Adi Shakti (Para Shakti) is ‘The Great Divine Mother’ , supreme being , “power” or “empowerment,” the concept, or personification, of divine feminine creative power.
Shakti is both responsible for creation and the agent of all change.
“Om Sri Matre Namaha:”
From Shaktisangama Tantra:
Woman is the creator of the universe, the universe is her form; woman is the foundation of the world, she is the true form of the body.
By you this universe is borne, By you this world is created, Oh Devi, by you it is protected.
Sapta Matrukas: Group of seven or eight mother goddesses – Vaishnavi, Maheshvari, Indrani, Kumari, Varahi, Chamundi and Narasimhi), who are considered shaktis of major Hindu gods (Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, Indra, Skanda, Varaha/Yama, Devi and Narasimha respectively).
Gram Devatha – Various incarnations of the Shakti goddess in villages and is the protector/welfarer of the village, the punisher of evil people, the curer of diseases. Seasonal and Annual Jataras are organized to pray and please these goddesses. Some Devathas are Durgamma, Mariamman, Yellamma, Poleramma, Pedamma, Gangamma, Renuka devi, Perantalamma, Pentamma, Pyditalli etc.
Universal Secret: Adi Shakti is center point of Trinity/Trimurti connected to Brahma (Rajas Guna); to Maheshwara (Tamas Guna); and to Vishnu (Sattva Guna). Brahma, by the grace of her creative force creates. Maheshwara, by the strength of her destructive force destroys. Vishnu, by the righteousness and unbiased quality of her intellectual force (thinking) judges: what, where, why, when and how is to be created or destroyed.
Adi Shakti, whose material manifestation is Tripura Sundari, is a concept of the Mahashakti. Her human or Shakti form was married to Shiva, while her knowledge form weds Lord Brahma and wealth form becomes the consort of Lord Vishnu.
There are 4 Adi Shakti Pithas and 51 Shakti peethas of worship and some are given below:
- Hinglaj Mataji Balochistan
- Jwalaji (Himachal)
- Tara Tarini (Brahmapur, Odisha)
- Katyayani (Chattarpur, Delhi)
- Bhadrakali (Kodungallur, Kerala)
- Kamakhya (Assam)
- Kali at Kalighat (Kolkata, West Bengal)
- Naina Devi (Himachal)
- Guhyeshwari Temple Devi (Kathmandu, Nepal)
- Ambaji (Gujarat)
- Vishalakshi Temple (Varanasi)
- Tuljapur (Jagdamba)
- Kolhapur (Mahalaxmi)
- Vani-Nashik (Saptashrungi)
- Mahurgadh (Renukamata)
Sahasrakshi Meru Temple – Devipuram, A.P.
Sri Guru Amritananda Natha Saraswati, performs the Navavarana Puja, an important ritual in Srividya Tantric Shaktism.
Mantra shakti: is ‘the power of letters, speech, or music,’ short religious chants like “OM”, “Sri Matre Namaha:” generates cosmic vibrations towards achieving sankalpam (objective).
Sage Patanjali has said that a person who always speaks the truth will possess the power of materializing his words. The words of a perfected being is binding to the whole cosmos.
“Om Sri Matre Namaha:”
Sarve janaa sukhino bhavantu:
Hey Adi Shakti give us the power to live better and happily.