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Vajrayogini is the principal female deity of the Chakrasamvara Cycle of Tantras. Vajrayogini is the main female deity and there are many forms each having a unique name and appearance. Some names are descriptive such as Krodha Kali meaning 'black wrathful' yogini and others refer to the lineage or principal Indian mahasiddha associated with a particular Yogini practice. The most common forms found in art are the Naropa (Naro Khacho) form, Vajravarahi (with the pig face at the side), Krodha Kali (the black form) and Dechen Gyalmo (of the Longchen Nyingtig).

Iconographic Forms & Traditions:
- Vajrayogini, Naropa & Indrabhuti Tradition
- Vajravarahi (single)
- Vajravarahi (five deity)
- Vajravarahi, Sita (white)
- Vajravarahi, Chal Tradition
- Varahi Siddharta
- Krodha Kali
- Naro Kachod
- Indra Kachod
- Maitri Kachod
- Chinnamasta (Severed-head)
- Dechen Gyalmo (Longchen Nyintig)
- Kachod Karmo
- Kachod Marmo
- Others...

The Vajrayogini Mandalas of the Vajravali:
22. Varahi, Rakta, 37 Deity
23. Varahi, Nila, 37 Deity
24. Varahi, Pita, 37 Deity

Mitra Gyatsa of the Mitra Yogin Tradition:
The Eight Anuttara Tantra Varaha Mandalas:
82. Varaha (Tilopa Tradition) 13 Deity
83. Varaha (two faces) 13 Deity
84. Varaha Artasiddhi 13 Deity
85. Varaha Chinamunda 15 Deity
86. Varaha (Naropa Tradition) 13 Deity
87. Maitri Khechara 9 Deity
88. Varaha (four faces) 37 Deity
89. Varaha Kala 5 Deity

Vajrayogini in the Rinjung Lhantab:

Vajrayogini as a Consort;
- Chakrasamvara and Vajrayogini/Varahi
- Hevajra and Vajrayogini
- Hayagriva and Vajrayogini
- Others...

Nyingma Tradition Forms:
- Dechen Gyalmo (Longchen Nyintig)
- Hayagriva and Vajrayogini
- Krodha Kali
- Others...

There are many other forms of the deity besides those mentioned above but the others are not found as common in art as a central subject or sculpture. There are also many different mandala configurations for the various forms of Vajrayogini.

Vajrayogini, the 'Khechari of Naropa' (Tibetan: dor je nal jor ma, na ro kha cho ma). Belonging to the Chakrasamvara collection of Tantras and one of the five principal tantric practices of the Sakya School. Bibliographic reference: Laghusamvara Nama.

Vajrayogini, is a representation of complete buddhahood in female form. Classified as Wisdom or 'Mother' Anuttarayoga Tantra the practices originate with the Chakrasamvara Cycle of Tantras. Although found in a variety of forms, she is common to all schools of Tibetan Buddhism. In this particular form she is a special teaching passed down from the lineage of the Indian mahasiddha Naropa through to the Sakya School. This form is also popular within the Gelug Tradition.

Sanskrit: Vajrayogini Tibetan: dor je nal jor ma

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Jeff Watt 3-2003