Kāmakala

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Kamakala, KAmakala, Kaamakala


Kāmakalā as Divine Mother

Kāmakalā is a tāntrik symbol representing the Divine Mother Tripurasundarī. It can be pictured as the three bindus or dots arranged in a triangular form. The dot at the apex is said to be the face and the other two dots represents the breasts.

Kāmakalā as Three deities

When the three dots are separated, they indicate their presiding deities Brahmā, Viṣṇu and Śiva. These dots indicate powers:

  1. Kriyāśakti - power of action
  2. Icchāśakti - power of will
  3. Jñānaśakti - power of knowledge

References

  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore