Form of Sri Vidya
गिरामाहुर्देवी द्रुहिणगृहिणीमागमविदो, हरेः पत्नीं पद्मां हरसहचरीमद्रितनयाम् ।
तुरीया कापि त्वं दुरधिगमनिःसीममहिमा, महामाया विश्वं भ्रमयसि परब्रह्ममहिषी ।।
Bhagwatpad Acharya Shankar opines that Goddess
Saraswati is the wife of Lord Brahma, wife of Lord
Vishnu is Padma and Parvati is the companion of Lord
Shiva. But you are unparalleled and incomparable.
You are the one who has controlled and won the
whole cosmos and you are the abode and graceful
queen of Mahamaya Parabrahma.
एषाऽऽत्मशक्तिः । एषाविश्वमोहिनी । पाशांकुश धनुर्बाणधरा । एषाश्रीमहाविद्या ।
She is the power of the God, the eternal soul. She is the
beautiful personification of the universe. She adorn herself
with loop (noose), prod (hamulus), bow & arrow. She is
Sri Mahavidya. The saint & seers perceive Bhagwati Tripur
Sundari in the form of Kundalini. Lord Shankaracharya saideghaewyk/kkjs
महींमूलाधारे कमपि मणिपूरे हुतवहं स्थितं स्वाधिष्ठाने हृदि मरुतं आकाशमुपरी ।
मनोऽपि भ्रूमध्ये सकलमपि भित्वा कुलपथम सहस्त्रारे पदमे सह रहसि पत्या विहरसे ।।
O Goddess! You have embodied earth element in
your root chakra, water element in sacral chakra, fire
element in solar plexus chakra, air element in your
heart chakra, space element in your throat chakra,
mind and soul in your third eye chakra and thus
you have impregnated all the chakras and leaving
aside the Shushumna marga you reside in complete
isolation in the crown with your husband Sadashiva.
Principal Mantra of Sri Vidya
The secret and mystic mantra of Sri Vidya has
been expressed indirectly in the following verses in
कामो योनिः कमला वज्रपाणि र्गुहा हसा मातरिश्वाभ्रमिन्द्रः ।
पुनर्गुहा सकला मायया च पुरूश्च्यैशा विश्वमातादिविद्योम ।।
Kama(Ka), Yoni (A), Kamala(EE), Vajrapani=Indra
(LA), Guha (Hreeng). Ha, Sa- Varna (alphabets),
Matarishwa=Vayu (Ka), Abhra (E), Indra (La), Punahguha
(Hreeng). Sa, Ka, La - Varna and Maya (Hreeng), this is
the principal knowledge of the all pervading mother of
the universe and she is the form of Brahma.
This is the essence and crown of all the mantras and it
is famous in the Mantrashastra as Panchdaashikadi
।। ऊँ ऐं ह्रीं श्रीं क ए ई ल ह्रीं ह स क ह ल ह्रीं स क ल ह्रीं ।।
The Shodashi form of the mantra is the following -
।। ऊँ श्रीं ह्रीं क्लीं ऐं सौः ऊँ ह्रीं श्रीं क ए ई ल ह्रीं ह स क ह ल
ह्रीं स क ल ह्रीं सौः ऐं क्लीं ह्रीं श्रीं ।।
The recitation of the mantras of Mahashodashi
(Sri Vidya) even once has been considered the
bestower of great results.
The seers with common knowledge of this Vidya
is easily available in the world but those with
extraordinary knowledge is difficult to find. The
reason behind this is that this knowledge is secret
and mystic and the shastras have instructed to
keep this knowledge secret.
Brahmand Purana describes -
राज्यं देयं शिरो देयं न देया षोडशाक्षरी।
The empire can be given, even head can be
surrendered but the Shodashakshari Mantra of Sri
Vidya can never be revealed.
Now the question arise, then how come it was
acquired by the world! Nityashodashikarnav
कर्णात् कर्णोपदेशेन सम्प्राप्तमवनीतले ।
This knowledge was imparted through oral tradition
and reached on the earth through Guru Parampara.
Sri Vidya Sadhna
Sri Vidya Sadhna is done on Sri Chakra (Sri Yantra). It
is said that - ‘श्रीचक्रम् शिवयोर्वपुः’
This chakra is the body of Shivashiv both. In the
famous Sri Yantra the creation and development of
the whole cosmos has been shown and apart from
it this Yantra is also the indicator of human body.
