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The Story Of Meenakshi


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Malayadwaja Pandya, the King of Madurai and his queen Kanchanamaala were depressed. They had everything : enormous wealth, a huge and prosperous kingdom, happy and loyal subjects who loved the king and queen like their own parents. Unfortunately Malayadwaja and Kanchanamaala didn’t have any children of their own. They were worried that the Pandya monarchy would come to an end after them and the kingdom would be left without a king.

They sought the advice of their Kulguru (Mentor) who guided and counseled them at times of crisis. On the advice of the Guru, the King and Queen performed a Putra Kameshti Yagna (a ritual that would bring progeny to whoever performs it sincerely). They hoped that the god would be pleased by their sincerity and bless them with a baby boy, who would grow up as the prince of the Pandya kingdom. As the Yagna was progressing, a miraculous thing happened.A three year old baby girl appeared on the holy fire, walked out and sat on the lap of Queen Kanchanamaala. The King and Queen were thrilled to see the beautiful baby girl. The King, who had longed for a child for years, couldn’t wait to hold the baby girl. He picked her up from the Queen’s lap with joy and excitement, only to be shocked by what he saw. The baby girl had three nipples on her chest. The King and Queen viewed it as an abnormality and became very upset. They originally wanted a boy, but the god had blessed them with a girl and she also had something abnormal about her. “What did we do wrong in the Yagna? Did we fail? Is the god not pleased with our devotion?” They felt terrible. Read more of this post

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