Adyapitha, Ādyapīṭha, Adya-pitha: 3 definitions


Adyapitha 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.

In Hinduism

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

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

Ādyapīṭha (आद्यपीठ) refers to the “primordial sacred seat”, 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, “[...] When invited by the goddess, Śambhu came (and took) refuge (in her). Thus he who is Siddhanātha is you (O god) in the primordial sacred seat (ādyapīṭha) in the Sky (where) Kaulinī revealed all the Kaula (teaching) to him. Then he became (a god with a) divine body and went along with the goddess to the very holy (mahāpuṇya) place (where they were to enjoy love) games. Adorned with the sea and other (such beautiful sites) and possessing seven districts (viṣaya), it was called the venerable Kāmākhya”.

Note Ādyapīṭha refers to the “first seat” from which the teachings were first propagated.—Oḍḍiyāna is also spelt ‘Udyāna’. The association is quite natural as Oḍḍiyāna / Udyāna is the first seat (ādyapīṭha) from which the teachings were first propagated.

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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»] — Adyapitha in Marathi glossary
Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

ādyapīṭha (आद्यपीठ).—n (S) ādyasthāna n (S) The seat of one's ancestors: also the spot at which any divinity first manifested himself: also any ancient, venerable, and holy city.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

ādyapīṭha (आद्यपीठ).—n The seat of one's ancestors.

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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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