Khadgamala

Khadgamala

There are myriad ways of worshipping the various deities (energies) that reside in the Sri Chakra Yantra. One of the simplest ways is by chanting the Khadgamala, which is a very powerful invocation, not just a stotra or hymn. It is considered to be a “mala mantra” (a mantra with more than 1000 letters) which invokes Sri Mahatripurasundari along with the devatas or energies that reside in various avaranas within the Sri Chakra Yantra.

The word “Khadga” means “sword” and “mala” means “garland.” The Khadgamala bestows a protective garland of weapons upon those who recite it. The Khadgamala takes us on a mental journey through various avaranas of the Sri Chakra while describing the significance and meaning of the enclosures. The metaphorical journey begins at the outer periphery and culminates at the bindu. Along the way, the 98 aspects of Devi are recognized and internalized to prepare us for the final convergence of Shiva and Shakti at the bindu.

Sri Amritananda Natha explains that in the Khadgamala, the sword bestows upon its reciters the energy to transcend attachment, enabling Self-realization. He says: “the Sword [metaphorically] severs the head, separating the body from the mind. It can also be interpreted as wisdom – that which separates, categorizes and classifies. So it is a symbol of knowledge. The Khadgamala is about imagining a garland of synergistic ideas, nourishing and protecting them and putting life into them.”

The correct way to chant the Khadgamala is by having an image of the yantra before us physically or visualizing it mentally if we have an accurate image stored in our mind’s eye. As we recite each name, the specific portion of the yantra should be the point of focus.

The stotra begins with “Om Aim Hrim Shrim Aim Klim Sauh” and leads into a tribute to the Devi and the places she resides.

Hridaya Devi Goddess who resides in the heart
Shiro Devi Goddess who resides in the head
Shikha Devi Goddess with flowing hair
Kavacha Devi Goddess who is like an armour
Nethra Devi Goddess who resides in the eyes
Astra Devi Goddess who gives us weapons

Then the 16 aspects (nitya) or qualities of the Devi are described. These 16 qualities represent different phases of the moon, starting from the new moon (Amavasya) to the full moon (Poornima).

Kameshwari Goddess who controls passion
Bhagamalini Goddess who has a garland of suns
Nityaklinne Goddess who is ever aroused
Bherunde Goddess who is terrifying
Vahinivasini Goddess who resides in fire
Mahavajreshwari Goddess who is like a diamond
Shivaduti Goddess who sends Shiva as an emissary and a bringer of joy
Twaritey Goddess who is unstoppable
Kula Sundari Goddess who is the most beauteous in her clan
Nitye Goddess who is eternal
Nilapatakey Goddess who carries a blue banner
Vijaye Goddess who is victorious
Sarvamangale Goddess who is completely auspicious
Jvala Malini Goddess who is the mistress of flames
Chitre Goddess who is like a picture
Maha Nitye Goddess who is eternal and great

Following are the qualities that pervade Devi and the names of the saints who have worshipped her in the past:

Parameshwara Parameshwari Goddess of the Divine God
Mitresamayi Goddess of friendship
Sastisamayi Goddess who is the consort of Lord Subramanya
Uddiyasamayi Goddess who pervades as the moon does
Charyanathamayi Goddess who pervades all rituals
Lopamudramayi Goddess who pervades as Sage Lopamudra
Agastyamayi Goddess who pervades as Sage Agastyamayi
Kalatapasamayi Goddess who pervades penance over ages
Dharmacharyamayi Goddess pervades the teachers of Dharma
Muktakeshisvarayamayi Goddess whose hair falls freely
Dipakalanathamayi Goddess who is like the flame of a lamp
Vishnudevamayi Goddess who pervades God Vishnu
Prabhakaradevamayi Goddess who pervades the Sun God
Tejodevamayi Goddess who shines
Manojadevamayi Goddess who pervades the God of desire
Kalyanadevamayi Goddess who pervades God of auspiciousness
Vasudevamayi Goddess who pervades Lord Krishna
Rathnadevamayi Goddess who pervades the God of gems
Sriramanandamayi Goddess who pervades the joy of Ram

