Karpuradi-stotra, Karpūrādi-stotra: 1 definition


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Source: University of Divinity: The Tantric Hymn to Kālī

The Karpūrādi-Stotra is a short hymn of 22 couplets giving the mantras and visual descriptions of the fearsome goddess Kālī. It also provides shorts descriptions of meditational and cultic practices which are surprising in their frankness. It is addressed to the goddess, but is destined for her devotees.

There is no colophon in the text used by Vimalānanda, but the Vimalānandadāyinī states that the stotra was written or spoken (viracīta) by Mahākāla, a name of the deity Śiva. 29 The version of the text given in the Kālī-rahasyam, adds a prefatory note referring to Mahākāla as «the ṛṣi Mahākāla» .

Although the name Mahākāla can also refer to Śiva, the phrases in śloka 9 that «we are altogether dull of mind» and «we must be forgiven» , and «bonded animal» would suggest that the actual author of the text is human: since it seem unlikely to me that Śiva would be described in this way. Yet, Kālī is seated on Mahākāla (śloka 7, 11, 18) or on «Śiva as a corpse» (śloka 18).

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