Lalitha – The Beautiful Slayer of the Demons
Lalitha, also popularly known as Shodashi, is a Hindu goddess. The name “Lalitha” in Sanskrit translates to “she who plays”. She is believed to be one 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. And as such she is believed to be a form of Parvatiand, in turn, AdiParashakti herself. She is considered to possess unparalleled beauty and wisdom. LalithaLalitha
Lalitha, also popularly known as Shodashi, is a Hindu goddess. The name “Lalitha” in Sanskrit translates to “she who plays”. is regarded as one of the most important goddesses all over the world.
Lalitha is usually depicted as a very beautiful young woman with long and thick black hair scented with Punnaga, Champaka and Ashoka flowers. She is portrayed to have a tilak of musk on her forehead. She has beautiful fish like eyes and extraordinarily attractive eye lids. She is clad in a beautiful silk Sari A type of an Indian dressand is adorned with fine gems, jewels and ornaments and a string of red bells. She wears earrings and nose stud which shine more than the stars of the universe and cheeks which are as shiny and beautiful like a mirror. She has perfect white teeth and a golden complexion. She holds a pot of honey in one hand and blesses her devotees with the other. She is generally shown seated on a lotus. in her other form she is depicted to hold various weapons like sword, axe, mace, trident, bow and arrows etc. in her hands and protect her devotees and worshippers from the demons.
One of the most famous legends of Lalitha is associated with the demon Bhandasura. It is believed that once upon a time Ganeshawas getting very bored and had nothing to do. Out of boredom he started wandering here and there aimlessly and went into a cave. There he saw ashes of KamadevaKamadeva
Kamadeva is regarded as the Hindu god of love and desire. The name Kamadeva is a conjugation of two Sanskrit words “Kama” and “Deva”. “Kama” means “desire” and “Deva” means “God”. who was incinerated by Shiva. With the ashes GaneshaGanesha
The guardian deity of Hindus, also known as the Ganapati (The God of all groups) is the son of Lord Shiva ... created a demon like figure and gave life to it. From the ashes a demon named Bhandasura He was a demon who came into existence through the ashes of Kamdeva. The Love God was killed by Shiva and he cease to exist as soon as Shiva transformed him into ashes. From these ashes, a new being was born who was later killed by the Goddess Ambika. The ashes were brought into life by Ganesha who started playing with those ashes, made a demon and put life into it. When he came into existence, he behaved as a friend of Ganesha but later on, he was filled with so much of hatred and rage that he started creating havoc and inflicting atrocities.
was created who had the complexion of ashes. Both Ganesha and Bhandasura became friends and played games together for a long time. But after a while Bhandasura became bored and decided to do some mischievous activities. Soon he started creating serious problems for many people including Shiva’s men and turned many mountains into ashes. Upon this NandiNandi
Nandi is one of the most iconic and famous characters of Hindu mythology. He is the vehicle of Shiva and also the gatekeeper of the abode of Shiva and Parvati. and Ganesha tried to stop Bhandasura but in vain. He continued his acts of mischief for a while until he was encountered by Parvati. ParvatiParvati
After the death of Shiva's first love Sati, Shiva... was infuriated by his actions and threatened to destroy him. She warned him to leave Mount Kailasha immediately. Ganesha then intervened and told Parvati the whole story and tried to calm her down. He pleaded to her not to kill his friend. But Bhandasura started mocking her and this enraged Parvati even more. Ganesha then warns him not to mock and insult his mother. ShivaShiva
Shiva is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindu Trinity that ... also came there and warned Bhandasura that he will not be protected by anyone even if he is Ganesha’s friend. Eventually, Bhandasura ran away from there and went to the Himalayas.
Sitting alone in the Himalayas, Bhandasura recalled the threats, insults and censures he had to face while he was at Mount Kailasha. One day, Ganesha came there to visit his friend and greets him. Bhandasura became very angry on seeing Ganesha and berated him. Upon this Ganesha told him about the whole story regarding Bhandasura’s birth as well as how he was born from the ashes of Kamadeva who, in turn, was incinerated by his father Shiva. Ganesha then told him that he was ready to forget everything and start their friendship afresh. Bhandasura rejected Ganesha’s friendship and told him to leave. Bhandasura then went to Mount Kailasha again and confronted Ganesha and Nandi. Parvati saw him there and warned him to leave at once or face his death. Bhandasura mocked Parvati again and told her that he would become the most powerful demon of the world. He then started creating serious troubles for the Devas. Bhandasura then attacked Nandi Nandi is the mount of Lord Shiva. It is a bull which guards the Shiva and his devoteesand this was the final line which he crossed to anger Parvati. The Devas also prayed to Parvati to help them and kill Bhandasura. Parvati then created a form of Shakti named Lalitha possessing great beauty and vigor. She held many weapons in her hands and Lalitha impaled Bhandasura with her trident and killed the demon. That is why, she is also known as “BhandasuraSangharini” which literally means “the slayer of Bhandasura”
Worship, Beliefs and Significance
There are many temples of Lalitha all over India and devotees and worshippers offer prayers to the goddess with full devotion and purity. One of the most important pieces of religious texts and scriptures dedicated to Lalitha is LalithaSahasranama which contains the thousand names of the goddess. The names and presented in the form of hymns. Lalitha symbolizes power, protection, prosperity and the notion of creation that is Shakti.