Kiricakra-rathārūḍha-daṇḍa-nāthā-puraskṛtā किरिचक्र-रथारूढ-दण्ड-नाथा-पुरस्कृता (70)
Kiricakra ratha is the chariot of Daṇḍanāthā Devi who is also called Vārāhī Devi. This Devi is considered as very powerful and was already discussed in nāma 11. Kiri means Vārāha. Vārāha means boar (pig). Her face is like a pig. Her chariot is also in the shape of a pig. She is called Daṇḍanāthā because she always carries a daṇḍa (staff) with her. Kiri means rays of light and light here means creation. Possibly this could mean that light is the beginning of creation. The holy Bible says (Genesis.I.3) “And God said, let there be light: There was light”. Cakra means the cycle of creation, sustenance and dissolution. A yogi sits on kiri cakra chariot, meaning that he undergoes the process of creation, sustenance and dissolution. But he is not subjected to the fear of death. How somebody can be beyond death? Death means the destruction of the physical body and not the ātma or soul. A yogi is not concerned about his physical body. Why he is not concerned with his physical body? This is answered by Śiva Himself in Śiva Sūtra that a yogi considers pleasure and pain as external not affecting his ātma or Self. Only if he is associated with antaḥkaraṇa, (mind, intellect, consciousness and ego) he will feel the pain in his body. For him, his physical body is not an object worth considering. As he is free from the bodily afflictions, he feels that he is alone, fully connected to the Supreme Brahman. This was possible to him because he was able to identify his consciousness with the Supreme consciousness, which is called ‘the merger’ or ‘the union’ (union of Śaktī with Śiva). Vārāhī Devi is said to be in our ājña cakra. This nāma indicates the importance of our inner Self and our physical body has nothing to do with the ātma. Though the physical body suffers on account of our karma-s, the ātman is eternally pure and the unification of our self consciousness with the Universal Consciousness leads to the liberation, a stage without birth and death.
Nāma-s 68, 69 and 70 talk about the chariots of Lalitāmbikā, Mantrinī (Śyamalā) and Vārāhī. Mantrinī and Vārāhī occupy the next secondary position to Lalitāmbikā, the Supreme. Without worshipping these two and without their permission, none can go anywhere near Lalitai. Mantrinī Devi is the Chief of Her ministers. The entire administration of the universe is under the control of Mantrinī, which is confirmed in nāma 786 Mantriṇī-nyasta-rājyadhūḥ. Vārāhī is the chief of Her army. Vārāhī has the capacity to drive away the evil forces. If Vārāhī is worshiped on the 18th day of the month of āṣāḍha (July-August), it is believed that those who have difficulties in getting married will get married. These three chariots are always close to each other. As discussed earlier, the chariots mean our mind, possibly the stages of our mind.