Anandatantra, Ānandatantra, Ananda-tantra: 3 definitions


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In Hinduism

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

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Source: Google Books: A history of Indian literature (shaktism)

Ānandatantra (आनन्दतन्त्र) should be distinguished from the preceding text (Ānandārṇavatantra). It is much larger (1913 ślokas) and discusses various aspects of Tantric worship in twenty chapters presented as a Devī-Kāmeśvarasaṃvāda. Chapter 15 is on Śaktipūjā, while the last five chapters contain disgressions on the caste system, philosophical schools and Tantric sects. It is of South Indian origin and ascribes itself to the (unrecorded) “Bhagamālinīsaṃhitā” of 100.000 ślokas” from the Nityāṣoḍaśikārṇavatantra “of 320 million ślokas”. Two commentaries on the Ānandatantra are recorded, one by Narasiṃhācārya and one called Pradīpa by an anonymous author.

Source: Shodhganga: Iconographical representations of Śiva (shaktism)

Ānandatantra (आनन्दतन्त्र) or simply Ānanda refers to one of the twenty-three Vāmatantras, belonging to the Śāktāgama (or Śāktatantra) division of the Āgama tradition. The Śāktāgamas represent the wisdom imparted by Devī to Īśvara and convey the idea that the worship of Śakti is the means to attain liberation. According to the Pratiṣṭhālakṣaṇasamuccaya of Vairocana, the Śāktatantras are divided into to four parts, the Ānanda-tantra belonging to the Vāma class.

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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

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Anandatantra in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

Ānandatantra (आनन्दतन्त्र) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—tantra in 20 paṭala. Io. 3011.

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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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