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Tripura Sundari (Shodasi)

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Who is Tripura Sundari?

Tripura Sundari is a Goddess, who symbolizes beauty. She is believed to be sixteen years old and hence is also simply called as Shodasi, the sixteen year old. She is one of the manifestations of Kali, the fierce form of divine Shakti, who is also known in many other names such as Parvati, Durga and Bhagavathi.

Who is Kali and what is her importance?

Kali is the divine consort of Lord Shiva. She remains one of the highly aggressive manifestations of the feminine energy, and is regarded as a ruthless destroyer of evil and an unfailing upholder of virtue. The name Kali literally means ‘the dark one’ or ‘the black coloured’. Kala also stands for time and Kali, its feminine form. She is thus regarded as the dark coloured Goddess of death, and in other words, the annihilator of ego.

Kali is also known as Adi Parashakthi, the primordial, all-powerful feminine energy and is worshipped in ten forms that are known as Dus Mahavidyas, the ten Goddesses of great wisdom. Goddess Tripura Sundari is considered the third of these ten divine aspects.

What is the significance of Goddess Tripura Sundari?

Tripura denotes three cities or three worlds, while Sundari means, beautiful woman. This Goddess is thus ‘the beauty of the three cities or the three worlds’. Also called Maha Tripura Sundari, Lalitha and Rajarajeswari, she is regarded the prime and the most important of the Dus Mahavidyas.

The legend about this Goddess narrates an interesting story. Harassed by the mighty demon Bhandasura, the Devas prayed to the ultimate Godhead, who then manifested as Maha Kameshwara and Lalitha Tripura Sundari. They, then created all the Gods and Goddesses, while Tripura Sundari took on the demon Bhandasura, destroyed him and relived the world of his atrocities. The sacred hymn Lalitha Sahasranamam which speaks of the thousand names of the Goddess narrates this story and sings her great praise.

Tripura Sundari

An young maiden of remarkable beauty, she is depicted as adorned in red silk, and having thick, dark, flower bedecked and flowing hair, a shining face, shimmering cheeks, fish shaped eyes, well laid out rows of teeth and a sweet smile. Such were her good looks that her consort Lord Shiva himself could not take away his eyes from her. She is also depicted as seated royally on a throne with her left foot on the sacred Sri Chakra, holding in her arms, among other weapons, the sugarcane bow and flower arrow, and with motherly compassion in her eyes.

What are the benefits of worshipping Tripura Sundari?

Tripura Sundari is a personification of compassion and grace, as much as she is of beauty. Worshipping her can get for the devotees, her divine blessings and bestow them with a plethora of benefits. They can get relief from problems like delay in marriage, marital problems and disharmony, infertility, poverty, debts and various misfortunes. They can also get protection against the ill effects of planet Mercury.

To Participate

The sacred scriptures prescribe fire ceremony, Abishekam (hydration ceremony), Pooja/Archana (Light and Sound ceremony), Yantra and Mantra (special sounds) as the ways to offer your prayer to the divine. Out of these, fire ceremony is the most evolved spiritual technology on earth to connect with the divine beings. Participate in the remedial services to clear your karma and receive the blessings.

Tripura Sundari