The name of Devi Bhuvaneshvari translates to one who is ishvara (especial, presiding entity) over all of bhuvana (paraloka). She is a Mahavidya, of which there are ten. The Dasmahavidyas are the ten aspects into which the single, omnipotent Devi Parvati is resolved; and of which Devi Bhuvaneshvari is one. The painting that you see on this page depicts Her as a fecund youth, replete with an aura of great beauty and calm. On a rug of red and gold booties She sits, each of Her four arms (She is chaturbhujadhari, the one possessed of four arms) bearing an implement of dharmic significance.
The wife of Lord Trayambaka is clad in a deep scarlet-coloured saree. The peet-coloured (amber-coloured) blouse that She wears serves to reveal rather than conceal the feminine, life-giving proportions of Her torso. Over a head of gorgeous black hair is lain over the gold-bordered endpiece of Her saree. Her face framed by hoops of gold, She gazes ahead with wisdom and compassion writ large on Her face.