Hariti (green or stealing) is a Hindu mother goddess, mentioned Vedic and Puranic texts. She is among the mataras, mothers, who are patrons of children. She is considered by some to be identical with the goddess Vriddhi. Her consort is Pancika, alternately Kubera. In her destructive aspect, she steals and eats children. She is particularly from the north and northwest of India. Her attribute is a child which may be held at the hip, sometimes being eaten.

Hardual, as a Buddhist goddess, is regarded as a plague deity, especially smallpox. In some texts, she also is regarded as a goddess of fertility. A.G.H.


Jordan, Michael, Encyclopedia of Gods, New York, Facts On File, Inc. 1993, p. 95