Goddess Kamala is the tenth and last of all Mahavidyas (great wisdom). According to Shiva Purana, she is the bestower of joy here and liberation hereafter. She is the form of Parvati as all Mahavidyas are and she is also considered as the one who takes care of all her devotees. Devi Kamala is the daughter of sage Bhrigu and she is also known as Tantric Lakshmi.
Let us have a deeper look into the goddess who is the giver of material comfort into this life and liberation in the afterlife. She promotes faithfulness in relationships and helps us seek spiritual abundance in the material world. In hard times she gives peace, prosperity, and moksha.
Goddess Kamala is the manifestation of Shiva and Shakti. She is also considered the most beautiful of the Mahavidyas. She is often considered the distant opposite of goddess kali who is considered most divine and strong among the Mahavidyas. However, there is no religious text implying so.
Appearance and attire
Goddess Kamala has a golden complexion. She is portrayed in a red dress with lavish gold jewelry. She is being surrounded by four elephants who are pouring jars of amrita (nectar) over her. Her two hands are placed in Abhaya Mudra (gesture of giving assurance) and vara mudra( gesture of giving boon) while she is carrying two lotuses on the other two hands. She sits on a lotus in Padmasana Posture on a lotus.
Goddess Kamala is infamously known for her power of creation. She has the power to create wealth and beauty around us. She also represents the development of a person by maintaining the dharma of keeping the seven chakras of the body open. She is one of the primal forms of feminine energy in Hinduism. Some texts also refer to her as the form of goddess Lakshmi.
The Lotus Goddess
Goddess Kamala is highly associated with lotuses. She is often portrayed carrying lotuses in her arms and her worship is also done with lotuses. As she is the goddess of creation lotus here has two meanings. First, it represents life and fertility- yoni or female genitalia. In the cosmic state, lotus represents the entire created order. The orientation of the planet, stars, and Nakshatra (constellation), which are in order of each other as petals in lotus. Like lotus which is rooted in mud but its petals are not tainted by earth we human beings though rooted in our material world (mud) must not be tainted by it and transcend into a higher state of knowledge and devotion.
Worshipping of Goddess Kamala
As the goddess of material and spiritual wealth and beauty, Kamala is worshipped during tough economic times. The bija mantra or the seed mantra of the goddess is ‘EEM’ or ‘Om Shrim Shrim Kamalatmika Shrim Swaha’. This is the primal ‘Shakta Beej’ and is sometimes named as ‘Yoni Beej’. Yoni is in the form of a female’s sex organ and is in form of a lotus. She is the goddess who blesses her devotees with good luck, power, wealth, and safety. Worshipping Kamala will get for the devotees, her divine blessings. This will help to simply destroy poverty in every form. The worship of goddess Kamala helps cross problems in life that occur due to the undesirable position of venus among all planets. Daily chanting of mantras helps overcome Shukra Mahadasha.
Why worship Goddess Kamala?
Being the goddess of wealth and prosperity she is often worshipped during times of financial hardship. She also helps pacify the ill effect of Chandra graham (lunar eclipse) in one’s life. She protects her devotees from unemployment, bankruptcies, and debt. She also helps to keep her mental health checked and protects them from depression, anxiety, and mental diseases. Her devotion can also mitigate problems like sorrow, failure, childlessness, misfortune, and the malefic effects of planet Venus. This helps create prosperity and abundance, with physical and financial well-being and spiritual advancement.
How to worship Goddess Kamala?
To please goddess Kamala one must take a bath and wear clean clothes. Her pooja is mainly done during the days of Navaratri or every Friday. As her favorite color is red, wearing red clothes during pooja is preferred. She represents mother nature and likes being worshipped with flowers especially lotuses. A statue or a photo of goddess Kamala is established on a small table or plank which is covered by a red, yellow, or white cloth.
Kamala yantra is very powerful and effective in the worship of Goddess Lakshmi. This Yantra brings good fortune and prosperity. All desires are fulfilled by uttering the Mantra of this goddess. Those who seek material, as well as spiritual elevation, may worship Kamla Devi Yantra for she is the fulfiller of all the desires.
The Yantra is powerful enough to bestow the devotee with nourishment, support, and abundance of worldly wealth, love as well as bliss. Also, it helps you see the divine beauty in everything and awakens the process of the inner journey. (Different Types of Yantras)
Goddess Kamala Mantras
Below are some of the Mantras for Goddess Kamala
1. Kamala Mool Mantra
ॐ ह्रीं अष्ट महालक्ष्म्यै नमः॥
Om Hreem Ashta Mahalakshmyai Namah॥
2. Ekakshar Kamala Mantra (1 Syllable Mantra)
3. Dvyakshar Samrajya Lakshmi Mantra (2 Syllables Mantra)
4. Tryakshar Samrajya Lakshmi Mantra (3 Syllables Mantra)
श्रीं क्लीं श्रीं॥
Shreem Kleem Shreem॥
5. Chaturakshar Kamala Mantra (4 Syllables Mantra)
ऐं श्रीं ह्रीं क्लीं॥
Aim Shreem Hreem Kleem॥
6. Panchakshar Kamala Mantra (5 Syllables Mantra)
श्रीं क्लीं श्रीं नमः॥
Shreem Kleem Shreem Namah॥
7. Navakshar Siddhi Lakshmi Mantra (9 Syllables Mantra)
ॐ ह्रीं हूं हां ग्रें क्षों क्रों नमः॥
Om Hreem Hum Haam Grem Kshom Krom Namah॥
8. Dashakshari Kamala Mantra (10 Syllables Mantra)
(Last Updated On: April 1, 2021)
नमः कमलवासिन्यै स्वाहा॥
Namah Kamalavasinyai Svaha॥