Somewhere in the 1960’s Shri Vishnu Datt Achary ( Shastriji) wrote the Haidakhandeshwari Saptasati with the blessings of Mahendra Maharaj.
When Shastriji came to Vrindavan and recited the Saptasati for the first time showing his work, Mahendra Maharaj started dancing around the temple grounds holding the written version on his head.
On the same day Mr Manohar Lal Vohra came from Bombay saying that he had a vision of a Devi who told him that She was Haidakhandeshwari Ma and showed a drawing that was made by a painter according to his directions of that vision. On seeing the painting Shastriji went in ecstasy saying that it was exactly as he had described in the Saptasati. Mr Vohra took on the printing of the first edition of the Haidakhandeshwari Saptasati There and then Haidakhandeshwari Ma descended in this form onto our world under the fine directions of Mahendra Maharaj. He said, I am only a crow but soon the Swan will be here, show it to Him when He comes.
Mahendra Maharaj gave Vishnu Datt Shastri a secret mantra that only Babaji and he knew, to recognise the authenticity of Haidakhan Whale Baba, Babaji.
When Babaji went to Vrindavan in 1971 for the first time He asked, where is my Acharya. Shastriji was called and on arrival Babaji took him in a room before he could ask anything. As soon as the door closed the sounds of the mantra came from the walls and filled the room. Shastriji came crying out of the room claiming that the Swan had landed, Babaji has arrived. Soon after The Saptasati and the painting were show to Babaji. He said that this is my form and the true form of the Devi. Further explaining that now in Kali Yuga time is compressed and that is why for the benefit of mankind Babaji made a shorter version of the Durga Saptasati which is more than double in size. He promised that anybody reading the Saptasati with sincerity will have all wishes, material and spiritual fulfilled.
There is no mind needed really to experience, but since we all have one, here is something for it to chew on.
With questions in hand and a recording device I went together with Gurubhai Uday Chatterjee to Shri Mayapatti Acharya for a small interview on the subject.
Even with a lot of experience, translating for Acharya for many years during Navaratri it was not easy for Uday bhai as he speaks fast and rakes in all sorts of side subjects in the process, but he did a great job in making it comprehensible for most devotees.
Haidakhandeshwari Ma is the all encompassing form of Divine Mother comprising of Mahakali, Mahalaxmi and Mahasaraswati. In the Bhakti Tradition, there are three broad streams, Shaivism, Vaishnav and Shakti traditions-who are respectively devotees of Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu( Ram & Krishna) and Divine Mother or Jagdamba (Mother of the Universe).
There is only one Divine Mother called Durga or Jagdamba (Mother of the world) and various other names and she takes numerous manifestations to accomplish Her divine task of delivering Bhukti and Mukti, abundance and liberation to Her children on earth.
Haidakhandeshwari Ma is the personified Devi of Babaji’s devotees or the Divine Mother and makes our connection more personal.
As per the interpretation of (Durga) Devi Saptasati Her first form is of Mahakali also known as Mahamaya, representing the illusory potency of Divine Mother. Maya means what appears to be but is not an illusion! She is the Grand Illusionist who keeps us attached to worldly things of which we suffer great mental pain because of our attachment. But Mahamaya not only causes illusions and attachments, with sincere devotion –she also releases us from worldly attachments and sets us on a path of liberation.
The next form of Devi is Mahalaxmi-the Goddess of Abundance. She is the consort of Vishnu ( the sustainer of the Universe) and she not only gives the boon of abundance on the material plain but also frees us from our Ego.
The third form of Devi Ma is that of Mahasaraswati-who is symbolic of pure consciousness and intellect. She gives to her devotees the highest form of liberation consciousness. With her Blessing a devotee ceases to identify himself/herself with the body and realizes their true nature as a part of Divine Consciousness.
Haidakhandeshwari Ma encompasses some attributes of all the three forms of Divine Mother-namely Mahakali, Mahalaxmi and Mahasaraswati and in addition SHE has a distinctly local Kumauni characteristic.
Haidakhandeshwari Ma encompasses some attributes of all the three forms of Divine Mother-namely Mahakali, Mahalaxmi and Mahasaraswati and in addition SHE has a distinctly local Kumouni characteristic. The is the area where Babaji was roaming also in His manifestation as Munindra Maharaj.
The crescent moon on the forehead of Haidakhandeshwari Ma is symbolic of Shiva as one of the names of Shiva is Chandrasekhar (one who holds the moon on his forehead).This is symbolic of Mahakali who is also called Mahamaya-the grand Illusionist. Maya or Illusion is a phenomenon where what seems or appears is not a reality. One example would be a flowing river which appears to be same but in reality it changes all the time. This is the same delusion where we think our bodies are same today as it was yesterday but again every moment cells are dying and new cells are being born. It is through the Grace of Mahamaya that we can overcome our delusions on this earth and understand our true nature.
Our Haidakhandeshwari Ma is also embodying Lakhsmi Devi, the consort of Lord Vishnu as She is holding in Her hands; Shankh (conch), Chakr (rotation disk), Gada (mace) and Padma (lotus). These four attributes are symbolic of Purusharth-which literally symbolize the Objects of Human Pursuits. This is an important concept in Sanatan Dharma and refers to the four proper goals or aims of human life. The four Purusharths are Dharma (righteousness,moral values) ,Artha(prosperity, economic values), Kama (pleasure, love, psychological values) and Moksha(liberation,spiritual values). Shankh is symbolic of Abundance and Wealth, Chakra is symbolic of Dharma or Righteousness, Gada is symbolic of enabling Moksha, Padma is symbolic of fulfilment of Desires.
Haidakhandeshwari Ma is seated on a lotus in the icon and that representing the qualities of Saraswari Ma in Her expression beauty and artistic qualities.
Haidakhandeshwari Ma also has a Kumauni appearance partly in the way she is dressed and the jewels she is wearing representing Her as a Devi of the Haidakhandi Samaj seated in a cave in the Kumaon region.
Haidakhandeshwari Ma is our ‘personal’ Divine Mother who represents within herself the attributes of Mahakali, MahaLakhsmi and Mahasaraswati and is the Supreme Bestower of both Bhukti (worldly abundance) and Mukti (Moksha) .
There are two murtis of Haidakhandeshwari Ma in standing position. In Herakhan at the cave side and in the Universal ashram in USA.
There are many smaller ones around the world where She is in sitting position.
To get to know Her is to experience Her with focussing on Her with Mantra’s and reading Her Saptasati booklet containing 700 versus describing Her and Her qualities.
There are now many editions, translated in several languages available in our ashram shops around the world. Practise makes perfect.
Her mantra is : Om Hreeng Shreeng Haidakhandeshwariyee namah.
Happy continuation of the Navaratries.
Shri Haidakhandeshwari Mata ki Jai !
Bhole Baba ki Jai !
To make this information available to you there was the highly appreciated assistance of Shri Mayapatti Acharya, Uday Chatterjee, Pallu & Yogendra Madhavlal, Sanjeev Sarna and Vijay Gupta.
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