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The Devi Mahatmya or Devi Mahatmyam Sanskrit devmhtmyam,, or Glory of the Goddess is a Hindu religious text describing the Goddess as the supreme power and creator of the universe. It is part of the Markandeya Purana, and estimated to have been composed in Sanskrit between 4. CE. Devi Mahatmyam is also known as the Durg Saptashat or CaPha. The text contains 7. Along with Devi Bhagavata Purana and Shakta Upanishads such as the Devi Upanishad, it is one of the most important texts of Shaktism goddess tradition within Hinduism. The Devi Mahatmyam describes a storied battle between good and evil, where the Devi manifesting as goddess Durga leads the forces of good against the demon Mahishasurathe goddess is very angry and ruthless, and the forces of good win. In peaceful prosperous times, states the text, the Devi manifests as Lakshmi, empowering wealth creation and happiness. The verses of this story also outline a philosophical foundation wherein the ultimate reality Brahman in Hinduism is female. The text is one of the earliest extant complete manuscripts from the Hindu traditions which describes reverence and worship of the feminine aspect of God. The Devi Mahatmya is often ranked in some Hindu traditions to be as important as the Bhagavad Gita. The Devi Mahatmya has been particularly popular in eastern states of India, such as West Bengal, Bihar, Odisha and Assam, as well as Nepal. It is recited during Navratri celebrations, the Durga Puja festival,1. Durga temples across India. EtymologyeditSanskrit mhtmya, magnanimity, highmindedness, majesty is a neuter abstract noun of mha tman, or great soul. The title devmhtmyam is a tatpurusha compound, literally translating to the magnanimity of the goddess. The text is called Saptaati literally seven hundred, as it contains 7. Ca or Caka is the name by which the Supreme Goddess is referred to in Dev Mhtmya. According to Coburn, Cak is the violent and impetuous one, from the adjective caa, fierce, violent, cruel. The epithet has no precedent in Vedic literature and is first found in a late insertion to the Mahabharata, where Chaa and Cha appear as epithets. HistoryeditThe Goddess in Indian traditions. The Devi Mahatmya is not the earliest literary fragment attesting to the existence of devotion to a goddess figure, but it is surely the earliest in which the object of worship is conceptualized as Goddess, with a capital G. Thomas Coburn. The Devi Mahatmya, states C. Mackenzie Brown, is both a culmination of centuries of Indian ideas about the divine feminine, as well as a foundation for the literature and spirituality focussed on the feminine transcendence in centuries that followed. One of the earliest evidence of reverence for the feminine aspect of God appears in chapter 1. Rig Veda, also called the Devi Suktam hymn. Hymns to goddesses are in the ancient Hindu epic Mahabharata, particularly in the later 1. CE added Harivamsa section of it. The archaeological and textual evidence implies, states Thomas Coburn, that the Goddess had become as much a part of the Hindu tradition, as God, by about the third or fourth century. Devi Mahatmya is a text extracted from Markandeya Purana, and constitutes the latters chapters 8. The Purana is dated to the 3rd century CE, and the Devi Mahatmya was added to the Markandeya Purana either in the 5th or 6th century. The Dadhimati Mata inscription 6. CE quotes a portion from the Devi Mahatmya. Thus, it can be concluded that the text was composed before the 7th century CE. It is generally dated between 4. CE. 3. 0Wendy Doniger OFlaherty dates the Devi Mahatmya to c. CE, and rest of the Markandeya Purana to c. CE. 3. 1PhilosophyeditThe Devi Mahatmya text is a devotional text, and its aim, states Thomas Coburn, is not to analyze divine forms or abstract ideas, but to praise. This it accomplishes with a philosophical foundation, wherein the female is the primordial creator she is also the Tridevi as the secondary creator, the sustainer, and destroyer. She is presented, through a language of praise, as the one who dwells in all creatures, as the soul, as the power to know, the power to will and the power to act. She is consciousness of all living beings, she is intelligence, she is matter, and she is all that is form or emotion. Who is this Goddess I resemble in form Brahman,from me emanates the world,which has the Spirit of Prakriti and Purusha,I am empty and not empty,I am delight and non delight,I am knowledge and ignorance,I am Brahman and not Brahman. Devi Mahatmya2. The text includes hymns to saguna manifest, incarnated form of the Goddess, as well as nirguna unmanifest, abstract form of her. The saguna hymns appear in chapters 1, 4 and 1. Devi Mahatmya, while chapter 5 praises the nirguna concept of Goddess. The saguna forms of her, asserts the text, are Mahakali destroyer, Tamasic, Mahalakshmi sustainer, Rajasic and Mahasaraswati creator, Sattvic,3. Tridevi. The nirguna concept Avyakrita, transcendent is also referred to as Maha lakshmi. This structure is not accidental, but embeds the Samkhya philosophy idea of three Gunas that is central in Hindu scriptures such as the Bhagavad Gita. The Samkhya philosophical premise asserts that all life and matter has all three co existent innate tendencies or attributes Gua, whose equilibrium or disequilibrium drives the nature of a living being or thing. Tamasic is darkness and destructiveness represented as Kali in Devi Mahatmya, Sattvic is light and creative pursuit Sarasvati, and Rajasic is dynamic energy qua energy without any intent of being creative or destructive Lakshmi. The unmanifest, in this philosophy, has all these three innate attributes and qualities, as potent principle within, as unrealized power, and this unrealized Goddess dwells in every individual, according to Devi Mahatmya. This acknowledgment of Samkhya dualistic foundation is then integrated into a monistic non dualistic, Advaita spirituality in Devi Mahatmya, just like the Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita, the Bhagavata Purana and other important texts of Hinduism. Contentsedit. The oldest surviving manuscript of the Devi Mhtmya, on palm leaf, in an early Bhujimol script, Bihar or Nepal, 1. The Dev Mhtmya consists of chapters 8. Mrkandeya Purana, one of the early Sanskrit Puranas, which is a set of stories being related by the sage Markandeya to Jaimini and his students who are in the form of birds. The thirteen chapters of Devi Mhtmya are divided into three charitas or episodes. At the beginning of each episode a different presiding goddess is invoked, none of whom is mentioned in the text itself. The framing narrative of Devi Mahatmya presents a dispossessed king, a merchant betrayed by his family, and a sage whose teachings lead them both beyond existential suffering.
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