i find more members gave very good answers on the meaning of Matangi.
Manikhya veenaam upalalayanthim,
Madalasam manjula vaag vilasam,
Mahendra Neela dhyuthi komalangim,
Mathanga kanyam manasa smarami.
Matha marakatha shyama, Mathangi madha shalini,
Kuryath kadaksham kalyani kadambha vana vasini.
Jaya Mathanga thanaye, Jaya Neelolpala dhyuthe,
Jaya Sangeetha rasike, Jaya Leela shuka priye.
-Shyamala Dandakam stotram.
Respected Shri Odampully sir's answer to the question
Jaya mathanga nayane jaya leela suka priye
jaya samgeetha rasike jayesmin sannidim kuru
Mathangam means elephant. Goddess Sarawathi is described as Mathangi. Hindus like to connect Gods and Goddess to animals and natural substances like wind, rain etc. Ganesa is having the head of an elephant. But actually, Gods have no atributes and hence no need to worship them.
No man without Shakti. Shakti is from the beginning to end of life helping man to survive. so, i opted this great Shakti, Matangi one of the Dasa Maha Vidyas in order to give me Shakti to spread knowledge, to learn knowledge using the opportunity given by yahoo.
@Edit: i forget to come with the details ''why she /he wishes to change me into a Theist?'' - i find many skipped this including me. This is a great job like straightening tail of a dog. so, everyone, every member knows about you, and hence no one interested to answer. However, like vikram and vethal, i alone trying, but i have some confidence and hope. Afterall we are living on hope. haahhhaa.