- Yoni is worshiped as the feminine power, as the mother goddess in Hindu religion
- Yoni can also refer to a sacred place inside of us. Everyone has feminine energy in them
In Hindu philosophy, ‘yoni’ is the source of life energy and it is associated with life and its origin. The word yoni is actually Sanskrit word for womb, source, or vagina, but, more generally, it refers to the divine feminine. It is also referred as a symbol of divine procreative energy conventionally represented by a circular stone.
Yoni is a common term in Hinduism and has been used in several Hindu religious texts. It has religious as well as spiritual connotations attached to it. The union of ‘Linga’ and ‘Yoni’ is worshiped as Shiva Linga, which is the utmost sacred symbol present in Hindu religion. Alone, the Yoni is worshiped as the feminine power, as the mother goddess.
In Hinduism, Yoni also means the ‘form of life’. There are millions of Yonis that one living being travels across and transforms to one form to another each time he or she takes birth. It’s like a cycle of different Yonis which is ever-going in the form of reincarnation. The much revered human birth is one of the Yonis. It is only when a native attains the enlightenment, he or she gains Moksha (salvation) and he is thus released from the cycle of Yonis. As mentioned in Hindu Vedic Puranas, after an incident of self-immolation, Devi Sati’s body parts were scattered all around.
It is believed that Yoni too fell on the Earth, in the Indian state of Assam. Upon which we can find the base of Ambubachi Temple in Kamakhya, Assam. The Ambubachi Temple in Kamakhya is the prime most pilgrimage for the Tantric sect of Hinduism. Continuing the Hindu tradition, each year during the month of June, the annual Ambubachi Mela is observed as ‘Fertility Mela’.
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The temple is closed for few days as it’s believed that the presiding goddess of the temple, Devi Kamakhya, the Mother Shakti, goes through her annual cycle of menstruation during this time stretch. This ‘mela’ is amongst the most sacred Tantric gathering in India. The mela clearly illustrates how sincerely the Hindus worship Yoni as a sacred symbol which in turn symbolizes Devi or Parvati.
Within Hinduism, there are yoni vessels (often shallow, spouted containers) which are used as part of rituals or altars meant to honor different female deities. More than a single goddess or a body part, the yoni was used as a symbol of all life, explains author and founder of Tao Tantric Arts, Minke de Vos. “It can also refer to a sacred place inside of us. Everyone has feminine energy in them,” she says.
Minke De Vos tells us that beyond its origin in ancient India, the yoni can still carry spiritual significance for women today. The modern-day tantric practices use it as a framework through which people should view their bodies. “The yoni is the wellspring of our creative energy,” de Vos says, adding that this can refer to sexual, procreative energy, or really anything you are passionate about. She explains that The yoni is believed to be the source of your drive.
She even encourages her students to say yoni in lieu of vagina or womb, since using this spiritual term is believed to foster a stronger relationship between them and their bodies. “Women are able to better integrate their emotions with their sexuality when they work in these terms,” she says. Yoni doesn’t solely apply to goddesses anymore — anyone can get in touch with their divine feminine side in today’s time.
So, the yoni is more than just a word for a ‘vagina’. It’s more of an idea than a word and reflecting upon this concept, that what motivates and inspires you actually dwells within your physical body, can profoundly change how you view yourself.
– prepared by Kritika Dua. Twitter @DKritika08
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