Tripura Sundari (Sanskrit: त्रिपुर सुन्दरी, Tripura Sundarī), also known as Rajarajeshwari, Shodashi, Kamakshi, and Lalita, is a Hindu goddess and is a highest aspect of supreme goddess Mahadevi mainly venerated in Shaktism, the goddess-oriented sect of Hinduism. She is also a prominent Mahavidya. She is glorified in many Shakta texts, with Lalita Sahasranama being the most popular one.
According to the Srikula tradition in Shaktism, Tripura Sundari is the foremost of the Mahavidyas, the highest aspect of Mahadevi and also the primary goddess of Sri Vidya. The Tripura Upanishad places her as the ultimate Shakti (energy, power) of the universe. She is described as the supreme consciousness, ruling from above Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva. Kinsley says, In one instance she is said to be sitting on Shiva’s lap in the kāmeśvara form, the “Lord of Desire”. In another case, she is depicted as growing from the Sri Chakra, the yantra of Tripura Sundari. In this rendering of the goddess, she is self-emergent, as the Sri Chakra is identical with the goddess herself”.
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