Meaning of Devi, the Great Goddess Shridevi Durga

Shri Lalita Maha Tripurasundari

Devi, Shining with Beauty: Shridevi Lalita Maha Tripurasundari.

Hari Om! Namaste!!


This is a Vagratha article the exposes the meaning of a word or a phrase from multiple angles. First of all, let us pray Shridevi for her blessing to clearly understand the meaning of the word Devi.

Sharanye Tryambake Devi Narayani Namo’stute | – Shri Durga Saptashati

Meaning: We salute Shridevi Narayani who is also Shridevi Parvati, who is the Ultimate Refuge for all.

We already know something on Shridevi. However, we have not explored the word Devi itself. Then,

What is the meaning of the word Devi? Let us understand.

Devi is a Sanskrit word of feminine gender coming from the root Div meaning to shine or to be splendid, beautiful. So, the word Devi describes two most important attributes of Shridevi: 1. She shines. 2. She is beautiful. Combining the two, we can get an idea on who is Shridevi and how does She look like based on the meaning of the word Devi. Devi means the lady who shines with beauty.

Esoteric Meaning #1: Devi means a divinely beautiful lady who shines herself. It further means Shri Devi does not need any external light to show herself. She is self -illuminated divine being. Further, She illuminates everything so as to function. e.g. our heart and brain cannot function without her wish or power. So, Devi means Universal Self that shines itself.

Esoteric Meaning #2: Devi also means the beautiful lady who shines everything. In other words, Devi throws her light on everything so that we can know that it exists. Without Devi’s light, we cannot perceive or understand anything. It means Devi gives us knowledge. This is her power of Shri Mahasaraswati who is the presiding deity of knowledge.

Esoteric Meaning #3: Devi’s shines with inherent beauty. The beauty indicates all good things or pleasing things in life. So, the beauty represents Shri Mahalakshmi aspect of Shridevi who presides beauty, wealth and all auspicious things. The cool beauty of Shridevi is boon-giving(varada) and reassurance of fearlessness(abhaya) to all her devotees.

Esoteric Meaning #4: Devi’s brilliant shining implies her power(Shakti) to wipe out evils or wrong-doers and provides fearless refuge to her devotees. Just like Sun light if the intensity of light is concentrated it becomes fire. In other words, Shridevi is both light and fire. The shining light of Shridevi turns into fire when shes deal with evils. So, the word Devi indicates Shri Mahakali aspect of Shridevi. Shridevi Mahakali rules the unmatched extreme power that erases all evils without a trace.

Esoteric Meaning #5: From meanings 2-4 above, the word Devi means combined power of three aspects Mahakali, Mahalakshmi and Mahasaraswati, which is Great Goddess Durga.

Esoteric Meaning #6:  Since Devi shines with her own light, She is capable of destroying our ignorance with her brilliant light of knowledge. So, Devi word indicates the Guru attribute of Shridevi who eliminates our ignorance and guides our Individual Self to liberation from vicious circle of birth and death.

In summary, Devi is the Ultimate Reality who has many different attributes like beauty, power, guidance, knowledge and so on. In Saundarya Lahari, Shri Shankara Bhagavatpadah describes Shridevi as duradhigama-nisseema-mahima meaning that Shridevi has boundless powers which are difficult to comprehend. Then, the question arises to all of us:

How can we understand Shridevi clearly?

By connecting to Shridevi and experiencing some of her divine powers by  traditional yoga. This gives us the first hand direct knowledge of the power of dust of lotus feet of Shridevi. Let us pray Shridevi to shower kind Her Grace to connect to her lotus feet.

Taam Aadi Shaktim pranatah sma nityam |

Meaning: Let us pray the primordial power(Shridevi) always (for Her kind Grace).

Om Namah Shivaya ||

– Kalidas






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Rudraksha Yoga wishes everybody Happy Deepavali: Lord! take us from darkness to the Light!

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Happy Deepavali, the festival of lights!

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Rudraksha Yoga wishes all our readers,well-wishers and everybody worldwide a very happy Deepavali! One of the most important Indian festivals, Deepavali, the festival of lights, is celebrated across India and abroad starting from today, i.e. 22 September 2014.

In this auspicious occasion of winning of good over evil, let us pray the Almighty:

Asato ma Sadgamaya, Tamaso ma Jyothirgamaya, Mrityorma Amritangamaya | – The Vedas

Meaning: (Lord!) Take us – from temporary to the Eternal, – from darkness to the Light and – from death to the Immortality(Ever-living)!

Let us kindle the Light of Highest Knowledge in our Hearts to destroy darkness of ignorance to realize the Universal Self within Ourselves!

Om Namah Shivaya ||

– Kalidas

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Rudraksha Yoga Update: Article on mala beads updated.

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Happy Navarathri and Vijayadashami festivals!

We have recently updated one of our most popular articles, i.e.:

Spiritual symbolism and significance of mala beads(Japa Mala) in meditation.

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– Kalidas

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Rudraksha Yoga Wishes Everybody Very Happy Navarathri and Vijayadashami !

Shri Lalita Maha Tripurasundari

Shridevi  Lalita Maha Tripura Sundari: the most beautiful form of the Greatest Goddess Shridevi Durga



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Taamadishaktim pranatah sma nityam |

Meaning: Let us keep on praying that Primordial Power(Aadi Shakti) Shridevi eternally(for Her kind Grace)!

Rudraksha Yoga wishes everybody around the world very happy Navarathri and Vijayadashami festivals!

About Navarathri

Navarathri(a.k.a Dasara) starts on the first day of bright lunar fortnight of Ashvina month on the Hindu calendar. This year, it starts from today, i.e. 25th September 2014. Vijayadashami is celebrated on the 10th day after nine days of Navarathri, i.e. on 3rd October 2014.

