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today i found some interesting information . Goddess Shashthi is regarded as the goddess of fertility and childbirth who protects the pregnant mother and children till puberty..she is being worshiped the sixth day of every fortnight and the sixth and twenty first day of every child birth.she is highly worshiped in Bengal and also some parts of India..her refferences are largely found in Folklore of Hindu mythology and also in Bengali Mangalkabyas ..Her image is imagined riding on cat..so cat is regarded good for children's betterment here..
                   now i found Goddess Shashthi previously regarded as an aspect of Goddess Parvati..but then she got associated with Skanda/Kartikeya ..then she was regarded as six Kritikas or Kartikeya's foster mother ..but after 8th century AD she started being regarded as Kartikeya's consort Devsena..though in this versions Devsena is Brahma's daughter..

                                                             
A chapter entitled Shashthidevyupakhyanam, appended to the texts Brahma Vaivarta Purana and Devi Bhagavata Purana, narrates the tale of Shashthi.[8] King Priyavrata the son of Svayambhuva Manu (the progenitor of mankind) and his wife Malini performed the putrakamesti yajna (a fire-sacrifice ritual to gain a son) in an effort to conceive, but after twelve years of pregnancy, a still-born son was delivered to Malini. Priyavrata set off to the cremation grounds with the corpse of his son. On his way, he saw a celestial woman dressed in white silk and jewels, riding in a heavenly chariot. She declared to Priyavrata that she was Devasena, the daughter of Brahma and wife of Skanda. She further said that she was Shashthi, foremost of the Matrikas ("Mothers") of Skanda, and had the power to grant children to devotees. She held the child in her hand and resurrected the infant, then began to leave for her heavenly abode, taking the child with her. Priyavrata stopped the goddess, praising her and pleading that she return his son to him. The goddess agreed on the condition that Priyavrata would initiate and propagate her worship in all three worlds: heaven, earth and the netherworld. She returned the child to the king, naming him Suvrata and declaring that he should become famous as a great, virtuous, and learned ruler. Priyavrata decreed that Shashthi should be worshipped on the sixth day of every month, as well as the sixth and twenty-first days after childbirth, and on all occasions auspicious to a child. She would be worshipped in the form of a Shaligrama stone, a Purna Ghata under a banyan tree, or an image of her on a wall.[8][10][16]




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Shashthi
Goddess of children, reproduction and vegetation
Devanagari?????
SanskritTransliteration?a??hi
AffiliationDevi
ConsortSkanda when identified with Devasena
MountCat

Shashthi or Shashti (Sanskrit: ?????, ?a??hi/?a??i, literally. "sixth") is a Hindu folk goddess, venerated as the benefactor and protector of children (especially, as the giver of male child). She is also the deity of vegetation and reproduction and is believed to bestow children and assist during childbirth. She is often pictured as a motherly figure, riding a cat and nursing one or more infants. She is symbolically represented in a variety of forms, including an earthenware pitcher, a banyan tree or part of it or a red stone beneath such a tree; outdoor spaces termedshashthitala are also consecrated for her worship. The worship of Shashthi is proscribed to occur on the sixth day of each lunar month of the Hindu calendar as well as on the sixth day after a child's birth. Barren women desiring to conceive and mothers seeking to ensure the protection of their children will worship Shashthi and request her blessings and aid. She is especially venerated in eastern India.

Most scholars believe that Shashthi's roots can be traced to Hindu folk traditions. References to this goddess appear in Hindu scriptures as early as 8th and 9th century BCE, in which she is associated with children as well as the Hindu war-god Skanda. Early references consider her a foster-mother of Skanda, but in later texts she is identified with Skanda's consort, Devasena. In some early texts where Shashthi appears as an attendant of Skanda, she is said to cause diseases in the mother and child, and thus needed to be propitiated on the sixth day after childbirth. However, over time, this malignant goddess became seen as the benevolent saviour and bestower of children.

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The Purna Ghata sometimes represents Shashthi in worship.

Shashthi is portrayed as a motherly figure, often nursing or carrying as many as eight infants in her arms.[1][2][3][4] Her complexion is usually depicted as yellow or golden.[1][2] A Dhyana-mantra  a hymn describing the iconography of a deity, upon which a devotee of Shashthi should meditate describes her as a fair young woman with a pleasant appearance, bedecked in divine garments and jewellery with an auspicious twig laying in her lap.[5] A cat (marjara) is the vahana (mount) upon which she rides.[1] Older depictions of Shashthi may show her as cat-faced,[3][6] while another reference describes her as bird-faced.[3]

In Kushan era representations between the first and third centuries CE, she is depicted as two-armed and six-headed like Skanda.[7] A significant number of Kushan and Yaudheya coins, sculptures and inscriptions produced from 500 BCE to 1200 CE picture the six-headed Shashthi, often on the reverse of the coin, with the six-headed Skanda on the observe. Shashthi is also pictured in a Kushan-era Vrishni triad from the Mathura region, surrounded by Skanda and Vishakha.[3] In Yaudheya images, she is shown to have two arms and six heads that are arranged in two tiers of three heads each, while in Kushan images, the central head is surrounded by five female heads, sometimes attached to female torsos.[7] Terracotta Gupta era (320550 CE) figures from Ahichchhatra show the goddess with three heads on the front and three on the back.[7]

The folk worship representation of Shashthi is a red-coloured stone about the size of a human head, typically placed beneath a banyan tree such as those usually found on the outskirts of villages. The banyan may be decorated with flowers or strewn with rice and other offerings. Shashthi is also commonly represented by planting a banyan tree or a small branch in the soil of a family's home garden.[2][4] Other common representations of the goddess include a Shaligrama stone, an earthen water pitcher, or a Purna Ghata  a water vase with an arrangement of coconut and mango leaves generally set beneath a banyan tree.[8]

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i wanted to post whole wikipedia information but getting message of invalid words

so here is the link



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Thanks for the informations diSmile

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