How To:  Here is a ten-point stratagem to frighten family, friends, kith and kin and everybody else under the sun.

Siva faces an irate Sati. Sati wanted to attend the Sacrifce conducted by her father Daka.  She morphed into Jagadhama and still later into ten Mahavidyas.

 Brahma and Aditi had a son named Daka.  Daka means Right and is cognate with Latin Dexter. Daka held a sacrifice for which gods and goddesses of heaven were invited. That list included Siva, Brahma and Vishnu. When Daka walked into the assembly hall, everyone stood up except Siva. Siva is second to none. Why should he stand up for anyone? Daka being the Father-in-Law expected respect from his Son-In-Law, Siva. Yes, Siva married Doksa’s daughter Sati. Daka was furious and held a grudge against Siva.

There was another sacrifice. Daksha’s daughter, consort of Siva, heard the news over the celestial grapevine. Sati saw the finely clothed celestials and their consorts fly by in their aerial cars to attend the sacrifice. Sati felt left out because she wanted to meet her mother, sisters and their consorts at the sacrifice, which was the place to be then. She pleaded with Siva for permission to attend the sacrifice. Siva tried to reason with her. Daksha’s wickedness, lack of judgment, and failure to see the greatness of exalted Souls compromised and canceled his learning, austerity, wealth, beauty, youth, and pedigreed heritage. They (Siva and Sati) should not visit Daksha clouded by poor judgment, suspicious mind, and anger. He dissuaded and forbade her from attending the ceremony, for he foresaw death of Sati and Daksha, the latter inflicting indignity on Siva, the Supreme Being, the Lord of the Universe.    

Sati wanted to go. Siva forbade. Daka thought little of his son-in-law Siva. Who wants a S-I-L with a matted hair, white ash on the body, rags for clothes, a begging skull-bowl ...

Sati became angry with Siva. Sati thought Siva was shrouded and drunk with vanity of a husband. She wanted to teach him a lesson.  She became Jagadamba. She developed an antipathy to her father and her husband. She opened her eyes spewing fear and parted her lips indicating parting ways with Siva.

Siva Maheśvara became deluded at the sight of Sati-Jagadamba. Siva wondered whether she could be his real consort. He looked at her. She was clad in space. Her golden complexion lost its luster. She became pitch-dark like the collyrium (Anjana). [Since then, she remained black, while Siva was always white.] He hair was unruly and flying in the air. Flames of anger was emanating from her eyes. Her tongue was lolling out of her cavernous mouth. Her four hands were flailing all over. She was drenching in sweat. She wore a garland of skulls. She was talking thunder and flashed lightning. On seeing the Tejas (razzle-dazzle), Siva lost his self-control. Fear enveloped him. Peals of laughter emanated from her. Siva wanted to take a flight out of there. She blocked him by splitting into ten women in all ten directions. Siva was corralled.  (Ten directions are N; NE; E; SE; S; SW; W; NW; Above and Below.) Siva was frightened to death.  He tried to run but could not. Now that Siva was subdued, she became mellow. Siva shut his eyes and a little later opened them. Syama (Black Sati-Jagadamba) was standing before him. Between the shut and open eyes, the ten Mahavidyas became one woman. She wore a lotus-like face, had large turgid breasts, wide eyes, unkempt hair, four hands, an effulgent black body clothed in space and bathed in ten million suns. Siva-Mahesvara was confused and questioned her on who she was.

Devi answered: "My Lord Mahadeva, I am Sati, your consort. Don't you know me? Why do you look so confused?"

Siva replied: " You look black and induce fear in me, unlike Sati (who is white). Who is this terrible being who stands in my way in all ten directions? You don't look like Daka's daughter and my consort, Sati."

Jagadamba in the form of Sati-Syama replies: "I am subtle beyond speech and comprehension. I am Sati, your consort. I don't mean any harm to You. I was born a daughter of Daka and performed penance to obtain You as my husband. (Actually, Sati was the adopted daughter of Daka.) I have assumed this form to destroy Daksha's Yajna.  I was trying to block Your exit only out of love for You."

Siva said: "Forgive me, O Paramesvari. I said many unkind words to you. The great illusion blocked my vision. Tell me now who these ten fearful forms are."

Sati in the form of Jagadamba replied: "O Mahadeva consider yourself as the center; in front of you are Tara and Kali, the former above the latter; behind you are Bagala below Bhairavi; to your right is Chinnamasta; to your left is Bhuvanesvari; to the northeast is Shodasi; to the southeast is Dhumavati; to the south west is Kamala; to the northwest is Matangi."

The frightening ten: Tara had scissors in hands. Dhumavati was ugly holding a basket.

Kali – The ultimate form of Brahman, "Devourer of Time" (Supreme Deity of Kalikula systems). Kali was fierce standing on supine Siva. .

Tara – The Goddess as Guide and Protector, or Who Saves. Who offers the ultimate knowledge which gives salvation (also known as Neel Saraswati).  Tara is similar to Kali in her disposition.

Tripura Sundari (Shodashi) – The Goddess Who is "Beautiful in the Three Worlds" (Supreme Deity of Srikula systems); the "Tantric Parvati" or the "Moksha Mukta". Sodasi sits on a couch having Brahma, Vishnu, Rudra, and Mahesvara as the legs. She is a three-city (-world) beauty.

Bhuvaneśvarī – The Goddess as World Mother, or Whose Body is the Cosmos. Bhuvaneśvarī is the sovereign of the universe.

Bhairavi – The Fierce Goddess. Bhairavi is deified Fright.

Chinnamasta – The self-decapitated Goddess. Chinnamasta self-decapitated herself causing three streams of blood from her neck, one falling in the mouth of her own head, the second and the third falling into the mouths of her attendants.

Dhumavati – The Widow Goddess, or the Goddess of death. Dhumavati is personified smoke, poverty, widowhood...and sits in a humongous cart without a moving force.

Bagalamukhi – The Goddess Who Paralyzes Enemies. Bagalamukhi has the power to stun, immobilize, paralyze and subdue the enemy. She pulls the tongue of liars.

Mātagī – the Prime Minister of Lalita (in Srikula systems); the "Tantric Sarasvati" Mātagī is an outlier. She keeps company with people at the periphery, the impure... and gorges on the leftover food (uchista).

Kamala – The Lotus Goddess; the "Tantric Lakshmi" Kamala is a gentle goddess, auspicious, divine... and brings wealth and prosperity.