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Devi Tārā or Tāriṇī

The Goddess who saves, blue hued, second of the ten Mahāvidyās – the wisdom Goddesses. In her four arms, she carries a sacrificial sword, a severed head or skull cup, a lotus and scissors. The scissors symbolise the bonds, entanglements and unwanted habits that she cuts her devotees free from.

Often confused with Goddess Kāli, Devi Tāra is distinguished by the blue hue, the garment of tiger skin and the lotus and scissors.

Opaque water colour on gold paper, circa 1745 CE

San Diego Museum of Art