Nilāsukta

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By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Nilasukta, NilAsukta, Nilaasukta


Nilāsukta

This short sukta appears in the Taittiriya Samhitā (4.4.12). It is on Nīlādevī, the third consort of Viṣṇu. She is identified with Aditi, the mother of all gods.

She is the personification of karuṇā (compassion and grace) of God. She is also the power that manifests through Surya (the Sun), Candra (the Moon) and Agni (the Fire).

A brief summary of the sukta may now be given:

I take refuge in Nīlādevī. 0 goddess! Please speak!

O God, who is the supreme creator! That goddess who is the firm refuge of the devotees, who is the consort of Viṣṇu, who is compassionate, who is the mistress of the universe, the repository of all types of strength and power, who is worshipped by the living beings in their minds, who grants all the objects of enjoyment, may that deity give us lordship and bless us with bliss.

May Brhaspati (the guru of the gods), Vāyu (the god of wind), the prāṇas (life forces) in the body, and Nīlādevī who is

the supporter of the quarters and the earth, who is the mistress of the world and a consort of Viṣṇu, preach to us what is good for us!

Iconographical works, following the Pāñcarātra tradition, describe Nīlā or Nīlādevī as dark-blue in complexion, like the blue-lotus. She is clothed in blue garments and richly bedecked with ornaments. In her four hands she holds two lotuses in two, the other two exhibiting the abhaya and varada mudrās, mudrās assuring freedom from fear and giving boons.


References

  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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Nilāsukta This short sukta appears in the Taittiriya Samhitā (4.4.12). It is on Nīlādevī, the third consort of Viṣṇu. She is identified with Aditi, the mother of all gods. She is the personification of karuṇā (compassion and grace) of God. She is also the power that manifests through Sṅrya (the Sun), Candra (the Moon) and Agni (the Fire). A brief summary of the sukta may now be given: I take refuge in Nīlādevī. 0 goddess! Please speak! O God, who is the supreme creator! That goddess who is the firm refuge of the devotees, who is the consort of Viṣṇu, who is compassionate, who is the mistress of the universe, the repository of all types of strength and power, who is worshipped by the living beings in their minds, who grants all the objects of enjoyment, may that deity give us lordship and bless us with bliss. May Brliaspati (the guru of the gods), Vāyu (the god of wind), the prāṇas (life forces) in the body, and Nīlādevī who is the supporter of the quarters and the earth, who is the mistress of the world and a consort of Viṣṇu, preach to us what is good for us! Iconographical works, following the Pāñcarātra tradition, describe Nīlā or Nīlādevī as dark-blue in complexion, like the blue-lotus. She is clothed in blue garments and richly bedecked with orna¬ments. In her four hands she holds two lotuses in two, the other two exhibiting the abhaya and varada mudrās, mudrās assuring freedom from fear and giving boons.