Pandaravasini, aka: Pāṇḍaravāsinī; 1 Definition(s)


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Pāṇḍaravāsinī (पाण्डरवासिनी) is the presiding deity of the southern lotus of the vārāhyabhyudaya-maṇḍala, according to the Vārāhyabhyudayatantra. She is the presiding lady (kuleśvarī) of the śāśvata (Vairocana) family. The central deity of the vārāhyabhyudaya-maṇḍala is the twelve-armed Vajravarāhī, which is modeled upon the twelve-armed Cakrasaṃvara, thus inhibiting many similar iconographical features.

Pāṇḍaravāsinī has three faces of three colors (white, blue and red) and is to be visualised as naked and wearing only a agarland of heads, dancing upon the four māras. She has six arms and her attributes include the cihnam (family emblem), the vajra, the double vajra, a red lotus and a wheel.

The lotus upon which Pāṇḍaravāsinī presides has 6 petals and corresponding goddesses residing in pīṭhas (sacred site):

  1. Śauṇḍinī in Saurāṣṭra,
  2. Cakravarmiṇī in Suvarṇadvīpa,
  3. Suvīrā in Nagara,
  4. Mahābalā in Sindhu,
  5. Cakravartinī in Maru,
  6. Mahāvīryā in Kulatā.

The Vārāhyabhyudayatantra is an explanatory tantra on the Laghuśaṃvara, but its verses are largerly extracted from the 10th century Abhidhānottaratantra, a scriputre describing various sādhanas (path towards spiritual realization).

Source: Wisdomlib Libary: Vajrayogini
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