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The Ashta Matrika are incarnations of Goddess Shakti that manifested from the male gods to fight Andhakasur, a mighty demon. Hence they are warrior deities having auspicious qualities. They were created to kill Andhaka whose every drop of blood gave birth to a new demon. The eight forms of Mother Shakti or warrior goddesses were created by Lord Shiva to fight demons. They guard the eight cardinal directions of the universe, they protect and defend evil from all sides with great valor and ferocity. They also represent man’s inner evil or negative qualities that need to be rooted out for attaining enlightenment and moksha.
The Ashta Matrika portray an interesting symbolism. Lord Shiva represents vidya or knowledge. The demon Andakasura represents avidya or ignorance. The more vidya becomes powerful avidya also arises and multiplies. This is denoted by the massive increase in the demon and other asuras. The eight evil qualities like lobha (greed), moha (illusion), madha (pride), krodha (anger), paisunya (wicked), matsarya (miserly), kama (lust), and asuya (jealousy) need to be overcome and brought under the control of vidya. Only then Andaka can be defeated and kept under restraint. According to Varaha Purana, the matrikas are atma vidyas battling against Andhakasura, who represents evil or darkness.
The Ashta Matrika Homam fetches Ashta Aishwaryam or eight-fold prosperities of the goddesses. It will be performed on Masik Durgashtami which appears every month during Ashtami Tithi of Shukla paksha or waxing moon. It is very auspicious to observe fast and venerate Mother Shakti and her forms for a variety of blessings.
Invoking the Ashta Matrika or the eight forms of Devi that possess the supreme and unique powers, shield the devotees from negativity and evil powers.
Brahmani - She evolved from Lord Brahma and is seated on a lotus. Brahmani helps to achieve mental peace by avoiding stress.
Vaishnavi - She was created by Lord Vishnu, depicts all qualities of Vishnu with his mount and weapons. Vaishnavi grants relief from all sorts of dangers and frequent mishaps in life.
Maheshvari - She is Lord Shiva’s power. Maheshvari protects against dangers from wild animals.
Indrani - She is seated on an elephant and strikes like a thunderbolt. Rituals to Indrani blesses devotees with complete joy in life.
Kaumari - She is the power of Kumara or Muruga, the God of War. Goddess Kaumari when invoked grants blessings of power to overcome struggles and to get relief from heat related diseases.
Varahi - She is the feminine energy of Varaha, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Goddess Varahi wards away evil eye casting, black magic, all negative energies and misfortunes in life.
Chamundi - She emerged from Devi or Chandi. Rituals to Goddess Chamundi bestow a person with power and supremacy to achieve all endeavours with success.
Narasimhi or Pratyangira - Narasimhi or Pratyangira is the lion goddess who appeared from Lord Narasimha. She fulfils the requirements of an individual by avoiding lawsuits, enemies’ problems and other issues.
By performing Ashta Matrika Homam, the devotees will get blessings from all eight divine goddess and also stay blessed with various boons in life to overcome struggles and get relief from all types of evil effects. It also pleases the consorts of the powerful goddesses, such as Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, Skanda, Indra, Goddess Chandi, etc.
Hamsarudha Prakarrtavaya Sukastraka-Mandala Sutram Cha Pusthakam Ghate
Urdhva-Hastha Advaye Shubhe||
Vaishnavi Vishnu Saddasi Garudapasi Samsthitha Chaturbhuja Varada Shankha
Maheshwari Prakarrtavaya Vrishabasana Samasthitha Kapala Shula Khatvanga
Varada Cha Chaturbhuja||
Indrani Indra-Sadrishi Vajra-Shlu-Gada Dhara Gajasngata Devi Lochanirvasu
Om Aim Glaum Aim Namo Bhagavati Vartali Vartali Varahi Varahi Varahamukhi
Varahamukhi Andhe Andhini Namah||
Rundhe Rundhi Namah Jambhe Jambhini Namah Mohe Mohini Namah Stambhe
Stambhini Namah Sarvadushta Prada ||
Dushtanam Sarvesham Sarvavak Chitta Shatkarmukha Gati Jihva Stambhanam
Kuru Kuru Shighram Vashyam Kuru Kuru Aim Glaum Thah Thah Thah Thah Hum
Kumaara Rupa Kaumari Mayura Bar Vahana Raktha Vastra Dhara Padma-Shula-
Shakthi-Gandhara Eti Kaumari ||
Dastrala Kshindeha Chagatrakarshana Bhimrudani Dig-Bahuksham Kushisa
Musalan Chakra Marganaum||
Ankusha Bibharti Khadgam Daksnesvatah Khetaasa Dhanurdandam Kutharam
Chamunda Pretaga Raktha Bikratasyahi Bhusanath Dvibhuja Prakatray Kartika
Om Ksham Paksha Jwaalaa Jihve(Y) Kaarala Thamshttre(Y) Kaalaraathri
Prathyangire(Y) Ksham Hreem Hoom Pat||
The Ashta Matrika Homam blesses with various boons in life to overcome struggles and get relief from all types of evil effects. This also means that you’re blessed with Ashta Aishwaryam or eight-fold prosperities which are Dhanam (wealth), Dhanyam (foodgrains), Santanam (children), Jaya (victory), Dhairya (courage), Ayudha bala (intelligence and ability to make wealth), Rajyam (kingdom) and Vahanam (vehicles). It provides relief from skin and heat related diseases like vitiligo, chicken pox, etc. The Ashta Matrika Homam gives you power, courage and supremacy to achieve all your goals with ease and keeps you protected from dangers of life. The Ritual removes avidya or ignorance, enlightens you and ensures peace, harmony and positivity. It also pleases male godheads such as Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, Skanda, Indra etc.
The Ashta Matrika yantra is a consolidated yantra that invokes the eight forms of mother goddesses that manifested to weed out adversaries that deter man both physically and mentally. The mothers protect the eight cardinal directions and therefore they are placed at the core of yantra pujas. A puja to the powerful Ashta Matrika yantra can help to shed inner demons like ego, jealousy, anger, hatred, fear, anxiety, jealousy, clears confusions, etc., and gives blessings of clarity, focus, intensity, intellect, promotes unity, oneness, bliss. Puja to the yantra also bestows success in all matters, abundance, prosperity, and salvation.
The energized Ashta Matrika yantra when worshipped frees one from all kinds of evil energies, negative spirits and other doshas. Keep the yantra in your puja altar or space, apply vermillion and sandal paste to the yantra. Offer flowers and chant the mantras of Ashta Matrika goddesses to get relief from dangers, black magic, get favourable outcomes in lawsuits, misfortunes, evil spirits, mishaps and accidents. The worship gives peace of mind, victory, prosperity and happiness.