Devi can be observed through her six main functions. First, she is a cosmic force that destroys demonic forces threatening the world's equilibrium. She creates, annihilates and recreates the universe. Then, in her gentle and radiant dayini form, she is the gracious donor of blessings, wealth, fortune and success. In her third aspect, she comes to earth as the heroine and the beloved. She provides inspiring models for earthly women.
Devi is seen fourthly as a local protector of villages, towns and individual tribal people. In her fifth and sixth aspects, devi can be represented as semi-divine. She is reflected in women saints and yoginis who are born on earth, but who possess deep spiritual and otherwordly powers.
Devi puja is the spiritual worship of devi, which is observed in four forms:
- Tara: exists in the realm of the fourth chakra (anahata), representing the spiritual heart
- Saraswati: emanates in the first chakra (muladhara)
- Lakshmi: forms the second chakra (svadisthana)
- Kali: the heart of the third chakra (manipura)
This worship leads to the realization of cosmic energy within oneself.
Devi yoga, or Goddess yoga, refers to a type of yoga that may be practiced in order to realize and identify a goddess within one's self. Practitioners visualize the goddess, pray to and meditate on her, awakening their kundalini energy and bringing healing and happiness.