Mahadevi

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
For Hindi poet, see Mahadevi Varma.
Mahadevi
All Hindu Goddesses, Brahman
Durga Mahisasuramardini.JPG
Mahadevi in the form of Mahishasuramardini Durga
Devanagari महादेवी
Sanskrit Transliteration Mahādevī
Affiliation Devi, Brahman, Durga
Abode Varies by interpretation
Mantra Sarva mangala mangalye shive sarvaartha saadhike Sharanye trayambake Gauri Narayani namosthute
Weapon Lion or varies by iconographic form
Consort Shiva
Mount Varies by iconographic form

In Hinduism, Mahadevi (Sanskrit: Mahādevī, Devanagari: महादेवी) or "Great Goddess" is a term used to denote the Goddess or Devi that is the sum of all other Devis - an all encompassing Female Deity as the consort or complement to an all encompassing Male Deity (Deva) or the Ultimate Reality (Brahman) in Shaktism.

She is often identified with a specific Goddess, the most common being Durga or Adi Parashakti, Parvati, Kali or Mahakali. Adi Parashakti or Mahadevi, the Supreme power, is called Durga Shakti as per Devi-Mahatmya.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Seeking Mahadevi: Constructing the Identities of the Hindu Great Goddess (ISBN 0-791-45008-2) Edited by Tracy Pintchman
  • Encountering The Goddess: A Translation of the Devi-Mahatmya and a Study of Its Interpretation (ISBN 0-7914-0446-3) by Thomas B. Coburn
  • In Praise of The Goddess: The Devimahatmyam and Its Meaning (ISBN 0-89254-080-X) by Devadatta Kali
  • The Triumph of the Goddess: The Canonical Models and Theological Visions of the Devi-Bhagavata Purana (ISBN 0-7914-0363-7) by C. MacKenzie Brown
  • The Srimad Devi Bhagavatam (ISBN 8-1215-0591-7) translated by Swami Vijnanananda

External links[edit]