Goddess Annapurna Devi is one of the supreme manifestations of Goddess Parvati. Annapoorna Devi is the presiding deity of Kasi (Varanasi) Annapurna Mandir. Annapurna Mata is also worshipped during Durga Navaratri puja.
Who is Goddess Annapurna Devi – Significance of Annapoorna Mata Incarnation?
Goddess Annapurna is one of the aspects of Goddess Parvati. To prove her credibility in feeding living beings, once she separated from Lord Shiva and consecrated in Kasi (Varanasi) as Annapurneshwari Devi.
Lacking her in Kailash, Lord Shiva was starved for some time and was unable to live without Parvati and food. Lord Shiva realized that the main source and creator of worlds nourishment and feeding is Goddess Parvati, the Mother Goddess. And he visited Kasi and prayed to Goddess Annapurneshwari Devi. He begged her some food and made himself free from starvation.
Goddess Annapurna Puja is observed in Shukla paksha of Chaitra month as per the traditional Hindu (Bengali) calendar.
Importance of Goddess Annapurna Worship – Significance of Mata Annapoorneshwari Pooja:
Devotees who worship of Goddess Annapurneshwari will be blessed with prosperity and health. Women worship Annapurneshwari Devi for their better married life. They also perform Annapurneswari Pooja for their childrens health and better growth.