Rati, the goddess of love, sensuality, and fertility in Hinduism, is bestowed with the Sanskrit name “Rati (रति),” meaning “pleasure, desire, or delight.” Etymologically, the term encompasses anything enjoyable but is predominantly used in Hindu mythology to connote sexual love. According to Hindu beliefs, mantras dedicated to Rati are believed to bestow the miraculous ability to make others fall in love.
As the goddess of sexual desire, love, and beauty, Rati embodies the qualities of an ideal woman, adept at fostering perfect harmony with her partner and bringing joy into their lives.
Incomparable Beauty of Goddess Rati
Described as highly attractive and feminine in ancient books and scriptures, Rati is identified as the daughter of Prajapati Daksha, a warrior queen who revels in horse riding. Depicted in some images with an Indian ringneck parrot as her vehicle and a bow made of sugarcane in hand, Rati is renowned as the divine consort of Kamadeva, the Hindu god of love.
Together, they epitomize the perfect couple, representing love, harmony, and conjugal bliss. Various names such as Kama-kala, Kama-priya, Raga-Lata, and Reva-kami underscore her association with the pleasurable aspect of carnal desire.
Origin Story of Goddess Rati
Although not mentioned in the Vedas, Rati appears in the Puranas, notably in various legends of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. The most well-known version, as per the Kalika Purana, designates her as the daughter of Prajapati Daksha.
Her Marriage with Kamadeva (God of Love)
According to the Kalika Purana, Lord Brahma created ten Prajapatis to aid in the creation of nature. Lacking the vital quality of sexual impulse for reproduction, Brahma invoked Kama, his son, the god of love. Kama, armed with his arrow of desire, induced sensual desire among all living beings. Daksha, a Prajapati gifted with a stunning daughter, Rati, invited Kamadeva to her swayamvar. Rati, following Lord Brahma’s recommendation, chose Kamadeva as her husband.
Rati Mantra for Beauty & Attraction
The Rati Gayatri Mantra, associated with Goddess Rati, is particularly popular among women conscious of their beauty and desiring greater appeal. The mantra is a powerful invocation for those seeking beauty and attraction.
|| ॐ क्लीं कामरति च विद्यमहे कामेश्वरी च धीमहि तन्नो रति प्रचोदयात ||