Why does Muladhar chakra get activated by the chanting of the Name of family deity?
Family deities may be male or female or belonging to the Shaiva or Vaishnav sects. Some have both male and female family deities whereas others have only the male or the female deity. In the Shaiva sect if Shiva is the male family deity, then Parvati is the female family deity and in the Vaishnav sect if Vishnu is the male family deity then Lakshmi is the female family deity. In the Path of Devotion (Bhaktimarg) this pairing of deities is done because the frequencies of Shiva and Parvati and Vishnu and Lakshmi are complementary to each other as Parvati and Lakshmi are the Divine Energies (Shakti) of Shiva and Vishnu respectively. Sometimes however even if Shiva is the male family deity, Lakshmi is the female family deity. The reasons for this are given below.
Among worshippers of Divine Energy as in the Tantra sect, a greater generation of energy is desired, hence this tradition is adopted. Since frequencies of Shiva and Lakshmi are different the energy so generated with Their combination is greater than that produced with the combination of Shiva and Parvati.
If Shiva has been one’s family deity but upon someone’s advice one’s ancestors had commenced the worship of Lakshmi then Her idol is also placed in the temple at home and both the deities are worshipped by future generations.
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- 1. Deity of a forest (vanadevata)
- 2. Deity of water (jaladevata)
- 3. Guardian deities of the entrance (dvarpal)
- 4. The family deity (kuladevata)
- 5. The mother deity (matrudevata)
- 6. The father deity (pitrudev)
- 7. The teacher deity (acharyadev)
- 8. Benevolent deities (ishtadevata)
- 9. The guest deity (atithidev)
- 10. The deity liberating from the bondage of the cycle of birth: The Guru as a deity (Gurudev)
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