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Periyachi Amman by Swapnil

 Periyachi Amman
Periyachi Amman : A Painting Made by Swapnil

Undoubtedly, Periyachi Amman has the most frightening appearance of all Gods in the world. She tops the list when compared to Hindu Goddess Kali, Mayan God Ixchel or any of the Greek mythological creatures. While seated comfortably, she disembowels a woman and chews on her intestines. Simultaneously, she tramples on a man while impaling him with her trident. All this happens while she is holding a baby in one of her hands with her face showing murderous rage. Why do women put their newborns under this God's feet and pray? What is the story behind this Goddess with such a terrifying appearance?
The history of Periyachi Amman is one of the most intriguing, interesting and fascinating pieces in Tamil religion. Periyachi Amman's history is over 600 years old and her legacy is carried on mostly by Tamil diaspora in south east Asia. Unlike the Hindu Gods, this is an ancestor who is worshiped as God due to her heroic deeds.


O Kali, my mother full of bliss! Enchantress of the almighty Shiva! In Thy delirious joy Thou dancest, clapping Thy hands together! Thou art the Mover of all that move, and we are but Thy helpless toys.
-- Ramakrishna Paramhans

Kaalratri/Kali is one of the most well known and worshipped Hindu Goddesses. The name Kali is derived from the Hindu word that means "time", and that also means "black". Kali in Hinduism, is a manifestation of the Divine Mother, which represents the female principle. Frequently, those not comprehending her many roles in life call Kali the goddess of destruction. She destroys only to recreate, and what she destroys is sin, ignorance and decay. She is equated with the eternal night, is the transcendent power of time, and is the consort of the god Shiva. It is believed that its Shiva who destroys the world, and Kali is the power or energy with which Shiva acts. Therefore, Kali is Shiva's shakti, without which Shiva could not act. Kali receives …

Lord Venkateshwara of Tirupati by Painter Babu Rishabh

Lord Venkateshwara of Tirupati is a famous Hindu deity. Every year millions of people throng to the hills of Tirumala to seek blessings of the Lord. It is believed that Lord Venkateshwara resides at Tirumala with His consort Padmavathi. Lord Venkateshwara is also known by the name of Balaji, Srinivasa and Govinda. Lord Venkateshwara is believed to be one of the richest deities of India. The myth about the riches of the Tirumala God says that Lord Srinivasa is still repaying the debt of His marriage to Goddess Padmavathi which He had taken from Kuber, from the donations made by devotees.

Lord Venkateshwara is deemed as a very powerful deity. It is said that the Lord fulfills all the wishes of an individual if the devotee asks with a true heart and strong determination. Many people ask for wishes to the Lord and then offer their hair at the temple when the wish is fulfilled. Though most of us are familiar with the God of Tirumala, not many of us know the story behind His divine descent o…