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The Kālī Nityās
O All-Knowing One, if I am known, what need is there for revealed scriptures and sadhana? If I am unknown, what use for puja and revealed texts? I am the essence of creation, manifested as woman, intoxicated with sexual desire, in order to know you as guru, you with whom I am one. Even given this, Mahadeva, my true nature still remains secret – Kulachudamanitantra V
Like Lalita, Kali has fifteen Nityas or eternities, but these are associated with the waning rather than the waxing Moon. These yantra images above are drawn from The Magic of Kali and based on descriptions from the Shaktisamgana Tantra.
Some of the descriptions of the Nitya yantras in this work are missing, and that explains their absence from the text below. The images and mantras should be contrasted with the Lalita Nityas. While the Kali Nityas are dark and forbidding, and the mantras have inimical natures, the Lalita Nityas are bright, and the mantras positive.
Kali : The first Nitya of the waning moon
Although she has the same name, she is separate, as an avarana or attendant, of Kalika.
Meditation: Dark hued, very terrifying, horribly screaming, formidable, with a garland of skulls, full swelling breasts, holding a cleaver in her right hand and making the threatening gesture in her left, in a cremation ground.
Mantra: Om Hrim Kali Kali Mahakali Kaumari Mahyam Dehi Svaha.
Kapalini: The second Nitya
Her name means Skull-girl. Meditation: Black, naked, beautiful face, dishevelled hair, seated on four severed heads, showing a cleaver, trident, bestowing boons and dispelling fear.
Mantra: Om Hrim Krim Kapalini Maha-kapala-priye-manase kapala-siddhim me dehi Hum Phat Svaha.
Attendants: In inner triangle desire, action and knowledge. In middle triangle Rati, Priti, Kanti. In outer triangle Mahakali, Mahalakshmi, Mahasarasvati. In the eight petals the eight bhairavas, with the eight Matrika DevÌs. In the bhupura the guardians of the directions.
Kulla: The third Nitya
Meditation: Four-armed, with three eyes, seated on ten severed heads on a corpse, showing the gesture giving boons and dispelling fear in her two left hands, in her right hands she holds a book and a rosary.
Mantra: Om Krim Kullaya Namah.
Attendants: In the first triangle Dhriti, Pushti, Medha. In second Tushti, Prajna, Jaya. In the eight petals the eight Matrikas and Bhairavas, in the four doors the Lokapalas (Guardians of the directions cardinal and intermediate).
Kurukulla: The fourth Nitya
Meditation: Large rising breasts, beautiful buttocks, black in colour, seated on a corpse, with dishevelled hair, wearing a garland of skulls, carrying a skull, scissors, a cleaver and a shield.
Mantra: Krim Om Kurukulle Krim Hrim Mama Sarva-Jana-Vasamanya Krim Kurukulle Hrim Svaha.
Attendants: In inner triangle Kali, Tara, Chinnamasta. In middle Balamba, Ragala, Rama. In outer Ugra-Garbha, Ugra-Bija, Ugra-Virya. The eight Bhairavas and the eight Matrikas are in the eight petals, and the Lokapalas are in the directions.
Virodhini: The fifth Nitya
Meditation: Full rising breasts, wearing a garland of snakes and bones, terrific, with three eyes and four arms, holding a trident, a serpent noose, a bell and a damaru. Seated on a corpse, yellow body, purple clothes.
Mantra: Om Krim Hrim Klim Hum Virodhini satrun-ucchataya virodhaya virodhaya satru- ksayakari Hum Phat.
Attendants: In inner triangle Dhumrarchirushma, Javalini, Visphulingini, in middle Sushri, Surupa, Kapila. In outer the three Shaktis called Havyavaha, Virodhini-mastake, Dashami. In the eight petals the eight Bhairavas and Matrikas, in the bhupura the Lokapalas.
Vipracitta: The sixth Nitya
Meditation: Full rising breasts, four arms, three eyes, naked, the colour of a blue lotus, dishevelled hair, rolling tongue, inspiring fear, holding a cleaver, a severed head, a skull cap and a trident. She shows her teeth, from the corner of her mouth flows blood.
Mantra: Om Shrim Klim Camunde Vipracitte Dushta-Ghatini Shatrun-Nashaya Etad-Dina-Vadhi Priye Siddhim Me Dehi Hum Phat Svaha.
Attendants: Bindu with bija, three gunas in the triangle, six limbs in the hexagram, the Matrikas and the Bhairavas in the eight petals, the guardians of the directions in the bhupura.
Ugra: the seventh Nitya
Meditation: Naked, formidable, with terrific fangs, legs in pratyalidha posture, wearing a garland of skulls, with dishevelled hair, black, four arms, holding a sword, a night lotus, a skull and a knife, dwelling in the cremation ground.
Mantra: Om Strim Hum Hrim Phat.
Attendants: In centre Hum bija, in triangle Tara, Nila and Ekajata. In the eight petals Ugra- Ghopra and the rest of the Bhairavas, on the outside Vairochana and the rest of the eight matrikas, in the bhupura the lokapalas.
