Presenting a divine stotram called Annapoorn ashtakam, wishing everyone peace, prosperity, success and most importantly happiness.
This stotram is written by Jagadguri Sri Adi Shankaracharya praising the Mother Annapurneswari. She is the Goddess of food and nourishment and the presiding deity of the city of Kasi/Varanasi also known as Banaras.
My pleasure and honor to join Latha Ganti, once again in chanting this. Thank you all from both of us.
Story of Goddess Annapoorna, excerpt from Wikipedia:
Goddess Parvati was told by her consort Shiva that the world is an illusion and that food is a part of this illusion called maya. The Divine Mother who is worshiped as the manifestation of all material things, including food, became angry. To demonstrate the importance of her manifestation of all that is material, she disappeared from the world. Her disappearance brought time to a standstill and the earth became barren. There was no food to be found anywhere, and all the beings suffered from the pangs of hunger.
Seeing all the suffering, Mother Parvati was filled with compassion and reappeared in Kasi and set up a kitchen. Hearing about her return, Shiva ran to her and presented his bowl in alms, saying, "Now I realise that the material world, like the spirit, cannot be dismissed as an illusion." Parvati smiled and fed Shiva with her own hands. Since then Parvati is worshiped as Annapurna, the Goddess of Nourishment.
Physically, Annapurna is described as holding a golden ladle adorned with various kinds of jewels in her right hand and a vessel full of delicious porridge in her left. She is seated on a throne. In some depictions, Lord Shiva is shown standing to her right with a begging bowl, begging her for alms. It is said that she does not eat a morsel unless all her devotees have been fed in her temple.
|Title: Annapoorna Stotram |
Lyrics: Adi Shankaracharya
Sung By: Latha & Sarada
Video Concept & Editing: Latha