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Mahavidya, She-of-Great-Knowledge.
[to Whom the twenty-eighth day of September, day 271, is dedicated]

Geography/Culture: Hindustani.
Linguistic Note: Sanscrit maha, 'great', plus vidya, 'that kind of knowledge which transcends intellectual cognition and wisdom'.
Description: Goddess of the direct apprehension of that spiritual knowledge which will eradicate ignorance, dispel the mists of illusion and lead to the attainment of liberation; She Who represents transcendent knowledge and magical powers.

Source: Stutley HDH 172.
Kamala, Lotus.

Geography/Culture: Hindustani.

Source: Stutley HDH 140; Woodroffe HGHK 26.
Mahasarasvati, {Great-Flowing-One}.

Geography/Culture: Hindustani.
To Whom Sacred: the sattva guna.

Source: Stutley HDH 171.
Mahavidyas, Those-of-Great-Knowledge'.

Geography/Culture: Hindustani. Tantric.
Description: Those Who are the source of preternatural power; Seven of Whom belong to the creative manifestation-stages of the universe, and three to the withdrawal.

1st -- Lalita, Spontaneous-One,
Who is linked with Maya.
2nd -- Tara, Saviour.
3rd -- Sodasi, Maiden-of-Sixteen, below.
4th -- Bhuvanesvari, Mistress-of-the-World,
Who is linked with Rajarajesvari, Queen-of-Queens.
5th (or 6th HDH/41), -- Bhairavi, The-terrible,
6th (or 5th HDH/62) -- Chinnamasta, She-With-the-Split-Skulls,
Who is linked with Prajnaparamita, Wisdom-of-the-Yonder-Shore.
7th -- Dhumavati, Smoky-One.
8th -- Bagala, Deceitful,
Who is linked with Gramadevata, Village-Goddess.
9th -- Matangi, ----.
10th -- Kamala, Lotus. above.
{The order of their transformations is first given as outlined in the article Stutley HDH 172, followed in parenthesis by the position as given elsewhere in HDH.}
Source: Stutley HDH 172.
Sodasi, Maiden-of-Sixteen.

Geography/Culture: Hindustani.
Description: She Who represents the universal creative energy of Devi; {Possibly Goddess of the moon -- the moon has sixteen digits.}
To Whom Sacred: the number 16 (which signifies totality and thus perfection).

Source: Stutley HDH 282.
worked on: September, June 1995; August 1991.
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