A Hero's Journey with the Most Powerful Indian Goddesses

Author Ananta Ripa Ajmera sharing the cover of her new book The Way of the Goddess

Embark upon a hero's journey to reclaim your power at all levels with the most powerful Indian goddesses, who are avatars of the warrior mother goddess Durga, who symbolize the power of you have to become the best version of yourself, regardless of your gender, religion or other identity.

Goddess Durga is the all-powerful warrior mother goddess, who has nine different forms, which together comprise the most powerful Indian goddesses.

These goddesses are not only nurturers but also warriors.

They are what each of us must ultimately awaken to within our own selves, as the most powerful Indian goddesses are symbolic of the transformative power of spiritual practice to empower us to shed away all that no longer serves us, so that what remains is our own true Self.

Goddess Durga and her nine powerful forms, and cultivating the power each specifically stands for, is the subject of my new book, The Way of the Goddess: Daily Rituals to Awaken Your Inner Warrior and Discover Your True Self.

Each chapter of The Way of the Goddess outlines how you can cultivate a specific spiritual superpower with the inspiration of mythological stories of 9 avatars of the warrior Goddess Durga.

These mythological stories exist to make you aware of and reclaim powers you already possess deep within your being, in your 9 chakras (energetic centers).

The 9 Steps of Your Hero's Journey with the Most Powerful Indian Goddesses and the Superpowers You'll Cultivate

1: The Power of Stability

Get Grounded (when you're feeling anxious and scattered) with Goddess Shailputri, an embodiment of Mother Nature

2: The Power of Creativity

Channel Your Energy (when you're feeling excited) with Goddess Brahmacharini, the one who follows brahmacharya (the path of self-control)

3: The Power of Transformation

Assert Yourself (when you need to take a stand) with Goddess Chandragantha, the one who burns away fear, sorrow, and resistance

4: The Power of Love

Heal with the Power of Love (to practice self-love as the key to giving and receiving love) with Goddess Kushmanda, who created the world through heartfelt laughter

5: The Power of Voice

Liberate Your Voice (when you're ready to speak your truth) with Goddess Skandmata, the mother of the powerful warrior Skanda

6: The Power of Intuition

Develop the Unifying Power of Intuition (when you're done settling for less in relationships) with Goddess Katyayani, the granter of blessings

7: The Power of Truth

Embrace the Freeing Power of Truth (when you're tired of all the lies) with Goddess Kalaratri, the destroyer of illusions

8: The Power of Rejuvenation

Rejuvenate Your Spirit (when you need a fresh start) with Goddess Maha Gauri, the bestower of eternal youth

9: The Power of Intention

Connect with the Power of Intention (to fulfill your soul's purpose) with Goddess Siddhidhatri, the granter of siddhis (supernatural healing powers)

Author Ananta Ripa Ajmera holding a copy of her book, The Way of the Goddess

The book ultimately leads you to live a life of meaningful purpose and service and giving back, whether as a parent, teacher, organizational leader or citizen.

In this book, I share with you my personal journey of overcoming trauma with the spiritual power of love. The Way of the Goddess also contains simple rituals ranging from chakra balancing and spiritual reflection to journal prompts, creativity challenges and more. It's designed to help you deepen your daily spiritual practices and reconnect to your highest Self and the purpose, pleasure and freedom that lives in us all.

This Hero's Journey is For You If...

  • You want to evolve on your spiritual journey, step-by-step (this book guides you in an accessible, systematic way to apply universal spiritual knowledge to your daily life, relationships and situations, regardless of how much time you have)

  • You seek to deepen your faith in any religion (you need not leave behind any faith you believe in to benefit from the mythological empowerment stories of the most powerful Indian goddesses)

  • You wish to heal from any form of trauma or abuse (with real life as well as mythological examples you can draw inspiration from, and practices to transform deep ancestral cycles by loving yourself as a way to love all others)

  • You wish to gain more clarity on your life purpose (this book's guidance will help you take inventory of your gifts to find and follow your soul's calling)

