Devee | Miscellanea
According to Chaatushpeeth Tantra there are four Devee Peeth - these Peeth
are situated in four corners of India -
It is difficult to say that when Devee worship got started. There is a mention of Devee poojaa in Mahaabhaarat times. There is a mention of Prajaapati Vedee and Yagya Sthalee also which is worshipped in the Devee form today. In Prayaag, in Alopee Devee's temple, there is only a Vedee there in place of Brahmaa's Moorti.
In Van Parv, 186/20-30 (MBH), Vyaas Jee asks Devee her own introduction, so Saraswatee Jee says - "Hey Dwijendra, Whatever wooden, or iron or clay pots are used by Ritwik in Yagya; and whatever sacred Karm they do and whatever Karm they recommend, I, Saraswatee, grow from them only. Hey Learned sage, One gets Siddhi only from my that Roop (form) and Pragyaa. I am Saraswatee in Vidyaa form."
Various scriptures accept only Durgaa as Aadi Shakti (initial Power) and have described her with numerous names and sung her praise. She has been accepted with many names all over India. A description of her Roop, names and powers comes in MBH when krishn commands Arjun to read Durgaa Stotra before the commencement of MBH war. These are some of the names mentioned in MBH, Viraat Parv, 6/1-25 when Yudhishthir pray to Durgaa - Vishnupriyaa, Lakshmee, Aakaashchaarinee, Mahishaasur mardinee, Vindhyavaasinee, Kaalee, Mahaakaalee, Bhagavatee, Durgaa, Keerti, Dhriti, Siddhi, Lajjaa, Vidyaa....
In Bheeshm Parv, 23/1-20, Krishn asks Arjun to obtain a boon from her Kaatyaayanee Roop - Kaalee, Kapaalee, Kapilaa, Krishn Pingalaa, Taarinee, Var Varninee, Bhadrakaalee, Mahaakaalee, Chandee, Chandroopinee, Kaatyaayanee, Mahaabhaagaa, Karaalee, Vijayaa, Jayaa, Mayoorpichchh Dhwajaadhaarinee, Kaushikee, Umaa, Shaakumbharee, Shwetaa, Krishnaa, Kaitabh-naashinee, Hiranyaakshee, Viroopaakshee, Skand Jananee, Swaahaa, Swadhaa, Kalaa, Kaashthaa, Saraswatee, Saavitree, Ved Maataa...
Durgaa bestowed a boon to Yudhishthir that they will not be recognized in Viraat Nagar.
Kalikaa Puraan mentions Devee's 7 Peeth.
Created by Sushma Gupta on 3/15/03
Updated on 06/26/13