Ashtasimha, Aṣṭasiṃha, Ashta-simha: 1 definition


Ashtasimha 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 Aṣṭasiṃha can be transliterated into English as Astasimha or Ashtasimha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

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

Aṣṭasiṃha (अष्टसिंह) [=siṃhāṣṭaka?] refers to the “group of the eight Lions” (of the Mothers of the Kulas), 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, “[...] Above it, divided into hidden and revealed, are the twelve accomplishments. Conjoined to the Krama of Twenty-eight, it is adorned with the three Lineages. There, the radiance of the maṇḍala is encompassed by the group of the eight Lions (siṃhāṣṭaka-parivṛta) (of the Mothers of the Kulas). (It is endowed with) the group of eight Houses, Kulācāra, the eight sacred seats and the sixty-four energies and is the arising of the sequence of eighty-six. It is the Śrīparākula, adorned with the twenty-seven depositions. [...]

Shaktism book cover
context information

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.

Discover the meaning of ashtasimha or astasimha in the context of Shaktism from relevant books on Exotic India

See also (Relevant definitions)

Relevant text

Let's grow together!

I humbly request your help to keep doing what I do best: provide the world with unbiased sources, definitions and images. Your donation direclty influences the quality and quantity of knowledge, wisdom and spiritual insight the world is exposed to.

Let's make the world a better place together!

Like what you read? Consider supporting this website: