Somamandala, Somamaṇḍala, Soma-mandala: 1 definition
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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)Source: Wisdom Library: Kubjikāmata-tantra
Somamaṇḍala (सोममण्डल):—One of the four maṇḍalas that make up the Khecarīcakra, according to the kubjikāmata-tantra. This maṇḍala consists of a ring of sixteen petals occupied by thirty-two female deities. These goddesses are said to be born from Kubjikā’s body and represent the thirty-two syllables of the Aghoramantra.
This is the list of the thirty-two goddesses associated with the sixteen petals of the Somamaṇḍala:
- Mahābalā (or Mahāmbikā),
- Ajitā (or Jayantī),
- Sehārī (or Saṃhārī),
- Aśanī (or Grasanī),
- Bhadrakālī (or Rudrakālī),
- Bhadrabhīmā (or Bhīmabhadrā)
- and Subhadrikā.
Each of the goddesses are plump and small, have large bellies and braod hips, and they can assume any form at will. They wear various ornaments such as a diadem and ear-rings. All of them have eight arms. In their left arms they hold a skull cup, a skull staff, a rosry and a spear. In their right arms they hold a trident, an iron club, a noose and a thunderbolt. Each deity is mounted on a different kind of animal.
Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.
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