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Kamalatmika: The lotus goddess


Kamalatmika, Ganesha, Krishna and Brahma, Guler, ca. 1760, © V&A, IS.229-1950



Bija Mantra


Om Hreem Hum Haam Grem Kshom Krom Namah

Namah Kamalavasinyai Svaha


I bow down to the one whose throne is the lotus, to remove the evils that surround me and bestow upon me prosperity and spiritual enhancement.

Iconography


She has a beautiful golden complexion. She is being bathed by four large elephants who pour jars of nectar over her. In her four hands she holds two lotuses and makes the signs of granting boons and giving assurance. She wears a resplendant crown and a silken dress. I pay obeisance to her who is seated on a lotus in a lotus posture- Sakta-pramoda



The post has been written by Rajeshwari Shah. Rajeshwari has a Masters in Art History and is interested deeply in Indian culture and religion with a special interest in Indian miniature paintings. She can be found on Instagram @rajeorchha

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