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The Five Limbs (Pañcāṅga) of Bālā
Listen, Virachamunda, to the characteristics of jiva. It is supreme, whole, eternal, consisting of nothing, stainless. It is the ultimate atomic particle, the Nātha, it is supreme Śiva, all pervading, it is above all, it is Haṃsa, the soul of Śakti. It is the mind, the breath, the buddhi and the chitta, residing in the inspiration and expiration of the breath of all living beings. – Kaulajnananirnaya, VI, 4-6.
This is the first English translation of the five limbs, or pañcāṅga, of the aspect of Goddess known as Bālā Tripurā. Bālā means “girl”, this aspect of the Red Goddess is the most highly erotic of Her three aspects, as the 1,000 names show. Bālā is an adolescent woman, Tripurāsundarī a mother, and Tripurābhairavī a woman in whom menstruation has ceased.
Bālā’s root mantra is aiṃ klīṃ sauh and variations of this mantra are used in her daily ritual. Many tantrik devatas have manuals structured along similar lines. The devata is first visualised as residing in the heart, then later drawn out through the breath and “placed” in the yantra.
On installation or invocation, various ritual accessories are offered, and the 1,000 adjectives (names) of the particular deity recited. The Devī is then drawn ‘back’ into one’s heart, and the ritual concludes with various elements “cleaning up” the area of worship.
The five limbs of a ritual pañcāṅga are Paṭala, Paddhati, Kavaca (Armour), 1,000 Names, and Stotra. The first gives the unfolding of the mantra, usually in coded form. It also describes the meditation image and the yantra of the devata, as well as various optional rites. The second limb describes the ritual worship, including worship of the avarana or attendants of the devata, which are really aspects of the god or goddess.
The kavaca is an “armour” used to ward off evil and which may either be recited or written and then worn on the body. The fourth limb consists of the 1,000 names, of which there are very many sets in the tantrik literature. The fifth, the stotra, is the hymn of praise of the iṣṭadevatā, the tutelary devatā of a tantrik sādhaka.
This particular manual comes from an appendix to the Devirahasya, a large work with appendices containing other pañcāṅgas relating to different aspects of Śakti and to different forms of Śiva such as the Sun. There is an external document here which gives an iTrans version of the 1,000 names.
Seated on Kailasa Summit is Bhagavan, spouse of Umā, the God with a crescent Moon as His diadem, whose eyes are Sun, Moon and Fire, wearing an elephant skin, mighty, worshipped by the Gods, bowed to by hosts of Gandharvas, mighty Yakṣas, and by gods and demons.
After having recited mantra, and having read sacred texts, rising up and bowing, Bhairavī questions the Lord.
Śrī Bhairavī – Lord God, Ocean of Compassion, who reveals all Agamas, by Your grace I have heard of all the Vidyās, O Sureśvara. Now I would like to hear of Bālā Tripurāsundarī. If this can be spoken of, declare the Vidyā, O God Māheśvara.
Śrī Bhairava — Listen Devī, I speak of the five Limbed Manual (Pañcāṅga) desired by sādhakas, (which consists of) Paṭala, Paddhati, Armour, 1,000 Names and the King of Hymns. O Māhadevī, listen one-pointedly. Parameśanī, Śrī Bālā is the Goddess bestowing both enjoyment and liberation.
O Māhadevī, one may give away power, dominion, house and wealth. All these may be given away, but one should never give away this thing which is the best of all. In the Kali Yuga there is no other Vidyā resembling this Vidyā. It is said that Śrī Bālā Tripurā gives siddhi quickly.
It should be passed on to peaceful disciples, and to those devoted to their Guru. One should not give this Vidyā to the undevoted, O Parameśvarī.
I will speak of the unfolding of the mantra, yantra, prastara, meditation, and the rites of the Devī, O Māheśvarī. First, Deveśī, listen to the unfolding of the Mantra which bestows all fruit. It should be carefully concealed, whoever knows it becomes successful (Siddha).
One should place “Śakti” (Sauh) at the end of ‘Vagbhava” (Aiṃ) and “Kāmarāja” (Klīṃ), ending this with Namah. O Devī, this is the eight lettered Mantra of Bālā. (There are) no obstacles, or impurity or restrictions attached to it, it causes one to become a Siddha, O Māhadevī, and is the King of Mantras in the Kali Yuga.
Dakṣiṇāmūrti is the Seer, Paṅkti is the Metre for pronunciation, the Goddess is Tripurā-Bālā, “Aiṃ” is the Seed, “Sauh” the Śakti. “Klīṃ” is the linchpin. Its application is towards Dharma, Artha, Kāma and Mokṣa.
One should do (six fold) nyāsa on the head, on the mouth, in the heart, on the feet, on the navel lotus and in all the limbs, O Devī.
One should do nyāsa according to the rules doing Seer, Hand and Limb nyāsa, using the bījas of the mantra, O Māheśvarī.
Now I speak of Her meditation, advantageous for all sādhakas:
I meditate on Bālā, clothed in red, with a digit of the Moon as Her ornament, effulgent as the rising sun, with three eyes, holding a book and a rosary, showing the gestures of removing fear and giving, seated on a red lotus.
Having meditated in this way one should repeat the mantra which gives success. A pure sādhaka should prepare (the mantra by reciting it) 300,000 times.
Now I speak of the unfolding of the yantra of Māhadevī, the Giver of both Enjoyment and Liberation, which is very hard to get to know of for any sādhaka.
Bindu, triangle, eight triangles, eight petals, adorned with three circles and enclosed in an earth square. This circle of Bālā (and Her attendants) is the Destroyer of Pain, O Mountain-Born One!
One should worship the Śaktis of the pedestal when inscribing the Yantra. The pedestal Śaktis are Will (Icchā), Knowledge (Jñānā), Action (Kriyā), Lotus-Girl (Kāminī), Giver of Sexuality (Kāmadayinī), Sexual Pleasure (Ratī), Loving the Bliss of Sexual Pleasure (Ratipriyananda), and Mind-Born (Manonmani) lastly. One should place these Śaktis round the pedestal using the mantra “Vyoma Parvata Tartiya Sadashiva Mahapadam Pitha Padmasanaya Namah”. This is the pedestal Mantra. Having put, in order, these 16 syllables around the image (Yantra) one should recite the root mantra.
