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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.


FAQs


Why are goddesses important in Hinduism?

 

Goddess is the supreme in the Shakta tradition of Hinduism. In the Smarta tradition, she is one of the five primary forms of Brahman. In other traditions, Devi embodies the active energy and power of Deva.

 

Many major goddesses are associated with magic, war, strategy, hunting, wisdom, fate, earth, sky, power, laws, justice, etc. Some themes, such as discord or disease, which are considered negative within their cultural contexts, also are found associated with some goddesses.

 

In some places they are associated with ancestor worship, death, and the afterlife; in others, they are related to the emergence of agriculture and the fertility of crops.


Who is the angriest goddess in Hinduism?

 

The anger that we see on the faces of the Goddesses is towards a particular behavior at that time and cools themselves thereafter. Once the sole purpose of upliftment of devotees is done, the anger vanishes.

 

Goddess Kali, one of the most worshiped deities in Hinduism, is known as the most powerful and destructive deity who was created by the Goddess Durga to destroy demons. Whenever she gets angry due to the evil activities of people, she wreaks havoc. She is regarded as the mother of death, time, and doomsday. She is known for her eternal love and motherly behavior as well.


Who is the biggest goddess in Hindu?

 

The goddess of power, energy, and force driving this universe- Sri rajarajeshwari lalita mahatripurasundari (Adi Parashakti) is the most powerful and only god in Hinduism. She is Power itself. All power is her. Her names and forms are innumerable. Parvathi, Bhairavi, Durga, Maya, Mahakali, Lalitha Tripura Sundari.


She is the mother of all the devas and everyone. She is the ruler of the whole mahidevran. She is the primordial goddess of tantra. Ten (10) avatars of Vishnu are derived from the toenails of Sri mata. She is the most powerful and also known as Sarva mantras swaroopini means every mantra of every god is the mantra of the divine mother.


Who is the most loving goddess in Hinduism?

 

Adiparashakti is the supreme mother goddess of the Universe and has all qualities of a mother- the Hindu goddess Parvati (Durga). Her soft and gentle touch represents the warmth of motherhood. Her love is overwhelming and all-encompassing. She takes new forms when her emotions overtake her, and she displays the full range of what women can do in society.

 

She possesses all the qualities of Beauty (Soundarya Lahari), Divine power, Divine Love, Devotion, Divine Marriage, Divine Children, Brahmavidya, and family. Other popular forms Parvati takes include Kamakshi, a love goddess, and Annapurna, the goddess of abundance. Parvati is everywhere at once—an omnipresent mother watching over her children.