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The Great Goddesses
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MahaKaLi is one among the three Great Goddesses representing the Destruction aspect of Adya Shakti (Primordial Energy). She is responsible for the destruction/Laya of the cosmos. She personifies Time and Detachment/Inertia (Tamas). Her story appears in Devi Mahatmya portion of the Hindu Puranic text Markandeya Purana. When Lord Brahma, the creator of cosmos is threatened by demons Madhu and Kaitabha, he prays to Adhya Shakti, who appears (from Vishnu) as KaLi to save him.
I pray to MahaKaLi who is three eyed, ten faced and holds a scimitar, disk, mace, arrows, bow, lance, club, a skull and a conch shell in her ten hands, whose body is covered with ornaments whose countenance is that of blue diamonds, and to whom Brahma prayed for protection from the demons Madhu and Kaitava, when Vishnu was in Yoga Nidra.
MahaLakshmi is one among the three Great Goddesses representing "maintainance" aspect of Adhya Shakti (Primordial Energy). She is responsible for preservation and sustenance of the cosmos. She is personification of Sattva Guna/ Equillibrium. She denotes prosperity.
I pray to MahaLakshmi who killed demon Mahishasura, who is seated on lotus holding in her eighteen hands a rosary, garland, axe, mace, thunder-bolt, a lotus, bow, water-pot, baton, sword, shield, conch-shell, bell, chalice, lance, noose and sudarshan disk and having smiling countenence.
MahaSaraswati is one among the three Great Goddesses representing the "Creation" aspect of Adya Shakti (Primordial Energy). She is responsible for the creation of the cosmos. She is personification of "Rajas" (activity). She bestows wisdom,knowledge and perfection.
I pray to immensely beautiful MahaSaraswati whose face is as radiant as the full moon in a cloudless sky, who appeared from the body of Gouri and contains the three worlds, who holds bell, lance, plough, conch shell, club, disk, bow and arrows in her eight hands and destroys Shumba and other demons.
October 3rd, 2013
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