The daughters of Lord Shiva

We all know that lord Shiva had three sons: Ganesha, Kartikey and ayyappa but very few people might know that he had three daughters too. The name of three daughters are: Ashoksundari, Manasa and Jyoti.

1. The story of Ashoksundari
Ashoksundari is the first daughter of lord Shiva, She was created by Goddess Parvati. In Padma puran there is brief story about her. The religious stories suggest that Goddess Parvati created to reduce her loneliness. Parvati named her Ashoksundari because she let Parvati get rid of her sorrow 'Shok' and she was extremely beautiful 'Sundari'. She is worshipped mainly in Gujarat and not much has been known about her except the famous story that she was present at the time when Shiva beheaded Ganesha.

The story says that at that time she hid behind a sack of salt in fear. From the Ashoksundari has been associated with salt which symbolises the eternal taste of life and without which the life is unsavoury.

2. Shiva's second daughter Goddess Jyoti
The second daughter of Lord Shiva is Jyoti. Her name literally means light and she is popular as the Hindu goddess of light. There are two different myths about her birth. The first suggests that lord Shiva daughter Jyoti emerged from tha halo of her father and she is a physical manifestation of Shiva's grace but the second myth says that she has taken birth from a spark that emerges from the forehead of Goddess Parvati.

Jyoti is also known as Goddess jwalamukhi and worshipped in many temples in Tamil Nadu. She is also worshipped as the goddess rayaki who is associated with the Vedic Raka in some parts of India.

3. The story of manasa 
Manasa's story is intriguing of them all. She was born when Shiva's semen touched a statue carved by the mother of snakes, Kadru. Manasa is indeed Shiva's daughter but she is not Goddess Parvati 
's child. Manasa Devi is the Goddess who cure snakes bites. 

The mythological stories suggest that Manasa has a bad temper because she faced rejection from her father, her husband and her step mother Parvati. She also hates Goddess Parvati for never accepting her as a daughter. 
She is also worshipped for protection from snake bites and infectious diseases like smallpox and chicken pox. 

Where these three don't have much mention in our religious stories and sculptures, there are enough evidence that all three of them are apparently real.  


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