Dhumavati - Fearsome Aspect of Devi
Dhumavati is a form of Shakti who is associated with everything unpleasant and inauspicious. She is a widow who is ugly and old. Feelings of loneliness, strife, suffering, decay, disorder, chaos and misfortune is associated with her. She is also considered as the goddess of poverty, misery and disease. That is why people pray to her in either naked state or in a state of loneliness offered by places like cremation grounds or forests.
Dhumavati means one who emerges from smoke or ‘the smoky one’. Another of her name is ‘Alakshmi’ meaning one who is without wealth, grace, charm or radiance. She wears dirty clothes and has messy and unkempt hair. She is a two armed goddess who uses one hand to bestow boons and other hand trembles because of her age.
Though she is considered unlucky and ugly, she represents everything in the world that is not beautiful exteriorly. She encourages to look beyond the superficial beauty and accept everything with open hands. Her looks might not be charming but she is considered to be one of the most tender-hearted goddess who accepts the wishes of her devotees and presents them with numerous boons. She presents herself in the void, either before the creation of after the dissolution. She either rides a horseless chariot or a crow. Her mouth symbolizes darkness, dark forces and black magic. Hence she is worshipped majorly by Tantriks. They are the people who follow a particular style of mediation called Tantra in which science of cosmic principles and science of mystic sound and vibrations are studied
As she is a widow, she is a form of ParvatiParvati
After the death of Shiva's first love Sati, Shiva... but without her consort, Shiva. She is known for her insatiable hunger because of which she even consumed her husband. It is believed that once DhumavatiDhumavati
Dhumavati is a form of Shakti who is associated with everything unpleasant and inauspicious. She is a widow who is ugly and old... was hungry and asked ShivaShiva
Shiva is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindu Trinity that ... to provide her with food. No matter what was presented in front of her, she was still hungry. She finally consumed Shiva who is the universe in himself. After consuming him, she was left with nothing. Shiva asked her to disgorge him and as soon as she accepted the request, she was cursed by him to forever assume the form of a desolate, fearsome and eternal widow.
According to another legend, she was born out of the same fire in which SatiSati
The name Sati means true and justifying her name... gave up her life after feeling disrespect and humiliation from her father. As Sati jumped into the fire, Dhumavati arose from the smoke, hence her name. Some also believe that she was created by Durga to fight against demons. As she had the ability to emerge from the smoke, she could easily dissuade her enemies by creating a stinging smoke and killed them as they were no more focused and oriented.
Dhumavati is also associated with tamas gun which creates thirst of body, lust and greed. It also suggests ignorance but Dhumavati teaches her devotees to work beyond such physical needs and gain intellect and spiritual powers to realize the inner truth and the true meaning of life and being.
Benefits of Praying to Dhumavati
The major reason to worship Dhumavati is to get rid of one’s foes. She is also prayed to earn relief from diseases, poverty and unfavorable conditions. People chant Dhumavati’s 108 names to gain favors from her like success in professional life, spiritual upliftment and protection from all kinds of negative and harmful energies which can affect happiness, order, harmony and peace of mind. Worshipping her helps one attain complete awareness and enlightenment. It requires immense physical and mental energy. She also removes the negative effects one might experience due to a bad horoscope.
The major Mantra A group of sacred words chanted in order to gain something, be it materialistic pleasures or peaceful mindwhich can be chanted by devotees to gain relief from all troubles is
"Om Dhum Dhum Dhumavati Devyai Svaha"