Religion and Spiritualism


Thiruvarur Dakshinachara and Vamachara

Authors: Sai Venkatesh Balasubramanian

In all faiths of the world believing in some deity of the other, there definitely comes a stage when the said deity is viewed as the very creator of the world, the universe and everything in it. Thus, as the very source of creation, the deity is viewed akin to a Mother, where the universe and all its contents forms Her child. However, there is one tradition that directly centers on the Universal Mother in this very role itself, as the major deity. This is the tradition of Sri Vidya of Hinduism, which has remained a lofty, esoteric, sacred and protected tradition due to its directness of approach and absence of pretense. Some of the highest divinities of Hinduism, including the very trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva are seen to be disciples and propagators of this tradition, which views the Universal Mother as Lalitha Ambika, translated as the Playful Mother. In this tradition, historically, one understands that the various approaches to Lalitha Ambika are broadly grouped into two categories - the right-handed Dakshinachara, and the left-handed Vamachara. Within their fold, they also include the equivalence dominated Samayachara and body-centric Kaulachara traditions respectively.Given this understanding, it is interesting to note that there is only one age-old temple that honors Sri Vidya completely in both Vamachara and Dakshinachara aspects - this is a temple within the main temple complex of Thiruvarur in Tamilnadu, India, where Universal Mother Lalitha Ambika is viewed as Kamalaamba. Here is a brief discussion of the shrines corresponding to both traditions within the Kamalaamba Temple.

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