When God became Goddess

shakti creates, shati destroys, this is from Devi Bhagwatam.

Swati Chopra

Devi Mahatmayam, composed in 400-500 CE, is the definitive text of the Shakta tradition, and one that established the Goddess as the supreme creatrix, entrusted with the functions of creation, sustenance and destruction. It could well be the first recorded instance, at least in the Indian subcontinent, where a scripture accords the Goddess supremacy, and celebrates her independence, her power, her intelligence, her uncompromising protection of dharma, her essential femininity, her graceful compassion, and her universal motherhood.

The three central episodes of the Devi Mahatmayam revolve around the allegorical slaying of ignorance by the Goddess. Rapacious demons, symbolic of afflictions of mind and ego, wreak havoc on heaven and earth, symbolic of one’s inner environment. In the first episode, two demons attack Brahma as he prepares to launch a new cycle of creation. He calls out to Vishnu for help, who is asleep. Brahma then petitions the Goddess in her…

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