From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia
By Swami Harshananda
Bhārati literally means ‘one who delights in light or knowledge’.
- The Ṛgveda mentions Bhāratī as one of the three goddesses (the other two being Ilā and Sarasvatī) who are requested to reside in the barhis or sacrificial grass.
- In the later literature, Bhāratī has also been identified with Sarasvatī, the goddess of learning.
- According to some religious texts, Bhāratī is one of the two consorts of Gaṇapati, the other being Śrī.
- ‘Bhāratī’ is also one of the ten titles assigned to the monks of the Daśanāmī Order created by Śaṅkara (A.D. 788-820).
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore