Annapurna Temple Indore - One of the Rarest Temples in India

The next destination in our list was the Annapurna Temple whose literal meaning stands for the one who gives food and nourishment. It is dedicated to the Hindu Goddess of food and nourishment who is also known as annadaa in Bengali. While anna, as we all know, means grains or food, purna means complete, full and perfect. The Hindu Goddess is considered to be an avatar of Lord Shiva’s wife, Parvati.

We had also read about Goddess Annapurna in a Bengali poem written by Bharatchandra Ray and known as Annada Mangal. There is no doubt about the fact that Indian men are extremely fond of food. So all of us were pretty excited to know how the Goddess of thing we love so much looked. Food is considered to be one of the most important offering associated with the Hindu mythology and it is due to this reason that Annapurna Temple Indore attracts a lot of tourists from different parts of the country.

Annapurna Temple Indore
Annapurna Temple Indore | Image Resource :

On reaching the temple, we came to know that Annapurna is depicted as a young Goddess with red complexion, four hands, high breasts, three eyes and a face in the shape of a full moon. One of the main reasons for the popularity of Annapurna Temple Indore is the fact that there are only a few temples dedicated to the Goddess. Apart from the one we were visiting, there was one famous temple worshipping Goddess Annapurna and it was Kasi Viswanath Temple located in Varanasi.

The priests told us that the Goddess has always found a mention in different religious and sacred literature belonging to the Vedic Period. Some of the texts where she has been mentioned include Bhairvahyantantra, Annapurnahavamti, Annapurnamantratsava, Rudrayamala, Annapurnamalininaksatramalika, Maha Tripurasiddhanta, Sivarahasya and Annapurna Kavacha. 

Devi Annapurna
Devi Annapurna | Image Resource :

We could easily spot numerous devotees from different parts of the country visiting the temple to have a glimpse of Goddess Annapurna. There were many tourists from foreign countries to view the huge shrine as well. The temple was very similar to the renowned Meenakshi Temple in Madurai. The premises of the temple also house shrines of other Gods like Kalbhairav, Hanuman and Shiv.

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