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Animasiddhe Goddess who has the power to become invisible
Laghimasiddhe Goddess who has the power to become light and fly
Garimasiddhe Goddess who can make her body as heavy as she wants
Mahimasiddhe Goddess who has the ability to increase or decrease the size of her body
Ishitvasiddhe Goddess who has creative control
Vasistvasiddhe Goddess who can command enchantingly
Prakamyasiddhe Goddess who can realize all her desires
Bhuktisiddhe Goddess who can enjoy all she wants
Iccha siddhe Goddess who has powers to wish all she wants
Praptisiddhe Goddess who can attain all that she desires
Sarvakamasiddhe Goddess who can make us realize all desires
 Brahmi Goddess who is the power of Brahma
Maheshwari Goddess who is the power of Shiva
Kaumari Goddess who is the power of Subramanya
Vaishnavi Goddess who is the power of Vishnu
Varahi Goddess who is the power of Lord Varaha
Mahendri Goddess who is the power of Devendra, God of Heaven
Chamunde Goddess who killed Chanda and Munda
Mahalakshmi Goddess Lakshmi
Sarva samkshobini She who agitates everything
Sarva Vidravini She who melts everything
Savrakarshini She who attracts everything
Sarva vasamkari She who controls everything
Sarvonmadini She who drives everyone mad
Sarvamahankushe She who is the great goad to all
Sarva Khechari She who travels through space
Sarva beeje She who is the seed of everything
Sarva Yoni She who is the womb
Trilokya Mohana She who is the mistress of all three worlds – waking, sleeping and dreaming
Chakra Swamini Goddess of the Chakra
Prakatayogini She who is an expert in yoga and expresses herself without inhibitions

 

Second enclosure

 

Kamakarshini She who attracts the power of passion
Buddhyakarshini She who is attracted by intelligence
Ahamkarakarshini She who attracts the power of pride
Shabdakarshini She who is attracted by good sound
Sparshakarshini She who is attracted by good touch
Roopakarshini She who is attracted by good form
Rasakarshini She who is attracted by good taste
Gandhakarshini She who is attracted by good smell
Chittakarshini She who is attracted by a good mind
Dhairyakarshini She who is attracted by bravery
Smrithyakarshini She who is attracted by good memory
Namakarshini She who is attracted by good name
Bheejakarshini She who is attracted by proper root mantras
Atmakarshini She who attracts the soul
Amritakarshini She who is attracted by immortality
Sharirakarshini She who is attracted by the body
Sarvasha Paripuraka Fulfiller of all desires
Chakraswamini Goddess of the chakra
Guptayogini Goddess who is a secret practitioner of Yoga

Third enclosure

Anangakusume The sentiment of flowering
Anangamekhale The girdle of love
Anangamadane The sentiment of arousal in love
Anangamadananture One in the throes of love
Anangarekhe Crossing the threshold of love
Anangavegini The sentiment of urgency in lovemaking
Anangakushe Goad of love
Anangamalini Wearing a garland of love
Sarvasamkshobana She who agitates all
Chakra swamini Goddess of Chakra
Guptatara Yogini She who practices the secret yoga

 

Fourth enclosure

 

Sarvasamkshobini She who agitates everything
Sarvavidravini She who makes everything liquid
Sarvakarshini She who attracts everything
Sarva Hladini She who makes everyone happy
Sarvasammohini She who deludes all
Sarvastambhini She who stops all activity
Sarva Jhrumbini She who expands everything
Sarva Vasamkari She who makes everyone obey
Sarvanranjini She who makes everyone delighted
Sarvon Madini She who makes everyone ecstatic for her
Sarvasampattipurini She who gives all types of riches
Sarvamantramayi She who is within all mantras
Sarvadvandvakshayankari She who eliminates all duality
Sarvasaubhagyadayaka She who bestows all types of luck
Chakrasvamini Goddess of chakra
Sampradayayogini She who practices yoga in a traditional way.