One should invoke Devī and worship Her with the ritual accessories according to the rules. Having invoked the desired Devī in the centre of the yoni, one should worship in the triangle, in a similar way Sexual Love (Rati) on the left, Pleasure (Priti) on the right, and Mind-Born (Manobhava) at the apex. One should worship the six Limbs inside the yoni (i.e. central triangle) starting from the South East.
Outside the central yoni one should worship, from the East, in a clockwise direction, the Arrow-Devis. In the eight yoni-triangles one should worship the eight Śaktis called Beautiful Bhaga (Bhaga=female sexual organ), Bhaga, Nectar of Bhaga, Bhaga adorned with Flowers, Primordial Sexual Pleasure, The Flower of Sex, the Girdle of Sex, the Bliss of Sexual Love – these are the eight Śaktis.
In the filaments of the lotus one should worship Brahmi and so forth, and in the petals themselves the (eight) Bhairavas. One should also worship, in the petal tips, from the East in a clockwise direction, the Sacred Sites called Kamarupa, Malaya, Kaulagiri, Cauhara, Kulantaka, Jalandhara and Oddyana — the eighth being Devikuta.
In the bhupura one should worship in the cardinal directions Heruka, Tripurāntaka, Vetala, Agnijihva, Kalantaka, Kapalini, Ekapada, Bhimarupa, Mala and Hatakeshvara. (Also) in the directions one should worship Indra and the others with the (various) weapons.
Outside of this, in the directions, one should worship Vatuka, the Yoginis, Kshetrapala and Gaṇeśa. In the intermediate points one should worship the (eight) Vasus, the Sun, and Śiva. One should worship all the elements and then the weapons.
First of all one should meditate on Bālā in the embrace of Kāmeśvara in the centre; A Kaula should worship using the five makaras according to the rules of Kaulachara.
The sādhaka skilled in the mantra should worship Māhadevī in the bindu (of the yantra) with scent, unhusked rice, flowers, incense, flame and liquid oblation. This is called Layanga.
Listen to the rituals, O Pārvatī. Whosoever skilled in mantra who does this gains a share of success swiftly, it is certain. The (eight rites) are Paralysing, Deluding, Killing, Attracting, Subjugating, Driving Away, Peace Making and Healing.
This sādhana is the Quintessence, invisible, Dear One. One should not give this to those not devoted to Devī, and should keep it concealed and secret from paśus.
(1) On the first day of the Waxing Moon, Devī, having bathed and done the daily rite, one should go to a deserted place at midday. There one should do sacrifice by a 10th part using ghee, curd and so forth. One should do oblation to the Goddess, then immediately one is free to paralyse, this is certain.
(2) At dusk, in the cremation ground, one should recite (the mantra) on a seat made of owl feathers. One should do much sacrifice and by a tenth part of this give ghee, wine, grain, shoots and lotus seeds. Then one may delude the world.
(3) Having gone in the morning or at night to the place of Ghosts and Elementals (Cremation Ground), the mighty Hero should recite the Vidyā of 16 letters in front of a cremation pyre. The mantrin should do much sacrifice of ghee, fragrant gums and hairs of caṇḍālas in the burning funeral pyre. (In this way) one kills an enemy.
(4) On an eighth day of the Bright Fortnight the sādhaka should recite (the mantra) in secret. Having recited a myriad times using the root Vidyā, and having meditated, O Charming One, one should do sacrifice of a 10th part giving ghee, lac, flowers, menstrual blood, wheat and bamboo shoots. (Then) one may attract women.
(5) Dearest, on a ninth day the ritualist, having bathed and done the daily rite, should offer much ghee, fish, eggs, lotus, pearls, and hair of deer. Doing sacrifice in this way, O Lady of Heroes, one is able to make people slaves.
(6) On the fourth Lunar Day of a Dark Fortnight one should recite the mantra at the arising of the Moon, Dearest. On a riverbank, seated in Śīrṣa āsana, the Hero should recite the mantra many times. One should sacrifice a 10th part of this, giving ghee, blue lotus, cloves, black pepper and tamarind. Then one may cause an enemy to flee.
(7) On a fifth night, O Deveśī, one should recite the mantra a myriad times. One should sacrifice a 10th of that and should offer ghee, fish, sugar cane and camphor – thus one may calm down great disputes, wars and adversities.
(8) On a great eighth day (of the dark Lunar fortnight) a person having bathed, should do sādhana on the best of pedestals. The hero should recite (the mantra) 10,000 times and should sacrifice a 10th part of that, giving ghee, camphor, grapes, many betel leaves, goat flesh and blood. Then one causes healing to occur.
This thing which is secret is the form of all, my very Self, O Deveśī, Secret. One should conceal it in the Kali Yuga. On Sundays etc. one should recite the mantra 10,000 times. Then one becomes Siddha, there should be no doubt about this! This celestial chapter is revealed because of Your love. Hide it! It should be concealed, hide it as You would conceal Your own yoni.
Śrī Bālā Paddhati
Now I will declare the Paddhati in its spoken form – the essence of Śrī Bālā Tripureśvarī, the Giver of Happiness. Having done morning acts those who are devoted should worship Devī. This pūja is fruitless for those impure at the three (Twilights).
Extending from the base of the spine to the top of the head, like a lotus stem, a brilliant, white, slender thread, one should meditate on Devī, Giver of Subjugation, Great Good Fortune and Eloquence; as surrounded by a swarm of black bees; with braided hair garlanded with flowers; with a face marked with a jewel as her forehead mark; her mouth sweetly smiling, wearing a beautiful diadem; her head adorned with pearls and diamonds; with a slender crescent Moon as crest gem; her three bright eyes effulgent as a swarm of sapphire bees; with jewelled coiled earrings, the chief of which is as bright as the Sun: ornamented with shining pearls and gems of dazzling appearance; around her throat a necklace like a line of bees, beautiful and bedazzling, surpassing nectar in its beauty; adorned with beautiful and resplendent garments like the white water of the Ganga in flood; beautiful, sinuous graceful limbs, scented and sweet like creeping vines; covered in gold and by other precious metals, and by glistening jewels, glittering and bright; her beautiful feet and toes like red lotuses with their petals; as bright as the circle of the starry realm (Nakṣatras); adorned with pearl-like blossoms; with her lower left hand holding a book and her upper right hand dispelling the fears of sādhakas; in her two right hands holding a rosary and bestowing boons; She herself being of the dazzling whiteness of snow, milk or the Moon; gracious and charming.
