By Swami Harshananda
Manonmani literally means ‘one who makes our mind eager to attain her’.
Significance of Goddess Manonmani
She is one of the aspects of the Divine Mother Pārvatī dear to Sadāśiva, more common in South India. She is worshiped for bhuti and also for striking fear in the minds of enemies.
Representation of Manonmani
Iconographical works describe her in various ways. The most common description is that she is of the color of the moon with a benevolent appearance. She has four arms, holding a red and a blue lotus in two hands, the other two in varada and abhaya mudrās. Sometimes a rosary is shown instead of the blue lotus. Other works show her with five faces and ten arms carrying:
- Śula - spear
- Taṅka - hammer
- Pāśa - noose
- Ankuśa - goad
- Ghaṇṭā - bell
She may also be shown as surrounded by 46 Śaktis and an equal number of Kanyās.
- Bhuti means prosperity.
- Kanyās means virgin-deities.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore