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Books on Hindu Goddesses

Adoration and worship of the Mother Goddess is a fundamental tenet of Hinduism. In fact, so widely prevalent is the idea of feminine divinity that the Devi Mahatmya, one of the most popular texts on the goddess, states that all women in this world are but manifestations of the goddess. On a philosophical level, the individual Hindu goddesses are perceived as 'Shaktis', or the divine energies, each responsible for a different function. For example, while Devi Lakshmi is responsible for abundance and prosperity, goddess Saraswati is the patron goddess of all arts and literature and goddess Kali is responsible for destruction.

Befittingly enough, there is a wide range of scriptures detailing the nature and attributes of the various Hindu goddesses, and an equal number of secondary studies based on these ancient texts.

The two major Hindu books describing the goddess are Durga Saptashati (also known as Devi Mahatmya), and the Devi Bhagavata Purana, both of which outline the concept of the goddess as Shakti, responsible for the creation, preservation and destruction of the world.

The famous Sri Suktam from the Rig Veda is one of the earliest eulogy to the goddess.

The most popular Indian goddesses are: Lakshmi, Saraswati, Durga, Kali, Parvati, Tara, Gayatri and also the river goddess Ganga.