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Hinduism - Who Is Mahalakshmi In The Hindu Pantheon?


The three portions of the Devimahatmya, the oldest and most significant source for Goddess mythology, depict the goddess in three different manifestations: Mahasaraswati, Mahalakshmi, and Mahakali.

Mahalakshmi is a fierce warrior goddess, the prime heavenly force on the planet, unlike the goddess Lakshmi, who is a tranquil and propitious wedded goddess.

She is created from all of the gods' collected brilliance (tejas) in order to destroy Mahishasura, a demon that the gods had been unable to defeat.

In the Devimahatmya, her climactic deed is to slay Mahishasura, despite his frantic efforts to overcome and then evade her.

See David R. Kinsley's Hindu Deities, 1986, for further information about Mahalakshmi and all the Hindu goddesses.


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Hinduism - Who IS Mahakali In The Hindu Pantheon?

 

The three portions of the Devimahatmya, the oldest and most significant source for Goddess mythology, depict the goddess in three distinct manifestations: Mahasaraswati, Mahalakshmi, and Mahakali.

Although all of these manifestations are highly strong, Mahakali is the most savage of them all.

She is claimed to have appeared from the Goddess's forehead as a tangible representation of the deity's fury after being insulted by the demon generals Chanda and Munda, who questioned her combat abilities since she was a woman.

Mahakali is described as being dark, lean, and decrepit, with long fangs and claws, and uttering terrifying howls.

The demon armies are defeated by her taking them up and shoving them into her mouth, where they are consumed whole.

She subsequently cuts off the heads of Chanda and Munda to kill them.

Raktabija, her ultimate foe, has been granted the ability to convert each drop of his blood that falls to the ground into a replica of himself, making him almost unconquerable.

This monster is defeated by Kali, who drinks his blood as it is spilt until it is fully gone.

See David R. Kinsley's Hindu Deities, 1986, and John Stratton Hawley and Donna Wullf's Devi, 1996, for further information about Mahakali and all the Hindu goddesses.


You may also want to read more about Hinduism here.

Be sure to check out my writings on religion here.