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By Jit Majumdar

Sometimes transliterated as: Asţanayika, AsţanAyikA, Ashţanaayikaa

  1. the eight heroines
  2. the group of eight goddesses, who are the companions of the great Mother Goddess and the personification of Her aspects. Two different lists are found, one according to the Purāņas and the other according to the Tantras, namely: