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Whenever you visit an ancient temple, you would find the 9 glorified statues of The Seven Godly Mothers or the Saptha Matrikas, the source of the Matrix, is an exquisite ancient knowledge to contemplate upon. Each goddess is associated to the specific quality of the nature of the system and the ability to break it down. The Goddesses are Brahmani, Maheswari, Kaumari, Vaishnavi, Varahi, Indrani, and Chamunda. However, there’s another supreme intelligence involved, Yogeswari which she’s unseen. The seven mothers are accompanied by Veerabhadra and Ganesha, which makes the number to 9.  

When we look into the ancient text, Lord Shiva is set to defeat Andhakasura abd in that battle, the demon kept on multiplying no matter how many times Shiva hit him. More Andhakasuras began coming towards Shiva, just like Agents surround Neo in the sequel of The Matrix. To solve this problem, Shiva contemplated his Yogic power and created Yogeswari, his hidden form of energy. Then Yogeswari sought the solution and another seven types of energies were created, altogether stopped Andhakasura from getting multiplied and completely nullified him.

In various Puranas, the Seven Mothers represent the seven chakras in the human embodiment as well as the energies that govern the nature of this reality and the very energies that can be accessed through conquering oneself. It is also said that they’re the energy used to impose the limitations and they are the energy that can be used to break them. The sculptures of the seven mothers will also be found in the cave temple of Ellora. A unique depiction of Saptha Matrikas, Ganesha and Veerabhadra has been found at Gorgi, Reva District and was kept at Allhabad Museum. The sculpture depicts the 9 deities in vaqueros dancing form.   

-Viswanath Venkat Dasari

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