Armour of Śrī Bālā Tripurāsundarī
Śrī Bhairavī said – Devadeva, Māhadeva, expander of devotees who please You, the Armour of Devī is hidden. Speak of this to Me!
Śrī Bhairava — Listen Devī, I speak of the Armour difficult to get even for gods. One should never reveal this high secret, which gives the wished for siddhi to a sādhaka. The Seer of the Armour is Dakṣiṇāmūrti. Paṅkti is the Metre. The Devī is Tripurāsundarī. Its application in pūja is the four aims of Mankind.
She wears a pearl diadem, coiled earrings, armlets, a necklace of gems; pearl finger rings; effulgent bracelets and other jewels; a golden hip girdle, glittering anklets; her navel is adorned with a ruby, and she has a bracelet of shells, with a Kala of the Moon on her forehead. She holds a noose, a goad, a book and a rosary in her upper hands and the other hands.
May the Vagbhava Aiṃ protect my head, and the Kamaraja Klīṃ my heart! May the Śakti Bija Sauh protect me in my navel, genitals and feet!
May Aiṃ Klīṃ Sauh protect my face, and Bālā shield me in my siddhi! May Ha Sa Ka La Hrīṃ Sauh Bhairavī shield my throat, and may Sa Ka La Sundarī shield me in the region of the navel!
May Mahatripurasundarī shield my brow, and the point between my eyes! Subhaga protect my forehead! Bhaga shield my throat! Bhagodevi protect my heart! Bhagasarpini, shield my belly!
Bhagamala, shield my navel! Manobhava, protect my penis! May the auspicious Lady, the Queen of Queens, the Māhadevī, shield my anus!
Mother of the Cosmos (Jagad Ambika), form of Consciousness, protect my feet! Narayani, protect me at night! Shubhankari shield me in all my actions!
May Brahmani protect me in the East, and Vaishnavi in the South! May Varahi protect me in the West, and Māheśvarī in the North! May Kaumari protect me in the South East, and Mahalakshmi in the South West! May Chamunda protect me in the North West, and Indrani in the North East!
Mahamaya, protect me in Water! Sarvamangala, shield me in Earth! Varada, protect me in Aether! Bhuvaneshvari, protect me everywhere!
This Armour is called “Names of the Goddess” and is hard to obtain! The pure person with concentrated mind should arise and recite it at dawn.
Whoever does it knows no fear or disease. Nor is he afraid of death or anxious about sin. He is never poor, nor is he vanquished by death. He dwells in the realm of Śiva, O Devī. I say to You that this is most certainly true.
O Auspicious One, whosoever should recite this Armour having not been initiated into Śrī Vidyā gains no fruit, but is struck by lightning.
The 1,000 Names of Bālā
Śrī Devī – Śrī Natha Śaṅkara, Bliss-Maker, speak! O Lord God, how may one obtain the yoga-power of full devotion, O Ocean of Wine. If You have compassion for me, Śambhu, reveal that which is well-hidden!
Śrī Bhairava — By devotion to Śakti one comes to know the entire vermilion ocean of Bliss, the hidden essence of Bālā. Dear One, I will speak to You of Her 1,000 Names. One should well hide it, O One with Thighs like Plantain Stems, it is revealed out of deep and amorous affection for You. Whoever meditates on how Devī is hymned immediately gains the whole mass of happiness, and is the cause of Knowledge.
(Of this 1,000 Name-Hymn of Śrī Bālā Sundarī, Bhargava is the Seer, Anuṣṭubh is the Metre, Śrī Bālā Tripurā is the Devatā. Aiṃ is the Seed, Sauh is the Śakti, Klīṃ the linchpin. The application by reading it are the four aims of Mankind.
Ṛṣi Nyāsa :Hail to Bhargava the Seer on the head; Hail to Anuṣṭubh the Metre on the mouth; Hail to Śrī Bālā the Devatā in the heart; Hail to the Seed Aiṃ in the genitals; Hail to the Śakti Sauh on the feet; Hail to the Linchpin Klīṃ on the navel; Hail to the Application on all the limbs.
Aiṃ hail to the thumbs; Klīṃ obeisance to the index fingers; Sauh hail to the middle fingers; Aiṃ hail to the ring fingers; Klīṃ hail to the little fingers; Sauh to the front and backs of the hands hail. Thus the heart and other Nyāsas are related. Meditation-)
Wearing red clothes, with a Kala of the Moon as Her ornament, effulgent as the rising Sun, holding Book and Rosary, bestowing boons and banishing fears, I meditate on Bālā on the Red Lotus.
Pleasing and Supremely Blissful Vermilion One. Ultimate Treasure of the Path of Devotion. Deep Left Thing. Manifestation of the Elements. Shankari. Śiva.
Boon Giver of Erotic Form. Essence. Auspicious Sphere of Action. Ocean of Ultimate Bliss. Passionate. Actress. Graceful One.
Kala of Sexual Play the Colour of Blossom. Dalliance. Absolute. Kala.
Suitable Essence. Creeper Granting All Wishes. Eager-Goddess. Playing with Love’s Arrow. Truly Affectionate. Lovely Sweet Form.
Effulgent as 10,000,000 Suns. Cool as 10,000,000 Moons. Arrow Limbed One Shedding Nectar. Means by which Heaven is Attained.
Gazelle Eyed. Charming. Walking Beautifully. Happy and Peaceful One. Empress. Queen. Worshipped by Mahendra.
Lady Moving in the Cosmos. Ultimate Mover in the Cosmos. With Dishevelled Clothing. Irresistible Śakti. With Tinkling Golden Anklets.
With Breasts like the Paradise Tree on Mount Meru. Bearing Goad and Noose as Weapons and Giving Boons. Holding Arrows and Sugar Cane Bow in Her Two Beautiful Hands,
Face like the Disc of the Moon. With a Beautiful Crest Gem like a Little Moon. Having a Vermilion Forehead Mark. Her Lovely Braided Hair adorned with Flowers.
Rejoicing in a Garland of Coral Tree Blossoms. Adorned with a Garland of Gems. Fond of Gold Ornaments. Having a Beautiful Pearl Necklace.
Her Mouth is Full of Tambula. Her Mind is Filled with Sexual Bliss. Pleasing and Happy. Essence of Passion. Supremely Compassionate. Lady of Treasure.
An Effulgent Gem sits between Her Breasts. Intoxicated with Wine-Essence. Having a Mantra which is the Self of Bindu and Nada. Form of the Fourth.
The Lovely Giver of Happiness. Shankari. Fond of Blossoms. The Universe. Complete. Dweller in the Purna Pitha.
Rajyalakshmi. Śrī Lakṣmī. Mahalakshmi. Beautiful Queen. Santoshima. Excellence. Gold Vessel. Light.
All-complete. Supporter of the Cosmos. Creatrix. Increasor of Strength. Magnificence of all Earthly Kings. Mother Ruling All.
Lotus-Eyed One. One Gazing Long. Clear Eyed One. Flow of Love. Taste. 
Chief One. Essence Body.
Vermilion Essence. Moving Gracefully. Colour of Pollen. Mad with Bliss in Sexual Intercourse. Inmost Quality. Self of Śakti.
Eyes Full of Love. Charming. Goddess of Love. Lovely Bhaga (Female Genitals). Beautiful Bhaga. Taking Pleasure. To be Enjoyed. Giver of Fortune. Lovely. Bhaga.
Kala of the Bliss of Yoni and Linga. Dwelling in the centre of the Bhaga. Form of Bhaga. Consisting of Bhaga. Bhaga Yantra. Highest Bhaga.
Yoni Mudra. Kāmakalā. Essence of Kula Nectar. Fire of the Kula Kunda. Subtle. Jivatma. Form of the Linga. Root Cause. Root Form. True Form of Root Action. Longing For It. Lotus-Bliss. Self Dissolved in Consciousness Meditation. Beneficent.
White and Red. Form of Bindu. Yoni which is the Sound of Knowledge. Sound of 10,000,000 Bells. Humming One. The Marvellous Risen Disc of the Sun. Dissolved in Sound. Completely Full. Place of Fullness. Many-Bodied.
Golden Music. Hereditary Music. Sound of the Drum. Garland of Letters. Siddhi-Kala. Dwelling in the Six Chakras. Sexually Playing in the Muladhara. Svadisthana. Dwelling in the fourth.
Situated in the Manipura. Loved. Essence of the Tortoise Cakra. Like a Flame in the Anahata. Made of Gems.
Vishuddha. Pure Sound. Residing in the Awakened Being. Song. Situated in the Ajna Lotus. Emanatrix. Skilful. Triple Circle.
Little Moon. Splendid as 10,000,000 Moons. Shining like 10,000,000 Suns. Shadow of the Ruby Red Lotus. Consisting of Eternity and Joy. Shining.
Auspicious Liquor. Very Beloved. Still and Joyful Nectar. Charming Limbed One Rejoicing in Intercourse. Having Sweet Nectar.
Seated on a Great Pedestal. Satisfied. Wild. Beautiful in Bearing. Drenched in a Shower of Nectar. Expanding Ocean of Redness.
Very Red. Fond of Moistness. Wearing Innumerable Earrings and Removing Fear. 
Excellent Oral Lore. Encircled by Countless Flowers and Fruit.
Dear. Auspicious. Beloved of Śiva. Shankari. Shambhavi. Powerful. Self Created. Beloved of the Self. Partner. One’s Own. Mother Matrika.
Vowel-Being. Refuge. Chaste. Highest Being and Origin of Wine. Fortunate Gladdener. Respected. Devoted to All Good Fortune.
Lucky. Slender Thread. Maiden. Bright as a Fragment of a Half Moon. Beautiful Slender Creeper. Dear One. Wicked Deed. Evil Spell.
Gazelle Eyed. Excited Eyed. Sharp. Intoxicated with Wine Nectar. Delighted by Intoxicating Liquor. Beauteous as Madira Wine.
Pleased by Kadamba Wine. Handsome. Delighted. Rejoicing in Sideways Glances. One with Slowly Turned Down Eyes Gazing Long and Sweetly. Destroyer of the Family of Demons. Radiant Nectar of Sexual Desire. Suvasini. One with Rounded Body. One With Breasts Heavy with Milk.
Truly Beautiful. With Teeth Like Little Pearls. With a Halo. Radiant Mouth. Her Lips Like Tender Shoots. Her Nose Like the Tip of a Til Blossom. Her Forehead Shining Like Gold. With a Face like the Full Moon. With a Young Moon as Her Shining Diadem.
Her Lively Eyes Smeared with Orpiment. Her Ears Like Blossoming Flowers. Each Ear like Half a Leaf and resembling a New Moon. With the Sun as a Gem in Her Diadem.
Her Gold Earrings Studded with Gems. With Coiled and Begemmed Earrings. Very Beautiful Cheeks. With a Shell-Like Neck. Wearing Alluring Gems.
Wearing a Pearl Necklace which is Like the Ganges in Flood and Her Voice Like a Bird. Her Limbs Extending Like Many Lotus Roots. Carrying Noose, Goad and Bow. With Bracelets Entwined Round Her Clothes. Adorned with Various Beautiful Jewels. Her Lotus Hands the Colour of Copper and Her Lovely Nails Shining like Gems.
Her Fingers Adorned with Jewels with Beautiful Lines between Her Fingers. Her Two Beautiful Breasts Like the Mandara Tree. The Hair of Her Pubic Region like a Line of Serpents. Her Womanly Deep Navel Encircled by Three Lines. Very Slender of Waist.
