[Advaita-l] What is the Significance of Tri Shakti (Sri Mahakali, Sri Mahalakshmi and Sri Mahasaraswati).

Jaldhar H. Vyas via Advaita-l advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org
Tue Sep 30 22:59:28 CDT 2014

On Tue, 30 Sep 2014, ravi chandrasekhara wrote:

> Dear all,
> Is Lalitha the same diety as  Vaishno Devi (as in the pilgrimage spot for
> The Devi near Katra/Jammu) ? In 2013, when I visited J&K, in the guha, the
>  three footprints of Vaishno Devi which represent Durga, Saraswati, and
> Lakshmi.

No but it isn't surprising that there would be conceptual similarities.
Many of the shaiva/shakta traditions which are only found in Southern
India today were prevalent in Kashmir at one time.  For instance the
Vamakeshvari Tantra which is the heart of Shrividya was also commented on
by the Kashmiri Shaiva Jayaratha and is quoted by Abhinavagupta who is
roughly contemporary with Shankaracharya.  It was the Muslim invasions
which disrupted those traditions in the North.

Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com>

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