renowned artwork of Tantric
Goddess Mahavidya Tara standing on Rati and Kama, the primordial desire
that gives rise to all creation, is a symbolic depiction of the deities'
abilities to terminate the cycle of desire through her supreme might. She is
seen wearing a garland of human head signifying her patronage over wisdom. Her
blood-red tongue depicts Raja-guna's strength, the energy force that propels
all activities. The sacrificial sword and severed head are symbols of
dissolution and destruction, directing the Sadhaka to let rid of his 'ego
sense'. Karma, or behaviour, is represented by the girdle of severed hands. She
is also holding a lotus, a symbol of knowledge.
painting's focal point is Rati and Kamas' bodies lying on a large lotus, with
the lotus in the middle of nowhere, symbolising the enormous universe. This
artwork depicts the Goddess in a religious manner, inviting worshippers to
connect with her transformational power and achieve spiritual emancipation.
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