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16 Phases of Moon

In the Indian system there 16 phases or kalas of the moon. Of these 15 are visible to us and the 16th is beyond our visibility. The 16 kalas are: 1. Amrita, 2. Manada 3. Poosha 4. Tusth 5. Pusthi 6. Rati 7. Dhrut 8. Sasichini 9. Chandrika 10. Kanta 11. Jyostna 12. Shree 13. Preeti 14. Angada 15. Poorna 16. Poornamruta. The 15 visible phases correspond to the 15 nityas. Also called 16 digits of the moon and linked to 16 deities http://www.bhagavadgitausa.com/HYMNS%20OF%20SANKARA.htm 1.Maha Tripura Sundari, 2.Kamesvari, 3.Bhagamalini, 4.Nityaklinna, 5.Bherunda, 6.Vanhivasini, 7.Maha Vajresvari, 8.Shivadooti (Roudri), 9.Twarita, 10.Kulasundari, 11.Nitya, 12.Neelapataka, 13.Vijaya, 14.Sarvamangala, 15.Jwalamalini and 16.Chidroopa (Chitra). http://www.bhagavadgitausa.com.cnchost.com/TANTRA4.jpg
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