(‘Mother of beings’)

Worship of God as the Mother is an ancient practice in Hinduism. One of her innumerable aspects is ‘Bhūtamātā’ or the ‘Mother of Beings’. Though she is consi-dered as the Mother of all the living beings she is most probably the deity of less known or obscure cults supposed to be worshipped by bhūtas (goblins), pretas and piśācas (disembodied spirits) and minor godlings.

Iconographically she is shown as sitting under an aśvattha tree (Ficus religiosa) on a splendid throne wearing ornaments of pearls. She has two arms carrying a sword and a shield. Her complexion is pinkish white.