(1) Why Rivers are Regarded as Devee and are Worshipped?
Many Rivers were either the daughters or wives of some Devtaa or Rishi
before turning into rivers. They turned into rivers for the welfare of the
people. For example,
--Satyavatee, the wife of Richeek Rishi and the mother of Maharshi Jamadagni
turned into Kaushikee River.
--Soorya's daughters, Yamunaa, Tapatee, and Vishti (Bhadraa), all turned into rivers.
In the same way there are
many other rivers who were daughters or wives of somebody and turned into
rivers later. Such great personalities cannot be ordinary human beings. They
should be regarded as Devee and worshipped. Taking a dip in those rivers is
a matter of honor for people. Although for Indians all waters are sacred,
still there are seven sacred rivers for them - Gangaa, Yamunaa, Godaavaree,
Saraswatee, Narmadaa, Sindhu and Kaaveree. Among these Saraswatee is not
visible nowadays, and Sindhu is in modern Paakistaan.
(2) Is Arundhatee (Wife of Vashishth) a Devee?
Arundhatee, wife of Vashishth, is personified as a goddess. Portrayed with
calm and austere expression, she holds leaves, flowers and water. This
indicates that she is engaged in worshipping gods.
(3) Why Maataa Trouble Children of Below 16 Years of Age?
When Skand was born as a result of Swaahaa's tricks played over Saptarshi's six
wives, Saptarshi banished them from their houses. They went to Skand and asked
their protection because they were banished because of him only. He regarded them
as his mothers. The mothers asked some boons which he granted them as they wished.
They wanted to eat the children and their guardians and to be worshipped by all;
but Skand made an amendment in this wish that they would be able to afflict the
children below 16 years of age only in many ways. He conferred an inexhaustible
power on them to carry out this work and therefore they will be worshipped by all.
[Read "Boons to Mothers" on page
(4) Name the seven
forms of Paarvatee?
These are the seven forms of Paarvatee - (1) Durgaa - beyond reach, (2)
Bhadrakaalee - power of time, (3) Lalitaa - playful, (4) Chandee - violent,
(5) Annapoornaa - food giver, (6) Ambaa - the mother and (7) Bhairavee -
(5) What is the
vehicle for Lakshmee?
The vehicle of Lakshmee is the owl.
Mahishaasur was the only Asur who
got Saayujya of Devee, that is why whenever Devee is worshipped his devoured head
is also worshipped on her left side.