** Shri Vana Durga Havan **
Durga of the forest.
As worshipped by foresters
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S.M: Vanadurga. The temples of Vana durga are always open to air. She
is like fire seated on lion|
Nora : Is vanadurga one of the ancient or earlier form of Durga, in the early Bengal. Interesting there are so many forms of durga.
S.M: Yes ancient from Kerala. A very interesting form of Durga
Nora: The Temple : Chakkulathukavu (28km from Alappuzha) " Goddess Vanadurga is the presiding diety. Pongala and naree pooja-in honor of womanhood are the main festivals"
S.M: She burns like fire. You know what her mantra is?
bhayam me samupastitam yadi shakyamashakyam tanme bhagawati shamaya swaahaa
S.M :Yes that is what it symbolizes
Nora: Since she is supposedly in the forest so ideally the place of worshipping her should be in the forest too.
S.M: You are supposed to do it in water up to neck with someone to watch to see that you do not drown that way body does not get heated up
Nora: It is the energy that is around you that becomes hotter its like in the hot oven?
S.M: Yes it was
kaalapaavaka sannibhaaM kalitaardhachandra shiroruhaam
phaalanetra vibhooshaNaam (vibhiishanaam) bhayadaayi simha nishedushiim
shankha chakra kripaana khetaka chaapa baana karotikaam (kiriitikaam, karaambujaam )
shuulavaahibhujaam bhaje vijitaakhilaasura sainikaam
Durga Devi most famous form as Mahishasuramardini : The Slayer of the Buffalo Demon
Hymns to Sri Durga Devi