Pilgrims of Poorna (photos)
The pilgrims of Poorna would walk hundreds of kilometres some barefoot, mothers with their infants, old men, women and children in some
makeshift conveyance. Some walk with an idol or a symbol of the goddess and some performing surya namaskara all the way to the temple which
ends with 7 km mountain hike. All this in the blistering heat of the Indian summer with temperatures soaring higher than 45 degrees.
These pilgrims are usually farmers who after harvest travel to the temple to thank the goddess for her blessing, some come with a wish for a child and some to thank her for blessing a child and some for Bhakti and some for health.
According to Shiva Purana, Daksha Prajapati's daughter Parvati (Sati) was married to Shiva. Once a Yajna was organised by Daksha Prajapati in which all deities were invited except Shiva in order to insult him. Reason being Shiva was a yogi and prefer to live in solitude, he didn’t care much of material possessions, food or superficiality of social life. Daksha was just the opposite of Shiva as Daksha couldn’t understand and he chose to dislike him. Anyhow Sati couldn’t bear the insult which was done to her husband and sacrificed her body in Yajna Mandap.
When Shiva found out he began to perform tandav in the sky with the burnt body of Sati, Vishnu with his chakra separated the body in 64 pieces of Sati with the view to calm him down. Now this bit of story I am going to explain later in the post as what this is? So back to story - wherever the sati's body fell, Shakti pind were established. Due to the navel limb of Sati falling on this mountain, worship of goddess Nabhi (Navel) is worshiped. This Shakti pind is called mother Poorna or Poorna Giri (Poorna Mountain).
Shakti Pind translates to energy points or energy mass.
It is said that if you mediate, pray or have a focused thought around these energy points, the power of such is a hundred folds and there are 64 such energy points all over Bharat.
It is believed that the story of Shiva and Parvati (Uma) is an allegorical knowledge of Cosmos passed through generations over thousands of years
It is also true that there was a being called Shiva and he was known to be the first Yogi or Adi Yogi. Some respected Yogi’s today have dated him over 60,000 years back where he walked on this land.