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Story of Origin of Saptamatrikas – Seven Divine Mother Goddesses in Hinduism

Story of origin of Saptamatrikas, the seven divine mother goddesses in Hinduism, is found in the Mahabharata, Varaha Purana and Kurma Purana. The popular story is that the Saptamatrikas appeared to defeat the thousands of Anadhakas that were born from the blood of demon Andhaka.

Story of Origin of Seven Divine Mother Goddesses in Hinduism

Andhaka was actually the third son of Shiva. Lord Shiva injured demon Andhaka when he tried to take away Goddess Parvati. Andhaka had received a boon that a single drop of blood spilled from his body will create thousands of Andhakas. So when Shiva injured Andhaka thousands of Andhakas appeared from the blood split.

To defeat the Andhakas, Shiva created Yogeshwari and the other gods created Saptamatrikas.

They then fought and defeated the Andhakas.

The Saptamatrikas are Brahmani, Vaishnavi, Maheshwari, Kaumari, Varahi, Indrani and Chamundi.