The ten forms of Shakti known as the Mahavidyas represent not only macrocosmic forces such as time and space, but also various interconnected shadow and light aspects in our psyche. The Mahavidyas have traditionally been steeped in esoteric and mystical descriptions, often removed from the practicalities of the spiritual journey.

In this book, which is written from the perspective of an ordinary woman—a cardiologist, wife and mother—these great goddesses come to life to reveal subtle aspects of the inner journey such as spiritual bypassing, spiritual materialism, and self-deception. The fierce symbolism of the Mahavidyas (Kali, Tara, Tripurasundari, Bhuvaneshwari, Tripura Bhairavi, Chinnamasta, Dhumavati, Baglamukhi, Matangi, and Kamalatmika) are explored through the lens of yoga, tantra and Vedanta. These great goddesses become the focal points for inquiry into our various shadow aspects that keep us from realizing our eternal, unborn and undying blissful nature.

With practices, self-inquiry prompts, and stories from the author’s own spiritual seeking, this exploration of the divine feminine will gently reveal the source of your fear, pain, and suffering, showing you that when you allow those parts of yourself to arise and simply be, you can finally begin to heal, overcome your limitations, and open to the light and beauty of your true nature. Through exercises and contemplations of the progressive and the direct paths, you’re invited to embrace all aspects of yourself into wholeness, the essence of non-duality.


In Shakti Rising, Kavitha Chinnaiyan presents something new – a path that combines the fierce beauty of the Divine Feminine with the radical clarity of nondual investigation.

Greg Goode From the Foreword

Shakti Rising exposes in a deep way the practices of the Mahavidyas as an ensemble to arouse and balance the energy of the Shakti in us. Kavitha Chinnaiyan underlines the constant cosmic play of the ten goddesses as if they were dancing in our unconscious, to unify and bring out the balance between light and darkness. This guide of self-discovery, based on a profound comprehension of yoga, Advaita, and tantra, is also very practical, and the exercises proposed are efficient. The images of the Mahavidyas will make the primal energy of the Shakti shine and manifest in front of your eyes. The reading itself is a sadhana. A precious book!

Daniel Odier Author of Tantric Kali, Tantric Quest, and Desire: The Tantric Path to Awakening

Kavitha Chinnaiyan is a gifted and insightful scholar-practitioner. Her book is original, practical, and rooted in her deep understanding of the yoga and tantric traditions. Kavitha brings new wisdom to the mystery of the Mahavidyas, the feminine energies of transformation. Highly recommended.

Sally Kempton Author of Awakening Shakti

A remarkable journey along a path whose pavestones are the ten Mahavidyas, the creative forces of existence that are energetic doorways to either suffering or freedom. Read Shakti Rising in order to understand how the swirling energies of life have meaning for you, how you may transform their shadow qualities into light qualities, and how to go beyond and see that what you truly are is awareness itself. You will emerge from this reading as you unwittingly entered: free and joyous.

Jerry Katz Editor of One: Essential Writings on Nonduality, and founder of

Reviews from Readers:

Shaku Selvakumar

Dr. Kavitha Chinnaiyan’s incisive and insightful writing comes from years of tutelage and practice in the Sri Vidya path. With meditations and recommendations, each chapter brings us face to face with the fierce courage and gentle love that is required to move beyond our own dramas. Highly recommended!


Dr. Kavitha brings to light the various practices that one can take to bring about the transformation to realizing our own self. The lessons described in this book can be used by anyone to see the transformative power of the mahavidyas and how with it their blessings and grace, one can realize our innate blissful nature. A must buy


If you are looking for enlightened words that help you see through the ego self in a gentle, nurturing way, this is it. It’s as if Shakti is speaking through Kavitha. I just finished this book and plan to start reading it again. I highlighted practically the whole book. I am very grateful for the words in this book. Everyone should read this if you are looking to free yourself from your mind. It’s just one of those books!

Stephanie Renee dos Santos

This is a unique book in how it’s brought together these wisdom currents to uphold and support each other to access the sacred female wisdom of the Mahavidyas. And in such a way so that the knowledge of the teachings of the ten wisdom goddesses are applicable to one’s life and daily practice in today’s world. This book meets the modern day needs of people seeking liberation from suffering, to discover one’s inherent inner bliss while steeped in divine feminine wisdom and the supporting traditions.

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