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Friday, July 10, 2015

(13.1.25) Kokila Vrat Katha ( Kokila vrat ki kahani)

Kokila Vrat story / Why is Parvati worshiped in the form of kokila (a bird cuckoo)

Kokila Vrat is dedicated to goddess parvati (Gauri) and is observed by the women to get the blessings of  goddess Parvati. The following story illustrates why goddess Parvati is worshiped in the form of a cuckoo.
Kokila Vrat Katha 
Goddess Parvati, in the form of Sati, was the daughter of Daksha Prajaapati. She chose Lord Shiva as her husband against the wishes of her father (Daksh Prajapati).
After the marriage of Sati , once Daksha organised a Mahayaghya. He invited all the gods and goddesses to attend the Yaghya, but he deliberately did not invite his son in law, Lord Shiva and his daughter, Sati. Although Sati was not invited by her father, yet she wanted to go and attend the Yaghya. Lord shiva was against it. But seeing the determination of Sati, Lord Shiva allowed her to go there along with some of his attendants.
When she reached there, she found that nobody was ready to receive her. She felt insulted and jumped into the sacrificial fire and ended her life. Lord shiva came to know this happening and got furious. He sent his attendant Veer Bhadra to destroy the Yagya organised by Daksh. Veer Bhadra and his army destroyed the Yagya and killed the gods who tried to resist him.
At the request of the gods, Lord Vishnu appeared. He saw the destruction and advised the gods to pacify Lord Shiva. They all prayed to Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva took pity and revived the gods who had died.
As Sati had come to attend the Yagya against the will of Lord Shiva so Lord Shiva cursed her to take the form of a cuckoo and remain the same for ten thousand years.
After ten  thousand years when the effect of the curse ended, Sati took birth as Parvati, the daughter of Himalaya. Then at the advice of the sages, she observed one month long vrat and worshiped Lord Shiva. As a result of  this vrat and worshiping,  Lord Shiva was pleased with Parvati and married her.
So this one month's vrat is known as Kokila vrat. By observing this vrat unmarried girl get husband and married women enjoy a prosperous and happy married life.
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