Shodashi Mahavidya book ( षोडशी महाविद्या: )
Goddess Shodashi also known as Maa Lalitha tripurasundari is the third of the das mahavidyas who is the Goddess of Srichakra. She is also known as Goddess Rajarajeshwari meaning the one who rules the universe. She is said to rule the three cities of Tripura. But in actual these refer to the three aspects of physical, subtle and supreme dieties and she controls all of them.
The word Shodashi literally means sixteen in Sanskrit. She is thus visualized as a sweet girl of sixteen. She is depicted in several ways. She is also shown seated on the lotus, which is placed on the supine body of Shiva who is lying in a peaceful posture, who in turn lies on a throne supported by legs in the form of Lord Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva and Rudra. She holds a noose, a goad, a bow and an arrow in each of her hands. Symbolically the noose represents attachment; the goad represents repulsion; the sugarcane bow represents the mind and desires and the flowery arrows are the five sense objects.The bow significantly is made of sugarcane, so it is also a symbol of sweetness. Her darts thus are sweetness personified. Her appearance is completely sober and gentle, her heart is full of compassion and she is ravishingly beautiful and of unsurpassed splendour.
Details of Book :-
- Author - Goswami Prahlad Giri
- Publisher - Choukhamba Krishnadas Academy
- Language - Hindi and Sanskrit
- ISBN - 978-81-218-0276-8
- Binding - Paperback
- Size - 9.0 inches x 6.0 inches
- Pages - 402
- Weight - 485 grams