Kamala – The Beautiful Wisdom Goddess
Kamala, also popularly known as KamalatmikaKamalatmika
Kamalatmika or kamala is the tenth..., is the one of the Hindu goddesses of wisdom and is regarded as the tenth among the DashaMahavidyas It means “Ten Goddesses” or supreme powers of the world. The 10 Mahavidyas are Wisdom Goddesses, aspects of Parvati (Shakti), who represents a range of feminine divinity, from fearsome goddesses at one end, to the gentle at the other.– the ten supreme powers of the universe. The goddess is considered as the manifestation of Shakti and is the beautiful form of her. The name in Sanskrit translates to “She of the lotus”. The goddess is regarded as the first and foremost primal female power and represents the fact that the power and authority do not come only by association with the male deities.
Kamala is depicted as a beautiful young woman with a golden complexion seated on a lotus. She is portrayed wearing silk dress and adorned with sparkling gems and jewels, and wears a crown on her head. She has four hands and holds two lotuses in her which symbolize purity and fertility. She is sitting in a blessing posture, assuming the gestures of granting boons and giving assurance, and wears a smile on her face. She is accompanied by four elephants who are pouring jars of nectar on her.
One of the most famous legends associated with Kamala is the churning of the great ocean which was carried out to extract nectar from it. The nectar was called Amrit, The term ‘Amrit’ is used for the water or nectar of immortality. The word was used in Rigveda for the nectar which is drunk by Gods to gain immortality. It was one of the outcomes of samudra manthan. There was a curse on gods by Durvasa because of which they started becoming mortal and then they needed this drink for immortality. Later on the water which is given as prasadam to devotees in the temples is also called Amrit as it is believed to be blessed by Gods. It is the holy water which is sweet-tasting. It is consumed in the name of the God.
and was believed to provide immortality to whoever consumed it. During the time of SamudraManthan i.e., the churning of the great ocean, a snake was used as a rope for the churning process. The demons and the gods were churning the ocean by holding the ends of the snake. Both the parties were, in a way, involved in a tug of war to consume the nectar of immortality first. While the process was being carried out a number of divine celestial objects came out of the ocean. At the same time Kamala came out of it as well in her full power and beauty, covered with sparkling jewelry, gems and crown. That is why she is often regarded as the daughter of sea.
There are many Vedic texts and references which state that Kamala existed since the beginning of time and floated around the universe on her lotus even before the creation of the world. Others state that she was a part of the creation of the world and is the preserver of the universe.
Worship and Beliefs
Kamala is regarded as the ultimate extension of the divine nature and is believed to bring about all the beauty in the world. She provides not only material but also spiritual benefits. Diwali is one of the most important festivals associated with her. The goddess symbolizes prosperity and wealth, fertility and crops, and good luck. Being the goddess of wisdom, she is also believed to bless her most ardent devotees with the ultimate knowledge which is beyond the conception of a normal person. The goddess is believed to help her devotees and worshippers during their difficult financial and economic phases of life. Kamala is really pleased by benign acts of charity and kindness and those who are involved in evil deeds are supposed to face her wrath.