By Swami Harshananda
Sometimes transliterated as: Yogamaya, YogamAyA, Yogamaayaa
Yogamāyā is the power of īśvara or God by which he creates, sustains and withdraws the world. She is pictured as a goddess, an aspect of Durgā.
Yogamāyā, As per Bhāgavata
According to the Bhāgavata she was born to Yaśodā on the same day as Kṛṣṇa was born to Devakī. She was exchanged with Kṛṣṇa, by Vasudeva. When Kansa, the demon-king of Mathurā, tried to kill her she escaped from his grip, assumed her real form as Durgā and warned him. Her birthday is celebrated in some places on the day next to Kṛṣṇa’s.
Yogamāyā, As per Bhagavadgītā
The Bhagavadgītā refers to her as the power of delusion.
- Bhāgavata 10.3.47
- Bhagavadgītā 7.25
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore