The story of Bhramari Devi is one of the very popular folklore from the Indian Mythological fables that children in India love to listen to. The ‘Bhramari’ word signifies the ‘Bees’. Shri Mataji once enlightened us speaking on the subject of Centre Heart. She said that the Central Heart Chakra possessed twelve petals and is supposed to be the protector as it helps build the antibodies to fight in human. Shri Mataji revealed that it is in this Chakra that Bhramari Devi resides which emits the droning notes of ‘Bees’ termed as ‘Bhramaran’ as it throbs. It protects us from external attacks of negativities like bacteria or Virus, etc. It is very prominently felt up to the age of Twelve years in human. It takes the Form of Jagadamba and Durga to protect us all the time and gives the element of confidence and sense of security.
The quotes from Devi Mahatmyam extract say ……“At the time when a great Asura called Aruna will trouble all the three worlds, I will take the form of a swarm of black bees, for protecting the three worlds. Then I will kill that great Asura, and the people of all the world will praise me as Bhramari.”
The myth behind this Bhramari (meaning of ‘Bees’ in Devnagri) is very interesting as accepted as a children fable in India.
It is believed once there lived an asura called Arun. He had always been fighting against Gods and wanted to establish his kingdom driving out the Gods. Thus one day he went to a solitary place in order to practice terrible austerities. Arunasura stood on one leg and did penance for hundreds and thousands of years chanting the sacred Mantras incessantly, to please and obtain a boon from Lord Brahma. Pleased with such devotion Lord Brahma appeared before him and asked, “O, Arunasura what boon do you seek? The intelligent Daitya Arunasura immediately asked for the boon of immortality from Lord Brahma. Listening to this impossible thing, Lord Brahma gently explained to him: “O Best of the Danavas, even Shri Brahma, Shri Vishnu, and Lord Maheshwara (the Trinity) are not immune from the limitations of death, let alone others. Ask for something reasonable and possible.” Then Aruna said with devotion: “O Brahma Deva, if you are unwilling to grant me immortality then grant me such a boon that my death shall not be caused by any war or by any arms or by any weapons. My death should not be brought about by any man or any woman, by any biped or any quadruped, or any combination of these. Also please grant me an army large enough that I can conquer the Devas.” Hearing the words of the Daitya, Lord Brahma said: “Let it be so”, (Tathastu)!”
Having received the boon, Arunasura called on all the other Daityas that lived in the neighborhood regions, and commanded them to attack the Devas. Arunasura straightway set forth for the heavens (swargalok) and yelled harshly, “Come out, Indra and all the Devtas, if you at all dare to fight me”. Meanwhile Indra exclaimed, “This Arunasura has obtained a boon from Lord Brahma, so we cannot defeat him easily”. All the strategies to combat the attack failed .The Devas gathered together to decide how to defeat their enemy, but meanwhile, Aruna, surrounded by his army, invaded the Heavens, and through the power of his Tapas, assumed various forms and seized the rights and possessions of the Devas to dislodged them from their stations. The devtas thought it would be wiser to escape unnoticed than to face humiliation of defeat from this horrible Rakshasa and all went to seek advice from Lord Shiva from Kailasha. Thus Arunasura effortlessly entered Indra’s kingdom to find an empty city seeing all the Devtas had left. He summoned his fellow daityas angrily and ordered them to bring the wives of the Devtas immediately. He yelled saying, “I shall test their endurance and devotion to their husbands who are nothing but cowards as they have fled away before facing the battle”. The Devis (the wives of the Devtas) were brought before Arunasura. In utter fear they closed their eyes and prayed to Parmeshwari Devi (Shri AdiShakti) to save them from this horrible asura.
Parmeshwari Devi transformed Herself into a large bee and with a swarm of bees which emerged out from Her form surrounded the wives of Devtas as the Devi and sent out innumerable lines of black bees, which joined with those emerging from Her hands, covering the whole earth. The sky was completely overcast with the swarm of bees, and the earth was cast into darkness. The sky, mountain peaks, trees, forests, all became filled with bees and the spectacle presented a terrific sight. Then the black bees began to tear asunder the breasts of the Daityas, as bees sting those who disturb their hives. The powerless Daityas could not fight or communicate with one another, and so perished rapidly.
The asuras as they struggled were all stung to death while they tried to reach the beautiful Devis. Adi Shakti in Her form of the Divine bee approached the asura and said, “O, asura! Meet your end!” And She stung him to death. The Devis thanked Shri Adi Shakti for saving their chastity. That is how Devi got the name of ‘Bhramari Devi’ as the protector.
an Indian legend
by Ranjana and Rabi, India