Where is Odyana?

Vaidya Sundaram Vaidya_Sundaram at HOTMAIL.COM
Fri Jan 17 11:19:22 CST 2003

The Kanchipuram temple is celebrated as the Odyana Pitha. Odyana is
traditionally the golden belt like ornament worn around the hips by women.
Hope this helps. Corrections are welcome.

bhava shankara desikame sharaNam

----- Original Message -----
From: "Jaldhar H. Vyas" <jaldhar at BRAINCELLS.COM>
Sent: Friday, January 17, 2003 10:02 AM
Subject: Where is Odyana?

> As Ravi and Anand mentioned, the Saubhagyabhaskara quotes a shloka from
> Kalikapurana
> kAtyAyanI choDDyane kAmAkhyA kAmarupake |
> purNeshwarI purNagirau chaNdi jalandhare smrtA ||
> know [Devi is worshipped as] Katyayani at Odyana, Kamakhya in Kamarupa,
> Purneshwari at Purnagiri and Chandi at Jalandhar.
> Of these, Kamakhya is the celebrated temple in Assam (Kamarupa,) Purnagiri
> is in U.P. near the Nepali border and Jalandhar is in Punjab.  But where
> is Odyana?  Judging by the location of the others, it should be somewhere
> in North India but I've been unable to find out exactly where.  Does
> anyone know?
> One other piece of info:  In the Bhagavata Purana, it says that the Gopis
> of Vrndavan prayed to Goddess Katyayani to win Krshna Bhagawan as their
> husband.
> --
> Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com>
> It's a girl! See the pictures - http://www.braincells.com/shailaja/

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