Translated: Mark S.G. Dyszkowski
illus.,intro.,notes, biblio., & Indices ISBN No. 978-246-0498-3, Rs. 15500
(set of 14 vols.) (HB).
The Manthānabhairavatantram is about
24,000 verses long and is divided into three sections (khaṇḍas). The
one edited and translated here is the Kumārikākhaṇḍa. Along with the
Kubjikāmata, the Manthānabhairavatantra is the most important and
extensive Tantra dedicated to the worship of the Goddess Kubjikā.
Although originally an Indian goddess, Kubjikā is almost exclusively
worshipped in the Kathmandu Valley, where her cult has been kept
scrupulously secret by Newar initiates for centuries. Almost all the
manuscripts of her Tantras and related literature have been found
Kubjikā is a powerful development of Mālinī, the principal goddess of
the Trika Tantras and Kālī of the Kashmiri Krama tradition. Her cult
belongs to a chain of early Kaula systems that culminate with that of
the Goddess Tripura and so sheds considerable light on them.
Kuubjikāís unique historical importance is mirrored in the
extraordinary richness of the inner, spiritual dimensions of her cult.
These are explored in detail in the introduction to the edition and
translation of the text with extensive references from mostly
unpublished Kubjikā Tantras and those of related schools.
The work took close to two decades to produce. In this time numerous
working editions of unpublished Tantras and related texts were
prepared by the author with the help of a team of five trained