is the smoky form of Shakti. She
is also known as the eternal widow, the Shakti without Shiva.
She is ugly and also called Alakshmi, the one who is without
lakshmi or radiance (see Lakshmi).
Dhumavati is the Divine Mother at the time of
the deluge, when the Earth is under water. While being ugly
and fearsome, she is blessing with her right hand those who
can still see the Divine Mother in her. The black crow on
her flag is the symbol of dark forces and black magic.
Dhumavati is one of the ten Mahavidyas - the
others are Kali, Tara, Shodashi, Bhuvaneshwari,
Bhairavi, Chinnamasta and Matangi,
Kamala and Bagla Mukhi. The Mahavidyas represent some or other
incarnation or manifestation of the Divine Mother. They are
in this sense also to be regarded as Vidyas or different approaches
to (tantric) knowledge.
Sadhana of Dhumavati as unorganised divine energy
leads to total awareness. Worship of Dhumavati is done in
a completely naked state, in a crematorium or in a lonely
spot on the darkest night in the descending moon cycle.