month in the Tamil calendar. Their marriage is celebrated and traditionally performed for over two weeks with all its royal paraphernalia, the best of resplendent beauty, that only vedic culture can display. The whole city gets transported into the palatial celestial space and decorates itself just like a new bride.

Extraordinary Healing Powers

A Rare Painting of Chokkanathar with Meenakshi on swing from Meenakshi Temple's wall

Radiating Her motherly compassion to everyone, She captures the hearts of her citizens and devotees with her miraculous healing powers. As her name aptly alludes, each morning she gives her healing darshan (vision) in Her royal assembly as She is the ‘Sabha Nayaki’, the ultimate queen of all royal assemblies.

Her five-story palace adjoined a great hospital where students and teachers from many cultures worked and volunteered together, caring for thousands of people who flocked from all over the world.

Her administrative ruling powers, her ‘Ishwaratva’, the empowered leadership is a lesson for all kings, leaders even today. She manifested her leadership giving ultimate cosmic justice to all Her citizens.

Eternal Living Presence at the Meenakshi Sundareshwara Temple

Deities of Soma Sunderashwara and Meenakshi Amman beautifully bedecked with pristine jewels and garlands

Deciding to continuously be available and eternally bless and shower their protection, grace, and overflowing compassion as the Cosmic Mother and Father, both Thadathagai and the Cosmic King, Chokkanathar have established themselves at the Madurai Meenaskhi Sundareshwara temple for eternity.

Relaxing their bodies into the presiding deities as the “Somasundarar and Meenakshi Amman” forms, they still run and will eternal run their cosmic kingdom, and radiate their ever living presence.

The Living Deities Blessing All

Their sacred bodies with which they played all their divine acts are most beautifully resting as ‘Jeeva Samadhis’ just where their main sanctums are worshiped by millions of prayers daily from ages. The Sachala Murtis (living God incarnation in body) have enshrined themselves into Achala Murtis (living deity) at the Garbha Griha (sanctum sanctorium) of the temple. Even though no longer in the moving body, they are as much present as ever and their presence is invoked through the name or form they used while in the physical plane. When we pray to the deity or chants their names, the corresponding divine vibration is automatically awakened, and becomes available on the energy plane to guide and bless us.

Divine Hymns and  Rendition for Meenakshi Devi

Meenakshi Amman is Loved and Adored by All

‘Silapadikaram’, an ancient post sangam Tamil literature, describes the Goddess as “Thadadagai Pratiyar, a warrior Goddess, with a crescent moon on her matted hair, with two arms – the left holding a lotus and the right holding a sword.

She is described as having the right side in crimson colour and the left in dark colour – Ardhanari form.