By Swami Harshananda
Rākā literally means ‘the deity of the full-moon day’.
Origin of Rākā
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. Along with Sinīvālī, she is worshiped in temples during the ceremonies of installation and consecration. Rākā is invoked in mud-pots with fissures.
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.
- Ṛgveda 2.32.4
- It is called as chidra kumbha.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore