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Vajrayogini is the principal female deity of the Chakrasamvara Cycle of Tantras. She is represented in many different forms, colours, peaceful, semi-peaceful/wrathful and very wrathful. She can have a single face, many faces, and multiple arms. Vajrayogini is the 'genus'- larger category. Vajravarahi is the 'species' - smaller more specific category or type.
Vajrayogini appearing in the form of Vajravarahi is one of the most popular Tantric female deities found in all traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. In this guise she actually has either a single boar's face, or two faces or heads (with a boar's face), two or more hands and legs, red, yellow or black in colour, standing in a dancing posture, or both legs down.
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