When asked about the benefits of worshipping Matajis (Mother Goddesses), Param Pujya Dadashri explained that Matajis are celestial beings who represent the naturalness of prakruti (non-self complex of mind, speech, and body). From their worship, prakrut (non-self, relative) energies arise, and one’s sahajata (naturalness) increases.
He elaborated, “Mataji is in the form of energy. Mataji is spiritual energy. She is an avatar (embodiment) of energy that one attains when ekagrata (unified concentration in mind, speech and body) occurs. She provides you with prakrut energy; your prakrut energies arise by worshipping Her.”
Param Pujya Dadashri further described the benefits of Mataji’s grace. In addition to the prakruti becoming sahaj (natural), He explained that the worship of Matajis results in shanti (peace), happiness, and relief from worldly obstacles.
He said, “While Matajis do not destroy your demerit karmas, they do give you prakrut energies. This is because the body-complex represents energy of the prakruti and Mataji is a powerful celestial deity of prakruti. For these reasons, one should do a lot of bhakti (devotional activity) of Mataji.”
When asked the reason to worship Mataji in the form of murtis (idols), Param Pujya Dadashri explained, “Because people are not aware that this energy lies within them, it has to be worshipped symbolically.”
Param Pujya Dadashri explained that Amba Mataji is a Mother Goddess who represents the full circumference of prakruti. He said, “If there is a part that is the whole prakruti, then it is this Mataji.”
Param Pujya Dadashri had an intimate connection to Amba Mataji as He was named Ambalal (beloved son of Amba) in Her honor.
Param Pujya Dadashri firmly affirmed that the worship of Amba Mataji benefits both those leading worldly lives, and those on the path of moksha (liberation from the cycle of birth and death).
For those leading worldly lives, He explained, “Amba Mataji's worship helps because the physical body is prakrutik energy and Mataji is the Goddess of prakruti. One's prakruti will remain good, which is why one should worship Mataji. Everything becomes better through Her grace.”
For those on the path to moksha, Param Pujya Dadashri said, “This (worship) removes obstacles…(and) people attain the path to moksha only if their obstructions are removed.”
Param Pujya Dadashri concluded that the, “Atma (the Self) becomes sahaj when the prakruti becomes sahaj. If either moves towards spontaneity, they both become sahaj. This is the reward for worshipping Mataji!”
In Sanskrit, Padmavati Devi is translated as "Divine Mother who emerged from a lotus.”
Padmavati Devi is revered as the protecting Goddess of Lord Parshvanath, the 23rd Tirthankara of the most recent chovisi (cycle of 24 Tirthankaras).
When asked about the importance of worshipping Padmavati Devi, Param Pujya Dadashri explained that, “Padmavati Devi is the Shasan Devi (Protector Goddess) of Lord Parshvanath. She is an enlightened Devi (Goddess). She is destined for moksha and she has attained Gnan (Self-knowledge).
He concluded, “Because of Her presence and Her grace, you will experience peace and your (spiritual) path will become easier.”
Other Mother Goddesses represented in the Trimandir are: