The Hindu Goddess Durga is a unified symbol of all divine forces and is said to have manifested when evil forces threatened the very existence of the Gods. Goddess Durga, hence, rose to power and killed the dangerous demon Mahish and all his great commanders. The Demonic forces are self-destructive but very powerful while the Divine forces are constructive but slow and efficient. When the Demonic forces create imbalance, all the Gods unite to one Divine force called Shakti or Durga or Mahishasurmardini, to abolish all evil. The consort of Lord Shiva is depicted as having eight or ten hands. These represent eight quadrants or ten directions in Hinduism.
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The Devi Mahatmyam describes a storied battle between good and evil, where the Devi manifesting as goddess Durga leads the forces of good against the demon Mahishasura —the goddess is very angry and ruthless, and the forces of good win.
The Devi Mahatmya , states C. Mackenzie Brown, is both a culmination of centuries of Indian ideas about the divine feminine, as well as a foundation for the literature and spirituality focussed on the feminine transcendence in centuries that followed. One of the earliest evidence of reverence for the feminine aspect of God appears in chapter Hymns to goddesses are in the ancient Hindu epic Mahabharata , particularly in the later to CE added Harivamsa section of it.
Devi Mahatmya is a text extracted from Markandeya Purana , and constitutes the latter's chapters 81 through Thus, it can be concluded that the text was composed before the 7th century CE.
The Devi Mahatmya text is a devotional text, and its aim, states Thomas Coburn, is not to analyze divine forms or abstract ideas, but to praise. The text includes hymns to saguna manifest, incarnated form of the Goddess, as well as nirguna unmanifest, abstract form of her.
The saguna forms of her, asserts the text, are Mahakali destroyer, Tamasic , Mahalakshmi sustainer, Rajasic and Mahasaraswati creator, Sattvic ,  which as a collective are called Tridevi.
The nirguna concept Avyakrita , transcendent is also referred to as Maha-lakshmi. The Devi-Mahatmya is not the earliest literary fragment attesting to the existence of devotion to a goddess figure, but it is surely the earliest in which the object of worship is conceptualized as Goddess, with a capital G.
At the beginning of each episode a different presiding goddess is invoked, none of whom is mentioned in the text itself. The framing narrative of Devi Mahatmya presents a dispossessed king, a merchant betrayed by his family, and a sage whose teachings lead them both beyond existential suffering. The sage instructs by recounting three different epic battles between the Devi and various demonic adversaries the three tales being governed by the three Tridevi , respectively, Mahakali Chapter 1 , Mahalakshmi Chapters , and Mahasaraswati Chapters Most famous is the story of Mahishasura Mardini — Devi as "Slayer of the Buffalo Demon" — one of the most ubiquitous images in Hindu art and sculpture, and a tale known almost universally in India.
The first story of the Devi Mahatmya depicts Devi in her form as Mahakali. Here Devi is central and key to the creation; she is the power that induces Narayana 's deep slumber on the waters of the cosmic ocean prior to the manifestation of the Universe which is a continuous cycle of manifestation, destruction and re-manifestation.
Vishnu manifests from all pervading Narayan and goes into deep slumber on Adi Sesha. Two demons, Madhu-Kaitabh , arise as thoughtforms from Vishnu's sleeping body and endeavour to vanquish Brahma who is preparing to create the next cycle of the Universe. Brahma sings to the Great Goddess, asking her to withdraw from Vishnu so he may awaken and slay the demons.
Devi agrees to withdraw and Vishnu awakens and vanquishes the demons. Here Devi serves as the agent who allows the cosmic order to be restored.
The middle episode presents goddess Mahalakshmi in the avatar of Durga. She is a great Warrior Goddess, representing divine anger and the lethal energy against evil. The episode stages a world under attack by a form-shifting Mahishasura , an evil demon who uses deception to disarm his opponents, ultimately taking the form of a buffalo demon. He defeats the male gods individually, who fear total annihilation of the forces of good.
They team up, combine their individual strengths and channel it into endowed Durga. Riding a lion into battle, Durga captures and slays the buffalo demon, by cutting off its head. She then destroys the inner essence of the demon when it emerges from the buffalo's severed neck, thereby establishing order in the world.
In the theological practices of the goddess tradition of Hinduism, the middle episode is the most important. If a community or individual cannot recite the entire Devi Mahatmya composition, the middle episode alone is recited at a puja or festival.
The final episode depicts Devi in her form of Mahasaraswati. She is portrayed as arising from the cells or koshas of Devi Saraswati and hence she is named as Devi Kaushiki.
Kali may be understood to represent or "aspect" the darker, chthonic , transformative qualities of Devi's power or Shakti. Kali's emergence is chronicled in the third story of the Devi Mahatmya.
Kali,in the form of Chamunda emerges from Devi's eyebrows as a burst of psychic energy. Kali overpowers and beheads Chanda and Munda, and when she delivers their severed heads to Devi, she is dubbed Chamunda. During a fierce battle in which the Great Goddess demonstrates her omnipotence by defeating powerful demons who terrify the devas , she encounters the fierce Raktabija chapter 8.
