Some years back when we were at Mumbai, like all tourists we too visited Gateway of India, Siddhivinayak Mandir, Haji Ali ki dargah, Chattrapati shivaji Terminus, Eros Theatre, Churchgate station, Colaba, Mumbai Devi Mandir, Marine drive, Shani Dev mandir and Escon temple. However, as you know we are more of a heritage traveller than a tourist and so yet another heritage adventure trip called us to the Elephanta Caves.
Sapt Matrika or Seven divine mothers each of whom is Shakti or the female counterpart of God. There are several different beliefs which depict the formation of Shakti and the Sapt Matrikas. This Navratri let us worship the Sapt Matrika and be blessed with happiness, health, success, love and life.
This Navratra let us know more about one of the beliefs of how Sapt Matrikas originated: According to a legend the Matrikas were created to help Lord Siva in his fight against Andhakasura. When the Lord inflicted wounds on Andhaka, blood began to flow profusely from all over his body. Astonishingly, each drop which touched the ground took the shape of another Andhaka. Thus there were innumerable Asuras fighting Lord Shiva. Now in order to stop the flow of the blood,Lord Shiva created a goddess called Yogeshwari from the flames coming out of his mouth. Lord Brahma, Vishnu, Mahesh, Kumara, Varaha, Indra and Yama also sent their Shaktis to follow Yogeshwari in stopping the flow of blood. Hence, the Sapta-Matrikas originated and Andhakasura finally lost his power and was defeated by Lord Shiva.Worship the Seven Divine Mothers THE SAPT-MATRIKA and be blessed with everything that you wish for.
Jai Mata Di!
Dr. Sushma Ahuja
This Woman's Day let's reflect on the significance of Female Figurine in Indian Sculpture with Dr. Sushma Ahuja
The study of Hindu Goddesses and other female figurine in Indian sculpture constitutes one of the richest fields of Indian art,which has never been thoroughly explored yet. The number and their iconic forms are complex and confusing. One image may represent auspicious form and sinister. Looking at the image repeatedly and simultaneously understanding their symbolic meaning result in an electrifying awareness and aesthetic delight. It must be said that not all female figurine in Indian art are Goddesses. Many are simply female figurine with sacred characteristics.
For the last fifteen years Dr.Sushma Ahuja has studied female images as they evolved from the ancient Indus civilization. (2600 B.C.) up to the fully developed images of 13th century temple art. A comprehensive study of female figurine will make for greater knowledge of various aspects of female power in the temples of Hadoti as well as that of Khajuraho and Ellora.
Dr. Ahuja found that female figures not only reflect divine reality but also embody mundane reality, they are sacred and erotic, seductive and powerful, beautiful and grotesque simultaneously. Their paradoxical features of being sexual and maternal concurrently make sense to woman who see themselves as ambiguous. The Hindu Goddess paradigm make the ambiguity of a so called negative feminine process and the cycle of human life sublime. The Goddesses visual depiction connect ordinary life with divine existence and rejuvenate the onlooker. The onlooker is thus able to penetrate intellectually all the three main layers mythic subject matter, iconographic form and symbolic and metaphysical meaning to emotionally experience the aesthetic.