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Pancha Devi – Five forms of Hindu Mother Goddess

The concept of Pancha Devi, or five forms of Mother Goddess, is more popular in Hindu culture in South India, especially in Kerala and parts of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. Mother Goddess is worshipped as Adi Parashakti in this concept. When the desire for creation aroused in the Supreme Truth, it divided into Prakrti and Purusha. The Prakrti then divided into five forms for the process of creation. The five forms are Durga, Lakshmi, Saraswati, Savitri and Radha.

This concept is based on the belief that all the female forms in the universe are the different manifestations of Prakrti who is worshipped as the Mother Goddess.

Durga is the consort of Hindu God Shiva. She is the mother of Ganesha. She takes various forms to protect her devotees.

Lakshmi is the consort of Vishnu and is associated with prosperity and wealth.

Saraswati is associated with intelligence.

Savitri is associated with auspiciousness and is associated with the Tejas in all creation. Popularly this form is worshiped as Gayatri.

Radha Devi is the consort of Sri Krishna.