The Goddess Who is “Beautiful in the Three Worlds” (Supreme Deity of Srikula systems); the “Tantric Parvati” or the “Moksha Mukta”. She is the head of Manidweepa, the eternal supreme abode of the goddess. Shodashi is seen with a molten gold complexion, three placid eyes, a calm mien, wearing red and pink vestments, adorned with ornaments on her divine limbs and four hands, each holding a goad, noose, a bow and arrow. She is seated on a throne.
Lalita Tripura Sundari is depicted as a sixteen year old
(another meaning for Shodashi), thus embodying the
sixteen types of desire. She is described as having a dusky
complexion and is often depicted in an intimate position
with one aspect of Shiva. She is also shown sitting on the
Shree Peetham, a throne or pedestal which usually seats
most of the major Hindu Gods such as Brahma, Vishnu and
An esoteric interpretation is that her body is said to be
made up of the collective Shaktis or energies of Brahma,
Vishnu, and Rudra, that is, she is Brahmani, Vaishnavi and
Lalita holds five flower arrows, noose, goad and bow. While
the noose represents attachment; the goad symbolizes
repulsion; the sugarcane bow, the mind; and the flowery
arrows, the five sense objects.
Devi Tripurasundari combines Kali’s determination and
Durga’s charm, grace, verve and complexion. She has a
third eye on her forehead. Clad in red, the richly
ornamented Tripurasundari sits on a lotus seat laid on a golden throne. She carries in her
hands various attributes associated with Shiva. An aura of royalty characterizes her
overall bearing and ambiance.
|TRIPUR SUNDARI (beauty of the 3 worlds)|
|Mahavidya||The beauty of pure perception|
|Worship means||To move beyond the perception of form into the delightful union of seen and seer, the divine beauty in everything.|
|Mantra||HRING KA AE EE LA HRING HA SA KA HA LA HRING SA KA LA HRING|
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