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By Swami Harshananda

Raudri literally means ‘the terrible goddess’.

Aspects of Raudri[edit]

Raudri is an aspect of the goddess Pārvati. She is the feminine counterpart or consort of Śiva as Rudra, the Terrible. She is also called as:

  1. Caramamuṇḍā
  2. Cāmuṇḍā
  3. Mahāmāyā
  4. Sarvabhṅta-mahāraudrī
  5. Kālarātrī

Characteristics of Raudri[edit]

  • The demon Durga, the son of Ruru, had obtained a boon that he could never be killed by male beings. Unable to bear his atrocities, all the gods approached Brahmā, the creator for succor. On his request, Raudri killed Durga.
  • She is also described as one of the eight forms of Parāśakti[1] like Vāmā, Jyeṣṭhā, Kālī and so on.
  • She is the personified aspect of fire element in the creation.
  • Iconographical works picture her as black in complexion, clad in red garments.


  1. Parāśakti is Pārvati as the Supreme Power.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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