Wearing a Breast Plate for Battle. Wearing a Beautiful Waist Cloth. Her Buttocks Like the Brows of an Elephant. Her Two Thighs Close Together Like the Cheeks of an Elephant. Her Beautiful Knees and Legs like Unworldly and Bright Paradise Trees.
With Hidden Ankles. Her Anklets Adorned with Gems and Making a Charming Ringing Sound. Her Two Feet Meditated on by Yogis. Ocean of Wine Nectar.
Vermilion Ocean. With a Vermilion Forehead Mark. Adorned with Dishevelled Hair. Perfect Nectar. Truly Wise. Intelligent. Most Beautiful of Divinities.
Like a Row of Scarlet Rays From a Dawn Sun. Beloved Cow of Heaven. Padmini of the Essence of Nectar. Stream of Rasa.
The Beautiful and Ever-present Boon Giving One. Autumnal. Giving True Fortune. Dear to Nataraja. Cosmic Dancer. Male and Female Dancer.
Brightly Coloured Yantra. Web of Consciousness. Knowledge Vine. Chief Thing. Dwelling in the Forehead. five-Sectioned One. Panchami.
Four-Sectioned One. Tripartite Primordial One. Six-Sectioned One. Worshipped in the Vedas. Having 16 Sections. The Fourth. Supreme Kala. Shodashi. Goddess of Mantra and Yantra. Meru Circle.
Sixteen Lettered One. Three Lettered One. True Form of Bindu Nada.
Above the Letters. Mother of the Letters. Great Happiness Who is the Absolute as Sound. Consciousness Vine. Being with Sections. Kāmeśī. To Be Seen in Dream.
Goddess of Dream. Goddess of Awakened Intelligence. Refuge of the Watchful in the Waking State. Abode of Dream. Deep Sleep. Free from Idleness. Spring Creeper of Fragrant White Flowers (Madhavi).
Lopamudra. Queen of Kama. Daughter of Man. Worshipped by Lords of Wealth. Shakambhari. Nandi Vidyā. Garland of Light Emanating Blossoms.
Mahendri. Served in Heaven. Oral Lore. Refuge of the Best Sādhakas. Chaste. Truly Good. Siddhi Cave.
Lady of the Three Cities. Worshipped by Conquerors of Cities. City Devatā. Satisfied Destructrix of Obstacles. Without Qualities. Worshipped by the Celestial Cow.
Golden Mother. Lady of Hosts. Secret Mother. With Beautiful Buttocks. Giving Birth to All. Liberation. Initiation. Initiated Matrika.
Mother of Sādhakas. Mother of Siddhas. Most Powerful Wizardess. Deluding the Mind. Youthful and Intoxicated. Exalted. Her Beautiful Buttocks Swaying Slowly.
Dwelling in the Red and Blue Lotus. Smeared with Red and Adorned with Red Gems. Wearing a Pure Red Rosary. With a Very Beautiful Peacock Feather Crest aim. Satisfied by Kings. Waving Peacock Plumes. Perfume Diffusing in the Cosmos. Earth. Fragrance. Giver of Sexual Love. Beloved. Giving Success in Love to Those Seeking Love.
Nandini. Lakshanavati. Devatā Resorted to by (Ṛṣi) Vasishta. Devī of Goloka. 
Protectress of Śrī Goloka and all the Worlds. Giver of the Fruits of Sacrifice. Mother of the Gods. Giving Boons to Gods.
Partner of Rudra. Auspicious Mother. Wide Expanse of the Ocean of Nectar.
Dakshina. Form of Sacrifice. True Maiden. Rejoicing in Resolution. Dwelling in the Ocean Full of Milk. Pure Yoni. Beautiful Eyed. Dwelling in Beauty. Truly Served. Dissolved in Beautiful Scents. True in Actions. Beautiful Tripurā. With Beautiful Breasts. With the Breasts of a Young Maiden.
Menstruating Girl. Showing Her Menses. Colourful One. With a Bright Garland. Liking Red. Very Red. True Form of Love Making. Mother of Menses and Semen. Intent on Sex Play. Coming in Love Making.
Cry of Orgasm. Self of all Love Play. Life of the Gods. Bliss of Svayambhu Menses. Fond of Svayambhu Menses. Pleased and Satisfied by Svayambhu Menses. Cause of Creation of the Beautiful Svayambhu Menses. Place of Svayambhu Menses. Śakti Hole. All Love Dalliance is Her True and Sacred Pedestal.
Very Inner Whore. Duti. Artful. Pleased by Worship. Kullika. Dwelling in a Yantra. Dwelling in a Yoga Pedestal. With Beautiful Body. Form of the Quintessence. Having All Characteristics.
Wearing Various Beautiful Jewels. Worshipped With Five Arrows. Residing in the Upper Trikona. Bālā. Kāmeśvarī.
Worshipped by Hosts. Worshipped by Kulas. Lakṣmī. Sarasvati. Pleased by Spring. Beloved. Having Gems on Her Breasts.
Bearing a Kala on Her Head. Her Feet Causing Growth. Residing in Kalas. Fond of Flowers. Wearing Flowers. Deludress of Love.
Intoxicated with Sexual Desire. Mohini. Kalas of the Moon. Shoshini. Vashini. Rajini. Subhaga. Bhaga. Pusha. Vasha. Sumana. Rati. Priti. Dhriti. Riddhi. Benefic. With a Garland of Rays. With Parts.
Moon. True Shadow. Rising Full Moon. Satisfied. Full Amrita. Dwelling in the Female Sex Organ Yantra.
Residing in the Linga Yantra. 
Body of Śambhu. Yoginī of Sexual Intercourse. Wine Goddess. Body of Bija. Steady. Dear to Sādhakas.
Self of the King of Bija. Giver of Dominion and Happiness. Giver of Desires. Śakti of Menses and Semen. Knower of Śiva’ s Semen. All Nectar. Consisting of Nectar. Consisting of Śiva and Śakti. Lady.
Dwelling in the Bliss of Love Making. The Matrika Fond of Love Making. Bliss of the Flowers of Sexual Intercourse. Lovemaking. Expander of Yoga. State of Happiness in Sexual Intercourse. Served by Unified Consciousness-Bliss.
True Form of the Substances Used in Offering and Giver of Success in Worship. Samarasya. Supreme One Female Form Fond of Love-Making.
