The Devi Mahatmya or Devi Mahatmyam or “The Glory of the Goddess” is a Hindu religious text describing the Goddess as the supreme power and creator of the universe. It is part of the Markandeya Purana. Devi Mahatmyam is also known as the “Durgā Saptashatī”. The text arranged into 13 chapters. It is one of the most important texts of Shaktism tradition within Hinduism.
The nine-day festival of Sharad Navratri 2020 started today and is being celebrated across the country with full fervour and enthusiasm. The Sharad Navratri 2020 will conclude on October 25 with Ram Navmi. The Sharad Navratri is dedicated to Goddess Durga, who killed the demon king Mahishasura. This gives us a lesson about victory over evil. However, evil may remain for some time, but is ultimately defeated by good. It is also a big lesson for us to live life. It teaches us that everything in this world is mortal, we should not be enamored of anyone. Just as in the Shrimad Bhagwat Gita, the emphasis is on “doings” itself, not on the desire for its fruit, because man’s downfall starts from where the desires begin to happen.
The Devi Mahatmya presents the story of a majestic king, a businessman who were betrayed by their family, and a saint whose teachings take them beyond existential misery. In this Mahatmya, nine different forms of Goddess Durga are worshiped. Today is the first day of Navratri and “Goddess Shailputri” is worshiped on this day.
“Goddess Shailputri” is the first manifestation of Goddess Durga. She holds a Trishul in one hand and a lotus in the other and rides a bull called Nandi. Goddess Parvati was born as the daughter of Himalaya and in Sanskrit, Shail means the mountain, thus she is known as Shailputri. Goddess Shailputri wears white clothes. Read More…