What is the Significance of Dhumavati? Dhumavati Mahavidya is one of the Dashamahavidyas as per Hindu Scriptures…
“The Smokey One” or Dhumavati is a cluster of Tantric goddesses numbering to ten and is represented as the terrifying facet of Hindu Mother or Devi. Dhumavati is usually depicted as an ugly, old widow, related every time with unattractive and inauspicious Hinduism things, for instance, the period of Chaturmasa and crow. This goddess is frequently portrayed on a chariot either without any horse or with crow riding and is usually pictured in the burial ground.
The regular mantra of goddess Dhumavati implicates about her appearance to be unsteady, angry and ugly. The rough, hideous ears, crow beak shaped nose, extended teeth and hanging breasts are some of the features of Dhumavati. Her chariot has the emblem of a crow. She is usually characterized as widow holding basket and has fearful eyes with rude nature. This goddess mainly yearns to drink and eat. Generally unsatisfied, she loves to generate conflicts with her frightening form. The clothes worn by her is filthy and is used from a dead body.
A tale following the origin of Dhumavati indicates, Sati, Spouse of Lord Shiva while dwelling in Himalaya’s along with him was extremely hungry. When Lord Shiva refused to treat her, Sati was furious and said to devour him and gulped down Lord Shiva. Later, she was cursed by Lord Shiva to take the widow form known as Dhumavati, when Sati expelled him out.
Thus, the illusion of similarity between the destructive natures of Dhumavati continued and is usually related to unsatisfied requirements. The widow form is still portrayed in various pictures of Dhumavati and the myth of being an inauspicious is still believed. The ill fate is also combined with her husband’s rejection.