Divine feminine in Hinduism Shaktism

6 points | Post submitted by Deepa 1326 days ago | 1 comments | viewed 636 times

What is the role of the divine feminine in Hinduism? 

We see they are portrayed as l shakti, in indirect way in our linga, sculptures, the moola dharas, in our vedas, paintings etc. 

Why do we revere them yet malign the female mortal human form? 

Why many of these sculptures and paintings have taken a different connotation today? 

What is the symbolism of feminine in yoga sastra and in attaining mukti? 

  • ichat1323 days ago | +2 points

    This has no single answer. There are schools of thoughts within Hinduism, which put the divine feminine at the topmost level - using the name of "Aadi ParaShakti", they describe the Para-Brahman. In this form, Aadi ParaShakti is the one who created the forms of Brahma, Vishnu and Mahadev, and assigned her appearances as Saraswati, Lakshmi and Sati/Parvati as their consorts. As a child of Brahmarshi Atri, when Dattatreya took birth as an avatar of the combined divinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Mahadev, he taught this knowledge to one of his foremost disciples - Parashuram. This treatise is coded as "Tripura Rahasya".


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