Messenger of Knowledge. Accessible to Knowledge. Origin of Knowledge. Abode of Śiva. Consciousness- Kala. Knowledge With All its Parts. True Kula. Beautiful Self of Kula.
Four Kalas. Very Subtle Lotus Girl (Padmini). Supreme Being. Dwelling in the Play of Hamsa. Shadowy One. Emanatrix of the Two Parts of Hamsa.
Free from Passion. Liberation Kala. Supreme Being Indwelling in Kalas. Very Self Situated in Vidyā Kala. Dweller in the Four Kalas. The Vidyā Making All Content. Pleased One. The Light of the Supreme Absolute. The Supreme Paramatma. Dissolved in Things. The Fourfold Śakti.
The Diffusion of Shanta and Bodha Kalas. The Kala and Inner Essence of the Highest Knowledge. Pashyanti. Supreme Quintessence. The Inner Atma without Parts Known as Akula.
Madhyama. Vaikhari. The Bliss of Atma Kala. Dweller in Kalas. Tarini. Swift One (Tarani). Tara. Knower of the Inner Core Dissolved in the Śiva Linga.
Mover in the Ultimate Good. Delighting in the Bliss of the Absolute. Intoxicated with Rasa. Highest Rasa. Successful. Fond of Success. Uma.
Fond of All Castes. Increasor of the Bliss of Yogis and Yoginis. Bestower of the Heroic Frame of Mind. Celestial One. Giver of True Heroism to Heroes.
Great Giver of the Heroic Mood to Pashus. One Whose Head is Bathed. Queen Śrī. The Ultimate Matrika of Warriors.
Skilled in Sword and Missile. Grace. Essence Place. Enlivening in Battle. Victorious. Yoginī. Pilgrimage. Crusher of Great Armies. Full. 
Goddess of Wealth. Wealth. Provided with Great Hoards of Treasure.
Dwelling in Heaps of Gems. Jewel. Abiding in Necklaces of Gems. Mahishi. Worshipped by Kings. With Hosts. Bearing Hosts. Creatrix. Prostitute. Attainable by Yoga. Mallasena. Female Foot Soldier. Battle Array. Brave in Love. Banner. Dwelling in the Banner.
Beautiful Parasol. Little Mother. Mother (Amba). Fragrant. Moving in sādhana. Acting like Kings Act. Consisting of Brahmins and Kshatriyas. Dwelling in Moon and Sun. Fond of Her Priests. Chaste One. Brahmin Girl. Multitude of Sacrifices.
Supreme Wine of the Moon. Origin of All. Burning One. Patient One. Opposing Evil. Bearer of All. Creatrix of All. Origin. Moving in Eternity. Gayatri. Attainable by Knowledge. Initiated. Giving the Wished For Goal.
Dwelling in the Cosmos Like Jewelled Rays. Life of the Universe. Giver of Success in the Field. Augmentor of All. Little Usurer.
Support of Kula. One who Extends Herself Beautifully. Mind’s Delusion. Refuge. Pure. Dwelling in the Twice Born. Doer of Actions. Worshipped in Festivals.
Going Under Various Guises. Bālā. Wanton. Consisting of Kalas. With Beautiful Ears. Highest of All. Freer from Difficulties.
Durga. Staying in the Vindhya Forest. Beloved of the God of Love. Pacifier. Black One. Protectress. Intoxicated with Rasa.
Appeaser of Those Fallen From the Three Rules of Conduct. Bestower of Complete Happiness. Little Moon of the Cosmic Pleasure Garden. Giver of Happiness to the Multitude of Siddhas. Worshipped by Hosts of Yoginis.
Body of the Sixteen Nityās. Kāmeśī. Bhagamalini. Nityaklinna. Bherunda. Vahni-Mandala-Vasini. Mahavidyeshvari Nityā. Śiva Duti.
Tvarita. Kula Sundarī. Nityā. Nilapataka. Vijaya. Sarvamangala. Jvalamala. 
Host of Gurus. Supreme Guru. Lady Prakashananda. Form of Shivanandanath. True Form of Shaktyanandanath. Consisting of Devī-Anandanath. Lady Kaulesha Anandanath. Form of the Divyaugha. Lady Samaya Anandanath. Lady Shukla Devī Ananda Nath. Kulesha Ananda Nathini.
Body of Klinnanga Ananda (Nath). Samaya Ananda Nathini. Consisting of Veda Ananda Nath. Sahaja Ananda Nathini.
Body of the Siddha Augha. Body of the Highest Guru. Gagana Ananda (Nathini). Vishva Ananda Nathini. Vimala Ananda Nathini. Madana Ananda Nathini. Primordial Lady of the Worlds. Primordial Playful One. Nandana Ananda Nathini. Body of Sva Atma Ananda. Priya Ananda Nathini.
Self of the Manava Augha Gurus. Lady of the Gurus of the Gurus. Ultimate Secret. Guru Śakti. Fond of Those Who Sing the Praises of Their Own Guru. Known as Bewilderer of the Three Worlds. All Encompassing and Complete One.
All-Bewildering One. Residing in the Eastern Amnaya. Śiva-Śakti. Auspicious (Śiva) Śakti. Dwelling in Three Śiva Chakras. Known as the Giver of All Great Good Fortune. Giver of All Desires to Sādhakas. Called the All Protecting One. Devatā of the Southern Amnaya.
Dwelling in the Centre of the Disc of the Sun. Devatā of the Western Amnaya. Creating and Indwelling the Nine Chakras. Devatā of the Northern Amnaya. Worshipped by Kubera. Origin of Kula. Residing in the Exalted Kula Amnaya.
Making and Dwelling in the Bindu Cakra. Lady of the Central Lion Throne.
Śrī Vidyā. Mahalakshmi. Lakṣmī. Self of the Three Śaktis. Lakṣmī Giving All Dominion. Pancha Lakṣmī. Śrīvidyā. Supreme Light Source. Supreme Shambhavi Without Parts. Matrika. Panchakoshi. Śrīvidyā Tvarita.
