“ सर्वमङ्गलमाङ्गल्ये शिवे सर्वार्थसाधिके । शरण्ये त्र्यम्बके गौरि नारायणि नमोऽस्तु ते ॥


Tripurasundari, The Beauty of All the ThreesThe eighth Mahavidya is Tripurasundari, also known as Kamala. A form of Mahalakshmi, She symbolizes wealth. Her body is golden in color and She is seated on a gold lotus. Here is the story of Her origin. One day Indra, the ruler of the heavens, saw Rambha and was lost watching her beauty. At that time, the fierce Rishi Durvasa appeared and gave a garland to Indra. But Indra, still mesmerized by Rambha, did not realize what he was doing and gave the garland to his elephant Airavat. Durvasa was angry with the disrespect shown to him and immediately cursed Indra thus, “You are the King of the Gods, but yet you are playing with women. You will lose Lakshmi. She will leave your kingdom.” Goddess Lakshmi, true to the curse, left the heavenly regions. All the Gods were saddened, and led by Indra went to Vishnu to get His counsel. Vishnu suggested that Lakshmi would appear if they churned the ocean of milk. Both devas and asuras arrived at the ocean of milk (Ksheera samudra). They used Mount Mandara as the central axle and the serpent Anant Nag as a rope to move the mountain. Lord Vishnu took the form a large tortoise to support the Mountain. The asuras and the devas each took the opposite ends of the snake and churned the ocean. As they churned, a lot of beautiful beings and objects manifested including Ucchaisrava (the divine horse), Dhanvantari (the God of Medicine), the Sudharshana Chakra, the Parijata flower. And then came Lakshmi. When they saw Laksmi, the Gods offered Her an asan with the greatest respect. They did an abhishek to Her, offered Her a lotus garland and entreated Her to stay with them, to which She agreed. She became known as Tripurasundari. Tri means three, Pura means city, and Sundar means beautiful. Tripurasundari is the beautiful one of three cities, or all the threes. She manifests the perfection of compassion in all Nature.
3. त्रिपुर सुंदरी

षोडशी माहेश्वरी शक्ति की विग्रह वाली शक्ति है। इनकी चार भुजा और तीन नेत्र हैं। इसे ललिता, राज राजेश्वरी और ‍त्रिपुर सुंदरी भी कहा जाता है। इनमें षोडश कलाएं पूर्ण है इसलिए षोडशी भी कहा जाता है। ‍‍भारतीय राज्य त्रिपुरा में स्थित त्रिपुर सुंदरी का शक्तिपीठ है माना जाता है कि यहां माता के धारण किए हुए वस्त्र गिरे थे। त्रिपुर सुंदरी शक्तिपीठ भारतवर्ष के अज्ञात 108 एवं ज्ञात 51 पीठों में से एक है।


दक्षिणी-त्रिपुरा उदयपुर शहर से तीन किलोमीटर दूर, राधा किशोर ग्राम में राज-राजेश्वरी त्रिपुर सुंदरी का भव्य मंदिर स्थित है, जो उदयपुर शहर के दक्षिण-पश्चिम में पड़ता है। यहां सती के दक्षिण 'पाद' का निपात हुआ था। यहां की शक्ति त्रिपुर सुंदरी तथा शिव त्रिपुरेश हैं। इस पीठ स्थान को 'कूर्भपीठ' भी कहते हैं।


उल्लेखनीय है कि महाविद्या समुदाय में त्रिपुरा नाम की अनेक देवियां हैं, जिनमें त्रिपुरा-भैरवी, त्रिपुरा और त्रिपुर सुंदरी विशेष रूप से उल्लेखनीय हैं।

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