Avyaktarupa, Avyaktarūpa, Avyakta-rupa: 3 definitions

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Avyaktarupa 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

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Avyaktarūpa (अव्यक्तरूप) or simply Avyakta refers to “one who assumes the unmanifest form” and represents and epithet of Goddess Durgā, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.11. Accordingly as Brahmā said to Nārada:—“[...] O sage, seeing her [Durgā] who was Śiva’s Energy herself, directly in front of me, my lofty shoulders bent down with devotion and I eulogised her after due obeisance. [...] Thou art the Vidyā of diverse sorts. Thou art endowed with illumination, purity and detachment. Thou assumest Kūṭastha (perpetually immovable), Avyakta (unmanifest) [viz., Avyaktarūpa] and Ananta (infinite) form and Thou art the eternal time holding all the worlds”.

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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

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

Avyaktarūpa (अव्यक्तरूप) refers to “one whose body is unmanifest”, according to the commentary on the Ṣaṭsāhasrasaṃhitā, an expansion of the Kubjikāmatatantra: the earliest popular and most authoritative Tantra of the Kubjikā cult.—Accordingly, “Kubjikā is the crooked (energy) of those two (the Sun and the Moon). [...] (Her body is) both manifest and unmanifest [i.e., avyaktarūpa]. Kauleśvarī, who possesses such a body, cannot be conceived to be either supreme (transcendent) or inferior (immanent). This is because she is the energy of the submarine fire (vāḍavīkalā) in as much as she pervades the Wheel of Fire and withdraws 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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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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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