Ugraprabha: The eighth Nitya
Meditation: Four arms, three eyes, colour of a blue lotus, seated on a corpse, naked, with dishevelled hair, rising swelling breasts, pleasant face, eating carrion, wearing a girdle of severed hands of corpses, holding a cleaver and a head, a skull bowl and a knife.
Mantra: Om Hum Ugra-Prabhe DevÌ Kali Mahadevi Svarupam Darshaya Hum Phat Svaha.
Attendants: in first triangle Kali, Tara and Rochani. In outer triangle Tarini-Gana, Taramekajata and Nila. In the eight petals the Matrikas, on the tips of the petals the eight Bhairavas. In the bhupura the Lokapalas.
Dipa Nitya: The ninth Nitya
Meditation: Four arms, three eyes, like a large sapphire, with a garland of skulls, naked, dishevelled hair, fearful fangs, armlets of human bone, bracelets of skulls, carries a cleaver and a head in her left hands and shows the gestures of dispelling fear and gesture of giving in her right hands.
Mantra: Om Krim Hum Diptayai Sarva-Mantra-Phaladayai Hum Phat Svaha.
Nila: The tenth Nitya
Meditation: Four arms, three eyes, like blue orpiment, wearing a necklace of skulls, seated on a corpse, eyes red and rolling, protruding tongue, ornaments of human flesh and bones, beautiful face, eyes like a gazelle.
Mantra: Hum Hum Krim Krim Hrim Hrim Hasabalamari Nilapatake Hum Phat.
Attendants: In triangle Kalaratri, Maharatri, Moharatri. In hexagon, the six limbs. In the eight petals, the eight Bhairavas. In the eight filaments of the lotus, the eight Matrikas. In the bhupura Vatuka Natha etc.
Ghana, the eleventh Nitya
Meditation: Four arms, three eyes, delighting in nakedness, formidable, terrifying teeth, swelling rising breasts, black, blood streams from the corners of her mouth, she wears a girdle of dead men’s hands, and holds a sword, a shield, a trident and a club.
Mantra: Om Klim Om Ghanalaye Ghanalaye Hrim Hum Phat.
Attendants: The six limbs are in the six angles, the Bhairavas and the Matrikas are in the eight petals, and the guardians of the directions are in the bhupura.
Balaka, the twelfth Nitya
Meditation: Four arms, three eyes, intoxicated with wine, wearing a garland of skulls, naked, formidable, with rising swelling breasts, holding a sword and a head in her left hands and a skull bowl and the threatening finger in her right hands. Seated in a fortress of skulls, she is like ten million fires of dissolution or suns.
Mantra: Om Krim Hum Hrim Balaka Kali ati adbhute parakrame abhista siddhim me dehi Hum Phat Svaha.
Matra, the thirteenth Nitya
Meditation: Blue-black, smeared with blue paste, with four arms and three eyes, wearing a garland of skulls, seated on a corpse, fierce, holding a skull bowl, scissors, a sword and a severed head. This great Raudri roars terrifyingly.
Mantra: Om Krim Him Hum Aim 10 Mahamatre siddhim me dehi satvaram Hum Phat Svaha.
Mudra, the fourteenth Nitya
Meditation: Naked, the colour of a blue lotus, fierce, with three tawny eyes, four arms, roaring loudly, with a garland of heads, a girdle of hands, blood on her lips, holding a skull bowl and a knife, a sword and a shield.
Mantra: Om Krim Him Hum Prim Phrem Mudramba Mudrasiddhim me dehini bho jaganmudrasvarupini Hum Phat Svaha.
Attendants: In the triangle are Iccha, Jnana and Kriya Shaktis. Rajyada, Bhogada, Moksada, Jayada, Abhayada, Siddhida are in the hexagon. The eight Matrikas are in the eight petals, with the eight Bhairavas at their filaments. In the bhupura are Ganapa, the Yoginis, Ksetrapala and Vatuka Natha.
Mita, the fifteenth Nitya
Meditation: Red clothes, dishevelled hair, rising swelling breasts, beautiful buttocks, delighting in nakedness, terrifying, dark blue in colour, sitting on a corpse, wearing a garland of skulls, with four arms, three eyes, holding a sword and a severed head in her left hands and dispelling fear and granting boons with her right hands. She is like ten million fires of dissolution at the end of time, dwelling in the cremation ground.
Mantra: Om Krim Hum Hrim Aim Mite Paramite parakramaya Om Krim Hum Him Em So-aham Hum Phat Svaha.
Attendants: In the first triangle Kali, Karalini, Ghora. In the second, Vama, Jyestha, Raudrika. In the third, Iccha, Jnana, Kriya. In the first part Vartali, then Laghuvarahi, Svapnavarahi, in the fourth Tiraskarini. The six limbs in the hexagon, and the Matrikas in the eight petals, with the Lokapalas being in the bhupura.
Artwork is © Jan Bailey, 1975-2022. Translations are © Mike Magee 1975-2022.Questions or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org