Yamuna Devi is a Hindu River Goddess. The Yamuna River is the largest tributary for the Ganges River and is revered as the second most sacred river in India. The magnificent Taj Mahal sits on the banks of the Yamuna River which originates from a glacier in the Himalayas. Her temple, Yamunotri, still stands in the Himalayas and is a holy shrine of pilgrimage for Hindus.
March 30, 2020 is Her Jayanti – Day of Appearance.
Yamuna Devi is also known as Kalindi (the dark one) and in the Rig Veda, she is called Yami and is the first woman, Lady of Life, along with her twin brother, Yama, the God of Death, and also the first man. Flowing light and the Sun surround Yamuna Devi. Her father is Surya, the Sun God, and her mother is Saranyu, the Cloud Goddess and Goddess of the Dawn.
From the earliest Vedic texts, she is connected not only to the river, but to the earth and this is reflected as her mount being a tortoise – a creature that is both water and earth as well. In later literature, Yamuna Devi is tied to Krishna. On the night of Krishna’s birth, his father carried him across the Yamuna River and Yamuna Devi created safe passage for that journey. Later, she is referred to as Krishna’s lover and sometimes even his wife and also as a consort of Vishnu.
Both Shiva and Krishna have stories attesting to Yamuna Devi’s ability to absorb and purify them, washing away their “demons” (lower thought forms).
There is a phrase that I saw when I was reading about Yamuna Devi that has stuck with me: “Her waters are said to be the liquid embodiment of Shakti.“ (mahavidya.ca)
All along her journey from the glacier to the cities, Yamuna Devi provides life-giving waters, blessings, and the opportunity for purification within her sacred waters. Her liquid Shakti flows through everyday life, confirming “water is life”. She brings fertility and abundance to those on her banks, as well the ability to wash away the obstructions and impurities of her devotees. Mother Yamuna cleans, purifies, and renews her children in life and death and makes way for more love.
Yamuna Devi brings us messages of devotion, flow, and purification. She is at once the love of the Mother, the Beloved, and Devotion. Her flow brings us into deeper relationship with our inner wisdom and with Goddess/God. From the mundane to the celestial, Mother Yamuna carries us there.
What are the obstacles interrupting your flow? What do you need to release to take the next step to a deeper connection to self, guru, Goddess, God? Are there demons (lower thought forms) that Yamuna can wash away? Or do you simply need to be carried for a bit?
Yamuna Devi laid claim to my Aquamarine mala and it really is perfect for her. Aquamarine is one of the most powerful cleansing stones for the emotional body and communication. It also facilitates liberation from emotional attachments and brings old patterns to the surface for us to acknowledge and release. Use Aquamarine strengthen connection and communication with Goddess. Jai Yamuna Devi!
Listen to Yamuna’s mantra to activate the flow of this Goddess in your life now!