Bhuvaneshvari

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In Hinduism, Bhuvaneśwari (Sanskrit: भुवनेश्वरी) is the fourth of the ten Mahavidya goddesses and an aspect of Devi or Durga as elements of the physical cosmos, in giving shape to the creation of the World". The word Bhuvaneśwari is a compound of the words Bhuvana Iśwari, meaning "lord of the worlds" where the worlds are the tri-bhuvana or three regions of bhūḥ (earth), bhuvaḥ (atmosphere) and svaḥ (heavens).Parvati is Saguna Rūpa of Goddess Bhuvaneswari.

Bhuvaneshwari: The Queen of the Universe. Bhuvaneshwari means the Queen or ruler of the Universe. She is the Divine Mother as the Queen of all the worlds. All the Universe is her body and all beings are ornaments on her infinite being. She carries all the worlds as a flowering of her own Self-nature. She is thus related to Sundari and to Rajarajeshwari, the supreme Lady of the Universe. She is also known as Adi Shakti or Durga i.e. one of the earliest forms of shakti. She is capable of turning situations according to her wish. It is considered that even the navagrahas and Trimurti cannot stop her from doing anything.

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Devi Bhuvaneshvari at Parashakthi Temple in Pontiac, Michigan, USA
Bhuvaneshvari worshipped with other Mahavidyas in a Kali Puja pandal in Kolkata.

There are several temples dedicated to Bhuvaneshwari across India, however, the most important (Shakti Peetha) is located in Nainativu (Manipallavam) – off the shore of the Jaffna Peninsula in Northern Sri Lanka. Her consort is Lord Lingaraj, an incarnation of Shiva. She is worshipped as the patron goddess of Bhubaneswar and by Utkala Brahmins of Orissa. . Another temple dedicated to Bhuvaneshwari is located in Pudukkottai, Tamil Nadu. A small shrine is also dedicated to her inside Jagannath Temple, Puri and Devi Subhadra is worshipped as Bhuvaneshwari.The Samaleswari shrine and Cuttack Chandi Temple in Orissa too are dedicated to her. The Kamakhya Temple too houses Bhuvaneshwari Temple.In South India most of the Srividhya tradition upasaka worship her.In Kerala she is also popular among Shaktas In North America, Devi Bhuvaneshwari is worshipped at Parashakthi Temple in Pontiac, Michigan. Here the Goddess Vigraha is made with panchaloha – five auspicious metals with and energized by Dr. G Krishna Kumar using Yanthra Prana pratheeshta in November 2005.[1]

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Further reading[edit]

  • Tantric Yoga and the Wisdom Goddesses: David Frawley
  • Hindu Goddesses: Vision of the Divine Feminine in the Hindu Religious Traditions (ISBN 81-208-0379-5) by David Kinsley