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Shelter at the Goddess’ feet.

At the Bhagavati temple in Mashel, Goa.

Bhagavati Temple in Mashel, Goa

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Added: Dr. V.N. Muthukumar made the following observation in the Comments.

There is a deeper connection too. In the devī māhātmya portion of the mārkaṉḍeya purāṉa, we find the following verse:

या देवी सर्वभूतेषु निद्रारूपेण संस्थिता ।
नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमो नमः ॥

(That devī who dwells in all beings as sleep, to Her, I offer many prostrations.)

In the lalitā sahasranāma, one of the names given to devī is सुप्ता – meaning “sleep”; so too, in the śāradāmbā aṣṭottara, we find devī being called निद्रा – again meaning “sleep.” vēdānta mata holds that during deep sleep, every jīva exists as the causal body (कारणशरीर:) in which all mental impressions exist in their latent forms. Just as devī controls the gross (स्थूलशरीरः) and the subtle (सूक्ष्मशरीरः) bodies that operate in the wakeful and dream states respectively, She controls the causal bodies of every and all jīva-s in the universe that are in slumber. There is an exact equivalent between this and creation as expounded by vēdānta. Deep sleep is akin to the universe in its latent (unmanifest) form.
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