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Dhumavati Jayanti – Dhumavati Mahavidya Jayanthi

Dhumavati Jayanti is believed to be the day when Goddess Dhumavati, a fearsome aspect of Goddess Shakti appeared on Earth. Dhumavati Jayanti 2018 date is June 20. It is observed on the eighth day of the Shukla Paksha or waxing phase of moon in the month of Jyestha. Dhumavati is the seventh Mahavidya among the 10 Mahavidyas.

Dhumavati is associated with all things that are inauspicious. She is believed to appear during cosmic dissolution. Some scholars are of the view that she is the void that is there before creation and after destruction.

Dhumavati is depicted as an ugly old lady who rides a horseless chariot. She is sometimes depicted as riding a crow. Symbolically, she asks the human beings to look beyond the superficial and understand the Supreme Truth from which all beauty and ugliness arise.

Dhumavati is propitiated by Tantric practitioners to overcome troubles in life and to fulfill their desires. There are very few temples dedicated to Goddess Dhumavati.

In some regions she is considered as a protective deity.