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Mohini Avatharam

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iyyerram

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Hi all,

In the Puranas Mohini was a female avatar and one of the twenty-five avatars of Vishnu.

There is a mythical story relating to the life or various `lila` of Mohini. In the Sagar or Samudra manthan, a `lila` or play includes Indra, Lakshmi, Kurma, Dhanvanthri, and several other Hindu deities. The `lila` states the conflict between the demons and the gods for the quest for Amrita, Nectar of Immortality.

In this particular `lila`, there is a time when the gods are defeated by the demons they took the charge of Amrita. With the intention of save the gods, Lord Vishnu took the form of a beautiful woman, Mohini to tempt and lure the demons. When the demons saw the charming beauty of Mohini, they lost all self-control.

When the demons were captivated by Mohini`s exquisiteness, she detained the nectar and distributed it amongst the gods, who drank it instantaneously.

Only one demon or asura, Rahu suspected the foul play and joined the gods in disguise to receive nectar. Mohini realised this as he drank the nectar, and she killed the asura with the Sudarshana Chakra. As Rahu had intoxicated nectar, he did not die but persisted to live on as Rahu, the head and Ketu, the headless body. Rahu and Ketu are a part of the navagrahas or nine planets in Hindu astrology system.

The product of Lord Shiva`s union with Mohini was Ayenar. Ayenar was the only male among the Gramadevatas.
 

mahakavi

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Hi all,

In the Puranas Mohini was a female avatar and one of the twenty-five avatars of Vishnu.

There is a mythical story relating to the life or various `lila` of Mohini. In the Sagar or Samudra manthan, a `lila` or play includes Indra, Lakshmi, Kurma, Dhanvanthri, and several other Hindu deities. The `lila` states the conflict between the demons and the gods for the quest for Amrita, Nectar of Immortality.

In this particular `lila`, there is a time when the gods are defeated by the demons they took the charge of Amrita. With the intention of save the gods, Lord Vishnu took the form of a beautiful woman, Mohini to tempt and lure the demons. When the demons saw the charming beauty of Mohini, they lost all self-control.

When the demons were captivated by Mohini`s exquisiteness, she detained the nectar and distributed it amongst the gods, who drank it instantaneously.

Only one demon or asura, Rahu suspected the foul play and joined the gods in disguise to receive nectar. Mohini realised this as he drank the nectar, and she killed the asura with the Sudarshana Chakra. As Rahu had intoxicated nectar, he did not die but persisted to live on as Rahu, the head and Ketu, the headless body. Rahu and Ketu are a part of the navagrahas or nine planets in Hindu astrology system.

The product of Lord Shiva`s union with Mohini was Ayenar. Ayenar was the only male among the Gramadevatas.

Two points.
1. Mohini (Vishnu) was serving the nectar to the celestials when Rahu disguised himself and sat with the celestials. Mohini spotted him and hit him with the ladle (no discus becuase only Vishnu has the discus and not Mohini) upon which Rahu's head got split from his body. Then the head had the body of the snake while the body had the head of the snake. That is how Rahu and Ketu came about.
2. The same Mohini was credited with saving Shiva when PasmAsuran propitiated shiva and got a boon wishing that whosoever's head on which he places his hand should perish right away. Shiva granted that boon. The demon wanted to test it on Shiva himself. Shiva ran for his life. Then Mohini came around and stopped the demon. He was enaormored of Mohini and wanted to embrace her. But Mohini said she will accept him only after he took a bath and did sandyAvandanam. During that ritual one places his hand on the head saying "damOdara". That step made the demon persih.
 

mahakavi

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MOhini ATTam

Mohini ATTam of Kerala has nothing to do with the avatAram. Mohini means an enchantress. While the purpose of mOhini avatAram was to seduce the demon BasmAsuran as well as the partitioning of nectar (among the celestials) from the milky ocean, the dance form only took the name MOhini (and its meaning, of course) to provide an aura of exotic feel about the dance.
 

DURGADASAN

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Dear all

During Chithiai festival, after the Kallazhagar finsihed his Theerthothsavam and dignifies Manduka maharishi, he went to Ramarayar madapam. There in the night he shows his dasavathara. SOmtimes due to time consumption they will show just 7 or 8 also. But sure there will be mohini.

1. Mohini is the form of lord with nectar (WHICH MEANS SHE CAN FRUCTIFY ALL OUR THOUGHTS And brings us good fortunes)

2. Mohini is the form of Shri Sakthi (It is said that vishnu worshipped shri parasakthi and got her divine female form and this such form is mohini)

3. She is the superior power which can even divert the minds of great sages like tharukavana rishis.

4. The form of mohini teaches us lessons about how to think of a girl that too a beautiful girl.

5. The form of mohini does not have any asthras or weapons with her. But still she can achieve whatever she wills. In all her forms she succeeded without any failures. This shows a lady can win whatever she wills if she uses her brain and beauty in the right way.

Pranams
 
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Dr.T.N.Jambunathan

Dr.T.N.Jambunathan

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Mohini ATTam of Kerala has nothing to do with the avatAram. Mohini means an enchantress. While the purpose of mOhini avatAram was to seduce the demon BasmAsuran as well as the partitioning of nectar (among the celestials) from the milky ocean, the dance form only took the name MOhini (and its meaning, of course) to provide an aura of exotic feel about the dance.

Dear Mahakavi

How is Mohini பிசாசு associated with Mohini? To provide aura or fear? Jambu:noidea:
 
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