Devi: The Great Goddess

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"She loves to reside
in the madala of the rising sun
with a face full as the forest lotus
dark-hued One
with gait graceful as a young swan
breasts high, rounded, and mature
wearing a garland of lotus blossoms
book in hand
clad in yellow garments
standing upon a corpse
She constantly visits the sacrificial space
I praise Bhadrakali
with the seed mantra bhaim.

Bhadrakali within the Rising Sun.
Bhadrakali within the Rising Sun. Folio 10 from the Tantric Devi series. India, Punjab Hills, Basohli, ca. 1660-70. Opaque watercolor, gold, silver, and beetle-wing cases on paper. Lent by Dr. Alvin O. Bellak, Philadelphia.

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