From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Kāmakalā as Divine Mother[edit]

Kāmakalā is a tāntrik symbol representing the Divine Mother Tripurasundarī. It can be pictured as the three bindus or dots arranged in a triangular form. The dot at the apex is said to be the face and the other two dots represents the breasts.

Kāmakalā as Three deities[edit]

When the three dots are separated, they indicate their presiding deities Brahmā, Viṣṇu and Śiva. These dots indicate powers:

  1. Kriyāśakti - power of action
  2. Icchāśakti - power of will
  3. Jñānaśakti - power of knowledge


  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore