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The worship of the divine feminine in Gujarat, elucidated

The worship of a Mother Goddess isn't new in Indian culture. Gujarat has established itself as an important site for the worship of the Mother Goddesses. It is home to the three marvelous Shakti Peethas; the state also boasts various legendary religious symbols and architecture devoted to goddesses. Matru Devi is one of the Goddesses well-known in the sacred grounds of the state of Gujarat. Riches, Knowledge and Brute force have been linked intrinsically to the worship of a Mother Goddess. 


The Durga Saptashati


An important part of the sacred Markandeya Purana, The Devi Mahatmya or Devi Mahatmyam, also called the Durga Saptashati is a Goddess-centric Shaktism text that depicts the female divine entity as the all-powerful maker of the entire universe. 


The Devi in The Devi Mahatmyam is the beloved Goddess Durga who is the central Hindu Goddess figure of the victory of good over evil. Durga drives the powers of good against the evil presence Mahishasura — the goddess is exceptionally furious and savage, and the powers of good win. In serene prosperous times, the Devi appears as Lakshmi, promoting the values of creation and joy. The popularity of Goddess worship is high in several states of India- West Bengal, Bihar, Odisha and Assam, as well as Goa and Nepal. It is discussed during Navratri festivities, the Durga Puja celebration, and in Durga temples across India. The stanzas of this story likewise frame a philosophical establishment wherein a definitive reality (Brahman in Hinduism) can likewise be female. The text is one of the earliest surviving total compositions from the Hindu customs which depicts adoration and love of the female manifestation of God. The Devi Mahatmyam is much of the time positioned in a few Hindu customs to be essentially as significant as the Bhagavad Gita.The Devi Mahatmyam has been especially famous in eastern provinces of India, like Tulunadu, situated in Coastal Karnataka draws motivation from the Devi Mahatmyam for a few plays as Yakshagana that are directed all through the year at the greater part of Shakti temples to portray the heavenly powers of Devi to individuals of all ages since time immemorial. 


The outlining story of Devi Mahatmya presents an overthrown king, a vendor deceived by his family, and a sage whose lessons lead them both past existential misery. The sage educates by describing three distinct incredible clashes between the Devi and different evil foes. The three stories are represented by the three Tridevi, separately, Mahakali (Chapter 1), Mahalakshmi (Chapters 2-4), and Mahasaraswati (Chapters 5-13). The thirteen parts of Devi Māhātmya are separated into three charitas or episodes. Toward the start of every episode an alternate presiding goddess is conjured, none of whom is referenced in the actual text. Most popular is the narrative of Mahishasura Mardini - Devi as "Slayer of the Buffalo Demon '' - perhaps of the most omnipresent picture in Hindu craftsmanship, and a story known generally in India. Among the significant goddess shapes the Devi Mahatmyam brought into the Sanskritic standard are Kali and the Sapta-Matrika ("Seven Mothers' ').


FAQs


Q1. What are some of the benefits of Durga Saptashati?


By reciting one Mantra, you can free yourself from the suffering caused because of tension. The Mantra committed to the Katyayani type of Durga assists worshippers with achieving strength and fortitude in troublesome times.


Q2. How many chapters does Durga Saptashati have?


The text comprises 700 sections organised into 13 chapters.