by G.V. Tagare | 1958 | 103,924 words | ISBN-10: 8120838246 | ISBN-13: 9788120838246
This page describes the chariot of lalita (cakraraja) of the Lalitopakhyana (or Lalita-Mahatmya), an important scripture within Shaktism embedded as the final part in the Brahmanda-Purana. It is presented in the form of a dialogue between sage Agastya and Hayagriva, which is incarnation of Vishnu and also includes the Lalita Sahasranama.
[Note: this page is extracted from a footnote at chapter 19]
The struggle between Lalitā and Bhaṇḍāsura is a symbolic description of the struggle between good and evil forces. Thus the description of the chariot of Lalitā is equally symbolic. For the convenience of readers we draw the outline of steps etc. of her chariot.
IV. 10 Nigarbha-yoginī deities. They are benevolent giving protection, delight etc. to all
[vide VV. 41-45]
V. 10 Kulottīrṇā deities. Auspicious and kind-hearted, powers such as Sarva-siddhi-pradā
[vide VV. 35-40]
VIII. The Śaktis are Gupta ‘secret’
[vide VV. 17-23]
16 digits of the Moon. They are also called ‘Nityā’ Eternal Śaktis
10 Mudrā devīs
[vide VV. 3-16]
10 siddhi-devīs like Animā etc.
(ii) 8 Śaktis like Brāhmī known as “Matṛs”
IX All Śaktis in the IX step are Prakaṭa (Manifest) Śaktis.