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Various Tantrik texts like Mundamala Tantra and Todal Tantra mention the Dash Mahavidyas in respect to the Dashavatar. For example in Todal Tantra CHapter 10 we find the following declaration:

"Shri Shiva said: Tara Devi is the blue (fish) form, Bagala is the tortoise incarnation, Dhumavati is the boar, Chinnamasta is Narisimha, Bhuvaneshvari is Vamana, Matangi is the Rama form, Tripura is Jamadagni, Bhairavi is Balabhadra, Mahalakshmi is Buddha, and Durga is the Kalki form. BhagavatÌ Kali is the Krishna murti."

Is there any logic to these comparisons? Also, if Kali is equivalent to Krishna where does Shiva come into the picture?

  • In one interpretation, Vishnu is form of Adi Shakti or Vishnu = Devi. So, Vishnu's Mohini form attracted Shiva (Shiva can only get attracted to Adi Shakti, even as leela). See this answer. But i'm not sure how each Mahavidya is correlated to a Avatara. – The Destroyer Sep 5 '17 at 5:45
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    That might be shakta prespective but there is no unification as such, and I don't think mahavidyas are mentioned outside shakta tantras. – Yogi Sep 5 '17 at 6:27
  • Maybe but I am looking for the basis of this identification of the Mahavidyas with the Avatars. – Dr. Vineet Aggarwal Sep 5 '17 at 6:43
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In the last chapter of Todal tantra Parwati Devi asks Shiva about true nature of Das Avataras of the Adi Shakti and then He explains the analogy of Shakti incarnations with Vishnu Avataras.

This comparison supports the Vaidik Thought that 'Shiva and Shakti are one'. Due to Agyana one thinks that they are different. And one must not differ between Shiva n Vishnu too. If one does that then it is an Aparadha or Sin. It is said that 'शिवश्च परमं विष्णू विष्णूश्च परमं शिवं'

Coming back to the question....

The words of Lord Shiva aim at clearing the fact to Maa Parwati that true nature of Shakti is Shiva or Vishnu and at the same time Shiva or Vishnu are inseperable from Shakti.

The shakti avataras were incarnated for a purpose of protection of the world and the work of protection belongs to Lord Vishnu and Shakti Avataras thus have root in the Ten avataras of Lord Vishnu.

Have I cured your doubts? And a wonderful question, claps for the question!!!

  • Thanks for the answer. It would be helpful if you add the link or image of reference you have quoted as well :) – Dr. Vineet Aggarwal Dec 26 '17 at 7:13

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