Navaratri



Svachchandanathaya namo namaste

Ekamreshvara

रुद्रः शङ्कर ईश्वरः पुरहरः स्थाणुः कपर्दी शिवो
वागीशो वृषभध्वजः स्मरहरो भक्तप्रियस्त्र्यम्बकः ।
भूतेशो जगदीश्वरश्च शरभो मृत्युञ्जयः श्रीपतिः
अस्मान्कालगलोऽवतात्पशुपतिः शम्भुः पिनाकी हरः ॥

नेत्राणां द्विसहस्रकैः परिवृतं अत्युग्रचर्माम्बरं
हेमाभं गिरिशं सहस्रशिरसं आमुक्तकेशान्वितम्‌ ।
घण्टामण्डितपादपद्मयुगलं नागेन्द्रकुम्भोपरि
तिष्ठन्तं द्विसहस्रहस्तमनिशं ध्यायामि रुद्रं परम्‌ ॥

पादे विष्णुविलोचनं कटितटे श्रीनारसिंहाजिनं
हस्ते शूलकपालढक्कडमरुं कण्ठे तु हालाहलम्‌ ।
शूलाग्रे शवकेशवं हरिशिरोमालां दधन्मौलिना
सर्वं विष्णुमयं सदाशिववपुर्वक्त्रं पुराणोदितम्‌ ॥

वन्दे मङ्गलसिद्धये तममृतमानन्दार्धनारीश्वरं
संपृक्तं सततं मुदा गिरिजया शृङ्गारभावोत्सवम्‌ ।
श्यामालङ्कृतवामभागरुचिरं सम्मोहनं शङ्करं
पुंलक्ष्माकलितच्छविप्रविलसत्सव्येतराङ्गं शिवम्‌ ॥

Pith Instructions of Mahasiddha Tilopa

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Padmabhushan Dr. R Nagaswamy


Finally, the genius of our beloved friend Sri Dr. Ramachandran Nagaswamy has been recognized by the Govt of India (Padmabhushan). Dr. Nagaswamy's exceptional service to the cause of preservation of our Temples and sculptures, the rituals, and architectural glory - deserves a lot of gratitude. He is almost 90, but every time we've met him, his childlike exuberance, enthusiasm and vast repository of knowledge on many aspects of Indology have left a lasting impression. Our sincere prayers to the lotus feet of Mahātripurasundarī and Prāsāda Paramēśvara for his long life, health and well-being.

Uttaramnaya Nayika

Uttaramnaya Nayika

Bhagavatī Rājarājēśvarī can be approached through various āmnāyas. The simplified approach characterized by the Dakṣiṇāmnāya (through Saubhāgyavidyā and as expounded by Paraśurāma Kalpasūtra, Paramānanda Tantra etc.) is well-known to the Dākṣiṇātyas. In the lineage of Bhagavatī Bimbāmbikā, the gateway is through the Uttarāmnāya - which is the most difficult of the āmnāyas to master, for various reasons.

The Queen of the Uttarāmnāya can truly grant Siddhi of the rest of the āmnāyas as well as propel the sādhaka upward towards the ultimate goal, which for a śrīvidyā upāsakā, is Mahātripurasundarī. This āmnāya is not merely characterized by Bhakti (Dakṣiṇāmnāya), Mantra (Pūrvāmnāya), Tantra (Paścimāmnāya), but by Jñāna arising out of the systematic upāsanā involving Bhakti, Mantra and Tantra. Here, Jñāna is not the śuṣkajñāna of Jaḍa-vēdānta but is symbolic of Shāmbhava Yoga.

औत्तराम्यायाद्यशेषशास्त्रार्थावबोधशालित्वात्‌ ।

The mighty Queen of this āmnāya stands majestically with nine faces - each representing an āmnāya (adhara, dakṣiṇa, pūrva, paścima, four upāmnāyas and uttarāmnāya). Jagadambā sports eighteen hands and stands in Pratyālīḍha posture atop Mahāsvacchanda Bhairava who himself is stationed on Pañcamukha Sadāśiva.

At her Lotus feet is Chinnamastā, known also as Pracaṇḍa caṇḍī, the upanāyikā of Uttarāmnāya. She is flanked on either side by Dākinī and Varṇinī.

Stationed at her Lotus Feet also is the great Mahāmanthāna Bhairava (identified alternately as Mahākāla by Baḍabānala Tantra) atop thirty-three headed Nāgarāja, sporting ten hands.

Also at her Lotus Feet is Chaṇḍa Bhairava sporting four hands, seated on the Pañcaprētāsana of Brahmā, Viṣṇu, Rudra, Iśvara and Mahēndra.

