Ambika or Ambika Devī is goddess venerated by Jains and Hindus. Among the Jains she is classed as the Yaksi (dedicated attendant deity) or the Sasana Devi (protector goddess) of the 22nd Tirthankara Neminatha.
Goddess Ambika sits regally on her throne in this canvas painting. Surrounded by her dasis, attendants who serve and entertain her, she exudes a sense of power and grace. The dasis play traditional instruments such as the Veena and damroo, adding to the scene’s air of serenity and luxury.
Ambika is typically portrayed with eight arms, each holding a weapon used in battle against demons. In Hindu mythology, she is known for slaying the demons Shumbha and Nishumbha in the Skanda Purana. As Adi Shakti and Adi Parashakti, she is believed to be the source of all power in the universe. Her depictions vary widely, but she is often shown sitting on a lotus flower or riding a lion. She may also be accompanied by elephants or other animals.
Whether you are a follower of Jainism or Hinduism, it is easy to see why Ambika is an important and popular goddess. Her strength and beauty are undeniable, making her a perfect representation of divine power. The next time you see a painting or statue of Ambika, take a moment to appreciate this wonderful goddess.