Ahivisha, Ahiviṣa, Ahi-visha: 1 definition


Ahivisha 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 Ahiviṣa can be transliterated into English as Ahivisa or Ahivisha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Ahiviṣa (अहिविष) (also, Āśīviṣa) refers to a “venomous snake”, according to the Śrīmatottara-tantra, an expansion of the Kubjikāmatatantra: the earliest popular and most authoritative Tantra of the Kubjikā cult.—Accordingly, as the Goddess said:—“Distracted and greatly aroused by the delight of the hymn, I do not know who is praising me. Who am I? To whom should I bestow boons? Like the venomous look of an angry snake (kruddha-ahiviṣa-dṛṣṭivat) my look is hard to behold. I will grant a boon to whoever can endure it”.

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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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