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Goddess Narayani - Who Is Narayani? Lakshmi Or Durga

Goddess Narayani is one of forms of Goddess Durga and is mentioned in the Devi Mahatmya. She is the Mother Goddess and she is the fundamental and independent energy responsible for all animate and inanimate. Shakta worshippers believe that it is Her energy that creates, preserves and destroys. She is Lakshmi for those who want her to be Lakshmi and she is Durga for those devotees who want her to be Durga.

Who Is Narayani? Lakshmi Or Durga

Who Is Goddess Narayani?

She is Narayani because she is the Greatest, and the Eternal, without whose Shakti no creation is possible, even by Brahma. 

She is the womb in which all creation, preservation and destruction takes place. It is she who nourishes and sustains all living forms.

A cycle of creation comes to an end when she withdraws her blessing of nourishment.

The term ‘Narayani’ is also associated with Lord Vishnu, who is also known as Narayana. Some scriptures suggest that Narayani is one of the names of Goddess Lakshmi.

Goddess Narayani is yet another attempt by the human mind to give form to Brahman. Some scriptures suggest that she is responsible for the creation of the Trimurtis – Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva.

Goddess Narayani Devi Mantra

Any prayer chanted with devotion and single-minded focus is enough to invoke the blessing of Goddess Narayani. A popular mantra that people dedicate to Goddess Narayani is given below.

Form Of Goddess Narayani

The true form of Goddess Narayani cannot be perceived by the human mind - it is beyond imagination.

Goddess Narayani is depicted in images as dressed in white, appeared in the blessing posture, with a shanku (conch) in her left upper hand, a chakra (wheel) in her right upper hand, a lotus flower in the lower left hand, while the lower right hand is held in the abhaya mudra (blessing gesture). She is depicted as seated on a lion.