Standing precariously balanced with her right leg raised she
supports her awesome frame on her left leg, under which she
tramples Kamadeva, the god of desire.
She is four-armed, and holds various symbolic attributes in her
hands. With two of her main arms she holds an arrow, stretched on
a flower bow. The shaft of this arrow is made of flowers and the
flight is made of leaves.
Her upper right hand holds a flower-hook, and the final left hand
holds a noose. Both these implements enable her to catch those of
us who have strayed from the path Dharma.
The Goddess Kurukulla is invoked for the controlling activities
of subjugating, magnetizing, and attracting. She is extremely
seductive: her red color and subjugating flower-attributes
emphasize her more mundane activity of enchanting men and women,
ministers and kings, through the bewitching power of sexual
desire and love (Skt. vashikarana). The eroticism of her
symbolism is further enhanced through the imagery described in
her sadhana. For attracting or subjugating a man, the flower-hook
and arrow are visualized as piercing his heart; and for
attracting a woman these attributes are visualized as penetrating
From a red eight-petalled lotus at the practitioner's heart arise
eight red bees, which are visualized as flying out from his
nostril and entering the nostril of the person to be subjugated.
Here they suck the vowel syllables from that persons heart with
their 'pollen gathering sucking tubes', then return with their
'nectar' to their 'hive' in the practitioners heart. The
symbolism of red bees intoxicated with honey, of red utpala
flowers laden with fragrant nectar, and of the snaring, hooking,
and piercing activities of Kurukulla's flower-attributes, reveal
the sexual magnetism of this seductive goddess.
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