Tantra, worship of Devi-Shakti is referred to as a Vidya. Of the hundreds
of tantrik practices, the worship of the ten major Devis is called
the Dasa Mahavidya. These major forms of the goddess are described
in the Todala Tantra. They are Kali, Tara, Maha Tripura Sundari (or
Shodasi-Sri Vidya), Bhuvaneshvari, Chinnamasta, Bhairavi, Dhumavati,
Bagalamukhi, Matangi, and Kamala. These ten aspects of Shakti are
the epitome of the entire creation. Chapter 10 also outlines their
consorts, although Dhumavati, the widow form, is not allocated a consort.
There are several "levels" at which these Devis can be worshiped
with the prescribed Mantra and Yantra. Like a simple worship of the
yantra with the mantra recitation, as a remedial astrological measure,
elaborate worship with all tantrak rituals for attaining various siddhis
associated with these tantras and for spiritual salvation.
Successful sadhana of these Vidyas gives several boons to the practitioner.
The Tantrik-Yogi who has control over his senses and positively inclined
uses the boons to guide people and for the benefit of mankind.