Mariamman (Mari-rain, amman-mother), is a unique conception of the mother goddess or Shakti, in the Southern region of India, where multiple Hindu and folk goddesses are condensed into one Devi. On a basic level, Mariamman is the bestower of rain and hence abundance on the folk, while in her expansions she is Durga, Kali, Parvati, Renuka, and Draupadi for her devotees. This magnificent Panchaloha bronze statue exalts her divine feminity by giving her the most supple physique, which is enhanced by the bodily markers of female fecundity. Standing in a graceful posture, Mariamman wears her distinctive crown haloed by fire (symbol of Chidagni or fire of consciousness) and a five-hooded serpent. Exquisite ornaments and a diaphanous dhoti further enhance the beauty of the great mother, who with her affectionate smile and divine weapons guards her children against all the negativity of the world.
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