Bharati – The Goddess of Revolution



The Wind, The Voice, The Story

She’s the divine feminine aspect of the element of air,
She’s the firebrand empress of the greatest epic of Bhaaratvarsha,
She’s the Indic spirit, Bhaarat Mata, our motherland.

Let’s start with Goddess Bharati as one of the universal driving forces of the universe. Divinity through science of observation is after all, one which can be acknowledged by even atheists. It is also what I specialize in.

Bharati, the goddess of Wind in the Vedas, is the better-half of Wind God Vayu. Vayu is breeze, Bharati its fragrance, Vayu is gale, Bharati its howl, Vayu is breath, Bharati its whistle, Vayu is air, Bharati its pressure. As if bringing significance to the role of the Wind, adapting the element to means of diverse purposes.

At an elemental level, She as the feminine aspect of the wind is indeed omnipresent with him on the planet, an aspect of the veritable Almighty, that encompasses everything in the world. She is around you, above you, below you and within you. The planet’s atmosphere, that weighs a total of around 5.5 quadrillion tonnes holds on to most of the heat received from the Sun, from escaping into the cold vacuum of outer space, which allows water to be liquid and thus allows life to flourish on the planet. It also is the atmosphere that shields out all cancerous cosmic rays through ozone ionization, and even disperses sunlight to paint the illusion of the blue ceiling of the world. Thus, Bharati is the one who also provides significance to all the warmth of the Sun, all the life-sustaining water we have, and all the colors of the Sky.
Further, with the Earth’s inclination and spherical shape heating the equator more than the poles, Bharati becomes the winds of seasonal change and the carrier of clouds, performing a ‘revolution’ of rain and snow across the world, bringing significance to the earthly roles of not just Surya & Varuna, but even Indra, spreading that scent of earth’s joy when rain-water hits dry soil.

While this universal force called Bharati is already so unimaginably influential at the global scale, she is even equally involved with each creature individually, verily like a Goddess. Vayu is better known only as PraanVayu, Wind of Life, and is thus the chief among the Maruts, the diverse minor wind gods. He presides over Oxygen, rightly touted as the element of Life. PraanVayu is the chief of wind gods also because of his alliance with fire – Agni. Together they are called the purifying gods – Pavan and Paavak, supporting each other’s purpose. As is always reminded in fire-drills, fire is just an ephemeral manifestation of energy released from an oxidation reaction, so it burns only as long as it is continuously supplied with 3 things – heat, fuel and Oxygen. Oxygen being in abundance in the air, is readily available just everywhere, allowing fire to manifest naturally on earth.
On the other hand, each and every creature needs to breathe oxygen, because deep inside every cell of your body, the oxygen pumped to it every moment, is used to ‘oxidize’ phosphates and release energy so that you could live another moment of life. Thus essentially, you’re a living ‘yagya kund’, where oxygen is continuously poured in with every breath and heartbeat, so that the flame of Life can be prolonged for another moment. Truly, Life is essentially just living from moment to moment, breath to breath.

And Bharati, is the enabler of this gift of life, of the transition of air to energy, of this exchange between Vayu and Agni, since Vayu’s consort Bhaarati is actually named so for being the daughter of an Agni named Bharat, The Flame of Sustenance, the energy that helps things live on.

If you thought that was the last of the things that have her influence in our lives, from other meanings and references of Bharati’s name, we see she is considered in league with Vaka & Saraswati – Goddesses of Voice and Music. It is after all, the ‘air’, the easily-excitable mix of suspended matter, that is also the carrier of all sound – the vibrational energy. It is then Bharati, who enables one and all to even be able to speak and listen, to allow Vaka and Saraswati a medium for their blessings. With voice, come words, and with music, come songs, and Bharati brings about the ‘revolution’ of also these across the world.

One such song, an epic rather, even especially features her revolutionary ways. The one in which she incarnated, again as the daughter of Agni and the wife of Vayu, as Yaagyaseni, born from a Yagya kund. Not as the universal Goddess Bharati, but as Bharati – the revolutionary empress of Bhaaratvarsha,
to ‘play the key role’ i.e. be the Bharati of the historic turning point i.e. Bhaarat, of Bhaaratvarsha.
As Mahabharatee of the ‘great story of Bharat’s descendants’ – the Mahabharat.

Another beautiful song that sounds sweeter in the blessed voice of Lata Mangeshkar;
Su-madhur bhaashini-m
Sukh-daam Var-daam Maa-taram!
Vande, Maa-taram!
One of sweet laughters,
One of sweet words,
Giver of joy,
Giver of boons,
Our mother,
I bow to thee, mother!

A song written with the country pictured as a mother goddess, also becoming renowned from the time of revolutionaries as the song of the nation. A hymn of Bhaarat Mata, of Bharati, Mother India, the Sumadhur-bhaashini. The country after all, like a mother, shelters communities of diverse languages, ethnicities and cultures. Her expanse is a literal spread of blessings, with all colors of nature from snowy mountains to tropical beaches, sandy deserts to lush plains, river valleys to forested hills, several seasons and with them, several fests and celebrations.
A goddess truly worthy of such worship, such salutation and high regard, to have bestowed us such bounties.

Talking about my artistic interpretation of Bharati the Goddess of Revolution, since the major theme is the Goddess of Wind, though more at Goddess of Winds of Change, she’s shown bearing the white flag, riding a gazelle, as is the standard iconography of God Vayu. Her other arm is shown wielding the elemental wind and its close affinity to flames. Her clothes and hair are shown freely fluttering in her wind as she rides through the clouds to guide them. I designed her golden diadem in the shape of a kite, a reminiscent of one of the joys of Makar Sankranti from her. The gazelle horns are designed from a reference to the unique species of gazelles native to India – the blackbuck. The green tone of her profile is to represent her life-bestowing aspect, as also one of the colors of our country’s Tricolor flag. Her earrings and the loop crest on her diadem represent a pinwheel that is a toy that spins with the flow of wind, and also the Ashoka Chakra from our country’s flag and emblem.

The second version is more on the revolutionary aspect of Bharati, and being saffron, I’m sure it would appeal to those who would not fully agree on a pure green goddess representing India. An image of a single-clothed fiery Draupadi who raised her voice to challenge and threaten the system that was being blind towards growing adharma, a revolutionary at heart, she bears in one hand the saffron flag of courage, and in another, the fire of purification, sacrifice and constructive destruction.

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