Adivaktra, Ādivaktra, Adi-vaktra: 1 definition


Adivaktra 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.

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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

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

Ādivaktra (आदिवक्त्र) refers to the “first [or original] face”, according to the Ṣaṭsāhasrasaṃhitā, an expansion of the Kubjikāmatatantra: the earliest popular and most authoritative Tantra of the Kubjikā cult.—In the Ṣaṭsāhasrasaṃhitā we find an exposition of a form of Sadāśiva with seven faces from which the Kaula schools originate in general and the Kubjikā tradition in particular. [...] The seventh, uppermost face is that of Tūṣṇīnātha, the revealer of the Kubjikā Tantras. This is the Unborn Face, also called the Teacher’s Face. It is the ultimate source of all things, the Śāmbhava state and so is said to be the First or Original Face (ādivaktra). Śakti below is Kula and the god above is Akula.

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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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