Why Married People Must Not Worship Sri Dhumavati: 7th Maha Vidya & Goddess of Inauspicious Things.

Shakti, the feminine energy, is the source of all creation, whether it is primal, material, or spiritual. Vedic Story celebrates the divine energy or the goddesses of Indian mythology in the series of Dasa or Dasha Mahavidya (10 wisdom or tantric goddesses). Earlier, we were amazed by the story of Sri Chinnamasta, 6th Dasa Mahavidya and Controller of Sexual Desire. Hindu texts worship radiant, virtuous, and powerful goddesses. They are divine, breathtaking in appearance, spiritually awakened, and equal in power to Trideva, Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva.

However, Dasha Mahavidya, or the 10 great wisdoms—Kali, Tara, Tripura Sundari, Bhuvaneshvari, Bhairavi, Chinnamasta, Dhumavati, Bagalamukhi, Matangi, and Kamala—is giving a whole new layer to the Devi Shakti in Sanatan Dharma.

Today, the Vedic Story has come with the story of Dasha Mahavidya, Goddess Dhumavati. She is revered, unappreciated, and the opposite of the other tantric goddesses. Sri Dhumavati represents the darker side of life, which is filled with pain, desperation, loneliness, poverty, and destitution. 

Dhumavati: Iconography of the Goddess

Unlike the radiant and charming Devi Shakti, Dhumavati, the goddess of poverty, is grey or smoky in appearance. She is a widow with disheveled white or grey hair. Her face has wrinkles of despair, and her breasts are barren and scrawny. She looks like a witch with an ugly appearance or a grandmother. The goddess is smoky in complexion and roams alone in destitution with pain and desperation. Dhumavati personifies a dissolved form of consciousness that disseminates sleep and illusion.

Goddess Dhumavati is represented with two hands holding a basket in one hand and a boon or knowledge-giving gesture, Varada Mudra and Chin Mudra, with the other hand. She rides a chariot without a horse bearing a crow. Sri Dhumavati is the goddess of desolation, fights between couples, divorces, endless quarrels, disagreements, and conflicts. She is powerful, detached yet despaired, without a husband, but depicts independence and self-sufficiency.

Dhumavati: Goddess of Between Life and Death

Dhumavati, the 7th Dasha, or Dasa Mahavidya, personifies the meaning of life and death. She is Dhuma, Smoke, a goddess made of smoke, conscious yet with all negative energies.

She is a yogi who destroys illusion and ill thoughts. Devi Dhumavati is the goddess of life and death. She is the death of winter (human life) and promises rebirth in the spring (human life). Sri Dhumavati shows people a new chapter in life with widowhood and gives them the strength to envision a new world.

Dhumavati: Goddess of Darkness and Ignorance

Goddess Dhumavati is the primordial ignorance and darkness. It raises the world of illusion. Devi Dhumavati represents the coal darkness before creation and after the decay of human life. This darkness shielded humans from the ultimate truth and reality. Realizing one’s ignorance can lead to a path of wisdom and knowledge.

Dhumavati: Goddess of Yoganidra—Pre-creation State of Consciousness

However, as per ancient texts, Sri Dhumavati is the goddess of Yoga Nidra—the pre-creation state of consciousness. This is the state of “Shunya” (zero), where all creation dissolves and reaches the ultimate reality of Supreme Brahman.

Shunya, or the void, is pure consciousness where the movement of the mind meets with silence.

Therefore, the ability to spread disease among humans is considered positive by the goddess, as she is the one who takes a material life to the spiritual, or ultimate path of reality.

She punishes wicked humans with disease and restores cosmic order. Thus, the goddess rules the heart, or middle region, of the body.

Dhumavati: Goddess Who Leads You from Material Frustration to the Path of Realization

Sri Dhumavati, 7th Dasha Mahavidhya, the tantric goddess of great wisdom, represents poverty, suffering, misfortune, destitution, and fear of human life. She is crooked and troublesome. Maha Vidya creates events of negativity to make beings realize that material fulfillment cannot provide the wisdom every human seeks on an inner level.

She frustrates us with material needs and fulfillment so that we can seek wisdom and focus on our inner reality, or the calling from our souls. This frustration causes obstacles in our lives and ultimately unlocks new potential that lies in our souls and makes us thrive spiritually. The tantric goddess is considered misfortune, yet she brings fortune using her wickedness in our lives.

Devi Dhumavati makes humans seek transcendental knowledge through her negative energy so that we can hear the chaos of the soul and find a path of realization that is beyond life and death.

Legends and Origins of Goddess Dhumavati

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As per the Puranas, especially the Shiva Purana, Daksha Prajapati, the father of Sati, did not invite Lord Shiva into his Yagna, a great sacrifice. However, Lord Shiva asked her not to visit Daksha’s kingdom without invitation, but Sati furiously covered him from 10 directions by emerging her Dasha Mahavidya avatars and left.

When she came to know about the intention of his father, she felt insulted and distressed as the wife of Lord Shiva. Thereafter, she decided to end her life as the daughter of Daksha by entering the flames of the Yagna and burning herself into ashes.

From the very same ashes, goddess Dhumavati, 7th Dasa, and Dasha Mahavidya emerged. She roamed in the material and spiritual worlds between life and death, or Sati and Parvati. Finally, goddess Dhumavati merged with Parvati when she became the wife of Lord Shiva, along with the other nine tantric goddesses.

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According to Hindu myths and ancient texts, the goddess Dhumavati is linked with all inauspicious things. She appeared in the Kala Chakra (time) of cosmic dissolution.

Some Hindu scholars believe that goddess Dhumavati urges her devotees to look beyond material things and trust in the Supreme Truth that arises once a human sees beyond the beauty and ugliness of illusion or Maya.

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Why Married People Must Not Worship the Goddess Dhumavati

Sri Dhumavati, 7th Dasa, or Dasha Mahavidhya, one of the 10 great wisdom goddesses, instills desire in her devotees to be alone and abandon worldly things and pleasure. She likes people who are bachelors, Sanyasis, and believe in Tantric Vidya, and she encourages them to be aloof and independent so that she can take them to the path of spirituality and ultimate realization of truth. If a person is married and worships goddess Dhumavati, she creates a hindrance in marriage life and causes divorce and other things, which are considered bad for a Grahast Asharam.

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