While reading Vedas, one encounters various Goddesses namely Aditi, Usa, Vac, Saraswati, and Prithvi among others.
Aditi, meaning limitless, is the independent goddess with no evident male consort is invoked numerous times in Rig Veda. She also happens to be one of the most powerful and all-pervading Goddesses of her times. And this what precisely makes this Goddess unique and of particular interest to me.
It is said that ‘Daksa was born of Aditi, and Aditi was Daksa’s Child.’ She demonstrates the continuity of the cycle of life.
Aditi is the caring chief mother goddess who is equated with air, sky, the stream of water, cow, and heaven. She is the ghee (clarified butter) which is produced by the churning of the milk.
She is everything that is born and everything that will be born. She is the harbinger of all immortal life. She has Agni (fire) in her womb from where the seed of the humankind first arose.
She is the wife of Gods and the mother of Gods. She is first offered the oblation of sacrifice and also the concluding oblation of sacrifice. Three roddy spotted horse is provided to her as a sacrifice.
She along with Gods defends the life as she is the mother of all. She is the goddess of righteousness, protection, and guidance. She saves us from evils, grief, nights and enemies.
Puranas also mention Aditi as the mother of all Devas. All inhibitors of the earth are born from Aditi. Lord Vishnu and Sun, both have taken birth from her womb after being pleased from her devotion.
I will reiterate my question, why and how did worship of the Vedic deities mainly female stop? Rudra or Shiva is one of the primary Hindu God, and he is being revered since Vedic times.
Varun, Agni, and Soma are still invoked during the havans or yagyas although there are no temples dedicated to them.
Then why did we forget our Goddesses from Vedic times (except Saraswati)?