Sunday, June 17, 2012

The Vedic Aspect of Devi - Devya-Atharv-Sheersh

           Namami Twam Maha Devim, Maha Bhaya Vinashinim |
           Maha Durg Prashmanim, Maha Karaunyaa Roopinim   ||

The Vedic praise to Devi , known as DevyaAtharvSheersh is recited on the ocasion of Vedic Praan pratistha of Devi Idols and yantras.
The formless and Omnipresent form of Devi has been very well described in this text. 
I would quote a small portion of it here. The Sanskrit text is somewhat like this:

Yasya Swaroopam Bhramaadyo Naa Jaananti, Tasmaad Uchyate Agyeyaa |
Yasya Anto Naa Labhayte, Tasmaad Uchyate Anantaa ||
Yasya Lakshyam Naa Uplakshyate, Tasmaad Uchyate Alakshyaa |
Yasya Jananam Naa Uplabhyate, Tasmaad Uchyate Ajaa ||                                      
Ekev Sarvatr Vartate, Tasmaad Uchyate Ekaa |
Ekev Vishwaroopini, Tasmaad Uchyate Nekaa ||
Atah, Evochyate Agyeyaa, Anantaa, Alakshyaa, Ajaa, Ekaa, Neketi ||


Even the Gods like Bhrama etc also do not understand her form, So she is called Agyeya;
She is the one whose End can not be reached, So she is called Anantaa;
Her motive is not known, so she is known as Alakshyaa;
Her birth is not known, therefore she is called as Ajaa;
She alone exists everywhere, so the Vedas call her Ekaa;
She alone is seen in the form of this whole world, so she is called Neka.


  1. But Vedas & Upanishads clearly says that say that Vishnu/Krishna is the Supreme God.

    Devi is one of the energy of Lord Krishna.

  2. I have not studied the Vedas and Upnishads. But yes the extract above is a Vedic Abstract indeed.

    I have studied Devi Bhagwavt Puran and it says both.
    It says in its Devi Geeta Part that Devi is the Supreme of all
    and the other part of the same Puran says that Krishna is the Supreme.
    It even considers Vishnu to be a part of Krishna, opposite to the common belief that Krishna is an Avtar of Vishnu.

    Basically the reading of scriptures tell me that, Purans etc talk about different deities to be the Supreme. If you read Aditya Hridya Stotra, it says that Sun god is Shiva, Vishnu, asht vasu etc etc. It talks about the supremacy of Sun.

    The Geeta Saar of all this is that, there is One Supreme Being which manifests itself in uncountable forms. Our Puranas talk about the supremacy of the 5 Panch maha Devtas: Ganapati, Surya, Shiva , vishnu and Devi.

    The reason behind this is to establish firm Faith in the Isht Devta of the person

    In Devi Geeta, Devi says that, I am the formless aspect, I am neither a female nor a male nor an Eunuch. I do not have any form, yet for to create, maintain and destroy the Universe I take up many forms. All forms are In me and I am in all forms. Do not differentiate.

    So You can treat your Favorite deity as the Supreme Entity and along with that always respect the other forms of God.

    The key is Faith not the form

    --- Paritosh Bhalla