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Vajra Yogini, Dorje Naljorma

Skt., vajrayogini
Tib., rDo-rJe rnal-'byor-ma

One of the highest and probably best known female Buddha's, the semi-fierce Vajrayogini is often depicted as being covered with bone ornaments only; usually dancing and sometimes drinking blood from a skull cup.

As a so-called "wisdom-goddess" who cuts through the initiate's ignorance and severes him or her from all hindering attachments, she is instrumental in a number of important initiations.

Together with the male Chakrasamvara, she is one of the two principle yidams of the Kagyudpa. The exalted status of this deity can be deduced from the following prayer to Her:

O Mother Yogini,
please guide me to the Pure Land of the Dakinis, the Land of Bliss and Void.
Meditational deity Vajra Yogini,
please guide me to the Dakini's Pure Land of Bliss and Void.
Holy Guru Vajra Yogini,
please guide me to the Dakini's Pure Land of Bliss and Void.
Buddha Vajra Yogini,
please guide me to the Dakini's Pure Land of Bliss and Void.

Mullin, p. 145
A fierce aspect of this goddess is Vajravarahi, another one is Sarvabuddhadakini. Via the latter, she is also identified with the Indian Mahavidya Chinnamasta. In Nepal, for example, the very same image of the goddess is venerated as Vajrayogini by the Buddhists, and as Chinnamasta by the Hindus.

The Vajrayogini also has a dark, so-called 'black' aspect; in which case she is known in Tibet as khros ma nag mo.