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bhakti

bhakti  

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(Sanskrit, worship)The devotion due to God, the blessed one (Bhagavat).
bindu

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(Skt., spot or drop).A term used in some forms of anuttara-yoga-tantra to denote the subtle energy whose physical manifestation is identified with male semen. These drops of subtle energy are located ...
ḍākiṇī

ḍākiṇī  

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(Skt.; Tib., mkha‘-’gro-ma).In tantric Buddhism.a ḍākinī is a type of accomplished yoginī or else a female deity, depicted iconographically as a naked semi-wrathful figure who acts as a guiding ...
Devī

Devī  

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In Hindu mythology, the supreme goddess, often identified with Parvati and Sakti.
Hinduism

Hinduism  

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The principal religious tradition of India, centred upon the sacred texts of the Vedas. Philosophically Indian thought is separated into various darshanas or schools, exhibiting a rich variety of ...
Kālī

Kālī  

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A popular Indian goddess of Assamese origin, mentioned but hardly ever revered in Buddhism although elements of her iconography and worship may have been borrowed by practitioners of late ...
Kālikā Purāṇa

Kālikā Purāṇa  

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(c.10th century ce)A medieval Śākta Purāṇa. Classified as one of the upapurāṇas, it focuses on the story of Satī's dismemberment, and, in particular, the worship of the goddess as Kāmākhyā at ...
Kālīkula

Kālīkula  

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Within Śākta Tantrism, a designation of those schools, originating in northeastern and northern India, whose Tantras are used to worship the Goddess (Devī) in her fierce forms, such as Kālī.
Kāmarūpa

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The site, near Guwahati/Gauhati in Assam, of the most significant Tantric Śākta complex in India. Considered the original śaktipīṭha, Satī's dismembered yoni, represented by a spring-moistened cleft ...
Kashmir Śaivism

Kashmir Śaivism  

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A Tantric Śaiva tradition which flourished in Kashmir between the 9th and 11th century ce, but which also influenced South Indian Śaivism. The Trika, its ritual system, developed out of the eastern ...
Lalitāsahasranāma

Lalitāsahasranāma  

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7th century ce?)A Śrī Vidyā text, composed of 320 devotional verses; it takes the form of a dialogue between Agastya and Hayagrīva, praising the all-powerful, but benign goddess, Tripurasundarī. ...
Mahābhāgavata Purāṇa

Mahābhāgavata Purāṇa  

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(c.10th century ce or later)A medieval Śākta Purāṇa. Classified as one of the upapurāṇas, it deals with the theology and mythology of Devī in her various forms, including Kālī. Narrated by Śiva, it ...
Mahāvidyas

Mahāvidyas  

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A name given to a group of ten transformations, or personifications, of Devī in the Śākta Tantric literature, consisting, typically, of: Kālī, Tārā, Ṣoḍaśī, Bhuvaneśvarī, Bhairavī, Chinnamastā, ...
maithuna

maithuna  

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An element of some forms of Tantric ritual (e.g. in the Kaula tradition), involving the consumption of the fluids produced in ritual intercourse. It is one of the ‘five Ms’ (pañca-makāra) of Śākta ...
Prakṛti

Prakṛti  

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1 According to Sāṃkhya-Yoga ontology, the female of the two fundamental principles (the other being the male, puruṣa) which constitute reality. Invisible and unconscious, prakṛti in its unmanifest ...
Purāṇa

Purāṇa  

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Any of a class of Sanskrit sacred writings on Hindu mythology and folklore of varying date and origin, the most ancient of which dates from the 4th century ad. The name comes from Sanskrit purāṇa ...
Rāmprasād Sen

Rāmprasād Sen  

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(c.1718–1775)One of the originators of the Bengali tradition of Śākta poetry, known as śākta padāvalī, and its best-known exponent. Nothing is known of his life beyond later hagiography (the first ...
Śaiva

Śaiva  

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A member of one of the main branches of modern Hinduism, devoted to the worship of the god Shiva as the supreme being.
sakti

sakti  

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In Hindu thought, consciousness as power, the supreme energy, the female counterpart of Siva as pure consciousness allied to Kundalini.
śaktipīṭha

śaktipīṭha  

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A pan-Indian network of Tantric Śākta pilgrimage sites, each marking a spot where, according to the myth of Śiva's dismemberment of Satī, parts of the Goddess's body fell to earth and are manifested ...

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