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In Hinduism, Devi ("goddess") is the supreme mother goddess of the Hindu pantheon. The Goddess, the female aspect of divinity, is usually considered to have an equal role with the male aspect as "energy" or the driving force (Shakti), without which the male aspect, which represents consciousness or discrimination, is impotent.

She comes in many aspects (see list at bottom). Devi is the mother of all living things. Her right hand holds joy and pain and her left hand holds life and death. She is a goddess of fertility, rain, health and nature, and holds the entire universe in her uterus. She is also a goddess of death

In art, Devi is depicted as having eight arms, one of which wields a sword. She rides a lion or tiger into battle.

She killed Chanda and Munda, two monsters.


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Devi is the divine in feminine form. She is widely worshipped in Hindu traditions. There is a separate tradition in Hinduism devoted to her worship called shakta.

She is visualised in 3 forms as Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati.