Dhumavati Jayanti 2023: During this time each year, Dhumavati Jayanti is celebrated to pray for the destruction of our enemies. On Dhumavati Jayanti, the seventh deity of the ten mahavidyas is worshipped. This holiday is typically observed by single members of society, including widows and bachelors. On the Shukla Paksha Ashtami of the Jyeshta month, Goddess Dhumavati is believed to be a pallid, unhealthy widow who rides a chariot without a horse in a cremation ground. Nevertheless, despite her appearance, she is believed to favour her devotees and assist them in removing sinners from their midst.
Dhumavati Jayanti 2023: Date
This year, Dhumavati Jayanti will be observed on May 28. Goddess Dhumavati is comparable to Goddess Alakshmi and Goddess Jyeshta in essence and appearance.
According to Hindu mythology, Goddess Parvati was once so hungry that she swallowed Lord Shiva to satisfy her appetite. However, upon Lord Shiva’s request, she expelled him. As a result, Lord Shiva rejected her and condemned her to assume the form of a widow. In contrast to other mahavidyas, Goddess Dhumavati is depicted as an ugly, elderly, pale widow with filthy, torn clothing and unruly hair. She does not wear jewellery and has two trembling hands holding a threshing container in order to impart wisdom to others.
Despite her appearance, Goddess Dhumavati is renowned for relieving her devotees of misery, pain, distress, aggravation, and mental anguish. On this day, devotees rise before sunrise and begin preparing for the ceremony. Goddess Dhumavati is worshipped in a remote location. It is believed that offering black sesame seeds wrapped in black cloth to the deity will help obtain her favour.
Rituals During Dhumavati Jayanti
- On Dhumavati Jayanti, devotees rise early in the morning, prepare, and worship the goddess Dhumavati. One must recollect that the principal puja vidhi must be performed in a remote location.
- The Goddess is revered with dhoop, agarbatti, and a variety of blossoms. In addition, a special prasad is prepared by the devotees on this day.
- During puja, special Devi Dhumavati mantras are recited to please Goddess Dhumavati and obtain her blessings to eradicate all life’s obstacles.
- After reciting special mantras and performing Aarti, prasad is distributed to family members and other devotees.
- On Dhumavati Jayanti, it is believed that offering black sesame seeds wrapped in black cloth to Goddess Dhumavati will grant all desires.
- Note also that married women are not permitted to venerate Devi Dhumavati. They can only catch a distant glance of the idol. This custom is observed for the protection of their husbands and offspring.