 

Fifth enclosure

 

Sarvasiddhiprade She who grants all occult powers
Sarvasampatprade She who gives all kinds of riches
Sarvapriyankari She who gives all that one wishes for
Sarvamangalakarini She who is the harbinger of auspicious acts
Sarvakamaprade She who fulfils all desires
Sarvadukhavimochini She who helps rid one of all sorrows
Sarvamrityuprasamani She who can help avoid accidental deaths
Sarvavighnanivarini She who removes all obstacles
Sarvangasundari She who is beautiful in her entire body
Sarvasaubhyadayani She who gives all types of luck
Sarvarthasadaka She who grants all objects of wealth
Chakrasvamini Goddess of chakra
Kulottirnayayogini – She who practices yoga to liberate the entire clan

 

Sixth enclosure

Sarvajne She who has all knowledge
Sarvashakte She who is all powerful
Sarvaishwaryapradayini She who gives all kinds of power to protect
Sarvajnanamayi She who has all spiritual knowledge
Sarvavyadhivinasini  She who destroys all diseases
Sarvadharaswarupe She who is the basis of everything
Sarvapapahare She who destroys all sins
Sarvanandamayi She who is full of happiness
Sarvarakshaswaroopini She who is protector to all
Sarvekshitaphalaprade She who gives all desired results
Sarvarakshakara- She who protects all
Chakrasvamini Goddess of chakra
Nigarbhayogini She who like a mother protects a child in the womb

 

Seventh enclosure

 

Vasini She who attracts everything
Kameshwari She who is the wife of Kameshwara (Shiva)
Modini She who is full of joy
Vimale She who is pure
Arune She who is the colour of the rising sun
Jayini She who is victorious
Sarveshwari She who is the goddess of all
Kaulini She who is born in a noble family
Sarvarogahara She who destroys all diseases
Chakrasvamini Goddess of chakra
Rahasyayogini She who practices yoga in secret

 

Eighth enclosure

 

Banini She who holds an arrow
Chapini She who holds a bow
Pasini She who holds a rope
Ankushini She who holds a goad
Mahakameshwari She who is the wife of Kameshwara (Shiva)
Mahavajreshwari She who is as strong as a diamond
Mahabhagamalini She who wears a garland of prosperity
Sarvasiddhiprada She who gives rise to all occult powers
Chakrasvamini Goddess of chakra
AtiRahasyayogini She who practices yoga in great secret

 

Ninth enclosure

 

Sri Sri Maha Bhattarike She who is the supreme queen
Sarvanandamaya She who offers all kinds of happiness
Chakrasvamini Goddess of chakra
ParaRahasyayogini She who practices yoga in utmost secret

 

The nine Goddesses  controlling the nine Chakras

 

Tripura She who controls the three states of waking, dreaming and sleeping
Tripureshi She who is the goddess of three worlds
Tripurasundari She who is the most beautiful of the three worlds
Tripuravasini She who lives in the three worlds
Tripurasiddhe She who can make occult powers possible in three worlds
Tripuramba She who is the mother of the three worlds
Mahatripurasundari She who is the most beautiful
Mahamaheshwari  She who can make occult powers possible in three worlds
Mahamaharajni She who is the great empress
Mahamahashakte She who is the great cosmic power
Mahamahagupte She who is the great cosmic secret
Mahamahajnapte She who is the great cosmic memory
Mahamahaanande She who is the great cosmic bliss
Mahamahaskandhe She who is the great cosmic support
Mahamahashaye She who is the great cosmic thought process
Mahamaha Srichakranagarasamrajni The great transcendental ruler of Sri Chakra
 Namaste, Namaste, Namaste Namah I offer my Salutations.

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