Parijateshvari. Trikuta. Panchabaneshi. Panchakalpalata. Pancha Vidyā. Source of Amrita. Wine. Lovely Lady. Annapurna. Cow of Plenty. Śrī Vidyā. Siddha Lakṣmī. Matangi. Bhuvaneshvari. Varahi. Pancharatneshvari. One Who Dwells in the Letters of Matrika. Supreme Effulgence. In the Form of All Words. Aindri. Desire.
Own Lady. Vision of Śakti. Seed of the Sun. Having the Body of Brahma. Having the Body of Śiva. Having the Body of Viṣṇu. Residing in the Wheel of Creation. Having the Body of the Sun. Dissolved in the Cakra of Places. Having the Body of Mercury. Mahatripurasundarī.
True Form of Tattva and Mudra. Pleasant One. 
Knowledge Mudra. Satisfied by All Ritual Accessories. Dwelling in the Heart. Divinity of the Head. Divinity of the Top of the Head. The Absolute. With Amorous Three Eyes.
Dwelling in the Missile. Four Square One. Dwelling at the Doors. Dwelling in Each Door. Anima in the West. Laghima in the North. Mahima in the East. Ishitva Divinity of the Southern Door. Vashitva in the North West. Prakamya in the North East. Bhukti in the South East. Icchā in the South West.
Brahmi. Māheśvarī. Kaumari. Vaishnavi. Varahi. Aindri. Chamunda. Mahalakshmi. Dwelling in the Ten Parts.
Kshobhini. Dravini Mudra. Akarshana. Unmadana. Mahankusha. Khechari. Bija. Yoni Mudra.
Dwelling in the Sarvashapura Cakra. Cause of Successful Siddhi. Kamakarshini Śakti. Buddhi Akarshana. Ahankara Karshini. Shabda Akarshana. Sparsha Akarshana. Rupa Akarshana. Rasa Akarshana. Gandha Akarshana. Chitta Akarshana. Dhairya Akarshana. Smritya Akarshana. Bija Akarshana. Amrita Akarshini. Nama Akarshini. Sharira Akarshinidevi. Atma Akarshana. Form of the Sixteen Vowels. Temple of the Flow of Nectar. Tripureshi. Form of Siddha. Dwelling in the Sixteen Petals.
Queen of the All Agitating Cakra. Lady of the Guptatara Śaktis. Ananga Kusuma Śakti. Ananga Kati Mekhala. Ananga Madana. Ananga Madanatura. Ananga Rekha. Ananga Vega. Anangankusha. Ananga Mālinī. Śakti of the Eight Divisions of the Alphabet.
Making and Dwelling in the Eight Petals. Śrīmat Tripurāsundarī. Giver of all Happiness & Dominion. Lady giving Great Good Fortune. Lady of the Sampradaya. Cause of All Agitation. Causing All to Flee. Attractor of All. Śakti Gladdening All. Śakti causing Crushing. Śakti causing all Paralysis. Śakti causing All Delusion. Śakti causing All Subjugation. Śakti who gives Colour to All and Everything. Śakti causing Sexual Awakening. Śakti giving the Fruit of All Desires. Śakti giving All Wealth. Śakti consisting of Mantra. Śakti causing the Dualities to Disappear. 
Siddhi-Tripurā-Vasini. Lady giving All Desires to a Sādhaka. Lady giving the Fruit of All Actions. Lady of the 14 Angle Cakra. Devī giving All Siddhi. Giver of All Prosperity. Śakti Beloved of All. Cause of All Good Fortune.
Full of All Sexual Desire. Liberator from All Sorrow. Alleviator of All Death. Destructress of All Obstacles. Devī Beautiful in All Limbs. Giver of All Great Good Fortune.
Tripureśī. Giver of All Siddhi. Dwelling in the 10 Triangles. Lady Bestowing All Protection. Nigarbha Yoginī. Knowing All. Śaktī of All. Giver of All Dominion. Devī Consisting of All Knowledge. Destroyer of All Ailments. True Form of All Adharas. Destroyer of All Evil. Devī made of All Bliss. True Form of All Protection. Mahima Śakti Devī.
Devī Giving All. Lady Residing in the Inner 10 Angles. Devī Tripurā Mālinī. Lady Destroying All Disease. Rahasya Yoginī. Vagdevi. Vashini. Devī Kāmeśvarī. Modini. Vimala. Aruna. Jayini. Sarveśvarī. Kaulinī. Giver of Siddhi in the eight Angles.
Lady who gives All Love. Parapararahasya. Dweller in the Square & Trikona. Self of All Dominion Who consists of the Weapons. Kāmeśvarī Arrow Form. Kāmeśī Bow Form. Kāmeśī Noose Form. Kāmeśī Goad Form.
Kāmeśvarī the Indra Śakti. Residing in the Sphere of Fire. Presiding Devī of Kamagiri. Going in the Lowermost Angle of the Triangle.
Lady Dwelling in the Rightmost Angle. Viṣṇu Śakti at Jalandhara. Residing in the Sphere of the Sun. Rudra Śakti in the Leftmost Angle. Brahma Śakti in the Sphere of the Moon. Anuragini Dwelling at Purnagiri. Auspicious Lady of the Sphere of the Triangle. Tripurā-Atma-Māheśvarī.
Lady Residing in the Sphere of All Bliss. Secret One Dwelling in the Bindu. Supreme True Form of the Absolute. Mahatripurasundarī. Dwelling Within All Chakras. Chief of the Whole of the Chakras. Lady of All Chakras. Lady of All Mantras. Lady of All Vidyās. Lady of All Speech. All Yogeshvari. Undivided Lady holding Dominion over All Pithas. Sarva-Kāmeśvarī. Lady of All Tattvas and Dominions. Śakti. Śakti with Eyes Intoxicated with Bliss. Without Duality. Womb of the Dualities.
Unextended in the Cosmos. Mahamaya. Extended in the Cosmos. Dweller in Herself. Supporter of All Manifestation in the Cosmos. Ultimate Bliss Sundarī. [1,000]
Thus the celestial cause of Supreme Bliss has been declared, the Salt Vermilion Waves of Bālā giving all satisfaction. O Pārvatī, of all sets of 1,000 names in the tantras, this is the quintessence.
