Sherawali Mata

There is a beautiful place about 30 kilometers from my residence, named Neelkantheshwar on a hilltop with view of some of the gorgeous valleys of the Western Ghats. There are innumerous statues everywhere. One of them is of Sherawali Mata. The literal meaning of Sherawali Mata is the goddess with lions. Sher means lion. Sherawali means having lions, in feminine form. Mata means goddess. Sherawali Mata is the goddess with lions. As mentioned in my post named Dagdusheth Ganpati, every god in India has a carrier/vehicle. The carrier or vehicle of Sherawali Mata is lion.

I took this photo of Sherawali Mata at Neelkantheshwar.

Sherawali Mata
Sherawali Mata
Sherawali Mata

The fact must be that Sherawali Mata is actually Durga, the mother of all goddesses in Indian mythology. If this is true, Sherawali Mata is Parvati, the wife of Shiv, AKA Durga. When evils became a huge threat to the existence of the gods, all gods combined their powers in Parvati to incarnate Durga.

10 comments:

  1. There's something mystical about this picture. It draws you towards it!

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  2. Sherawali Mata, indeed, looks regal, with her chariot pulled by lions. This is such a beautiful statue and a great picture of her. I appreciate the information about this goddess. You are acquainting me with so much about India, Bhavesh!

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  3. @ RNSANE: I too found it very interesting when I saw it on the hilltop. And do I need to make you attract more towards India? You are already living and breathing India I guess :)

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  4. I am more synonymous with Durga. However this picture and the name Sherawali Mata appears to be esoteric. And the very moment I see the picture, I had goose bumps all over my body. It is inexplicable. Thanks man.

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  5. @ cyclopseven: I'm so glad that one of the photographs I have taken is making that great impression!

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  6. guys im a malaysian can anyone help or guide me abt more info of sherawali matta?pls.

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  7. @ marcolas88: I hope someone will get back to you.

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  8. @ marcolas88: follow this link to get it http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Durga

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  9. @ Manish Saxena: Thank you for your contribution in this post of Sherawali Mata, and helping marcolas88.

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