Tara Mahavidya Print

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Tara Mahavidya Print

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Full color 7"X7" print on Somerset Velvet paper. Signed and numbered.

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The second Mahavidya ("Great Wisdom Goddess") is Tara. Though she keeps a low profile in orthodox Hinduism, Tara is popular with Tibetan Buddhists and tantric worshippers. She has many forms, both gentle and fierce. Her fiercest form is Smashan Tara, "Tara of the Cremation Ground." She dances amongst the burning corpses wearing a necklace of skulls. Like Kali, she is associated with death and dissolution, both of the ego and the physical body. Despite her fierce appearance she is often worshipped as a protector and regarded as the perfect embodiment of maternal love. She dances on top of sleeping SIVA, who represents the universal soul asleep in the individual consciousness. She is trying to wake him up, saying: "Come on, get up and play with me! There's nothing to fear!"