Rākā

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Raka, RAkA, Raakaa


Rākā literally means ‘the deity of the full-moon day’.

Origin of Rākā

Aṅgiras is one of the Prajāpatis, mind-born sons of Brahmā, the creator. He married Smṛti and begot four daughters:

  1. Anumati
  2. Rākā
  3. Kuhu
  4. Sinīvālī

Significance of Rākā

Rākā is the moon-goddess associated with the full-moon. She is of considerable antiquity. She also has a mention in the Ṛgveda.[1] Along with Sinīvālī, she is worshiped in temples during the ceremonies of installation and consecration. Rākā is invoked in mud-pots with fissures.[2]

Picturesque of Rākā

  • She is described as white in complexion with golden tinges.
  • She wears red garments.
  • She has two arms holding flowers.
  • The haṅsa or swan is her mount and banner.
  • She is associated with the music of lute and flute.


References

  1. Ṛgveda 2.32.4
  2. It is called as chidra kumbha.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore