The Devi Bhagavata Purana also known as the Shrimad Devi Bhagvatam and the Devi Bhagavatam, is one of the Mahapurana in Hindu culture.
The text consists of twelve Skandha (sections) with 318 chapters. Along with Devi Mahatmya, it is one of the most important works in Shaktha , a tradition within Hindu culture that reveres Devi or Shakti as the primordial creator of the universe and the Brahman (ultimate truth and reality).
It celebrates the divine feminine as the origin of all existence, the creator, the preserver and the destroyer of everything, as well as the one who empowers spiritual liberation.
While all major Puranas of Hinduism mention and revere the Goddess, this text centers around her as the primary divinity. The underlying philosophy of this text is Advaita Vedanta-combined with devotional worship of Shakti.
In the 33Rd chapter in 7th skanda of Devi Bhagavatha Purana, there is beautiful description of Adi Shakthi’s Vishvaroopa Darshana.
Devi explains her father Himavan, how she is the energy in every creation, and how untill she enters as prana no living creatures can come into existence.
Parvata Raja Himavan said – O Devi ! Be merciful on me, I desire, to see your Virat roopa in the Fourth Dimensional Space.
This sight is developed when the mind resides in the centre of the eye-brows. A sadhaka if he can control the movement of Manas will be able to have this drishti to see Divya roopa of Devi.
Upon Hearing the words of Giriraja, Vishnu and all the other gods gladly seconded him. Then the Devi, the Goddess of the Universe, knowing the desires of the Devas, showed Her Own Form that fulfils the desires of the Bhaktas, that is auspicious and that is like the Kalpa Vriksa towards the Bhaktas.
They witnessed Her Highest Virat Form.
The Satyaloka is situated on the topmost part and is Her head,
The Sun and Moon are Her eyes, Her ears,
The Vedas are Her words, The Universe is Her heart, The earth is Her loins, the Bhuvarloka is Her navel.
The nakshatra mandala are situated in Her Thighs, the Maharloka is Her neck, the Janarloka is Her Face, the Taparloka is Her head, situated below the Satyaloka.
Indra and the Devas and the Svarloka is Her arms, the Ashwini Devatas are Her nose, the Agni is within Her face, Divaa and Ratri are like Her two wings.
The four-faced Brahma is Her eyebrows,
Aapa(water) is in her palate, Yama, the God of Mruthyu is Her large teeth, the Vaatsalya is Her small teeth, Maya is Her smile, the creation of Universe is Her sidelocks of hair, modesty is Her upper lip, covetousness is Her lower lip, unrighteousness is Her back.
The Prajapati is Her organ of generation, the oceans are Her bowels, the mountains are Her bones; the rivers are Her veins, and the trees are the hairs of Her body.
Kanya, Kanya, and old age are Her best gaits, positions, the clouds are Her glorious hairs, the two twilights are Her clothings, the Moon is the mind of the Mother of the Universe.
Hari is Her Vijnana Shakti (the knowledge power), and Rudra is Her all-destroying power. The horses and other animals are Her loins, the lower lokas such Atala, Sutala etc., are Her lower regions from Her hip to Her feet.
The Devas began to behold Her this Virata appearance with eyes, wide awake, with wonder.
Thousands of fiery rays emitted from Her form, the two rows of her teeth began to make horrible sounds, Her eyes started emitting fire.
Various weapons were in Her hands, and the Brahmanas and Kshatriyas become the food of this fierce form of devi. Thousands of heads, eyes and feet were seen in that form. Crores of Suns, crores of lightnings flashes, mingled there.
This appearance of Devi was terrifying to the eyes, heart and mind. The Devas thus beheld and began to utter cries of horror and their hearts trembled and they were caught with immoveable senselessness. Devi is the mother whose grace and charm vanished away at once from their minds.
At this moment the Vedas that were on the four sides of the Devi, removed the swoon of the Devas and made them conscious. The Immortals got,the excellent Vedas and, with patience, began to praise and chant hymns in words choked with feelings and with tears flowing from their eyes.
The Devas said – “O Mother! Forgive our faults. Protect us. Mother withhold your anger, we are very much terrified at the sight of this form.
“O Devi! We are so inferior to you ! what prayers can we offer to you, when you can’t measure your own powers, how then can we, who are born from you, know of your greatness!
We bow down before you Oh mother of the Universe! You are of the nature of the Pranava Om, We bow down again and again to the Great Form, Mahamaya, the essence in all, Obeisance to the Universal form of the Deity of the Universe whence have sprung all the oceans, all the mountains, all the rivers, all the medicinal plants and all the Rasas (the tastes of all things).
O Devi! Be kind enough to withhold this Extraordinary terrifying form of yours, and bless us your beautiful lovely form.
Adi Shakthi is the Ocean of mercy, seeing the Devas terrified, she withheld Her Fearful Cosmic Form and showed Her very beautiful appearance, pleasing to the whole world. Her body became soft and gentle. In one hand she held the pasha, and in another she held the gadhe. The two other hands were in Abhaya Mudra and Vara Mudra to dispel all their fears
and ready to grant the boons. Her eyes emitted rays of kindness, Her face was adorned with beautiful smiles. The Devas became glad at this and bowed down to Her in a peaceful mind and then spoke with great joy.
Dr Sindhu Prashanth