This Mother Earth Day, coinciding with the Super Year of Biodiversity, is focused in its role as an indicator of the Earth’s health. There is growing concern about the health consequences of biodiversity loss and change. Biodiversity changes affect ecosystem functioning and significant disruptions of ecosystems can result in life sustaining ecosystem goods and services. Specific linkages between health and biodiversity include impact in nutrition, health research or traditional medicine, new infectious diseases and influencing shifts in the distribution of plants, pathogens, animals, and even human settlements, most of them affected by climate change.
Who is Bhoomi Devi?
Bhoomi Devi is our Sacred Goddess Mother Earth. She is the mother of every life that has ever taken birth from her and has lived upon her. Bhoomi Devi is a combination of two words namely 'bhoomi' and 'devi'. Bhoomi refers to earth and Devi refers to Goddess in, thus Bhoomi Devi is Earth Goddess. Bhoomi Devi is the consort of God Varaha, who is the incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Devi Bhoomi is depicted as a beautiful shapely Goddess adorned with a lot of jewellery. She sits on a lotus, wearing a heavy crown and many jewellery around her neck, hands and feet. She sits there calmly with a smile on her face.
Bhumi Devi is also known to be the mother of Goddess Sita, as Sita was found in the ploughed field by Raja Janak of Mithila. Also when Sita decides to leave her husband Lord Rama to get rid of the cruel world, she returns back to the womb of Earth and Goddess earth appears to take Sita along with her. There are similarities between Sita and Bhoomi Devi as both were found in the ploughed field. (Ref: askganesha)
We are indebted to Mother Earth as She isn't most effective a lifestyles-giver however also nourishes and sustains us.