Ashtastra, Aṣṭāstra, Ashta-nastra: 2 definitions

Introduction:

Ashtastra 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.

The Sanskrit term Aṣṭāstra can be transliterated into English as Astastra or Ashtastra, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Ashtastra in Shaivism glossary
Source: SOAS University of London: Protective Rites in the Netra Tantra

Aṣṭāstra (अष्टास्त्र) refers “eight weapons”, according to the Netratantra of Kṣemarāja: a Śaiva text from the 9th century in which Śiva (Bhairava) teaches Pārvatī topics such as metaphysics, cosmology, and soteriology.—Accordingly, [verse 13.17-25ab, while describing the appearance and worship of Sūrya]—“Now, I explain that which consists of light [i.e., Sūrya]. [...] [The Mantrin] is to worship Deva, the eight planets, in the middle of a second lotus, the Nakṣatras in a third, and the Lokapālas in a fourth. [The Mantrin] worships the eight weapons (aṣṭāstraastrāṇyaṣṭau prapūjayet) [of the Lokapālas which] stand in a fifth lotus. [...]”.

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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Ashtastra in Marathi glossary
Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

aṣṭāstra (अष्टास्त्र).—n S An octagon: also attrib. Octagonal.

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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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