Lord Kubera | Hindu God of Wealth
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Shri Kuber with His wife Kauberi
Kubera FamilyLord Kubera comes from family tress of Lord Brahma. He is the son of Vishrava and Illavida. Vishrava also married the demon princess Kaikesi, who mothered four children: Ravana, Kumbhakarna, Vibhishana and Surpanakha. So Lord Kubera is also the half-brother of Ravana.
Kubera is married to Kauberi (कौबेरी) and they have four children. Three sons are called Nalakubara, Manigriva, Mayuraja and a daughter called Meenakshi. Devi Kauberi is also known as Yakshi, Bhadra and Charvi.
Kubera Iconography'Kubera' in Sanskrit means ill Shaped or deformed. So, as per the meaning of the name, Lord Kubera is portrayed having a fat and dwarf body. He is depicted with a complexion similar to that of the lotus leaves and His body structure shows some deformities. He has three legs, only eight teeth and His left eye is yellow. Lord Kubera being the deity of wealth carries a pot or bag full of gold coins and is adorned with heavy jewelry.
He takes the pleasure of riding Pushpak (the flying chariot), which was gifted to him by Lord Brahma. Besides all this, some texts also illustrates Lord Kubera holding a mace, a pomegranate or a money bag in his hand. Mongoose is often associated with him whereas a few texts also connect him to the elephant.
Lord Kubera Puja and Festivals
- Dhanteras - Dhanteras is also known as Dhantrayodashi and it is the most important festival dedicated to Lord Kubera. Devotees perform Kubera Lakshmi Puja and buy gold on this day.
- Sharad Purnima - Sharad Purnima marks the birthday of Lord Kubera. Hence offering prayers to Kubera on this day holds immense significance.
Lord Kubera Temples
- Dhopeshwar Mahadev in Madhya Pradesh - This temple expresses the bonding between Lord Shiva and Lord Kubera. It has a unique idol of Shiva and Kubera in which both deities are shown together.
- Kubera Bhandari Temple in Gujarat - Situated on the banks of river Narmada this is the place where Lord Kubera performed his penance. It is believed that Lord Shiva built this temple around 2500 years ago. He also organized a Bhandara (free food donation) at this place.
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