Goddess Dhumavati Mantra lyrics:
”Om Dhum Dhumavatyai Namo Namaha
Dhum Dhum Dhum Dhum Dhum Dhum Om.”
Goddess Dhumavati, also known as the eternal widow, the Shakti without Shiva, is one of the Mahavidyas, a group of ten Tantric goddesses. She is frequently called tender-hearted and a bestower of boons, providing protection to Her followers from any sort of black magic, protection for the wealth and protection from any type of enemies.
She is said to manifest herself at the time of cosmic disintegration and is “the Void” that exists before creation and after dissolution. While being fearsome and ugly, she is blessing with her right hand those who can still see the Divine Mother in her.
Her ugly form teaches the practitioner to look beyond the superficial, to look inwards and seek the inner truths of life. In addition, the Goddess Dhumavati is described as a great teacher, one who reveals the ultimate knowledge of the creation, which is beyond the illusory divisions, like inauspicious and auspicious.
According to Linga Purana (one of the 18 Mahapuranas), she was born when demons and gods churned up the ocean in search of the nectar and were given to sage Dussaha as his wife. She could not hear or watch any holy or pious activities.
The Dhumavati Tantra describes her as an old and ugly widow. In the Prapancasarasara-samgraha, the Goddess is portrayed as having a black complexion and wearing ornaments made of snakes. Also, the Goddess holds a spear and a skull-cup in her two hands. The spear is occasionally replaced by a sword. Her dress is made of rags taken from cremation grounds. Another motif in her iconography linking her with death is the presence of a cremation ground and cremation pyres in the background. The black crow on her flag is the symbol of black magic and dark forces.
While Goddess Dhumavati is usually linked with only inauspicious qualities, her thousand-name mantra tells about her positive aspects, too. This sadhana can be done on any moonless night after 10 p.m: take a bath, wear black robes and sit quietly, alone in a room facing south on a black worship mat. Place a wooden seat covered with a black cloth in front of yourself. In a steel plate place Dhoomavati Yantra. On one side place the picture of the Goddess Dhumavati. Next to it on another plate place yantra and Dhoomavati Mala. The practitioner should remain silent for a whole day and night.