Wednesday, 17 December 2014

★Saundatti Yellamma Renuka Devi- Saundatti, North Karnataka, Karnataka, India.

Jogool Bhavi Satyawwa Devi- Soundatti.

On the way to Yellama Devi Devotes First Go to Satyawwa Devi and make "Snan" in "Jogool bhavi or Kund"

Yellama Devi Devasthan - Soundatti.

Early life:
Renuka raja (father of Renuka) performed a yajna — a
ritual performed to maintain peace and good health. He
was blessed with a daughter, who originated from the
fire of this yajna. Renuka was a bright and active child
and became the most beloved child of her parents.
When she was eight, Agastya , who was the guru of the
Renuka Raja, advised him to have his daughter married
to Jamadagni when she reached maturity. Jamadagni
was the son of Ruchik Muni and Satyavati and had
obtained the blessings of the gods by performing severe
penance. Renuka and Jamdagni Muni lived in the
Ramshrung mountains, near the present day Savadatti
area of Belgaum district. Renuka helped the Jamdagni
Muni in all of his tasks of performing various rituals and
puja . Gradually she became close and dear to Jamdagni.
After a while Renuka Raj was blessed with another
daughter called Anjana (Anjana Devi). Renuka would
wake up early in the morning to bathe in the Malaprabha
River with complete concentration and devotion. Her
devotion was so powerful that she was able to create a
pot to hold water made only of sand, one fresh pot every
day. She would fill this pot, on the bank of the river and
would use a snake which was nearby, turning it into a
rope-like convolution and placing it on her head, so that
it supported the pot. Thus, she brought the water to
Jamdagni for his rituals of oblation. ("Renuka" is derived
from the Sanskrit for "fine grain of sand".) Renuka temple
is situated at near Zamania, Ghazipur.
Later life
Renuka gave birth to five sons: Vasu, Viswa Vasu,
Brihudyanu, Brutwakanwa and Rambhadra. Rambhadra
was the youngest and most beloved, gaining the favour
of Lord Shiva and Parvati and hence called Parashurama
(the sixth incarnation of Vishnu ).
One day when Renuka went to the river, she saw
Gandharva spirits playing. These were young couples
carelessly frolicking in the water with abandon. For a
moment, she lost her concentration and devotion to her
husband faltered for a moment as she was physically
attracted to one of the Gandharvas. As she was
distracted, she lost her power of collecting water in
unbaked pots, which she had gotten from her chastity.
She lost the water which she had collected.
Disappointed by this, she returned to the ashram in
shame. Seeing Renuka returning empty-handed,
Jamadagni became furious and angrily ordered her to go
After being cursed by her husband, Renuka went east
and sat in the forest to meditate. In her penance, she
met with the saints Eknath[citation needed ] and
Joginath; she prayed to them and asked to gain the
mercy of her husband. They first consoled her, then
instructed her to follow their advice exactly as told.
They told her to purify herself, first bathing in a nearby
lake, and then to worship a Shivalinga , which they had
given to her. Next, she should go to the nearby town
and beg for rice from the houses (this ritual, called
"Joga Bedodu", is still carried out by women during a
particular month in Karnataka). After collecting the rice,
she was to give half to the saints and cook the
remaining half, adding jaggery, partaking of the cooked
rice with full devotion. They said that if she performed
this ritual for three days, she would be able to visit her
husband on the fourth day.
Yellamma temple at Badami.
Knowing the anger of Jamadagni, they warned her that
she may not be fully pardoned by him, and that she
would have to experience the most difficult time of her
life for a few minutes. "After that," they said, “you will be
eternally revered and will be blessed with your husband.
You will be worshiped by all the people henceforth."
After blessing her this way, they disappeared. Renuka
followed their instructions with devotion and
worshipped the Shivalinga with full care and reverence.
On the fourth day, she went to see her husband.
Punishment and resurrection
Jamadagni was still furiously angry with Renuka and
ordered his sons to punish their mother. One by one,
four of them refused flatly. Jamadagni, who possessed
the power to burn anyone to ashes with his one look,
was so angry that he went berserk and turned four of his
sons into four piles of ashes. Parashurama , who was not
there when this happened, found his mother weeping by
the piles of ashes when he arrived and his father was
still raging mad. Jamadagni told him what happened and
ordered him to behead his mother for her infidelity.
Parushurama had to think quickly. Knowing his father's
powers and the extent of his anger, Parashurama
immediately obeyed his father, using his axe.
Renuka temple at Yallammagudi, Saundatti, North
Karnataka, Karnataka
His father then offered a boon to Parushurama, who
asked for his mother and brothers to be brought back to
life. To everybody's astonishment, Renuka's spirit
multiplied and moved to different regions. Renuka was
back as a whole too. This miracle inspired her sons and
others to become her followers, and worship her.
(Source of Above info:

1 comment:

  1. there is also Renuka Sagar Dam near temple,
    Many Wind Mill's are placed on Munoulli-
    Soundatti route.


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