Goddess Renuka is worshipped as Yellamma in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu. She is also worshipped as Manchalamman in Mantralayam. Goddess Renuka is the incarnation of Mata Parvati and is our affectionate mother Goddess and her name and type of worship changes from place to place.
According to the Legends, Renuka was the wife of Sage Jamadagni, and since he had suspected her of infidelity, he asked Parashurama to remove her head. Lord Parashurama agreed to his father’s wish, and removed his mother head. And Lord Parashurama asked his father to give him a boon to bring back his mother. Thus Renuka, the mother of Lord Parashurama, was brought back to life.
Goddess Renuka is the Mother Goddess and gives courage, boldness, braveness and wisdom to her devotees. She also worshipped for curing diseases and for protecting the belongings of the people.
In Mahur, Maharashtra, a famous Renuka Mata Temple is situated. Lot of devotees from all parts of india would worship her during the festival of Vijayadashami.
Once, the king Sahasrarjun killed Renuka, in order to grab the Sacred Kamdhenu cow. When Lord Parshuram knew about it, he got very much angry with the king, and he immediately killed the king, and performed the last rites of his mother in Mahur under Lord Dattatreya's guidance. Due to the affection on his mother, she had given darshan to him in the Mahur mountain ranges and from then onwards she is protecting the entire world.
There are also other temples situated in Mahur like Rishi Jamadagni Temple, Lord Parshuram Temple and Kali Temple.
The three important temples: Renuka Mata Temple, Lord Dattatreya Temple and Anusaya Mata Temple are built on three mountain ranges. Mahur is surrounded by jungles and it is a best pilgrimage centre, which is surrounded with full of greenery and natural beauty.
It is believed that Renuka Mata head was removed by Lord Parasurama in this place. The temple is considered as one of the Shakti Peethas.
By worshipping Mata Renuka Devi, we would be relieved from our sins committed in our previous births, and will get more spiritual energy and her blessings will make us to lead a spiritual life. She can be worshipped by chanting her name “OM SREE RENUKA DEVIYE NAMAHA” along with chanting her son’s name “OM SREE PARASURAMARE NAMAHA”.
By reciting her various names and by chanting her slokas, we would get all the prosperity in our life. All of our health related problems will come to an end and we would have a blessed and a sin free life. Our holy mother will always be with us at our every moment of life. Let us try to visit her temples at least once in a year and be blessed.
“OM NAMAH SHIVAYA”
“OM SAKTHI PARASAKTHI”