Brahmani

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For Baloch tribe, see Brahmani (tribe).
Brahmani representation during the Bhairab Naach festival.

In Hinduism, Brahmani (also known as Brahmi and Brahmayi) is a kind and benevolent aspect of Devi, the Divine mother. Brahmani is associated with the Hindu creator god, Brahma as His Shakti (power). She is one of the seven Mother Goddesses called Matrikas.[1][2]

The Goddess Ambika (here identified with: Durga or Chandi) Leading the Eight Matrikas in Battle Against the Demon Raktabija, Folio from a Devi Mahatmya – (top row, from the left) Narashmi, Vaishnavi, Kumari, Maheshvari, Brahmani. (bottom row, from left) Varahi, Aindri and Chamunda or Kali, Ambika. on the right, demons arising from Raktabija's blood

As Kuldevi[edit]

She is an aspect of such MahaSaraswati. An aspect of Adi Shakti, possessing the Rajasi Guna and hence is the source of Brahma's power.

The Karaniya [ [Leva patel] ] of Vagad - Kutch & A Village Named Kalyana Near Siddhpur a Town of Gujarat, also worship her as Kuldevi ma.

Brhamin of Bharadwaj Gotra

Many Kshatriya clans consider Her to be their Kuldevi.[3]

The Sisodiya & Dodiya Rajput also worship her as Kuldevi and Ishtadevata.[4]

The Rangani Leuva Patels also worship her as Kuldevi ma.[4]

The Nadar ( kshatriya )of Tamil Nadu are also workship as Kuldevi

The Aamaraniya Nagda Doshi worship her as their Kuldevi and have constructed a beautiful Jaagrut temple at Nana Jadeshwar near Wankaner Gujarat. Godara clan of Jat worship Brahmani Mata as Kuldevi. They are belong to Hanumangarh district of Rajasthan.

Some famous Brahmani temples in India[edit]

  • Brahmani Mataji mandir at Vill. KALYANA Ta: PATAN Dist: Mehsana (Gujarat)
  • Brahmani Mataji Temple at Baran in Rajasthan.[5]
  • Brahmani Mataji Temple at Pallu near Hanumangarh, Rajasthan.[6]
  • Brahmani Mata Temple at Village Brahmani, Hanumanganj, near Ballia in Uttar Pradesh.[7]
  • Brahmani Mata Temple at Bharmour near Chamba, Himachal Pradesh.[8]
  • Brahmani Mata Temple at Dingucha near Kalol, Gandhinagar district, Gujarat.[4]
  • Brahmani Mataji Temple at Nana Jadeshwar near Wankaner, Gujarat.
  • The Anjana Chaudhary, Patels also worship her as Kuldevi
  • Goroda Brahmin (Rajasthan) clan of jat also worship her as Kuldevi
  • Brahmani Mataji Temple at Village sewari District: Pali (Rajasthan)
  • Brahmani Mataji mandir at Vill. KAMLI Ta: Unjha Dist: Mehsana (Gujarat)
  • Brahmani Mataji Temple at Shedhavi Near Nandasan Dist : Mehsana.
  • Brahmani Mataji Temple at Village-Sarangvas, Tal. Bali, Dist. Pali In Rajasthan

Other uses of word Brahmani[edit]

Brahmani is also a general term used to address Ambalavasi women of Kerala.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dictionary of Hindu Lore and Legend (ISBN 0-500-51088-1) by Anna Dallapiccola
  2. ^ Hindu Goddesses: Vision of the Divine Feminine in the Hindu Religious Traditions (ISBN 81-208-0379-5) by David Kinsley
  3. ^ Raja Pawan Jethwa Shree Kutch Gurjar Kshatriya Samaj: a brief history & glory of our fore-fathers, Section "Clans and surnames of Kutch Gurjar Kshatriya Samaj : Names of their Kuldevi: location of temple", Calcutta (2007). p. 112.
  4. ^ a b c Brahmani Mataji Temple at Dinghucha. Brahamanimataji.org. Retrieved on 2012-04-02.
  5. ^ The Brhamani Mataji Temple, Baran. India9.com (2005-06-07). Retrieved on 2012-04-02.
  6. ^ Hanumangarh, Brhamani Temple. Mustseeindia.com. Retrieved on 2012-04-02.
  7. ^ Story of Brahmani Mata Temple at Ballia, video. Youtube.com (2010-07-04). Retrieved on 2012-04-02.
  8. ^ Brahmani Mata, a small, modest temple in a small cluster of buildings, with a tea stall and a pool with freezing cold water where devout pilgrims bathe at Bharmour. Elevenshadows.com. Retrieved on 2012-04-02.