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The yoginis are a group that consistsof 64 goddesses.

Some The Sixty-four Yogini as depicted in the complete Hirapur shrine are: •Bahurupa

•Tara

Narmada

Yamuna

•Shanti

Varuni

•Kshemankari

Aindri

Varahi

•Ranveera

•Vanara-Mukhi

Vaishnavi

Kalaratri

•Vaidyaroopa

•Charchika

•Betali

Chinnamastika

•Vrishabahana

•Jwala Kamini

•Ghatavara

•Karakali

Saraswati

•Birupa

•Kauveri

•Bhaluka

Narasimhi

•Biraja

•Vikatanna

Mahalakshmi

Kaumari

Maha Maya

Rati

•Karkari

•Sarpashya

•Yakshini

Vinayaki

•Vindya Balini

•Veera Kumari

Maheshwari

Ambika

•Kamiyani

•Ghatabari

•Stutee

Kali

Uma

Narayani

•Samudraa

Brahmani

Jwala Mukhi

Agneyei

Aditi

•Chandrakanti

•Vayubega

Chamunda

•Murati

Ganga

Dhumavati

•Gandhari

•Sarva Mangala

•Ajita

•Surya Putri

•Vayu Veena

•Aghora

Bhadrakali

Link:https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yogini

Some of the Devis(the ones in italics) in this group are easily recognisable. But who are the rest of them?Do they have individual stories?

Note:I do not one stories of them collectively(e.g. I am not looking for a story about all the yoginis, instead, I am looking for a story about each and everyone of them)

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    IMO, The horizontal one looked good than vertical. – Sarvabhouma Feb 14 '17 at 7:26
  • @Sree Charan I made it vertical coz some of the goddesses have two words for a name(e.g. Surya Putri) and I do not want people to mix up their names together(e.g. Surya Putri Vayu) – Vick Feb 14 '17 at 10:02
  • @Sree Charan In any case, do you anything about them? – Vick Mar 5 '17 at 4:08
  • No. I don't know. – Sarvabhouma Mar 5 '17 at 4:12
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These Yoginis are actually Bhagavati's mates or sakhi or sahachari. They are also called the Avarana Devatas . That is, they cover (or veil) the main Goddess, that is Bhagavati, in several layers ( avarana means layer).

Gods always like to be veiled and here these Yoginis provide that veil for Goddess Bhagavati. They also accompany serve Devi Bhagavati constantly. This also shows that it is exceedingly difficult reaching the ultimate destination or Bhagavati. There are several thousand crores of such layers (or obstacles) to cross before reaching her.

The number or type of such Yoginis is actually more than crores. But the principle Yoginis are 64 in number as said by you.

They are together called the Chatuh Shashti Yoginis. The Brihannandikeswara Purana (an upapurana) lists the following 64 Yoginis :

NArAyani, Gauri, ShAkambhari, BhimA, RaktadantikA, BhrAmari, PArvati, DurgA, KatyAyini, MahAdevi, Chandraghanta, MahAvidyA, MahAtapA, SAvitri, BrahmavAdini, BhadrakAli, VisAlakshi, RudrAni, KrishnapingalA, AgnijwAlA, Raudramukhi, KAlarAtri, Tapaswini, MeghaswanA, SahasrAkshi, VishnumayA, Jalodari, Mahodari, Muktakeshi, GorarupA, MahAbala, Sruti, Smriti, Dhriti, Tushti, Pushti, MedhA, VidyA, Lakshmi, Saraswati, AparnA, AmbikA, Yogini, DAkini, SAkini, HArini, HAkini, LAkini, Tridaseswari, MahAshasti, Sarvamangala, LajjA, Kaushiki, BrahmAni, MAheswari, KoumAri, Vaishnavi, Aindri, NArasimhi, VarAhi, ChAmunda, Shivaduti, VishnumAyA and MAtrikA.

An explanation or nirukta of the word Yogini is given in KulArnava Tantram as follows:

YonimudrAnusandhAnAth GirijApAdasevanAth | NirlinoPAdhivibhavAd YoginityAbhdhiyate ||

Meaning

She is known as Yogini, as she practices yonimudra, as she serves the lotus feet of Girija (or Bhagavati) and also as she has become devoid of upadhi.

KulArnava Tantra, Chapter 17, Verse 31.

Upadhi here means the attributes. For example, richness is the upadhi for the rich. In Tantra, Jiva's Jivatva is its upadhi. But it is ultimately the eternal Shiva which it does not know because of Avidya or ignorance. So, this upadhi is not eternal too. Once self knowledge is obtained the upadhi dissolves and the Jiva attains Shivatva.

The verse says that a Yogini's upadhi is also have been already dissolved. They know their true nature which is not different from Bhagavati Parameswari's. But they constantly serve her lotus feet too. And, Yonimudra is a secret mudra used in Devi's ritualistic Puja.

Also, that there are actually crores and crores of such avarana devatas or Yoginis is seen from the following verse which provides an explanation for the word Shakti:

Satakoti MaHadivyayogini PritikAranAth | TivrasphurtipradAnnAncha Shaktityabhidhiyate ||

Meaning

She is known as Shakti, as she is the reason for bliss (or happiness, actually priti is happiness) for the hundred crores of great and divine yoginis, and as she gives intense energy.

KulArnava Tantram, Chapter 17, Verse 32.

So, Yoginis are not exactly Devi's incarnations ( i am mentioning this specifically since you added the avatara tag to your question) but her mates.

You must be knowing about Goddess Lalita being constantly served by several devatas including Lakshmi, Saraswati etc. Goddess Lalita who resides along with Kameswara in the inner most triangle (in the bindu to be precise) of the Sri Chakra is similarly being constantly served by crores and crores of other such Yogini-Devatas.

  • i had to do some reserch on these sixtyfour yoginis.One professor from Delhi had written a book on the topic also and there is Yoginis oracle. I read both but did not get the dhyanamantras.Neither did i find how lakshmi,sraswati,ganga, jamuna and other forms that are mentioned in different scriptures as devi are counted in yoginis in this tantra.could you please clarify? Thanks – user17294 Feb 6 at 4:07
  • the name of the books i read are Sixtyfour yoginis by prof Anamika Ray, and the Yoginis' Oracle by OM publishers, BTW. – user17294 Feb 6 at 4:18

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