In the Vedas, Mothers are referred and worshiped as Matrikas. She is said to play a minor role in comparison to male gods but Shaktam, Mother Goddess worship would not buy this classification. Mother Devi has strong independent nature. She is either a great warrior or domestic in nature and identified with Her male counterpart as wife, consorts, or Shakti.
Shakti is the Hindu concept developed to define the role of Mother Devi’s relationship with the God. Shakti symbolizes the animating energy of God; the male aspect of divinity is one of passivity and serenity while the female is the dynamic element of activating energy. Now, Shakti manifests both in a single benevolent and terrific form.
Mother Devi, the Great Mother, is the female aspect of the divine. She is the quintessential core form of every Hindu Goddess. Without her the male aspect remains powerless. She is the Supreme independent power. She is the wife of the God Shiva, and daughter of Himavat, the Hindu God of Mountains, the personification of the Himalayan Mountains.
Mother worship calls for focused devotion with extreme emotion. We like to give Her the best, even in clothing when she is dressed like a child-Bala or a bride like Radha. She appears as several Goddesses to care for Her children with several different forms and can be both loving and cruel. Devi manifests herself as the Trinity being the creator as Durga, preserver as Lakshmi, and destroyer as Kali. Om Shakti.
Yogi Ananda Saraswathi...