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Jara, `Becoming-Old'.

[to Whom the twenty-second day of February, day 052, is dedicated]

Geography/Culture: Hindustani.

Description: Goddess of domestic health, happiness and prosperity; She Who is a flesh-eating raksasi with the power to assume any form; Protectress from calamity; Night-eater of corpses left at cross-roads; Personification of old age; She Who is sometimes presented as long-nosed and sagging lipped, with long and pendulous breasts.

To Whom are sacred: cross-roads.

Icon: pictures of Her as a young woman surrounded by children painted or carved on a house wall.

Titles, Variants, etc.

Source: Stutley HDH 126.

Grhalaksmi, Fortunate-House.

Description: Guardian Devi of a new home.

Titles, Variants, etc.

Hariti, The-Snatcher.

Alternate meaning: Lofty-mountain.

Geography/Culture: Hindustani and Pakistan: Pre-Vedic Dravidian. An image found in Taxila. Tutelary Goddess of Rajagrha. Adopted and reformed by Buddhism.

Linguistic note: See Har, linguistic notes, under Kilili-Mushritu.

Description: Under Buddhism She became Protectress of children.

Titles, Variants, etc.

Sources: Brannigan AA 168 (and image); Stutley HDH 126, 130, 346.

Svasti-Devi, Good-Fortune-Goddess.

Alternate meaning: Goddess-of-Wellbeing.

Description: Goddess of protection and prosperity for the family and its home.

Male associate: consort, Pusan.

worked on: June, December 1990; August 1991; dDJune 1995.
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