Māheśvarī

Rudrani

Rudrani

Māheśvarī (Sanskrit: माहेस्वरी) is the power of god Shiva, also known as Maheshvara. Maheshvari is also known by the names Raudri, Rudrani, and Maheshi, which are derived from Shiva’s names Rudra and Mahesh.

Maheshvari is depicted seated on Nandi, the bull, and has either four or six hands. The white complexioned, Trinetra (three-eyed) goddess holds a Trishula (trident), Damaru (drum), Akshamala (a garland of beads), Panapatra (a drinking vessel) or axe or an antelope or a kapala (skull-bowl) or a serpent, and is adorned with serpent bracelets, the crescent moon and the jaṭā mukuṭa (a headdress formed of piled, matted hair).