On either side of Bhagavatī are Raktakālī and Shvetakālī, who are invoked as upāṅga vidyās.

On top of the ninth face of the Great Goddess is the seat of the Mistress of the transcendent tenth ūrdhvāmnāya, Mahātripurasundarī. She is seated on Pañcabrahmāsana, surrounded by her own retinue of Mahāvidyās.

Sixteen Yoginīs (from Mahocchuṣmā to Mahākālasaṅkarṣiṇī) stand ready to serve the Queen of Uttarāmnāya.

Thirty-two mantras of these deities (excluding Mahātripurasundarī) form the treasure-trove of Uttarāmnāya.

One should note here the significance of this āmnāya and of nine-faces indicated by Abhinavagupta:

तथा पर्यन्तवर्तिनां आम्नायानां यः पर उत्कृष्ट उत्तराम्नायः ततोऽपि षट्त्रिंशभेदभिन्नाद्यः पर्यन्तः प्रान्तवर्ती नवचक्रसंप्रदायः सोऽयं महार्थः ।

The nine faces are symbolic of Krama (prakāśa, anākhyā and so on). Of interest is also to note that the 32, 37 and 41 lettered mantras of Ucchiṣṭa Mahāgaṇapati are part of Uttarāmnāya (while rest of the forms of Gaṇapati typically belong to Pūrvāmnāya).

Note: We received several queries about the picture in this post. This is a Newar picture in the worship of our Guru Sri Harsha-ji. When time permits, we shall post similar pictures of Amnayarajnis of other Amnayas as well. This particular picture is of special significance to our Guruji as it depicts both Uttaramnaya and Urdhvamnaya in a single picture along with several main deities worshiped in our lineage. He likes this to be the first and last picture he sees every day upon waking up and before going to bed along with another picture of Nrsimha. There is a painted version of this picture in his worship as well which was gifted to our Guruji through a current member of the Royal Family of Nepal - but Guruji did not permit us to take a picture of that version. During my stay in Nepal, I do remember seeing a very similar picture, but without the retinue of anga-devatas, or the asana-devatas, in the Rashtriya Samgrahalaya at Kathmandu, painted by a Vajracharya belonging to the previous century. - Aileen.

Sri Bhuvaneshvari


शान्तानन्दकृतानन्दरूपिणि चित्स्वरूपिणि ।
भुवनेशि नमस्तुभ्यं ललितेति मया स्तुता ॥

H H Srī Shāntānanda Sarasvatī was a great Avadhūta who was a treasure trove of Mantraśāstra. In his infinite grace, he blessed me with the Mahāmantras of Siddha Bhuvanēśvarī and Skanda, which acted as catalysts for achieving the grace of Mūladēvatā. HH also provided valuable guidance in the upāsanā of Ucciṣṭa Mahāgaṇapati and Sharabhēśvara. Our sāṣṭāṅga praṇati to his lotus feet.

Sri Shantananda Sarasvati

पाशाङ्कुशौ च वरदाभयपाणिपद्मां
पीताम्बरीं कनकभूषणभूषिताङ्गीम्‌ ।
श्रीषोडशाक्षरकलावृतपद्मवासीं
एकाक्षरीं त्रिभुवनां हृदि भावयामि ॥

pāśāṅkuśau ca varadābhayapāṇipadmāṁ
pītāmbarīṁ kanakabhūṣaṇabhūṣitāṅgīm |
śrīṣōḍaśākṣarakalāvr̥tapadmavāsīṁ
ēkākṣarīṁ tribhuvanāṁ hr̥di bhāvayāmi ||

He also drilled deep into us the importance of upāsanā of Bhuvaneśvarī, the adhiṣṭhātrī of Pūrvāmnāya and of Svādhiṣṭhāna Chakra, in the form of six mahāvidyās - Unmanī, Pūrṇēśvarī, Bhuvanā, Bhuvanēśvarī, Mahābhuvanēśvarī and Tribhuvanasundarī. Both the single as well as the five lettered mantras of this Mahāvidyā can be divided into sixteen parts - indicating the fact that the ṣōḍaśākṣarī mantra is present within this bīja, just as a tree hidden within the seed (बीजस्यान्तरिवाङ्कुरो).

यां ज्ञात्वा सकलमपास्य कर्मबन्धं
तद्विष्णोः परमपदं प्रयाति लोकः ।
तामेतां त्रिजगति जन्तुजीवभूतां
हृल्लेखां जपत च नित्यमर्चतालम्‌ ॥

Bhavopaharastotra of Chakrapaninatha


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Sri Lalita Trishati

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