About Mahavidyas
The Dasa Mahavidyas: The Ten Wisdom Goddesses
In Tantra, worship of Devi-Shakti is referred to as a Vidya. Of the hundreds of tantrik practices, the worship of the ten major Devi’s is called the Dasa Mahavidya. These major forms of the goddess are described in the Todala Tantra. They are Kali, Tara, Maha Tripura Sundari (or Shodasi-Sri Vidya), Bhuvaneshvari, Chinnamasta, Bhairavi, Dhumavati, Bagalamukhi, Matangi and Kamala. These ten aspects of Shakti are the epitome of the entire creation. There are several "levels" at which these Devi’s can be worshiped with the prescribed Mantra and Yantra. Like a simple worship of the yantra with the mantra recitation, as a remedial astrological measure, elaborate worship with all tantrik rituals for attaining various siddhis associated with these tantras and for spiritual salvation.
Successful sadhana of these Vidyas gives several boons to the practitioner. The Tantrik-Yogi who has control over his senses and positively inclined uses the boons to guide people and for the benefit of mankind. The ones, whose head starts spinning with success use them for the gratification of the senses, gather a bunch of disciples around them and become fake gurus. The last chapter of Todala Tantra equates Vishnu's ten incarnations with the ten Mahavidya and the worship of these is also prescribed as an astrological remedy - for the 9 planets and the Lagna as follows.
Name of Vidya Form Equal Vishnu’s Incarnation Equal Vishnu’s Incarnation
Kali Krishna Saturn
(BhagavatÌ Kali as DURGA is incarnation of KALKI)
Tara Devi Blue Form (Machavadar) Jupiter
Maha Tripura Sundari Jamdagni (Parasuramar) Mercury
(Shodasi-Sri Vidya)
Bhuvaneshvari Vamana Moon
Chinnamasta Nrisimha Rahu
Bhairavi Balabhadra (Balaramar) Lagna
Dhumavati The Boar (Varahar) Ketu
Bagalamukhi The Tortoise (Kurmam) Mars
Matangi Rama  Sun
Kamala Buddha Venus
Seated on a corpse, greatly terrifying, laughing loudly, with fearful fangs, four arms holding a cleaver, a skull, and giving the mudras bestowing boons and dispelling fear, wearing a garland of skulls, her tongue rolling wildly, completely naked (Digambara - clad in the directions), thus one should meditate on Kali, dwelling in the centre of the cremation ground. To Kalika's Bhairava. On Dakshina's right, worship Mahakala, with whom Dakshina is always in love union.
Akshobhya. Seated in the pratyalidha asana, seated on the heart of a corpse, supreme, laughing horribly, holding cleaver, blue lotus, dagger and bowl, uttering the mantra Hum, coloured blue, her hair braided with serpents, the Ugratara. Worship Akshobya on the right of Tara. The kalakuta poison produced by the churning of the ocean caused great agitation to all the gods and their consorts. Because he destroyed the agitation caused by the deadly yellow poison, he is known as Akshobya. Thus Tarini, the Mahamaya, always delights in her consort.
On the right hand side of Maha Tripurasundari, worship Shiva in his five-faced form with three eyes in each of the faces. She always delights in sexual union with her consort. For this reason, she is known as the famous Panchami
Like the red rays of the rising sun, with the moon as her diadem, and with three eyes, a smiling face, bestowing boons, holding a goad, a noose and dispelling fears, thus I hymn Bhuvaneshi. On the right side of Shrimad Bhuvaneshvari, who in the heavens, on earth, and in the underworlds is known as the Adya, worship Tryambaka. She makes love with Tryambaka in these places, it is said. He and his Shakti are mentioned and worshipped in all tantras
On Chinnamasta's right side, worship Shiva-Kabandha. By worshipping him, one becomes lord of all siddhi
Her head garlanded with flowers, she resembling the red rays of 1,000 rising suns, smeared with red, holding milk, book, dispelling fears and giving boons with her four hands, large three eyes, beautiful face with a slow smile, wearing white gems, I worship Bhairavi. On Bhairavi's right side is Dakshinamurti. By supreme efforts, one should certainly worship that five faced one.
The colour of smoke, wearing smoky clothes, holding a winnowing basket, disheveled clothes, deceitful, always trembling, with slant eyes, inspiring fear, terrifying. The Mahavidya Dhumavati is a widow
Three eyes, wearing yellow clothes and gems, moon as her diadem, wearing champaka blossoms, with one hand holding the tongue of an enemy and with the left hand spiking him, thus should you meditate on the paralyser of the three worlds. Seated on the right of Bagala is the Maharudra, with one face, who dissolves the universe
Dusky, beautiful browed, her three eyes like lotuses, seated on a jeweled lion-throne, surrounded by gods and others serving her, holding in her four lotus-like hands a noose and a sword, a shield and a goad, thus I remember Matangi, the giver of results, the Modini. On Matangi's right side is Shiva Matanga, similar to Dakshinamurti, the form of cosmic bliss
With a smiling face, her beautiful lily-white hands hold two lotuses, and show the mudras of giving and dispelling fear. She is bathed in nectar by four white elephants and stands upon a beautiful lotus. He who worships Sadashiva, the Vishnu form, on Kamala's right side becomes perfect, there is no doubt about this

tara devi
Tara Devi
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