Devi: The Great Goddess
Devi (in Sanskrit and in English)
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Semi Divine
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Sundari beneath the Mango Tree. Lent by Mr. and Mrs. John Gilmore Ford.
As semi-divine and auspicious, Devi manifests through nature and fertility spirits, celestial nymphs, and auspicious women. Women are considered auspicious through their association with fertility which signifies growth, abundance, and prosperity. This association led to a belief that contact with women brings trees, plants, and creepers into blossom. The ashoka tree, popularly associated with the flowering of a woman's foot, is celebrated repeatedly in Sanskrit poems and dramas.

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