the Playful Hindu Goddess
9 1/4" inches high
Hand painted and hand finished Cold Cast Resin and Ganges
9 1/4" Ganges clay/resin statue, hand painted
She who plays. Shri Yantra -- The Red Flower. Merciful Mother of Enlightenment.
Lalitha, or Lalita Devi, is called Tripura Sundari ("Beauty of Three
Worlds"), Shodashi ("Vermilion-hued"), Lalita ("She Who
Plays") and Rajarajeshvari ("Queen of Queens"). Lalitha is an
aspect of Parvati/Shakti/Kali.
She is described as one of the group of ten goddesses of devotion in Hindu
beliefs, collectively called mahavidyas in the Tantras. The Shri Yantra is
described in the Yogini Hridaya (Heart of the Yogini Tantra).
In her aspect as Shodasi, she is represented as a young woman, believed to
embody sixteen types of desire. The Shodasi Tantra describes Tripura Sundari as
"Beauty Of Three Worlds." She is said to be a dusky color, and may be
shown in an embrace with Shiva.
Lalitha is associated with the secret mantra of Sri Vidya, the panchadashakshari
mantra. A Guru reveals it only to the most highly deserving disciples, as this
divine knowledge or vidya should not be shared with anyone who is wicked,
depraved or unfaithful. Lalitha's mantra is "tripurasundaryai vidmahe
kameshvaryai dhimahi tanno klinne prachodayat."
Lalita holds five flowery arrows, noose, goad and bow, and sometimes a pot of
honey. The noose represents attachment, the goad represents repulsion, the
sugarcane bow represents the mind and the flowery arrows are the five sense
She is considered to contain both Kali's power and Durga’s grace. She has a
third eye on her forehead, is four-armed, wearing a red sari and jewels. She is
seated on a lotus seat on a golden throne, with a chakra symbol at her feet. She
is shown with symbols connected to Shiva.
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