The festival of Dhumavati Jayanti or ‘Dhumavati Mahavidya Jayanti’ as it is popularly known is celebrated as the day when Goddess Dhumavati, a manifestation of Goddess Shakti, incarnated on Earth. It falls on the ‘Ashtami (8th day) during the ‘Shukla Paksha’ (the bright fortnight of moon) in the ‘Jyestha’ month of the Hindu calendar.
For those following the English calendar, it corresponds to the months of May-June with dates varying every year. Dhumavati Jayanti is an auspicious day for Hindus celebrated in honor of Goddess Dhumavati, who is known to be the seventh of the 10 Mahavidyas in Hindu mythology. She is also known to be the most furious form of Goddess Durga. By worshipping Maa Dhumavati on this auspicious day, devotees can be relieved from all their problems and sins. Dhumavati Jayanti is celebrated with immense excitement and zeal in the whole country.
Dhumavati Jayanti 2021 is on June 18 Friday
Significance of Dhumavati Jayanti
According to the Hindu legends, Goddess Dhumavati is associated with all inauspicious things. It is believed that She appeared during the time of Cosmic dissolution. Some of the Hindu scholars strongly consider that Goddess Dhumavati is the void just prior to creation and post destruction. The Goddess is depicted in the form of an ugly old lady seated on a horseless chariot. Sometimes, she is also portrayed riding a crow. Symbolically speaking, Goddess Dhumavati urges the devotees to look beyond the superficial things and foster their faith in the Supreme Truth, from which both beauty and ugliness arise.
Even though Mata Dhumavati’s appearance is dangerous and scary, She always blesses her children and was incarnation to free Earth from all sinners and demons. Even in ancient times, Saint Parshuram, Bhrigu, and Durvasa worshipped Goddess Dhumavati for the attainment of special powers. In some regions, She is worshipped as a protective deity. Tantric practitioners worship Goddess Dhumavati to overcome all the obstacles in life and also for the fulfillment of their desires. She is also referred to as ‘Kalahpriya’ for offering the solutions for this world’s Kalah (problems). It is believed that even a glimpse of Goddess Dhumavati on the day of Dhumavati Jayanti, showers divine blessings on the observer.