Bhuvanesvari

December 20th, 2008 by sabrina

Bhuvanesvari is the Hindu Goddess of the physical world. She is one of the Mahavidyas, the wisdom Goddesses. Bhuvanesvari is considered to be one of the first of the Goddesses, who came into being just after the world was created in order to direct it. She is a form of Tripura Sundari, the Great Mother. Bhuvanesvari is described as being very beautiful, with a golden complexion and black hair. Her smiling face has three eyes, so that she can better observe the world. She sits on either a lotus, a symbol of both creation and perfection, or a throne.

Bhuvanesvari has some fierce aspects, as with all of the Mahavidyas, because she protects the world, her creation. She holds a noose and a goad, intended to control evil. Her hand gestures represent the offering of favors and fearlessness. Bhuvanesvari’s name, which means “mistress of the world,” is also seen as Bhuvanesi, Bhuvaneswari, and Bhubanesvari, and her other names and epithets include:
Jagaddhatri (she who nurses the world)
Mahamaya (great Maya)
Prapancesvari (mistress of the fivefold world)
Rajarajesvari (queen of queens)
Sarvarupa (she whose form is all)
Sarvesi (mistress of all)
Vagesvari (mistress of speech)
Visvarupa (she whose form is the world)
She who makes all the worlds
She who dwells in the five basic elements
She who makes the basic elements
She who is the cause of Mahapralaya
She who wanders in the physical world
She who wanders in the void
Slayer of Mahisasura
Slayer of Sumbha and Nisumbha
Destroyer of Raktabija
Destroyer of Madhu and Kaitabha

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