Atimarga, Atimārga: 3 definitions


Atimarga 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.

In Hinduism

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Source: Brill: Śaivism and the Tantric Traditions

Atimārga (अतिमार्ग) refers to the “outer path”.—The Teaching of Śiva which defines the Śaivas is divided between two great branches or “streams” (srotas). These are termed the Outer Path (atimārga) and the Path of Mantras (mantramārga). The first is accessible only to ascetics, while the second is open both to ascetics and to married home-dwellers (gṛhastha). There is also a difference of goals.The Atimārga is entered for salvation alone, while the Mantramārga promises both this, and for those that so wish, the attainment of supernatural powers (siddhis) and the experience of supernatural pleasures in the worlds of their choice (bhoga).

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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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General definition (in Hinduism)

Source: Alexis Sanderson: The Śaiva Literature

Atimārga (अतिमार्ग).—One of the five levels of religious injunctions relevant to Śaivas;—The division of the Atimārga into three within this pentadic classification is attested in the Siddhāntaprakāśikā of Sarvātmaśambhu: “And these teachings are of five kinds: Laukika, Vaidika, Ādhyātmika, Atimārga, and Mantramārga..... As for the teachings of the Atimārga, they are the [three bodies of teaching] promulgated by Rudra, [namely] the Pāśupata, the Kāpālika, and the Mahāvrata (=Lākula/Kālamukha).”

Languages of India and abroad

Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Atimārga (ಅತಿಮಾರ್ಗ):—[noun] one who violates the set rules or norms of the society.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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