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Yogini - Sculpture, 10th Century

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1 Sara Di Diego = "Yogini are shamans or wisdom seers.  The greatest yoginis are mostly women.  Also the translation of yogini can be interpreted as "alchemist".Another type of yogini are women who have magical powers from practicing yoga, and thus cannot age or die.  Instead they achieve an immortal form.Work Cited:"
2 Enakshi Ganguly = ""An examination of the ancient Tantric tradition reveals a particular sanctity assigned to the number eight. The eight mother faculties (tatvas) of the manifested universe, the eight directions with four cardinal and four intermediate points (digbandahs), the eight miraculous yogic powers (siddhis), eight "limbs" of Yoga (astanga) eight forms of the Divine Mother (matrikas) and eight primary mystic symbols (mudras) are just a few examples. The square of eight, or sixty-four, occupies an even more profound position in the field of Tantra which, from the point of view of the practitioner, first and foremost identifies the sixty-four Tantric Yoginis."Source:"
3 Enakshi Ganguly = ""From the ninth through at least the thirteenth centuries, there was an active cult of dakinis (usually called yoginis in today's India.)  At least nine yogini temples have been discovered so far.  The best known are the two in the state of Orissa, and the ones in Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.  It is generally thought that these shrines were centres for tantric practices the ultimate goal of which was the acquisition of extraordinary abilities (Skt. siddhi) or "supernatural powers."  The saddhaka (practitioner) aspires to control body and mind, bring rain and otherwise regulate the elements, obtain wealth, heal the sick and perhaps also acquire destructive powers.Some inscriptions indicate that dakini rituals were practiced well into the 16th century, but within mainstream Indian religion the cult diminished to the point that its temples were abandoned.  Yet even today, offerings are often left at the feet of the images."Source:"