Adharacakra, Ādhāracakra, Adhara-Cakra: 8 definitions


Adharacakra means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

Alternative spellings of this word include Adharachakra.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Ādhāracakra (आधारचक्र).—Into this Hari enters.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa XI. 12. 17.
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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

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Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

1) Ādhāracakra (आधारचक्र) refers to the “wheel of the foundation”, according to the Kulakaulinīmata.—Accordingly, “[...] Having emerged from the Wheel of the Foundation (ādhāracakra) (she), like a circle of lightning flashes, illumines the sixfold (ṣaḍvidha Transmission) and encircles the (entire) universe. She, having become dense and extensive, fills it with (her) rays”.

2) Ādhāracakra (आधारचक्र) or simply Ādhāra refers to “foundation” and represents one of the “sixteen stations of the ascent of kuṇḍalinī” according to the Manthānabhairavatantra, a vast sprawling work that belongs to a corpus of Tantric texts concerned with the worship of the goddess Kubjikā.—Accordingly, “[...] (1) The Foundation (ādhāraādhāracakraādhāraṃ prathamaṃ cakraṃ) (at the base of the spine) is the first Wheel (brilliant and coloured) like red lac. There, in the middle, is the one called Haṃsa, (shining white) like a multitude of moons. [...] (Perfect) contemplation (samādhi) is with (these) sixteen aspects and is (attained) within the form of the sixfold deposition (ṣoḍhānyāsa). He who knows this is (a veritable) Lord of Yogis, the others (who do not) are (just) quoting from books. Once attained the plane that is Void and Non-void, the yogi is freed from bondage”.

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Adharacakra in Marathi glossary
Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

ādhāracakra (आधारचक्र).—n S In Hindu poetical anatomy. The base cakra, the hypogastric and pubic region. See cakra.

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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Adharacakra in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Ādhāracakra (आधारचक्र).—Name of a mystical circle on the posterior part of the body; Rasikaramaṇa.

Derivable forms: ādhāracakram (आधारचक्रम्).

Ādhāracakra is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms ādhāra and cakra (चक्र).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Ādhāracakra (आधारचक्र):—[=ā-dhāra-cakra] [from ā-dhāra > ā-dhṛ] n. Name of a mystical circle on the posterior part of the body, [Rasikaramaṇa]

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Adharacakra in German

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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Kannada-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Adharacakra in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Ādhāracakra (ಆಧಾರಚಕ್ರ):—[noun] = ಆಧಾರ - [adhara -] 8.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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