Adharashakti, Ādhāraśakti, Adhara-shakti: 2 definitions


Adharashakti means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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.

The Sanskrit term Ādhāraśakti can be transliterated into English as Adharasakti or Adharashakti, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Adharashakti in Shaktism glossary
Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Ādhāraśakti (आधारशक्ति) refers to the “energy of the foundation”.—The Triangle is called the Stone [i.e., śilā] and is identified with the Stone or Mountain the goddess ascends in the myth to assume the form of a Liṅga. The original model for this “stone” is probably the base of what, according to the Siddhānta, consists of the seats (āsana) on which the upper portion of the Liṅga is placed. The Liṅga and its seats extend for the entire series of thirty-six principles. The seats, according to some texts, reach up to Śakti and according to others, Śiva. [...] What interests us here is the energy at the base of the seats. This is called the energy of the foundation (ādhāraśakti) and it inheres in the foundation stone (ādhāraśilā) of the Liṅga, which corresponds to the Earth principle. [...]

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

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

Ādhāraśakti (आधारशक्ति).—f.

1) Māyā or illusion.

2) the Supreme goddess.

Derivable forms: ādhāraśaktiḥ (आधारशक्तिः).

Ādhāraśakti is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms ādhāra and śakti (शक्ति).

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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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