Sri Matre Namaha
Geyachakra-ratarooda-mantrini-parisevita – The Sixty Nineth name in Lalitha Sahasranamam.
geyacakrakhyam ratham arudhaya mantrinyaparitah sevita
She is attended by mantrini who rides the chariot called Geyacakra
Mantrini is another name for Syamala Devi
geyam cakram yasya tadrso rahta yasya (suryamandalasya) tararudhubhih mantrinibhi (yoginibhih) parisevita
Here Geya means to be praised; cakra=wheel, ratha = the disc of the sun. Those who ride the geyacakra are yoginis devoted to Srividya. They are called Mantrinis.
Geyahcakrakhyo rathah yasyah sa (tripurasundari) tasya arudham tena yo mantrinih (mantri nayatiti)tena parisevita
According to this interpretation, the word Geya means important cakra, i.e., sricakra ratha = chariot, arudha = contemplated upon tripurasundari whose chariot is that important cakra i.e., cakra is contemplated upon. The person who obtains the power of the mantra becomes Mantrini when the realization comes to him, he obtains the power of using the mantra, which is described in Tantraraja and which is to be learnt from the Guru.
It is explained in the SiSu and its commentaryn (I23). Even in his commentary in SiSu, Ksemaraja describes it at length.
In the earlier nama we have seen that two chariots always accompany the chakraraja chariot. Out of the two the first one is being discussed here, which is called Geyachakra chariot. This is the chariot of Mantrini devi who is also called Shyamala devi, about whom we have discussed in nama 10. Mantrini devi who owns geychakra worships Her is the literal meaning. Even though Manrini is one of Her ministers, Mantrini devi holds Lalitha in high esteem and chooses to worship her. Worshipping is different from respecting. We have seen that there are 79 yogins in Sri Chakra. Yogins are the great worshippers of Lalithambigai. These yogins are also called mantrinis (different from Mantrini or Shyamala devi).
They are the masters of Sri Vidya rituals. This nama could possibly mean the Sri Vidya worship by these yogins. Geya also means important. Geya chakra means important chakra, which is Sri Chakra. Those who meditate Her in Sri Chakra attain mantra siddhi easily. Such a person who got this siddhi is called mantrini. She is worshipped by those who attained mantra siddhi of panchadasi or shodasi as these are the two main mantras of Lalithambigai. The importance of worshipping Sri Chakra is emphasized here. Our body is compared to Sri Chakra in many scriptures. The nine partitions of Sri Chakra are compared to nine parts of our body – the orifice in the crown chakra, the head, the forehead, ajna chakra, the neck (vishudi chakra), the heart (anahat chakra), the naval (manipuraka chakra), the hip (possibly includes both swadishtan and muladhara chakras) and thighs and the feet. It is pertinent to note that the divine energy enters our body through the orifice in the sahasrara and excess energy if any is grounded through our feet.
Shiva sutra II.3 talks about the secret of mantras. The illuminating “I” consciousness existing as an essential constituent of various mantras (like panchadasi and shodasi), whose essence is the knowledge of realizing the Brahman, is the secret of mantra. Therefore mantras are not just the combination of letters, but the Shakthi herself. That is why these letters are called Matrka. In the initial stages of spirituality, chanting of mantras is therefore considered essential. In this nama the importance of mantra and considering our own body as one with Sri Chakra are emphasized. Considering our body as the one with Sri Chakra means that She is not different from us, one of the principles of self-realization.
