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Goddess Kamalatmika (Mahavidya Kamala)

Goddess Kamalatmika or kamala is the tenth of the dasamahavidyas. She is often known as the tantric Lakshmi. She is often depicted as having a golden complexion who is beign bathed by the four large elephants . The elephants pour amrita from the kalashas . She has four hands and she holds two lotuses in her hands and her other two hands gesture abhaya and varada mudra. She is seen seated in padmasana on a lotus.

Goddess Kamalatmika is a little different from Lakshmi in the sense that she is the wisdom aspect of Lakshmi who relates specifically to the practice of yoga. Hence she is also a form of kali who is the basis of Kamala or the beauty of life. She is the spiritual lotus on which the universal energy is based and blooms in the void. It comes forth in the space of pure consciousness. It is believed that only the non attachment of Kali enables us to enjoy life and find our fulfillment through Kamala.

She signifies the fact that more can be achieved through sadhana than just material gains. She nourishes and supports whatever we truly aspire to do. Though she can be used both for ordinary worldly goals and for spiritual realisation, it is in our own interest that we persue the highest form of Lakshmi by seeking knowledge beyond material wealth and success.

Mantra for worshipping Goddess Kamalatmika:

Hasauh jagat prayutai swaha
sadaa chara priye devi shukla pushpam vara priye
gomayaadi shuchi priye maha lakshmi namostute

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