This Navratri let us try to understand the Characteristics of the Sapt Matrikas and stay blessed..
Brahmani: Brahmani holds an Akshmala in her right hand ,a kamandal and a Surva, Swan is her vehicle
Maheshwari: Represented as wearing bracelets and other ornaments of snake, holding a trishula and riding a bull
Kaumari: Shakti of Kartikeya carved as riding a peacock, a beautiful sculpture depicted at Khajuraho.
Vaishnavi: The shakti of Vishnu is represented as seated over Garuda and holding a Sankha, Chakra, Gada and saranga bow and a sword.
Varahi: the Shakti of Varah called Varahi represents with a face of boar,like the Varah incarnation of Vishnu. She is carved with the weapons of Vishnu, a Fish is sometimes carved among the other attributes of Varahi.
Aindri: The shakti of Indra represented on an elephant with Vajra and other attributes of Indra
Chamunda: Also known as Kali or Kalika. She is said to have emanated from the forehead of Ambika for killing Chanda and Munda. She also helped Ambika and other mother Goddesses in killing the asura Raktbija.
Jai Mata Di!
Dr. Sushma Ahuja