She who rides in the chariot with seven stories and is served by manthrini who is the goddess of music
At the time of Bandasura Vadham Matha’s different Nithyasuris like Pasham(rope),Ankusham(goad), Kodandam(bow), Pancha Bhanam(5 arrows), Sri Chakram… (Matha’s divine abode)took a feminine form. Different Shakthis like Manthrini, Dandini, SampathKari, Aswarooda arose from them respectively. Different Rathams or auspicious cars like Geya Chakra Ratham, Giri Chakra Ratham.. also came from her divine abode Sri Chakram. Manthrini came from her Ankusham. Lalitha Sahsaranamam says
Raga Swaroopa Pashadya Krodhakara Ankusha Ujwala
Meaning : Pasham or the rope represents Ragam &Ankusham represents the anger or Krodham
Manorupekshu Kodhanda PanchaThanmathra Sayaka
Meaning: Kodhandam represents the mind & the Panchbanam represents the five senses(vision,smell,hearing,taste & body)
Ankusham is a weapon or a tool, which is used to control the Elephants. Usually the men who take care of Elephants or Elephant tamers have a rod with a perpendicular projection from that. They make a wound on the Elephant’s body & whenever the Elephant misbehaves, they show the rod & control the Elephant. The Ankusham in Sri Matha’s hand is representing the weapon, which controls our minds. Even our minds are like mad elephants, which roam around with worldly things! Manthrini Matha came from Sri Lalithambika’s Ankusham. Sri Meenakshi or AngayarKanni is an incarnation of Manthrini Matha. She was born as a daughter of Malayadhvaja Pandya & Kanchana Malai. Sri Sundareshwara married her & even Shanmuka who’s the Deity for Tamil language was born as Muthu Kumara there. The city of Madurai is such a divine city. It was where the divine family of Parvathy & Parameshwara lived during the olden Era. Sri Lalitha Sahasranamam refers to Manthrini Matha & Madurai in two places :
Manthrini Amba Virachita Vishanga Vadha Doshitha
Meaning : Manthrini mother killed Vishanga who was a demon.
Meaning: A lady who resides in a forest filled with kadhamba trees.
In olden days Madurai was a forest filled with a specific kind of trees called Kadhamba trees. So Meenakshi Matha is called as a Gokilam or cuckoo in the Kadhamba Forest. Meenakshi is darker in complexion & she is little greener. Her green or blue or black color is also because she is Hari or Sri Maha Vishnu’s sister. Great Tamil literatures like Silappadhikaram have references to Madurai. Meenakshi & Shiva had been the heads of the Tamil Sangams in Madurai right from the beginning. As per historians there had been three Tamil Sangams .
Thalai or Topmost – led by Shiva or Sundareshwarah
Idai or Mid Sangam – led by Matha or Meenakshi
Kadai or the last – led by Krishna or Thirumal.
Here we have to understand another unique phenomenon; the presence of Shri Raja Mathangi that is existing in this universe. When we talk about Shri raja Mathangi we have to mention about Shri Varahi too because they can never be separated. Without one the other is non-existent.
The first deity is Sri Raja Mathangi. She travels in Gayachakra, a chariot which when moves, the atmosphere will be vibrating with sweet music. She is the embodiment of Nada (Sound). She stands for the propagation of Jnana (Knowledge ) , art, education, music and so on. Since both of them are not different from Mahalakshmi, they bless those worship them with wealth and health. This is for certain. Sri Raja Matangi is known as Manthrini.Sri Maha Vaarahi is known as Dandini.
As Manthrini, Sri Raja Mathangi is the symbol of knowledge. She is also an amsa of Sri Meenakshi and Sri Saraswathi. Sri Maha Vaarahi acts as a judge and always tend to punish the wicked and save the innocent.
Therefore she is known as Dandini. Alas ! Here we are blessed with an opportunity to directly pray to both Sri Raja Mathangi and Sri Maha Vaarahi. Generally not many people know about Sri Raja Mathangi and Sri Maha Vaarahi because they are known as Sushma Rahasya devathas ( They are symbolizing the subtle secret of the divinity ).
They are closely identified with Sri Lalithambika and are found in the form of Sri Lakshmi and Sri Saraswathi. Mother Lalithambika is sitting on the form of Lord Sadhashiva. This is the secret of Sri Chakra. Sri Chakra is also known as Srinagaram. In Sri chakra, crores of Devathas are said to be housed and therefore the worship of SriChakra indirectly agrees with the worship of millions of Devathas at the same time.