Dasha means 10. Maha means great. Vidya means wisdom.Dasha-Mahavidyas are a group of ten aspectsof eternal Superpower in Hinduism.
Each Mahavidya is a form of the Divine Mother from horrific goddess to the most beautiful and peaceful goddess. Sakta Hindu and Buddhist goddesses were combinedto form this list of ten Mahavidyas.
Dasha Mahavidyas are worshipped to seek allsorts of powers. Like creation, motion, potential, expansion,control, birth, death, progression, salvation etc.
Kali is the most important of the ten Mahavidyas. She is the ultimate form of Brahman, “Devourerof Time”. Shakta Hindu and Tantric sects additionallyworship her as the ultimate reality or Brahman. She is also seen as a divine protector andthe one who gives moksha, or liberation.
She is often regarded as the Shakti of Shivaand is closely associated with him in various Puranas.
Tara – The blue Goddess who is a Guide andProtector, or Who Saves. She also offers the ultimate knowledge whichgives salvation that is why she is also known as Neel Saraswati.
Goddess Shodashi, Shodashi, is also known as Tripura Sundari. The Goddess Whois “Beautiful in the Three Worlds” (Supreme Deity of Srikula systems)
Tripura Sundari is representedas a sixteen-year-old girl. She is also knownas the the goddess of wealth and beauty.
She is believed to embody sixteen types ofdesires. She is also known as Tantric Parvati or ‘Moksha Mukta’
Bhuvaneshvari –The Goddess is the WorldMother. Whose Body is the Cosmos. She is the ruler of the universe and sourceof creation.
Bhairavi – The Fierce Goddess. She is the fearsome aspect of the Devine powerwho also represents kundalini energy.
Chhinnamasta – the goddess who decapitatedherself and who represents transformation.
Dhumavati – The Widow Goddess, or the Goddessof death.
Bagalamukhi – The Goddess Who ParalyzesEnemies
Matangi – the Prime Minister of Lalita (inSrikula systems); the “Tantric form of Saraswati”.
Kamala – The Lotus Goddess; the “Tantricform of Lakshmi”the goddess of wealth and abundance.