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Updated: October 21, 2012 13:42 IST

Goddess to be worshiped as Lalitha Tripura Sundari Devi

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Lalita Tripurasundari Devi, as Goddess Kankadurga will give darshan to devotees on the sixth day of Dasara festivities on Indrakeeladri in Vijayawada on Sunday. (Aswiyuja Suddha Saptami).
Special Arrangement Lalita Tripurasundari Devi, as Goddess Kankadurga will give darshan to devotees on the sixth day of Dasara festivities on Indrakeeladri in Vijayawada on Sunday. (Aswiyuja Suddha Saptami).

The Aswyuja suddha panchami and sashti this year, is the sixth day of Dasara festival. On this day goddess Kanaka Durga is decorated as Sri Lalitha Tripura Sundari Devi.

The temple adorns presiding deity as Sri Lalitha Tripura Sundari Devi as Adi Sankara installed a Sri Chakra here. The Sri Chakra reduces her ferociousness and makes her calm and serene.

She is seated in the lap of Lord Siva, while goddess Sri Lakshmi Devi and Sarswati Devi are there on her right and left holding ‘vinjamarams’ ( fans) in their hands to serve Her as described in Lalita Sahasranama stotram as ‘sachamara ramavaani savya dakshita sevita’.

The Divine Goddess is to be meditated upon as seated on the lotus with petal eyes. She is golden hued, and has lotus flowers in Her hand. She holds flowers, a noose, a goad and a sugarcane or bow; the noose represents attachment, the goad represents repulsion, the sugarcane bow represents the mind and the arrows are the five sense objects. She dispels the fear of the devotees who bow to Her. She is the embodiment of peace, knowledge (vidya) and grants every kind of wealth wished for.

She is the second form of ‘Tripura trayam’ and is the ultimate primordial Shakti, the light of manifestation; existing prior to Brahma, Vishnu, and Siva. She represents the panchabhuta, –vayu (air), jala (water), agni (fire), bhumi (earth) and akasa (space) -- five basic elements of the universe. Lalitha, who is adhisthana devatha of Panchadasakshari and Sri Chakra, bestows Mahadaishwaryam (Fortune) to sadhaka of Sri Vidya.

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