By Ekabhumi Charles Ellik
We are pleased to announce the availability of a very rare “Alankara Edition” multimedia artwork: The Śrī Kanakadhārā Yantra. Only ten hand-made copies of this stunning design will be offered.
This gorgeous ritual diagram is the best best-known ritual diagram (yantra) used for invoking the blessings of a stunning goddess. Śrī Kanakadhārā (“Auspicious Stream of Gold”), is a wish-fulfilling deity associated with both material abundance and spiritual wealth. She is a form of the benevolent goddess Lakṣmī, famous as the subject of a lyrical poem by the sage Ādi Śaṅkarāchārya.
The most renowned temple in India associated this goddess was built on the location where all her blessings touched the earth as a shower of gold. It is built in the mountains of Karnataka, where she is known as Śrī Mookambika. Here, she is dressed as dark goddess Kālī in the morning, Lakṣmī during the day, and at night as Sarasvatī, the white-clad goddess of creativity, speech, and knowledge. So she is recognized as Adi Sakti, the primordial power that creates, sustains, and destroys all.
It is at this location where the great sage went begging and a poor elderly woman gave him a piece of fruit. When he asked her why she wasn’t also eating, she confessed that it was the last piece of food she possessed. Inspired by her generosity and devotion, he called on goddess Lakṣmī to bless the impoverished devotee, and the goddess herself appeared directly as a shower of golden fruit.
Triangles are prominent in this design. The triangle is used to invoke the Fire Element and the associated qualities of transformation, purification, passion, intelligence, and enlightenment. The upward triangle invokes the burning quality of transformation that destroys negative karmas and attachments. The downward triangle invokes the watery quality of transformation that expands our karmas to merge with the Supreme, encompassing all karmas and dissolving attachments of the personal ego.
Deity yantras typically have a dot at the center representing the “eye” of the deity and the single divine Source. This is often surrounded by triangles, which invoke the Fire Element. The rings of lotus petals are associated with the water element, and the spreading radiant blessing-power of the deity. The square outer shape invokes the stability of the Earth Element. The four T-shaped gates remind us that there are four basic ways to approach the deity at the center of the yantra: mind (manas), intellect (buddhi), consciousness (chit), and “I-Am-Ness” (ahaṁkāra).
This particular yantra design is based on traditional ritual diagrams for invocation, using proportions from the Harish Johari yantra lineage. The colors and ornamentation were designed by Ekabhumi. It is suitable for worship on an altar, meditation, and ritual invocation (puja).
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