The Goddess of Forest

#faithloreofscdbalaji : Below is a translation of a verse from the Rigvedic hymn about Aranyani. It clearly portrays her as a symbol of free-spirited women in today's world who want to be independent.

"Aranyani, the goddess of the forest,
Who is seen but never caught,
Who wanders in the wilderness,
Her presence felt, but never touched."

Mythlore: The name "Aranyani" is derived from the Sanskrit word "aranya," which means "forest" or "wilderness.”

Aranyani is a unique goddess in Hindu mythology, representing the spirit of the forests. She is revered for her autonomy and ability to sustain both humans and animals. Unlike other Hindu deities, there is no temple dedicated to her. Aranyani embodies the importance of respecting and conserving nature, making her message relevant even today.

She is sometimes regarded as the owner of Kalpavriksha, the divine wish-fulfilling tree.

If you have more facts, stories, or legends about her, please share in the comments. They will be helpful for my upcoming full illustration.
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