Brahmani

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Brahmani
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Brahmani depicted as feminine version of Brahma
Devanagari ब्रह्माणी
Sanskrit transliteration Brahmâṇī
Affiliation Devi, Matrika

Brahmani (Sanskrit: ब्रह्माणी, IAST: Brahmâṇī) or Brahmi (Sanskrit: ब्राह्मि, IAST: Brāhmī), is one of the seven Mother Goddesses called Matrikas.[1][2] and is considered as the Shakti of the creator god Brahma in Hinduism.

She is an aspect of Mahasaraswati or Adi Shakti, possessing the "Rajas Guna" and therefore is the source of Brahma's power. She is also worshipped as "Kuldevi Mata".[citation needed]

Iconography[edit]

She is depicted yellow in colour and with four heads. She may be depicted with four or six arms. Like Brahma, she holds a rosary or noose and kamandalu (water pot) or lotus stalk or a book or bell and is seated on a hamsa (identified with a swan or goose) as her vahana (mount or vehicle). She is also shown seated on a lotus with the hamsa on her banner. She wears various ornaments and is distinguished by her basket-shaped crown called karaṇḍa mukuṭa.

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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