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.
Dhumavati is one of the Mahavidyas, and the Divine Mother for the entire universe. Though she looks old and considered as inauspicious in Hinduism, she is the kindhearted mother, who always safeguards her devotees in a nice manner. The goddess is seated on a chariot and riding a crow, and come all around the world, in order to watch her devotees, and to give good results for their prayers.By praying her, we can satisfy Lord Ketu, and can be relieved from Naga Dosham.
Dhumavati is said to be manifested from Tridevis even before the creation of the world. While Dhumavati is related with only inauspicious qualities, by uttering her thousand names will give immediate positive results in our life. She is a kindhearted mother and the giver of boons. She only taught the good and bad things to us, and she is described as the UNIVERSAL GURU also. She gives great knowledge, spiritual power, wisdom, courage, boldness and enthusiasm in our life. Her ugly appearance tells us that we have to decide the goodness of a person only by seeing his good qualities and not by merely seeing his appearance.
Dhumavati gives super natural powers and protects us from all sorts of problems and fulfills our needs and wishes in life and also finally will give SALVATION. Her worship is important for those people such as bachelors, widows, divorcees and sages. She is having a temple in Varanasi. And by worshipping her, devotees will get fulfilled their wishes and lives happily and peacefully.Although only very temples are dedicated to her, by worshipping her in those temples, we will get utmost mental satisfaction and body relaxation and we will feel as if we are living in the heaven.
Dhumavati’s worship is generally performed in the night in a cremation ground and during Amavasya. The worshipper should observe fasting and must perform a homam in order to please the divine mother.
Dhumavati temples are found in Bihar and Guwahati. At the Varanasi temple, Dhumavati is offered flowers and fruit and pujas are performed to her. There is also a famous temple dedicated to the goddess in Datia, Madhya Pradesh.
We can worship her by placing a framed or laminated picture and can decorate her with flower garlands and offer fruits and flowers. We have to recite her slokas continuously for several years, in order to get good things to happen in our life. There is no need to worry about the appearance or avoiding her considering as an inauspicious god. She is also an incarnation of Mata Parvati, and a mother will always do only goodness to her child. Hence it is advisable for us to worship her with utmost faith and dedication, in order to get all the prosperity in our life.
Let us pray to the holy mother and be blessed.
“OM SREE DHUMAVATHI DEVIYE NAMAHA”