Every drop of blood Raktabija sheds transforms into another demon as it touches the earth. A unique strategy has to be devised to vanquish him. A fiery burst of energy emerging from Devi's third eye takes the dark skeletal form of goddess Kali. With her huge mouth and enormous tongue she ferociously laps up Raktabija's blood, thus preventing the uprising of further demons. The story continues in which Devi, Kali and a group of Matrikas destroy the demonic brothers Sumbha chapter 10 and Nisumbha chapter 9.
In the final battle against Shumbha, Devi absorbs Kali and the matrikas and stands alone for the final battle. I resemble in form Brahman , from me emanates the world, which has the Spirit of Prakriti and Purusha , I am empty and not empty, I am delight and non-delight, I am knowledge and ignorance, I am Brahman and not Brahman. Devadatta Kali states that the three tales are "allegories of outer and inner experience".
Most hymns, states Thomas Coburn, present the Goddess's martial exploits, but these are "surpassed by verses of another genre, viz. According to Coburn "artistic evidence suggests that the angas have been associated with the text since the fourteenth century. There are two different traditions in the Anga parayana. One is the trayanga parayana Kavacha, Argala, Keelaka. The navanga format is followed in kerala and some other parts in South India.
The number and order of these depend on the Sampradaya tradition. At the end of a traditional recitation of the text, a prayer craving pardon from the Goddess known as Aparadha Kshmapana Stotram is recited. The Devi Mahatmya was considered significant among the Puranas by Indologists. This is indicated by the early dates when it was translated into European languages.
It was translated into English in , followed by an analysis with excerpts in French in It was translated into Latin in and Greek in Devi Mahatmya has been translated into most of the Indian languages. There are also a number of commentaries and ritual manuals. The commentaries and ritual manual followed vary from region to region depending on the tradition. It is in Devi Mahatmya , states C Mackenzie Brown, that "the various mythic, cultic and theological elements relating to diverse female divinities were brought together in what has been called the 'crystallization of the Goddess tradition.
Though it is part of the devotional tradition, it is in the rites of the Hindus that it plays an important role. The entire text is considered as one single Mantra and a collection of Mantras.
It has been approached, by Hindus and Western scholars, as scripture in and by itself, where its significance is intrinsic, not derived from its Puranic context. It is also chanted during special occasions like temple kumbabhishekam and as a general parihara. I am the Queen, the gatherer-up of treasures, most thoughtful, first of those who merit worship. Thus gods have established me in many places with many homes to enter and abide in. Through me alone all eat the food that feeds them, — each man who sees, breathes, hears the word outspoken.
They know it not, yet I reside in the essence of the Universe. Hear, one and all, the truth as I declare it. I, verily, myself announce and utter the word that gods and men alike shall welcome. I make the man I love exceeding mighty, make him nourished, a sage, and one who knows Brahman.
I bend the bow for Rudra [Shiva], that his arrow may strike, and slay the hater of devotion. I rouse and order battle for the people, I created Earth and Heaven and reside as their Inner Controller.
On the world's summit I bring forth sky the Father: my home is in the waters, in the ocean as Mother. Thence I pervade all existing creatures, as their Inner Supreme Self, and manifest them with my body.
I created all worlds at my will, without any higher being, and permeate and dwell within them. The eternal and infinite consciousness is I, it is my greatness dwelling in everything. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Scriptures and texts. Festivals and temples. The Goddess in Indian traditions The Devi-Mahatmya is not the earliest literary fragment attesting to the existence of devotion to a goddess figure, but it is surely the earliest in which the object of worship is conceptualized as Goddess, with a capital G.
Who is this Goddess? Encyclopedia of Hinduism. Infobase Publishing. Times of India. An Introduction to Hinduism. Cambridge University Press. Retrieved 21 October Oxford University Press. Hultzsch ed. Epigraphia Indica. Government of India. The Roots of Tantra. SUNY Press. Katherine Anne Harper, Robert L. Brown ed. State University of New York Press.
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The Devi Mahatmyam describes a storied battle between good and evil, where the Devi manifesting as goddess Durga leads the forces of good against the demon Mahishasura —the goddess is very angry and ruthless, and the forces of good win. The Devi Mahatmya , states C. Mackenzie Brown, is both a culmination of centuries of Indian ideas about the divine feminine, as well as a foundation for the literature and spirituality focussed on the feminine transcendence in centuries that followed. One of the earliest evidence of reverence for the feminine aspect of God appears in chapter Hymns to goddesses are in the ancient Hindu epic Mahabharata , particularly in the later to CE added Harivamsa section of it. Devi Mahatmya is a text extracted from Markandeya Purana , and constitutes the latter's chapters 81 through Thus, it can be concluded that the text was composed before the 7th century CE.
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