Adi Parashakti

supreme goddess in Shaktism

Adi Parashakti also referred to as Adi Shakti, Mahadevi, is the supreme goddess in Shaktism tradition in Hinduism. According to that tradition, the goddess is recognized as superior to all deities.

Adi Parashakti
Mother Goddess,
Para Brahman, the Supreme Being
Supreme Goddess in Shaktism
An 18th-century painting of Mahadevi from Bikaner, Rajasthan
Affiliation
AbodeManidweepa
MantraOm aim hreem kreem shreem[1]
WeaponPasha, Ankusha, Chakra, Shankha, Trishula and others
SymbolOm, Sri Yantra
MountLion and Tiger
TextsDevi Bhagavata Purana, Devi Mahatmya, Lalita Sahasranama
FestivalsNavaratri, Durga Puja, Kali Puja, Lakshmi Puja

Hinduism change

Shaktism change

Shaktas conceive the Goddess as the supreme, ultimate, eternal reality of all existence, or same as the Brahman concept of Hinduism. She is considered to be simultaneously the source of all creation. She has manifested herself as Shiva in male form. Her half is Shiva. [2]

Shakta Puranas change

The Devi Bhagavata Purana described her in the form of Bhuvaneshvari. In her physical form she is described as the Mother of the Universe and is residing Manidweepa above all of the other realms.

Forms change

Mahadevi can take various forms including Kali, Durga, and Tripura Sundari.

According to the Kalikula tradition in Shaktism. Mahakali is the highest aspect of Mahadevi.

According to the Srikula tradition in Shaktism, Tripura Sundari is the foremost of the Mahavidyas, the highest aspect of Mahadevi and also the primary goddess of Sri Vidya.

In Shaivism sect of hinduism, the Devi Parvati is the complete incarnation of Adi Parashakti.[3]

References change

  1. Swami Narayanananda (1960). The Primal Power in Man: The Kundalini Shakti. Health Research Books. p. 50. ISBN 9780787306311.
  2. Dikshitar 1999, pp. 77–78.
  3. Kinsley 1998, p. Template:Pn.