  • You are ready to know your full, true Self (and to learn how to be true to yourself, no matter what)​

  • You are interested in gaining new tools to help yourself and others reconnect with your unique paths, voices, hearts, and higher selves (this book will inspire you with an abundance and variety of ancient practices you can easily apply to your daily life - and share with those you love and serve)

  • You wish to finally love and accept yourself and feel more confident in your own skin (you will learn how to heal and feel good about yourself from the inside-out)

  • You seek to gain more mastery over your emotions (this book's practices will support you to fully honor and accept your current reality, feel your feelings, digest and get informed by, but not remain at the mercy of your emotions)

An illustration of the warrior mother goddess Durga, alongside a photo of the book The Way of the Goddess

What People Are Saying About the Book:

"This beautiful book radiates with the light and compassion of the mother goddess herself. With clear language, an empathetic voice, and a vibrant vision for what is possible for any of us, Ananta shows us the many faces of love. For what is that power within us to survive, to thrive, to overcome, to rise and rise again, but the power of love saying yes and yes and yes to life. Inviting you on an enchanted journey from embattled darkness to hope-filled illumination, this is a hero’s journey from a deeply poetic, profound feminine point of view."


Author of the bestselling Ayurveda Cooking for Beginnerscookbook, Vedic practitioner, teacher and storyteller, founder of VedaWise

"Ananta is a generous and authentic practitioner of Vedic spiritual traditions, and this book leads you on a transformational journey of ritual, reflection, and rejuvenation at all levels."


New York Times bestselling author of How to Be Well, The New Health Rules, Revive and Total Renewal, trailblazer in integrative medicine, Chief Medical Officer at THE WELL

"Reading The Way of the Goddess is like taking a deep dive into the divine feminine, finding our own power and precious gems of self-worth, and awakening to the goddess within. Ananta brings the esoteric powers of Goddess Durga to life in the most accessible way, making something ancient so relevant to our lives and inspiring the belief that this can help us live a more meaningful and spiritually connected life. A powerful read.”


Author of Prajna and bestselling cookbook Saffron Soul, health coach and founder of Chai by Mira

"The Way of the Goddess is a stunning and special invitation to learn about nine Indian goddesses and put their wisdom into practice in your daily life. The rituals Ananta shares are fresh, approachable, and—most of all—impactful.”


Author of Return to Nature and The Spirit Almanac, Senior Sustainability Editor at Mindbodygreen.com

Start Your Hero's Journey with the Most Powerful Indian Goddesses Now

You can begin your hero's journey with this one-hour livestream recording, which will inspire you with mythological stories of the most powerful Indian goddesses, who are believed to symbolically reside in each of your 9 chakras.

Ananta also introduces you to one practice you can try to evoke the power of each of these goddesses within you. Click here or on the image below to register for the free livestream recording.

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About the Author

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ANANTA RIPA AJMERA is a spiritual teacher, Ayurveda practitioner, yoga instructor, co-founder and CEO of The Ancient Way, an educational organization that serves as a bridge between ancient wisdom and modern living. She serves as Advisor of Ayurveda at THE WELL, a modern integrative wellness space. She is author of The Way of the Goddess: Daily Rituals to Awaken Your Inner Warrior and Discover Your True Self (Penguin Random House TarcherPerigee). Ananta is also author of the award-winning book The Ayurveda Way (Storey Publishing). Her work has been featured on Fox News, ABC News and in Forbes Magazine, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Newsweek Magazine, Well + Good, Vogue Magazine, Yoga Journal, Reader’s Digest, Spirituality & Health Magazine, New York Magazine, MindBodyGreen, and Elephant Journal. Ananta introduced Ayurveda to Stanford Medicine and led staff trainings at prisons throughout California. She’s also taught at UNICEF, California Department of Public Health, New York Insight Meditation Society, Sedona Yoga Festival, NYU, SFSU, ABC News and Mother Earth News Fairs. Follow Ananta's journey on Instagram or Facebook.