A large section of the sacred Hindu texts talks about Mahavidhyas – 10 forms or aspects of the Hindu goddess Adi Parashakti. According to Devi Bhagavata Mahapurana, she is the one who created the universe, the one preserving it and the one who will destroy it. Her avatars are worshipped to acquire all sorts of power and knowledge. The deities include Kali, Tara, Shodashi, Bhuvaneshwari, Bhairavi, Chinnamasta, Dhumavati, Bagalamukhi, Matangi, and Kamala. The ideal way to devote to these deities is to indulge oneself in Sadhana or Meditation through the medium of Yantra and Mantras.
Dhumavati is the seventh form of Adi Prashakti. She is known to represent death, hunger, poverty, disease and all other sorts of negativeness and in-auspiciousness. A strange legend from Pranatoshini Tantra explains her origin. Dhumavati, previously known as Devi Sati, was the first wife of Lord Shiva. Once, she asked Shiva to get her something to eat. As they were in the Himalayas, he wasn’t able to fulfill her wish. Out of extreme hunger, she engulfed Shiva itself, and by doing so, she widowed herself.
Shiva’s consciousness then talked to her and convinced her into throwing him up. She agreed, and as soon as she let Shiva out, he cursed her. He stripped off her good looks, making her aged and ugly. She was imprecated to be dressed as a widow in old clothes. And that’s how she got transformed into Dhumavati from Sati.
Despite what she represents, she is worshipped by a large number of Hindus around the world. Devotees worship her asking for strength to fight against the same negativities she is associated with, specific diseases and poverty.
Yantras are diagrams printed or drawn on a paper/ cloth and kept in close proximity while meditating. Dhumavati Yantra is composed of a triangle inside a Star of David, bordered by a circle, positioned on top of a lotus flower. The structure itself is enclosed inside a square structure. The colors used in the Yantra are Yellow, Red and Green.
Dhumavati Yantra should be installed and worshipped for overcoming sadness, sorrow, depression, tragedy, diseases, poverty and to eliminate the evil impact of Ketu from one’s horoscope. It is also worshipped for all round success and spiritual upliftment, which it gives quick results.
In general, Dhumavati Mantras are chanted to achieve magical powers, liberate oneself from troubles, enemies or spells, and for fulfilment of desires. There are, however, specific mantras for particular purposes. The mantras need to be chanted a defined number of times to attain a definite goal. Also, certain other distinct instructions need to be followed as per the motive.
1. Dhumavati Mool Mantra
॥धूं धूमावती ठः ठः॥
॥Dhoom Dhoom Dhoomavati Thhah Thhah॥
It’s the basic all-purpose Dhumavati Mantra. It is said that chanting them by following specific instructions could benefit the devotee in the following ways:
- Protects the devotee from enemies, helps him get victory over them, or simply rid of them.
- Causes extreme pain and troubles to the enemies.
- Assists to overcome debts and poverty.
- Helps the creditor/ investor retrieve the credited/ invested amount.
- Improves one’s impression in front of others causing the number of enemies to reduce.
- Fulfills the devotees’ desire of having a son.
- Helps lift all sorts of magical spells and evil thoughts.
2. Ugra Dhumavati Mantra
॥धूं धूं धूमावती तंत्र बाधां स्तम्भय नाशय ठः ठः॥
॥Dhum Dhum Dhumavati Tantra Badham Stambhay Nashay Tthah Tthah॥
Ugra Dhumavati Mantra is chanted specifically to lift black magic and get rid of all the other troubles in life.
3. Dhumavati Gayatri Mantra
॥ॐ धूमावत्यै विद्महे संहारिण्यै धीमहि तन्नो धूमा प्रचोदयात्॥
॥Om Dhumavatyai Vidmahe Samharinyai Dhimahi Tanno Dhuma Prachodayat॥
The Dhumavati Gyatri Mantra is a modified mantra that has benefits of both Dhumavati and Gyatri Mantra. Apart from the regular Dhumavati advantages, others include:
- Helps the devotee have a better understanding of god, and brings them closer.
- Improves physical and mental power, and the ability to concentrate
- Assists patients recover from diseases, and pain.
- Builds the devotees’ spiritual aspect and makes them more peaceful
- Grants the worshipper wealth and other physical possessions
Breaking Down Dhumavati Mantras
Every deity has a seed word associated to it, for example the seed word for Lord Shiva is Om. Similarly, it’s Dhum for Dhumavati. The seed word is mainly used to compose mantras for chanting and worshipping the deity.
There could be mantras composed using the seed word of only one deity, giving the devotees benefits of worshipping the particular deity. For example,
॥Dhum Dhumavati Svaha॥
This mantra is a mantra focused on Dhumavati.
Or, there could be modified mantras with seed words of more than one deity, giving the worshippers benefits of all. For example,
॥Om Dhum Dhum Dhumavati Devyai Svaha॥
It is a modified mantra focusing on both Shiva and Dhumavati.
Modified Mantras are by definition more powerful than the deity specific ones, offering the devotees benefits of all the deities it focuses on.
There is also a role of syllables in Mantra. The mantra with more syllables are more difficult to chant than the mantra with few syllables, especially in case of Dhumavati Mantras, as they need to be chanted for 1008 or more number of times, as per the motive. The former ones are considered more powerful and effective than the latter ones.
The following are Dhumavati focused mantras with the same benefits, but as mentioned above, the one with 7 syllables are the least powerful while the one with 15 is the most powerful. Devotees can choose one of the syllables to go with, as per their level of concentration and devotion.
Saptakshar Dhumavati Mantra (7 Syllables Mantra)
॥धूं धूमावती स्वाहा॥
॥Dhum Dhumavati Svaha॥
Ashtakshar Dhumavati Mantra (8 Syllables Mantra)
॥धूं धूं धूमावती स्वाहा॥
॥Dhum Dhum Dhumavati Svaha॥
Dashakshar Dhumavati Mantra (10 Syllables Mantra)
॥धूं धूं धूं धूमावती स्वाहा॥
॥Dhum Dhum Dhum Dhumavati Svaha||
Chaturdashakshar Dhumavati Mantra (14 Syllables Mantra)
॥धूं धूं धुर धुर धूमावती क्रों फट् स्वाहा॥
॥Dhum Dhum Dhura Dhura Dhumavati Krom Phat Svaha॥
Panchadashakshar Dhumavati Mantra (15 Syllables Mantra)
॥ॐ धूं धूमावती देवदत्त धावति स्वाहा॥
॥Om Dhum Dhumavati Devadatta Dhavati Svaha॥
Now, despite the range of knowledge offered here, it is meant for informational purpose only. It is recommended that you hire a professional mantra practitioner, if you wish to carry out a religious ceremony dedicated to Dhumavati. As, for the ceremony to be beneficial, steps need to be accurate to the tiniest of details. May Dhumavati bless you with all her heart!