From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia
By Jit Majumdar
Sometimes transliterated as: Devi, DevI, Devi
- see “deva”
- the generic term for all goddesses
- the Divinity or Supreme Being as the Feminine Principle, who is the Primordial Energy who manifests as the whole for creation with all its phenomena, and who preserves it with her own energy, and finally dissolves it into Herself, and who is the primordial cause of all causes, and with whose various powers the gods carry out their respective functions, and also who is Nature with all its laws, causes and effects herself; the common term of reference for the major goddesses, specially Durgā and Kālī, and also for Lakşmī, Sarasvatī, Gańgā, etc.; the medicinal plant “śivalingi” (Bryonopsis laciniosa); the medicinal bitter-gourd plant “indravāruņī” or “bislambī” (Cucumis trigonus); the medicinal plant “haritaki” or black myrobalan (Terminalia chebula); the herb “padh” or “patha” (Cissampelos pareira); the medicinal plant “laghupaŕņikā” or “murhar” (Clematis triloba); the plant “śālāpaŕņī” (Desmodium gangeticum); the Common Flax plant “atasi” (Linum usitatissimum).