Dearest, this hymn may be recited at all times, at night, and during pūja in the morning. When Bālā, the Giver of All Dominion and Happiness, is pleased, She bestows jewels of various kinds, wealth, and (answers all) requests. O Parameśvarī, She bestows whatever desires a person has, and sons and daughters are born if one wishes it.
Enemies are destroyed, ailments are alleviated. If in a difficult situation, things are eased, medicines are bestowed on one. This bestows beautiful palaces, pictures, and all dominion. For a person, agriculture bestows rich harvests, and the heavenly cow seems to dwell for him on earth. His country prospers, and his state is not afflicted with calamities. Great elephants shower him with streams of nectar.
He dwells happily in palaces, surrounded by gems and horses. His offspring become rulers, free from strife, ministers of the king. Those known to him please him, he becomes noble and very beautiful, wealthy, always in a good position, alluring. Spoken speech and verse musically flow from him, like the Ganges in flood. He becomes able to expound the various meanings of various verses, becoming skilled in the entire essence of all, successful, his speech like gracious blossoms.
Shastras unknown to him are constantly revealed. Those with faults who would attack him become fearful, they sing adoringly of him, like slaves before a king. Swords and missiles hurt not his limbs. Women of all classes become completely subjugated by him. Poison becomes like wine-nectar for him. The host of opponents are paralysed, and his enemy crushed, if the knower of Yoga should continually practise for a period of nine nights.
If he should recite day and night, without idleness, he becomes peaceful of mind, and all created things in all the worlds become subject to him, there is no doubt of it.
If one should perform the yoga continually for six months, one becomes the (very essence of) Yogamaya, without question. Whosoever reads this ultimate hymn whilst meditating on Kāmakalā has women in a state of subjugation seeking him, intoxicated with sexual desire, beautiful, mad with lust, with beautiful enraptured eyes. He knows satiety of love through feminine desire, in this act of subjugation.
On a fortunate day, having written the yantra of Devī on birch-bark, colouring it with rochana, kumkum, lac, red dye, or sunflowers, making the womb of the yantra (=triangle) of gold or silver hue, very alluring, one should awaken Bālā, having worshipped and established Her. If one should then carry this on one ‘s head, throat, shoulder, or near to one’s heart or navel, one becomes wealthy, victorious, and gains love.
There is nothing greater than this in the three Worlds for protection, most certainly. Planets, diseases, and so forth, anxieties, are all banished, one gains happiness and health, it is the cause of strength and virility, and destroys cruel elements and enemies.
It gives sons, daughters, increases a host of qualities, gives wealth and grain. In whichever city this best of sādhaka dwells, whilst bearing Her, wealth is gained. In whichever dwelling this stotra is placed and written out, O Varānanā, there I – Śiva, Hari and Kamalā always dwell, and it is as if all the sacred waters spring from this place.
If the best of sādhakas should recite and read this devotedly he knows Knowledge, Bliss and Unity. O Deveśī, by reading this hymn, one gains the fruit of worship. One should recite it very carefully having established oneself in the six fold Nyāsa. In the best of all tantras is the pūja of Bālā. There, the 16 letters are the greatest thing. This, the best of all hymns, is found there.
O Sundarī, one should never give this to those who are not pupils, the impure, fraudulent, indolent, who make no efforts, those not devoted, those deficient of Viṣṇu bhakti, the unstable or the stupid. It should be given to those who are devoted, as it is the cause of liberation, and augments devotion. O Varānanā, whilst engaging in sexual intercourse (Latayoga), one may read the hymn. One becomes like the Aeon Creeper (Kalpalatā), and the fruit of one’s desires are achieved.
If a sādhaka should steadily recite this whilst in Latayoga, offering blossoms to the gazelle-eyed (partner), he is blessed with the results of 100 sacrifices (Yajna). O Deveśī, Brahma and the other (devatas) worship his feet, he himself becomes like Śiva — that discriminating person who is attached to devotion to Bālā. He becomes one with the Bliss of the Absolute, Jyotsna, in the state of Sadashiva.
Śrī Bālā Stotra
Śrī Bhairava said – Pārvatī, now I speak of the Hymn of Devī Bālā. Having heard the secret Pañcāṅga, one should always conceal it.
(Dakṣiṇāmūrti is the Ṛṣi of this stotra-mantra of Śrī Bālā Tripurāsundarī; Paṅkti is the Metre; Śrī Bālā Tripurāsundarī is the Devatā; Aiṃ is the Bija; Sauh is the Śakti; Klīṃ is the Kilaka; its application when reciting it is pleasing Śrī Bālā.
Hail to Dakṣiṇāmūrti on the head
Aiṃ to the heart obeisance
Aiṃ to the thumbs hail
Like the coloured red rays of the Sun shining brightly through red dust, the colour of the Japa rose, holding book, dispelling fear, and in Her other hands giving boons and holding a fully blossomed white water lotus. Thus one should establish in one’s heart the eternally beautiful form Bālā.
One should recite Aiṃ, O Tripurā Bhavani. One becomes greater than God or Guru, and has dominion and so forth of the partner of the Lord of the Mountains.
Within the course of one day, one should recite the King of Your Mantras known as the triple syllable Kamaraja, that of Kāmeśvarī. The person initiated in Kula should worship the earthly and most beautiful and alluring courtesan.
One should recite Sauh, O Tripurā, Mother of the three Worlds! You Who Manifest, Play, and bring all to Completion, the core of the Absolute (Brahmapada), Self-Existent! One should worship in the rectangle, the circles, the eight petalled lotus, within the city of the lotus of six petals, worshipping Bālā in the Bindu Pitha, in order to become greater than Śiva.
Whosoever should recite this hymn of Tripurā, which consists of mantra, at night or at dawn, becomes garlanded (praised) on earth, and in three days becomes equal to Shukra, Saura and Lakṣmī.
Thus this stotra of Devī Bālā, consisting of ultimate Mantra, is revealed. One should not give it to the undevoted, and should conceal it as if it were Your own yoni.
Artwork is © Jan Bailey, 1975-2022. Translations are © Mike Magee 1975-2022.Questions or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org