Varahi Tantra (English Study)

by Roberta Pamio | 2014 | 29,726 words

This English essay studies the Varahi Tantra and introduces the reader to the literature and philosophy of the Shakta Tradition to which this text belongs. These Shakta Tantras are doctrines where the Mother Goddess is conceived as the Supreme deity who is immanent and transcendental at the same time. The Varahitantra (lit. the "Doctrine of th...

Chapter 36 - The Pūjā (worship) of the Goddess Vārāhī

After hearing the first portion of the Vārāhī Tantra revealed by Bhairava, the Goddess enquires about the Vārāhīpañcāṅga, "the five-limbed worship of Vārāhī" (v. 1).

In response to the Goddess, Bhairava reveals the Vārāhīpañcāṅga, praising Mahāmāyā, who is called Vārāhī. She is here described with a boar's face; very wrathful and terrible; shining as a thousand suns; resembling the bandhūka flower and the pomegranate blossom. She is portrayed as a youth intoxicated with passion, with full and prominent breasts; all her limbs are adorned by ornaments and she wears a garland of severed heads; she has three red and terrifying eyes, and fearful tusks. She has four or eight arms: when she is four-armed, she carries a hala, a muśala, a kāṭya (?) and shows the varadamudrā. She seats on a red lotus on top of a preta. The Goddess is delighted by offerings of meat and wine (1-11).

The yantra of Vārāhī is described in verses 12-19.

Verses 20-34 prescribe various visualizations of the Goddess according to the different prayogas.

Thus after worshipping Vārāhī with dhyāna, offerings of meat and wine, japa, homa and bali (vv.35-36), one should pay homage to her with the praṇāmamantra given in verses 37-40. To conclude, one should worship a kumārī. Having worshipped the Goddess in this way, one pleases her.

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