(Last Updated on : 28/01/2011)
Jyestha is produced at the churning of the ocean according to the enumeration in the Uttara Khanda of the Padma Purana
. She is considered as the elder sister and in contrast to Goddess Lakshmi
. She is associated with inauspicious places and sinners, poverty, sorrow, ugliness. Women worship her in order to keep her away from their homes. She was highly worshipped in South India in the 7th-8th century. However by the 10th century, her popularity declined. Many images exist but she is hardly worshipped now. She is usually depicted as two-armed clad in blue-black or red garments. In Hindu mythology she is almost never depicted sitting on a mount, she is described as riding a donkey in most texts.
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