The Naths were a heterodox tradition of siddhas – accomplished yogis – whose path assimilated various aspects of Tantra and Hatha Yoga.
The name Tripurasundari means the (most) beautiful (Goddess) of the three cities.
Bhairavi is the personification of kuṇḍalinī’s terrific power of destroying and altering all the old perceptions and this power of endless destruction is what bestows the name Bhairavi, meaning “terrifying”, on Her
The most beautiful aspect – for awe and beauty can go hand in hand – of Chinnamasta’s unique imagery is the fact that it is her own decapitated head that drinks the blood gushing out of her neck.
While Shakti puja through the 52 peethas is a long standing tradition in India, where the Mahavidya tradition differs is its exceptional thrust on Tantra.
According to some legends, this is the night when Shiva performs his fantastic dance of Tandava, while another story explaining the significance of Shivaratri says this was the night when Shiva was married to Parvati.
KālīKulā or the lineage of Kālī, as it is more commonly known by its followers, is a complex blend of philosophy and ritual with Kālī residing at the fulcrum of the path and auxiliary deities considered as emanations of Kālī.