Dhumavati Jayanti 2018: Date, Tithi Time and Vrat Katha
Dhumavati Jayanti (20th June 2018, Wednesday) is the day when Goddess Dhumavati is glorified and worshipped. The word ‘Dhumavati’ is made of ‘Dhuma’ meaning ‘Smoke’ and ‘vati’ meaning ‘being that’, the smoky one. She kills the demons by creating or discharging dangerous smokes from her body. She is the seventh goddess of the ten Mahavidyas or the ten great divine mothers. Dhumavati Jayanti falls on ashtami (eighth day) during Shukla Paksha in Jyeshtha month (June-July). On this day, devotees worship her for relief from distress, frustrations, miseries and mental agonies. She is associated with inauspiciousness such as diseases, poverty, misfortune and the like. Her appearance as mentioned in the scriptures is that of an old woman who is ugly, widow and associated with anything that brings bad luck or is unattractive. It is said that she rides a horseless chariot in a cremation ground.
Story of Dhumavati Devi:
A Vedic scripture Shaktisamgama Tantra mentions a legend of Dhumavati Devi. When Sati, Shiva’s wife, found out that Her father Daksha hadn’t invited Her husband to a great fire sacrifice, she fell insulted. Despite Shiva’s protests, She went to the assembly where renowned personalities of heaven, sages and saints had come for the sacrifice. Daksha aware of his daughter’s presence didn’t pay attention and offer hospitality to her. Feeling humiliated and furious, she committed suicide by jumping into the Fire of Sacrifice. Moments later a goddess, blacked and burnt, emerged from the Kunda of fire. That goddess is known as Dhumavati Devi who is what left of Sati.
How to celebrate: What to do on Dhumavati Jayanti?
Date & Day
June 20, Wednesday
June 21, Thursday
On the day of Jayanti, one should get up before sunrise and worship the goddess with dhoop, incense sticks and flowers.
Offering black sesame seeds in black cloth to Devi removes all the nega tivity from one’s life and awards fulfilments of desires.
One must perform Dhumavati Puja and Yagna on this day. More details on how to do it here.
You may install a Dhumavati Yantra energized with her mantras at home or office. It keeps all the negative energies at bay.
How can a Goddess who is an epitome of misfortune, be worshipped?
She is associated with inauspiciousness such as diseases, poverty, misfortune and the like. Her appearance as mentioned in the scriptures is that of an old woman who is ugly, widow and associated with anything that brings bad luck or is unattractive. It is said that she rides a horseless chariot in a cremation ground. Dhumavati Devi is mysterious and manifests herself fully when the cosmology is put to annihilation by the will of the Lord. She is considered to represent the ‘void’ that fills the atmosphere before and after creation. The Mahavidya scriptures have certain hymns that praise her. Although personifying the unfavourable objects, she has her actual manifestation which is beyond our senses. Her outer ugly appearance indicates that all the material objects should be considered unfavourable to the path of spirituality. One must look inward to find the real divine beauty of the self which is above material planes.
It is said when a devotee becomes puffed up with material possessions and ego, the Lord takes away all his possessions. It is confirmed in Bhagavat Purana (Shrimad Bhagavatm) 10.88.8 wherein the Lord says: If I especially favour someone, I gradually deprive him of his wealth. Then the relatives and friends of such a poverty-stricken man abandon him. In this way he suffers one distress after another. It is the favour done by the Lord to a devotee to remind of his actual position (self-realization). When the Lord decides to take away everything material from a devotee, Dhumavati Devi serves Him by executing His wish and introduces the devotee to poverty, miseries and distress. In that helpless condition, the devotee remembers the Lord through thinking, singing devotional songs or just remembering Him.
Therefore one must worship Dhumavati Devi to destroy ego, arrogance, anger, harsh speech, aggression and the like that harm no one but the self.
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