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Dhumavati: She who removes all frustration or agitation


The Goddess Dhumavati, Mandi, 1725-50, Source-Navin Kumar Gallery


Bija Mantra


om dhum dhum dhumavati svaha


Om who removes all Frustration or Agitation, Who removes all Frustration or Agitation, I am one with God!

Gayatri Mantra


om dhumavatyai vidmahe vivarnayai dhimahi I

tanno devi pracodayat II


Om we meditate upon She who removes all Frustration or Agitation, contemplate She who is free from Disrepute. May that Goddess grant us increase.

Iconography


The goddess should be imagined in the following way. Her complexion is like the black clouds that form at the time of cosmic dissolution. Her face is very wrinkled, and her nose, eyes, and throat resemble a crow’s. She carries a broom, a winnowing fan, a torch, and a club. Her face has a venomous expression. She is very old, and she wears the plain clothes of a mendicant. She has disheveled hair, and her breasts are dry and withered. She is without mercy. She frowns. –Prapancasarasara samgraha


The post has been written by Rajeshwari Shah. Rajeshwari has a Masters in Art History and is interested deeply in Indian culture and religion with a special interest in Indian miniature paintings. She can be found on Instagram @rajeorchha




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