The primordial energy (Sakthi) in the female form, is known by various names such as Rajarajeswari, Aadhi Parasakthi and Jagadamba. Rajarajeswari has ten different aspects such as Kali, Thara, Shodasi etc. One of these aspects is Bhuvaneswari. Bhuvanam Eswari means the ruler. She rules the universe according to Her will. In other words, the whole universe belongs to Her.
Goddess Bhuvaneswari is a symbol of beauty and grace. She is the giver of wealth, health and happiness. Prayers offered to her remove sorrows. Sins are forgiven by Her. By praying Her, birth less state and Moksha are obtained.
Bhuvaneswari always appears with a smiling face. She has 4 hands; two of which bless the devotees. She carries weapons such as Paasam Angusam (for control of anger). Her smiling face is meant to cheer-up devotees for happiness. She is always well dressed, bedecked with Jewelry and gems of various kinds. Scriptures describe Her as brighter than thousand Suns, and wearing a crescent moon on Her crown. She is worshipped by Brahma, Vishnu and Siva.
She resides at Manidweepam, which was created out of Her own thought. Manidvipam
Sri Bhuvaneswari represents knowledge and intelligence. Her Bheeja is ‘Hreem’. She is also the controller of Maaya. Her powers extend throughout the universe. In human beings, she exists as Kundalini Sakthi and Sabthabrahmam.
The mantra ‘Hreem’ is known as Sakthi Pranavam. Hreemkara finds its place in various Upanishads – such as Bhavanopanishad, Sowbhagya Lakshmi Upanishad, Sri Sooktham and other prayers. In Lalitha trisathi, Hreem is used in 29 places for glorifying Goddess Bhuvaneswari. She is variously described as the brightness of thousand suns, beauty of peacock and parrot, nectar in a flower, ruby among gems and Ganga among rivers. means the universe; (for control of desire) and consists of several forts, made of several materials – consisting of common metals on the outside, silver, gold, sapphire, Topaz, pearl, corals and emerald in the interior. The Manidweepam is guarded by eight Gods-such as Indira, Agni, Varuna, Vayu, Kubera etc. Worship of the Great Goddess bestows peace and joy upon the worshipper, and brings him or her bounteous merit. The Goddess can fulfill all our needs, and is ever ready to remedy even our greatest afflictions. Indeed, by worshipping the Goddess one can bring immeasurable benefit to one’s loved ones, as well as to oneself, even to the extent of rescuing them from various hells and carrying them thence to the paradise of Manidvipa. This was the marvelous outcome of Maharaja Janamejaya’s worship of Bhuvaneswari Devi, for, after duly adoring her in the manner prescribed for this purpose by Vyasa, his late father’s soul was released from naraka and ascended to the Goddess’s Jeweled Island. Truly, the benefits of worshipping Mother Bhuvaneswari are limitless and practically indescribable! Those who adore the Goddess with pure and selfless bhakti, discerning the truth of non-duality at all times, perceiving and serving the Goddess in all, and cherishing nothing as much as they do serving her, attain sayujya moksha, highest liberation. Let us, therefore, thank Divine Providence for the singular grace and salutary opportunity that has been afforded to us by the opening in Toronto of this auspicious new temple! And let us praise the Great Goddess with all our hearts, assuring her of our unflagging devotion, and imploring her blessings upon us and upon our loved ones!