Kamalatmika

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Kamala
Goddess of fortune and wealth
Kamala
AffiliationLaxmi ,Mahavidyas
MantraII sadācārapriye devī śuklapuşpa varapriye I I gomāyādi suci prīte mahālakşmī namostute II
MountLotus , 4elephants
ConsortVishnu

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 Laxmi as all the Mahavidyas are. She is daughter of Brighu sage.

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 yet 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 Devi Kamala, the world will be prosperous. The appropriate time for it had come. She took birth as the daughter of sage Bhrigu and manifested prosperity in the world. Laxmi took form as Kamala. That is why when the time was right, sage Bhrigu had Mahakaali in the form of Goddess Kamala married to Lord Vishnu. Although Goddess Lakshmi is married to Lord Vishnu, and as his wife as Goddess Kamala, she is Shakti (Durga), The trinity of the Gods, Lord Brahma, Vishnu and Mahadev as well as the trinity of the Goddesses, Saraswati, Lakshmi and Parvati originated from her. Even though many thinks she is a Mahavidya.

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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