Goddess of Emergencies, The Savior, Deliverer, She Who Offers Guidance at Crossroads
Description & Benefits: Excellent speaking skills, the annihilation of your enemies and difficulties, and blessings of Divine knowledge and wealth.
Sri Tara Devi is the goddess of guide and protectress or the one who saves. She shines in a bluish hue and is the prime Goddess of Speech. One who offers the ultimate knowledge which gives salvation (also known as Neel Saraswati), Sri Tara Devi Maha Vidya Homa sponsors will be blessed with excellent oratory and presentation skills, overcoming your enemies and challenges as well as gains in a wisdom that leads to wealth and correct decisions.
Who is Goddess Tara?
Goddess Tara is the second of the Dasa (ten) Mahavidyas or “Great Wisdom Goddesses.” She is also considered as a form of ‘shakti.’ The Goddess Tara can be considered as the most popular deity in the Tibetan pantheon. This goddess has such a great influence in Tibetan Buddhism that some have suggested that Tibetan Buddhism should be renamed as Taraism. The Goddess Tara is mostly worshipped throughout Tibet, Nepal and much of South-East Asia. Although there is little or no significant reference found about her in China and Japan, she closely resembles “Quan Yin” or The Japanese Kannon.
According to popular myth, the Goddess Tara came into existence from the sacred tear of Avalokitesvara, which in turn formed a lake, when it fell to the ground. Out of this divine lake, a lotus rose up, which on opening, revealed the Goddess Tara. Like Avalokitesvara, Tara also guides people through the spiritual travel along the path to ‘Nirvana’.
What She Represents?
Viewed as a beautiful woman of white complexion, long golden hair, and blue eyes, Goddess Tara is called the ‘mother of liberation’ and represents the virtues of success in work and achievements. She takes care of the Underworld, the Earth, and Heaven. She also governs birth, death, and regeneration. Her notable animals are sows, mare, owl, and raven.
What is the Importance of The Goddess Tara?
In Hindu scriptures, the Goddess Tara is described as one of the eight major aspects of the Divine Feminine principle. Sometimes, she is also seen as a loving manifestation in contrast to the Hindu Devi ‘Kali’. The concept of the Goddess Tara was adopted by Buddhism from Hinduism by the 3rd century B.C. As of now, the Goddess Tara appears in Buddhism, Jainism, and specifically in Tibetan Lamaism. She actually creates a great array of manifestations and is worshiped as a mother creator and protectress of all humanity as they cross the sea of life.
In Tibetan mythology, Tara is known as a faithful deity. She is the feminine counterpart of the Bodhisattva. As mentioned Tara always blesses and helps souls who cross the sea of life. She also helps a human being in navigating life and guiding through the Earthy travel.
Pundit Samavedula discusses the Goddess Tara
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Special thanks to Paramesh Das for this help with this article.