Devi Mahatmya


An illustrated version of the Devī Māhātmya (‘Glorification of the Goddess’), describing the Goddess Durgā’s battle against the forces of evil.

Why is the Devī Māhātmya important?

The Devī Māhātmya (‘Glorification of the Goddess’) is embedded in the Mārkaṇḍeya Purāṇa and is, along with the Devī Bhāgavatapurāṇa, one of the fundamental works in Shaktism. This important tradition of Hinduism maintains that Devī, the Goddess also known as Durgā, is the Supreme all-pervading reality of existence.

The idea of a divine feminine principle first appeared in the hymns of the Rig Veda and later in the Upaniṣads, however the Devī Māhātmya is probably the first text to distinctly present the Goddess manifestation as an object of devotion.

The manuscript

This paper manuscript was made in Southern Rajasthan or Gujarat. The text is written in clear Devanāgarī in black and red ink and illustrated by twenty-five miniatures.

Full title:
Devī Māhātmya देवी माहात्म्य
18th century , India
Usage terms

Public Domain. Please consider cultural, religious & ethical sensitivities when re-using this material.

Held by
British Library
Or 13733

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