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The Ashta Matrika are incarnations of Goddess Shakti hence manifested from the male gods to fight demons. Hence they are warrior deities with auspicious qualities. They were created to kill Adhaka 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 demons 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.
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 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 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. The Eight-Fold prosperity 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.
Kanyakumari Temple is dedicated to Goddess Parvati and located on the seashore of Kanyakumari which is the southern-most tip of India. The goddess in this shrine also known as Kumari Amman, or the virgin goddess, was installed by Sage Parashurama. The temple is a Shakti Peetha where the spine of the goddess fell. The shrine is also famous for Swami Vivekananda who meditated on the rocks to attain enlightenment. This very ancient temple is also known for the Devi’s nose studs set with rubies that are so bright that ships sailing in the sea mistake it for the light from the Lighthouse. A puja in this temple gets rid of enemies, black magic and evil eyes, destructive energies, etc. The goddess gives blessings of removing sins, bestows marriage, mental stamina, and boosts confidence, self-esteem, prosperity and positivity.
The energized Goddess Durga figurine made of brass sitting on a tiger is a divine gift to own. She is seen with eight hands holding weapons in her hands. The 3-inch idol can be used to decorate your home or office space, or can be gifted away. Worshipping the idol by offering flowers, smearing vermillion and turmeric, and reciting mantras of the goddess can go a long way in receiving powerful blessings of the Mother. She vanquishes hard core evil, prevents dangers and malefic effects of planets in your life. Her grace will fetch boons of prosperity, courage, success and life-long happiness.