Adishakti, Ādiśakti, Adi-shakti: 4 definitions

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Adishakti 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 Ādiśakti can be transliterated into English as Adisakti or Adishakti, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Shilpashastra (iconography)

Source: Wisdom Library: Elements of Hindu Iconograpy

Ādiśakti (आदिशक्ति):—Second of the five Śakti to evolve, at saṃhāra (the end of an aeonic destruction). It is also known as Śāntiśakti, beause it destroys mala maga and karma. It evolved out of a thousandth part of the Parāśakti. The next Śakti to evolve, out of a thousandth part of this Ādiśakti, is called the Ichchhāśakti.

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Shilpashastra (शिल्पशास्त्र, śilpaśāstra) represents the ancient Indian science (shastra) of creative arts (shilpa) such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vastushastra (architecture), they often share the same literature.

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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Source: Shodhganga: Iconographical representations of Śiva

Ādiśakti (आदिशक्ति) refers to one of the Śaktis emanting from a thousandth part of Parāśakti.—For the benefit of the world Śiva conceives a spontaneous idea, which results in the manifestation of śakti from his one-thousandth part. Then comes Parā-śakti, Ādi-śakti, Icchā-śakti and Kriyā-śakti, each succeeding from the 1/1000 part of the preceeding one. Śānti is another name for Ādiśakti from whose 1/1000 part is the source of the formless. This is so called Ādiśakti because it is without form, Amūrta is interpreted as that which has no Kalā. It is the Divyaliṅga, known as the Mūlastambha, the principal column. The whole universe comes out of the Liṅga and is again submerged in to it.

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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Ādiśakti (आदिशक्ति).—f.

1) the power of माया (māyā) or illusion.

2) an epithet of Durgā.

Derivable forms: ādiśaktiḥ (आदिशक्तिः).

Ādiśakti is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms ādi 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. 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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