Festivities of Womanhood 2

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{courtesy Google The Goddess Ambika Leading the Eight Mother Goddesses in Battle Against the Demon Raktabija, Folio from a Devimahatmya (Glory of the Goddess), early 18th century}

In mythology Goddess is shown to all pervasive. One just needs to click the mouse to know get the literal meaning of prayers to Goddess. Looking a little deeper one can understand that these hymns recite the power of women describing as an full bodied who is mother to all the creation in the world. The picture shows Goddess as all the forms of creatures where is she busy destroying the evil. Most of the religions show creator as man, perhaps showing male chauvinism deeply imbedded in our understanding. Have you ever seen a man or any male in animal kingdom giving birth. It is always the domain of woman. Yet we all love thinking Creator as man. Even in Hinduism Brahma is thought to be creator of this Universe. God is thought to be omnipresent and as man. Fear strikes we remember our mothers, their protective arms around us since our infancy to protect us from all that we were afraid of. Today mother Goddess is prayed upon as Shailaputri, Daughter of Mountains (specifically Himalayas).Image

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Dhyana Mantra Of Shailaputri:

VANDE VAANCHHIT LAABHAAYA CHANDRARDHA KRITA SHEKHARAAM,
VRISHAARUDHAAM SHULADHARAAM SHAILA- PUTRIM YASHASVINIIM

“I pay my obeisance to the DIVINE MOTHER SHAILA-PUTRI, who bestows upon the choicest boons to the devotees. The moon in the crescent form is adorned as the crown on Her forehead. She is mounted on the bullock. She holds a lance in her hand. She is Yashasvini -the CELEBRATED MOTHER DURGA.”

Here she is considered as Mother Nature and prayed to as the first incarnation of mother Goddess.

Whole of the Religious fervour for next nine days is regarding different form of Mother Goddess. All the prayers which are taken for Chandi Path and Devi Mahatmya is in praise of Mother’s different form. She is consider destroyer all evil who is always on your side whether you call her or not akin to our mothers who always stepped in to help us without ever asking for.In Hinduism three Gods are considered the ultimate. Brahma, The creator, Vishnu, the Protector and Shiva, the Destroyer. Mother Goddess is considered as the only one inn whom the power all the Three resides. According to Coburn, “Her adversaries represent the all-too-human impulses arising from the pursuit of power, possessions and pleasure, and from illusions of self-importance.”When we were still growing it was all that our mothers teaching us.

In western parts ( Gujarat, Maharashtra) of India Garba dance are organized during this period which is a dance form done to appease Mother Goddess. ‘Garba is performed in a circle as a symbol of the Hindu view of time. The rings of dancers revolve in cycles, as time in Hinduism is cyclical. As the cycle of time revolves, from birth, to life, to death and again to rebirth, the only thing that is constant is the Goddess, that one unmoving symbol in the midst of all of this unending and infinite movement. The dance symbolizes that God, represented in feminine form in this case, is the only thing that remains unchanging in a constantly changing universe’. ‘The Garbha Deep has another symbolic interpretation. The vessel itself is a symbol of the body, within whom Divinity (in the form of the Goddess) resides. Garba is danced around this symbol to honor the fact that all humans have the Divine energy of Devi within them.’

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So you will find this whole festivities are surrounding Mother Goddess, Women.

 

 

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