Kamalatmika

Kamala
Member of The Ten Mahavidyas
Kamala
AffiliationParvati, Mahavidya, Shivashakti
MantraII sadācārapriye devī śuklapuşpa varapriye I I gomāyādi suci prīte mahālakşmī namostute II
MountLotus, 4 elephants
ConsortShiva

In Hinduism, Kamala (Sanskrit: कमला) or Kamalatmika (Sanskrit: कमलात्मिका) is the Devi in the fullness of her graceful aspect. She is believed as the tenth Mahavidya ("great wisdom").[1] She is a form of Parvati as all the Mahavidyas are. Her prayers pacify Shukra.

Iconography[edit]

Kamalatmika has a golden complexion. She is being bathed by four large elephants, who pour kalashas (jars) of amrita (nectar) over her. She has four hands. In two hands, she holds two lotuses and her other two hands are in abhayamudra (gesture of giving assurance) and varamudra (gesture of conferring boons) respectively. She is shown as seated in padmasana (lotus posture) on a lotus,[1] symbol of purity.

Legend[edit]

Goddess Mahashakti had created the entire universe, but her task still remained incomplete even though the universe was complete, but it was unfinished due to the absence of grace. She had transformed herself into Goddess Kamala to manifest all types of wealth and prosperity in the world. Only by her appearing as Kamala, the world will be prosperous and so she manifested to provide prosperity in the world.

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Kinsley, David R. (1997). Tantric Visions of the Divine Feminine: the Ten Mahāvidyās. Berkeley: University of California Press. p. 223. ISBN 0-520-20498-0.

Further reading[edit]

  • Hindu Goddesses: Vision of the Divine Feminine in the Hindu Religious Traditions (ISBN 81-208-0379-5) by David Kinsley