Philosophical discussions dating back to the Rig Veda considered the universe as the consequence of the intermingling between the male rule (Purusha), the wellspring of generative power but peaceful, and a female rule that came to be known as Prakriti, a functioning rule that symbolizes reality, or power (shakti), at work on the planet. This female power from a philosophical perspective rests in the unity of the male, yet from a commonsense perspective, the female power is highly significant in the world. The divine is often represented by the female power in Hinduism.
Shakti alludes to the representations of this female energy, in the form of goddesses. A few goddesses epitomize the disastrous parts of shakti, like demise, degeneration, and disease, while different goddesses encapsulate the imaginative and favorable powers of shakti, like nature, music, workmanship, dance, fertility, and happiness. Shakti might be represented as the delicate and kind Uma, an associate of Shiva, or Kali, the unnerving power obliterating malevolence, or Durga, the hero who overcomes powers that undermine the stability of the universe. As Hinduism was created, Vedic goddesses came to the front. Lakshmi and Saraswati, for example, turned into the consorts of Vishnu. Different goddesses, who might have been worshipped individually beyond the Vedic custom, continuously showed up as strong divinities, most unmistakably, Devi, who represents female power. In the Ramayana, for instance, female characters are extremely popular among Hindus, and the obedient Sita, who opposes the advances of obscene Ravana, is a beloved figure in Hinduism. Some of the well-known Hindu Goddesses are-
Lakshmi is the goddess of riches and liberality. She is also the goddess of favourable luck. The Goddess is addressed as a delightful brilliant lady with four arms. She is typically shown sitting on a lotus. The wife of the great Lord Vishnu is surrounded by 2 elephants with garlands in their trunks, who shower her with water.
Parvati is another avatar of Devi. In Hindu folklore, she is the resurrection of Shiva's most memorable wife Sati, who committed suicide on account of an insult to her husband, Lord Shiva. Goddess Parvati was destined to draw the grieving Shiva into another marriage, subsequently removing him from the ascetic life, into the more dynamic domain of husband and father. Goddess Parvati is depicted as an ideal harmony between virtue and sensual nature.
Goddess Yamuna represents the great River Yamuna. Goddess Yamuna is spoken about in the Rig Veda, the Atharvaveda, and Brahmanas like Aitareya Brahmana and Shatapatha Brahmana. It is said that she descended from the sky to purify Mother Earth. From the sky, she flows down on Kalinda mountain in the Himalayas, thus she is also called Kalinda. A holy dunk in her blessed waters destroys the fear of death.
Q1. Where should a true devotee place the stone statues of Hindu Goddesses in their home?
The stone statues of Hindu Goddesses ought to be kept in the east and the west of the home altar. It should not be placed towards the north and south. A true devotee should always face either east or west.
Q2. Who is the most powerful Goddess in Hindu culture?
Durga is perhaps the most impressive goddess in Hinduism. Hindu sacred texts say that Durga came to kill the asuras, the devils. Male divine beings had not been able to control asuras and thus she was built by all the male Gods. She has the abilities of the multitude of male divine beings. She is adored as one of the prime aspects of the mother goddess Devi and is one of the most well-known and broadly respected among Indian divinities. She is related to assurance, strength, parenthood, obliteration, and wars.
Email a Friend