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Brahmani depicted as feminine version of Brahma
AffiliationAvatar of Adi Parashakti, (Durga), Parvati, Shakti, Devi, Matrika, and also Warrior Sarasvati
AbodeKailash, Brahmaloka

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

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


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 , bells , vedas and trident 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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  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