Devi Ma - My biggest Art Inspiration




Devi Ma - My biggest Art Inspiration


The ancient Indians, Greeks, Romans, Egyptians worshiped several female deities, including goddesses symbolizing fertility, wisdom, hunting, and the safety of the nation and its people. In many tribal religions and cultures, goddess worship forms a part within an overall cosmology that often depicts the earth as the mother goddess and the sky as the father god.

Both Hinduism and Buddhism have long traditions of goddess worship. In Hinduism, every deity is accompanied by a female counterpart, or goddess. These pairs include Parvati-Siva, Lakshmi-Vishnu, Sita-Rama and Radha-Krishna. Many temples are dedicated first to the goddess, who represents the merciful, loving side of the deity. In Buddhism, Tara and Guanyin are often seen as goddesses of compassion. Such deities are usually considered officially as secondary deities, though popular devotion seems to accord them a higher significance.

Devi  is the sanskrit root-word of Divine, its related masculine term is Deva. Devi is synonymous with Shakti, the female aspect of the divine. Goddess worship is an integral part of Hinduism.
Devi is, quintessentially, the core form of every Hindu Goddess. As the female manifestation of the supreme lord, she is also called Prakriti , as she balances out the male aspect of the divine addressed Purusha.

Devi or the divine feminine is an equal conterpart to the divine masculine, and hence manifests herself as the Trinity herself - the Creator (Durga or the Divine Mother), Preserver (Lakshmi, Parvati & Saraswati) and Destroyer (Mahishasura-Mardini, Kaalratri { kali })

As far as Hinduism is concerned, Devi Durga is one of the most popular goddesses, and her creation takes place in the context of a cosmic crisis. The asuras were on the ascent, and they had become a threat to cosmic stability. The male gods were unable to contain and subdue them. A number of male gods having failed to subdue the demons led by Mahishasura, assembled into a conclave and emitted their energies together which took the form of the warrior goddess, Durga, that is, the invincible.


Shri, commonly known as Devi Lakshmi and also called Shri Lakshmi, is one of the most popular and widely worshipped Devi in Hindu tradition since pre-Buddhist period. Her name is the basis for "Lady Luck (Lakshmi)" in Christian West and her form of rising from water is depicted as Venus. She has a considerable body of mythology and history. The earliest legend states that Shri is born as a result of austerities of Prajapati , and she represents ten qualities and objects, namely, food, royal power, universal sovereignty, knowledge, power, holy luster, kingdom, fortune, bounteousness, and beauty.
Shri appears in several Vedic hymns, and Shri is indicative of several positive attributes including beauty, glory, power, capability, and higher rank. In later Vedic literature, Shri signified the ruling power and the majesty of kings. Shri-Sukt, a hymn appended to the Rig veda, is a famous Vedic chant, extolling Shri, and presents a detailed account of her, both conceptually and visually. The hymn also associates her with Lotus and elephant – an association, which has not changed in subsequent history.


Devi Kaalratri { kali } is one of the most significant divinities, and many texts and contexts treat Kaalratri  as an independent deity, not directly associated with a male god. In case she is associated with a male god, it is invariably Shiva. In this aspect, she represents the omnipotent Shakti of Shiva. She holds both the creative and destructive power of time.
Devi Kaalratri ’s most famous appearance in battle contexts are found in the Devi Mahatmaya when during the battle with asuras, Durga becomes angry. Her face turns pitch dark, and suddenly Devi Kaalratri springs forth from Devi Durga’s forehead. She is black, wears a garland of human heads, is clothed in a tiger skin, and wields a staff topped by a human skull. She destroys the asuras. Later, Durga seeks her assistance once more to annihilate raktbija. Kaalratri ’s mythology recounts several such appearances, mostly in terrible aspects.



Devi Saraswati, is the goddess of speech and learning, and is the creator of sanskrit, the language of the vedas. She is the consort of brahma, the creator and member of the Hindu Trinity. She is equally revered by Hindus, jains and the buddhists. Her iconography depicts her association with art, science and culture, which is dramatically different from some other major goddesses who are identified with fertility, wealth, and battles. She is shown as having four arms, and the most common items held by her in her hands are a book, a vina (lute), a mala, and a water pot. The book signified art, science and learning; the vina associates her with music and performing arts; and the prayer beads and water pot signify her association with religious rites.

Wishing you all happy Navaratre .
 

Jai Devi Ma.

























- Rishabh Shukla
 
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  1. amazing...outstanding & superb collection ..jai mata rani ki

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  2. बहुत सुन्दर .......

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  3. I saw you a few months ago at Rave3 and had the whole [should-I-shouldn't-I aproach you 'debate. You were busy with someone , so I decided I'd leave you your personal space, and just gawked silently and told my boyfriend "OMG, it's Rishabh! he's like, famous!"

    one of ur fans

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