The word  Nava-rathri means nine-nights. Traditionally, on each night of Navarathri, a specific form of Great Goddess Shridevi Durga is worshiped. According to the Scripture Markandeya Purana, the nine forms are   Shailaputri, Brahmcharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skandamata, Katyayani, Kalaratri, Mahagauri and Siddhidatri, in that order.

When the entire world  was terrorized by a notorious daemon called Mahishasura(Buffalo-headed daemon), the Gods prayed the Greatest Goddess Shridevi for help. Their devoted prayers were finally answered. Suddenly, a brilliant flame appeared. The Supreme Mother Durga  emerged from that flame.

Gods asked her who she was. She announced  “Gods, don’t be scared! I am Durga(meaning inaccessible and invincible). I am none other than Adishakti Parvati, the Primordial power and the consort of Lord Shiva. I have come in this form to fight Mahishasura.”

The Gods became very happy. They donated their weapons to her: Indra gave his Vajrayudha(thunderbolt), Lord Vishnu gave Sudarshana Chakra(wheel), Lord Shiva gave his Trishula(Trident) and so on.

After nine days of fierce battle, the Goddess Durga killed Mahishasura finally.  Entire world was jubilant and happy! This day on which Shridevi slayed the daemon Mahishasura is celebrated even in this era as Vijayadashami(Literally,10th Day of victory). This auspicious day comes after Navarathri festival.

On this very auspicious occasion of Navarathri, let us all pray the Divine Mother and the Greatest Goddess Shridevi Durga with full devotion and complete surrender for her compassionate and kind Grace on us.

Ya Devi sarva bhooteshu Shakti roopena samsthita |
Namstasyai namastasyai namastasyai namo namah ||
Durga Saptashati

Meaning: Salutations to Shridevi Durga, who is present as power in all beings. Salutations to Her, Salutations to Her and Salutations to Her(…again and again, always and forever!…)..

May the Goddess Shridevi Durga bestow health, longevity, wealth, prosperity, the Highest Knowledge and the liberation to every one of us!

Om Shri Durgayai Namah |

Om Namah Shivaya ||

– Rudraksha Yoga

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Rudraksha Yoga Site Update: Happy Shri Gowri and Shri Ganesha Festivals !!

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Lord Shiva’s Divine Family: Lord Shiva, Shridevi Parvati, Lord Ganesha and Lord Karthikeya


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Om Shri Maha Ganapathaye Namah ||

Rudraksha Yoga wishes our esteemed readers, followers and well-wishers around the globe a very happy Shri Gowri and Lord Ganesha Festivals celebrated in India on 28th and 29th August 2014.

On this auspicious occasion, we suggest you to read some of our most popular articles on Rudraksha Yoga:

  1. Lord Ganesha and His Trunk: What is the Symbolism?
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  4. Esoteric Secrets of Lord Shiva and his Family: From a Perspective of Kundalini Yoga.

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May Shridevi Gowri, Lord Ganesha and Lord Shiva bless everybody in the world!

Let us pray them for their kind Grace on everyone of us:

Om Shri Ganeshaya Namah | Om Shri Durgayai Namah |

Om Namah Shivaya ||

– Rudraksha Yoga

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Great Upanishat’S peaks : Nature of the Ultimate Reality – 7

Picture of Lord Shiva and Shridevi Parvati

Lord Shiva and Shridevi Parvati : The Great Dual Powers of the Non-dual Reality!


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Let us continue to explore more esoteric secrets of nature of  the Ultimate Reality from the great teachings of Yama(the Lord of Death) to Nachiketa.

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The Verse
Aaseeno dooram vrajati shayaano yaati sarvatah |
Kastam madamadam Devam madanyo jnatumarhati|| – Katopanishat Mantra 1.2.21

Meaning: Sitting he wanders afar; lying down he goes everywhere. Who, other than myself is fit to know that God who rejoices and rejoices not?

Notes: In the earlier verse, Lord Yama(Lord of Death) said that the Ultimate Reality  is subtler than the subtlest, greater than the greatest etc.  He elaborates on the nature further.

This mantra says that the Ultimate Reality(a.k.a God) is omnipotent and omnipresent. He can do things simultaneously. Lord Yama illustrates these points by apparently contradicting actions. God can wander everywhere by sitting in a place.  By sleeping, he goes everywhere. These statements mean that the God is omnipotent and omnipresent.

Moreover, the God is always blissful because of his own nature. So, he does not have to rejoice to make himself happy separately!

These attributes of the Ultimate Reality unleashed by the Great Master Lord Yama cannot be understood by teaching/coaching by somebody else. They must be experienced by ourselves by connecting our own Individual Self to the Universal Self via Traditional Indian Yoga.

The word Madanyo means other than myself. This word has been strategically used to mean that the Ultimate Reality is nothing other than our own Individual Self. According to our Upanishads, our Individual Self is same as the Universal Self. This is the core of non-dualistic (Advaitha) teaching of our Greatest Realized Master Shri Shankara Bhagavatpadah.

The supreme goal in our lives is to escape the the birth and death cycle and to  attain the Ultimate Reality Om, so that we will not born again to suffer due to accumulated  karmas.

Caution: Interpretation and views expressed above are ours own, from our limited understanding of the verse. Authentic traditional meaning of the Upanishads can be grasped by reading authoritative commentary Shaankarabhshya by our Great Realized Master Shri Shankara Bhagavatpadah. So, reader’s discretion is advised.

Om Namah Shivaya ||

– Kalidas

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