Dakini represents the enlightened female principle. Tibetans call it khandro (mkha’ ’gro), which means “sky-goer” or “sky-dancer.” There are many types of dakinis, but in general they act as yidam deities or protectors of Dharma teachings, who help and guide practitioners on the path.
Particularly, when people who follow the Dharma enter the Vajrayana vehicle, the path of transformation – having received teachings from a qualified teacher – they establish a special connection with their master and people who received these teachings together with them. This special relationship is based on the principle of commitment, or ‘samaya‘.
There are some special days during a month, when Vajrayana practitioners perform a ritual of offering and purification of their commitments – called a ganachakra (Sanskrit) or tsok (Tibetan) – and one of them is the 25th day of the lunar calendar known as Dakini Day. On that particular day, all the dakinis gather in special sacred places and their energy is potently vivid and present at that moment. When we perform practice on those auspicious days, we can connect with this potent energy and thus gain a lot of merit. It allows us to develop our practice and capacities, as well as purify our defilements and mistakes that we have accumulated with time. In this way, Dakini Day becomes very important for Vajrayana practitioners.
Image of ‘Vajrayogini’ by Images of Enlightenment, www.dakiniasart.org.