Rati - The Goddess of Love and Desires
Rati is a Sanskrit word meaning pleasure and delight, and mostly the word is use in its sexual connotations. RatiRati
Rati is a Sanskrit word meaning pleasure and delight, and mostly... is thus the Goddess of love, passion, and union. She is the personification of the enjoyment and pleasure one attains during the art of love making. Her name is combined with many other words like Rati-bhoga (sexual enjoyment), Rati-yuddha (virile power), Rati-jna (skilled in the art of love), Rati-jnana (the art and science of love making), etc.
The Legend of Birth
Rati is one of the daughters of DakshaDaksha
Brahma, the creator of the universe, created Daksha from his right thumb... (one of the Prajapatis, a group of Hindu deities responsible for procreation and protection). It is believed that she was born from the sweat of Daksha. The Kama, the God of love, stuck his arrow to Daksha and he started lusting for Sandhaya (a daughter of BrahmaBrahma
According to Hinduism, the whole creation is the work of Trimurti (the Hindu Trinity)..., one of the Supreme Hindu Gods, also known as the Creator). A drop of sweat then fell from his body and thus rose a beautiful girl named Rati.
Rati and Kama
The Kama, with the help of his love arrows, spread the love, but he himself fell with the beautiful enchantress, Rati. She was Kama’s love, assistant, and companion. They both were married and given a task. A demon named Tarakasura He was a powerful demon who was fathered by Vajranaka. He was also known as Taraka and was always able to defeat Gods in wars. The heaven was almost on the verge of collapse. No one was able to stop him therefore all the Gods wanted Shiva to end him. Shiva was in extreme meditation and thus no one dared to disturb him. The Gods approached Kamadeva and him to create an untimely spring and break his mediation with the help of an arrow of lust. Ultimately it was Kartikeya who killed the demon as Shiva was extremely furious due to the act of Kamadeva.
was creating havoc in the universe and only a son of ShivaShiva
Shiva is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindu Trinity that ... (one of the Supreme Gods of Hindus, also known as The Destroyer) could kill him. After Shiva’s consort, SatiSati
The name Sati means true and justifying her name..., died, Shiva was only into meditation as he had taken to the ascetic ways of life. Gods wanted a son from Shiva to kill the demon, and thus they requested the Kama to ignite love in Shiva’s heart for ParvatiParvati
After the death of Shiva's first love Sati, Shiva... (the Goddess of fertility and devotion, also the incarnation of Sati).
The Kama was successful in completing the task but Shiva as soon as opened his eyes, Kama was turned into ashes. On the request of Rati, Parvati promised a resurrection of Kama but now as the son of KrishnaKrishna
It is described that there are three aspects of the Supreme that must... (The incarnation of Lord VishnuVishnu
Vishnu is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindus and is a part of Hindu Trinity,.., one of the Supreme Gods of Hindus, also known as the Preserver).
Mayavati and Pradyuman
Meanwhile, Rati was held hostage in a house of a demon named Sambara as the result of a curse on her. She was protected by Shiva thus no one could touch her. She started working as a house-maid under the identity of Mayavati. Praduyman was destined to kill Sambara and as soon as the demon heard the news he stole the son of Krishna and threw him in water. A fish swallowed the child and was later caught by fishermen who bought the fish in Sambara’s house. As soon as Mayavati cut the belly of the fish, she saw Pradyuman and started nurturing him.
As he grew, the maternal love turned into the love for a female companion, and he was guilt-ridden. He was then told the mystery behind his birth. He soon killed Sambara and took Rati/Mayavati as his wife. They both returned to Dwaraka, Praduyman’s home town.
Symbolically Rati and Kama represents the harmonious union between couples. She is a beautiful woman in perfect bliss with her husband. She is also considered as an inspiration, a Muse for many art forms like painting, dancing, poetry, etc. The couple is depicted riding a chariot drawn by parrots. Though she is known for beauty and sexuality, Rati is also at times depicted with a sword in her hand, riding horses. This represents that she is from the Kshatriya race (one of the caste of the Hindus, known as the warriors). Along with The Kama, she is worshiped as an auspicious Goddess and people pray to her to attain love and physical compatibility with their partners.