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By Swami Harshananda
Sometimes transliterated as: Mahesvari, MAheZvarI, Maaheshvari
Māheśvarī literally means ‘spouse of Maheśvara’, ‘the Great Goddess or Mistress’.
- She is shown as fair-complexioned with three eyes and four arms.
- She wears a crown of hair (jatā- mukuṭa).
- She is bedecked with all ornaments.
- She carries the battle-axe (paraśu) and the deer (mṛga) in two hands
- She shows the hand-poses of protection (abhaya) and giving boons (varada) with the other two.
- She rides on a bull (Nandi).
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore