Bhuvaneshvari

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Bhuvaneshvari
Devi Bhuvaneswari at Parashakthi Temple.jpg
Devanagari भुवनेश्वरी
Sanskrit transliteration Bhuvaneśvarī
Affiliation Durga, Chandika, Jagdamba, Adi Parashakti
Planet Manidwip, Tribhuvan
Mantra "Om", "Om Hrim Ambikaye Namaha"
Weapon Khadga, Sword

Bhuvaneshwari (Sanskrit: भुवनेश्वरी, IAST: Bhuvaneśvarī) is the fourth amongst 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.

She is the Divine Mother as the Queen of all Worlds. The entire Universe is said to be her body and all beings are ornaments of 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.[citation needed]

Etymology[edit]

The word Bhuvaneśwari is a compound of the words Bhuvana Iśwari, meaning "Goddess of the worlds" or "Queen of the universe" where the worlds are the tri-bhuvana or three regions of bhūḥ (earth), bhuvaḥ (atmosphere) and svaḥ (heavens).

Temples[edit]

Bhuvaneshvari. Consort - Shiva
Bhuvaneshvari worshipped with other Mahavidyas in a Kali Puja pandal in Kolkata.

There are several temples dedicated to Bhuvaneshwari across India. In South India most of the Srividhya tradition upasaka worship her. In Kerala she is also popular among Shaktas.

A powerful temple of Bhuvaneshwari Amma is situated in choorakkodu, Adoor near Vellakulangara.

In Northern India, Mathura the city of Krishna also has a centuries-old "Bhuvneshwari MahaVidhya" temple just opposite to Krishna Janmbhoomi.

One more devi Temple in Maharashtra, Shri shetra Audumber, sangli district.

In North America, Devi Bhuvaneshwari is worshipped at Parashakthi Temple in Pontiac, Michigan.[2]

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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