“Sixty and four are the instruments of enjoyments that tempt the individual soul (jiva). Sixty and four are the divisions (kalas) within jiva; Sixty and four are the chambers of jiva’s chakras; Sixty and four; where Shiva-Shakti are.”

Thirumandiram V. 1418

In very ancient days, eight great Female Goddesses Shaktis emerged from the cosmic soul of the Principle Dieties and formed Kali Durga, the Universal Shakti Power, These were the grand Mothers (Ashta Matrikas) of all subsequent Yoginis. According to Kaula Tantra, these eight manifested each in turn into eight Divine Shaktis, thus resulting in the 64 Tantric Yoginis.

Eight Great Mothers (Ashta Matrikas), Halebid, Karnataka

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.

The Matrikas are found in inscriptions uncovered from the  Indus Valley Civilization of 5000 years ago.

“O Great Ones, if I am known, what need is there for pilgrimage, austerities and even sadhana itself? If I am revealed, of what use is puja, tantra, kriya, yoga and the revealed texts? My mystery is grand and broad and expansive beyond the consciousness of humanity, yet I am ever accessible as the cosmic lover beyond the thinking mind and it is I who is the source of the Peace, Light, Love, and Power that are all the hallmarks of my essence. I am the polarities and the forces of creation, the Divine feminine in union with her Lord. Manifesting in both celestial and terrestrial planes, pretending to be limited as a human incarnation, I become intoxicated with all aspects of life, in order to know Shiva as my intimate lover, with whom I always seek oneness. I take on human incarnation in order that all of his less conscious manifestations might discover their divinity though relationship with me. In doing so I provide an avenue for humanity to taste the nectar of immortality through my Kaula Tantra. Even given this, my true nature still remains secret. I live hidden in the bodies of human lovers, promoting the elevation of consciousness for those who seek it through me.”

Chatuhsasthi Yogini Mantra
64 Kali Yogini Namavali

Recitation of the following sacred mantras will bring about transformation of consciousness and a closer personal relationship with the aspects of Maha Kali.

Each Mantra is preceeded by "Om" and is concluded with "Svahaa".

1. Kali Nitya Siddhamata

Mother of the Siddhas

2. Kapalini Nagalakshmi

Lakshmi of Naga

3. Kula Devi Svarnadeha

Of golden body

4. Kurukulla Rasanatha

Ruler of physical pleasure

5. Virodhini Vilasini

Residing within Self

6. Vipracitta Rakta Priya

Who loves passion

7. Ugra Rakta Bhoga Rupa

Enjoyer of passion in the form

8. Ugraprabha Sukranatha

Ruler of the seminal essence

9. Dipa Muktih Rakta Deha

Liberation through the body of passion

10. Nila Bhukti Rakta Sparsha

Who receives pleasure from the touch of passion

11. Ghana MahaJagadamba

Great Mother of the world

12. Balaka Kama Sevita

Attended by the God of Love

13. Matra Devi Atma Vidya

The Goddess with knowledge of Self

14. Mudra Poorna Rajatkripa

Who completely radiates compassion

15. Mita Tantra Kaula Diksha

Initiatress of the Tantric Kaula Path

16. Maha Kali Siddhesvari

Queen of the Siddhas

17. Kameshvari Sarvashakti

Shakti of All

18. Bhagamalini Tarini

Who delivers from calamity

19. Nityaklinna Tantraprita

Fond of Tantra

20. Bherunda Tatva Uttama

Essence of Sexual Fluid

21. Vahnivasini Sasini

Radiance of the moon

22. Mahavajreshvari Rakta Devi

Senuous Goddess

23. Shivaduti Adi Shakti

Origional Feminie Energy

24. Tvarita Urdvaretada

Giver of the Upward Ecstasy

25. Kulasundari Kamini

Desire Itself

26. Nitya Jnana Svarupini

The Great form of Wisdom

27. Nilapataka Siddhida

Giver of perfection

28. Vijaya Devi Vasuda

Goddess who is Giver of wealth

29. Sarvamangala Tantrada

Who Bestows Tantra

30. Jvalamalini Nagini

Snake Goddess

31. Chitra Devi Rakta Puja

Goddess who is worshipped with passion

32. Lalita Kanya Sukrada

Pure Maiden

33. Dakini Madasalini

Shining with rapture

34. Rakini Papa Rasini

Destroyer of sin

35. Lakini Sarvatantresi

Ruler of all tantras

36. Kakini Naganartaki

Who dances with Nagaraj

37. Sakini Mitrarupini


38. Hakini Manoharini

Mind Stealer

39. Tara Yoga Rakta Poorna

Who in union bestows complete passion

40. Shodashi Latika Devi

Creeper Goddess

41. Bhuvaneshwari Mantrini

Energy of all mantras

42. Chinamasta Yoni Vega

With dripping yoni

43. Bhairavi Satya Sukrini

Supreme Purity

44. Dhumavati Kundalini

Primordial energy of self

45. Bagla Muki Guru Moorthi

Form of the guru

46. Matangi Kanta Yuvati

Youthful beauty enhanced by Love

47. Kamala Sukla Samsthita

Residing in the Semen

48. Prakriti Brahmandri Devi

Goddess residing in the crown

49. Gayatri Nitya Chitrini

Eternal core of the energy of Self

50. Mohini Matta Yogini


51. Saraswathi Svarga Devi

Goddess of Heaven

52. Annapoorni Shiva Samgi

With Shiva

53. Narasimhi Vamadevi

Beloved Goddess

54. Ganga Yoni Svarupini

Energy of the Yoni

55. Aprajita Samaptida

Who Bestows Orgasm

56. Camunda Parianganatha

Ruler of sacred erection

57. Varahi Satya Ekakini

Oneness of Truth

58. Kaumari Kriya Shaktini

Energy of dedicated action

59. Indrani Mukti Niyantri

Guide to bliss

60. Brahmani Ananda Moorthi

Image of bliss

61. Vaishnavi Satya Rupini

Form of truth

62. Mahesvari Para Shakti

Transcendental energy

63. Lakshmi Monoramayoni

With beautiful yoni

64. Durga Satchitananda

Truth consciousness and bliss

© 1990, 2009 Ed Ayyappa