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Dasha Mahavidya – The Ten Great Sources of Wisdom

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The central theme of traditional tantra is the knowledge of the Self through adoration of Shakti; Sri Vidya Sadhana is one such path to the Self. Along this path of diving deeper into one’s own self, Shakti manifests in several forms of knowledge/intuitive wisdom. These forms are known as “Dasha Mahavidya”, where ten primary forms/sources […]

Dasha Mahavidya – Kali

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Kali is the first of the ten Mahavidyas, representing time (kal/kaal = time). She is depicted as a dark goddess, ferocious and terrifying in appearance. She wears a garland of human arms for a skirt and human heads as a necklace. She lives in cemeteries and graveyards – wherever there is death and decay. She […]

Dasha Mahavidya – Tara

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Tara is the second of the Mahavidyas, representing the Eternal Word. Like Kali, Tara’s ferocious form is enough to startle one in sadhana. She too stands upon the supine, corpse-like Shiva, and is often shown to wear a garland of human skulls and with a tongue that lolls out of her great, blood-stained mouth. Unlike […]

Dasha Mahavidya – Tripurasundari

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In Tantra, no form of Shakti is as adored as that of Tripurasundari, the third of the Mahavidyas. Supremely radiant and beautiful, Tripurasundari is effulgent and bears the hue of the rising sun. Wielding a noose, a goad, a sugarcane bow and five flower-laden arrows in her four hands, she sits upon a throne the […]

Dasha Mahavidya – Bhuvaneshwari

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Such supreme beauty does Mother Bhuvaneshwari radiate that Her devotee stands dumbstruck and unable to ask for anything in Her auspicious presence. Bearing three eyes, She is effulgent like the rising sun. Like Tripurasundari, She bears a goad and a noose in two of her hands while the other two form boon-bestowing mudras. Ardently adored […]

Dasha Mahavidya – Chinnamasta

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Brilliant as lightning, She stands luminously naked, her body covered carelessly by a garland of human skulls. In one arm, She bears a scimitar and in the other, Her own freshly severed head. Three streams of blood spout forth from the neck, the central stream feeding Her own mouth, the other two lapped up by […]

Dasha Mahavidya – Dhumavati

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She is fearfully unattractive. Some might even call her ugly or abominable. Uncouth and dirty, her skin is of a smoky hue and she wears no ornaments. Her limbs are bony and long, she has gaps in her rotting teeth, her hair is disheveled. She wears the attire of a widow, her once-white robe filthy […]

Dasha Mahavidya – Bagalamukhi

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Seated on a golden throne and draped in golden robes, She has a golden complexion and radiates a golden luster. Two armed, She wields a mace that is poised to strike the tongue of the devotee held in the other. Such is the iconography of Bagalamukhi, the eighth Mahavidya. “Bagala” is a distortion of the […]

Dasha Mahavidya – Matangi

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Emerald green in color, she sits on a throne and rests her delicate feet on a lotus. Clad in red robes and a garland of flowers, she glows brilliantly, with drops of perspiration on her face that emanate from her own radiance and render her even more alluring. A crescent moon crowns her head of […]