Many texts have been written to explain the serial and
significance of this Yantra. There are nine chakras in Sri
Yantra which are known by the name of Nav Avaran
(Nine Covers). The worship of the nine covers of this
yantra is considered to be the best. The methods
of this worship has been described in totality in the
texts like Shubhagodaya Stuti, Saundarya Lahari and
Lalitatrishati etc. The systematic form of Sri Vidya
Sadhna is the following -
1. First of all, purify yourself and perform Pranayam.
2. Perform Kundalini Stuti and recitation of Mantras
given by your preceptor (Guru).
3. Remember Goddess Gayatri, Lord Ganesha,
Batukabhairava, Kuldevata (God of the clan),
Kuldevi (Goddess of the clan), Matangi, Vaartali,
4. Take the solemn vow (resolution) and recite the
mantras for the protection of the body.
5. After consecrating Sri Yantra, recite Upasthan
Sahashtrakshari and Prastar Sahashtrakshari.
6. Perform the worship of different Nyas,
Patrasadhan, Vishesharghya, Srichakrantaryag,
Avahan, Shodshopachar Pujan and Chaturayatan
7. Now perform the Navaavaranmayi Puja (worship of
nine covers). This is also called the great worship.
All Mudras are essentially used in this. Nine covers
of Sri Yanta are called Nava Chakra. Trailokya
Mohan, Sarvashaparipurak, Sarvasankshobhan,
Sarvarakshakar, Sarvarogahar, Sarvasiddhiprada
and Sarvanandamay. Its deity is Navchakreshwari.
Before the Avaran Puja of Sri Chakra Layang
Puja, Shadangarchana, Nityadevipujan and
Gurumandalarchana are performed. After this
Navavaranmayipuja is performed. After Navavaran,
the worship of Panchalaxmi, Panchkoshamba,
Panchakalpalata, Panchakamdugha and
Panchratlamba are performed. After this Shaddarshan
Vidya Shadadhar puja and Amnay
Samashti Puja are performed.
8. After the above mentioned Avavaranmayi Puja,
perform guru, Param guru and Parmesthi Guru
pujan and thereafter recite Sri Vidya Mantra.
9. Recite Bhavnopnishad, Lalitasahastranam and
10. After the above, recite Trailokyamohan Kavach.
11. End the puja with the recitation of Sri Sukta,
Arnopnishad and Saundarya Lahari.
Who can do Sri Vidya Sadhna
Everyone has the authority to worship and meditate
Shri Chakra Nagar Samrajni Paramba Shodashi Sri
Vidya Bhagwati Raj Rajeshwari Sri Lalita Mahatripur
Sundari. The people of all the four Varnas, four
Ashrams, scholars-illiterate, persons with pure
heart as well as impure heart, Brahmins as well as
Shudras can all worship Sri Vidya. The worshipper
of Sri Vidya do not aspire for the attainment of
paradise, because of the worship of Sri Vidya he
feels all the tastes of Brahmanand which is the
bigger pleasure than the attainment of paradise. In
this meditation it is essential to have the initiation
of a preceptor (Guru).
Adiguru Shankaracharya established four peethas
in order to manage the system of the worship and
meditation of the deity of Sri Yantra Goddess Sri
Vidya which is prevalent even today. In these four
peethas the successor Jagadgurus give initiation
to the worshippers of Sri Vidya. Those who are
not initiated can attain the obligations by the
recitation of any of the texts from Saundarya
Lahari, Lalitasahastranam, Tripursundari Ashtakam,
Srisukta, Arunopanishad, Bhavnopanishad,
Shodashopachar manas puja or can have the
endowments by reciting their names daily.
Special on the occasion of Deepavali
Establish a Sriyantra of Gemstones, Crystal or Gold.
Purify it by Panchamrit and Gangajal and worship
it with Roli. Recite Sri Sukta and Laxmi Sukta. Recite
the following mantras on Crystal rosary -
ऊँ श्री श्री ललितामहात्रिपुरसुन्दर्यै श्री महालक्ष्म्यै नमः।।
ऊँ श्रीं ह्रीं श्रीं महालक्ष्म्यै नमः।।
If you are already Dikshit then you can recite the
above Shodashi Mahamantra also. In this way you
can achieve distinction and make your life full of
pleasures and prosperity through the worship and
meditation of Sri Vidya.