The Devi Mahatmiyam is an esoteric Epic, a great spiritual occult text and a Mantra- Sastra. It is a part of the Markandeya Purana. The Devi Mahatmiyam signifies the march of the human soul to its destination. Three stages of transformation of the spiritual being of the aspiring sour are described in the three sections of the Devi Mahatmiyam through the anecdotes- Adi- Sakthi as Maha Kali awakening Maha Vishnu in order to destroy the original demonical forces. Madhu and Kaitabha, the same Shakthi manifesting as Maha Lakshmi and overcoming Mahishasura and Raktabija, and as Maha Saraswathi destroying Sumbha and Nisumbha. These three presiding forces are representative of the powers of the spirit within manifesting themselves in an upward ascent towards ultimate God realization, which is described in the Devi Mahatmiyam. Thus, the dance of the cosmic spirit, in its supernal effort at self transcendence, is majestically described in the beautifully worded sonorous songs of the Devi Mahatmiyam, where we are gien a stirring account, a stimulating description of what Maha Kali did, what Maha Lakshmi did and Maha Saraswathi did in bringing about this evolution and transformation.
The Devi Mahatmiyam is recited for averting calamities in life Catastrophies, tensions. When there is war threatening a country, for example, or pestilence of epidemic everywhere, or any internal tension or anxiety of any kind, the Devi Mahatmiyam is recited and it is a very potent remedy prescribed by seers of yore, not only for temporal terrestrial prosperity, but also for the glory of the hereafter, for illumination, for the destruction of ignorance and to be a fit recipient of the grace of the Almighty.
The chosen and the effective prayer portions of he Devi Mahatmiyam have be recited by Thanjavur. S. Radhakrishna Sastrigal, the hearing of which will fetch the desired divine fruit.