Candakshi, Caṇḍākṣī, Caṇḍākṣi: 6 definitions

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Introduction:

Candakshi means something in Buddhism, Pali, 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 terms Caṇḍākṣī and Caṇḍākṣi can be transliterated into English as Candaksi or Candakshi, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

Alternative spellings of this word include Chandakshi.

In Hinduism

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Candakshi in Shaivism glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Kubjikāmata-tantra

1) Caṇḍākṣī (चण्डाक्षी, “fierce-eyed”):—One of the nine Dūtī presided over by one of the nine bhaivaravas named Caṇḍalokeśa (emanation of Ananta, who is the central presiding deity of Dūtīcakra), according to the Kubjikāmata-tantra and the Ṣaṭsāhasrasaṃhitā.

2) Caṇḍākṣī (चण्डाक्षी):—One of the four female attendant deities associated with Mitra, the central deity of the Mātṛcakra, according to the Kubjikāmatatantra. This central deity is named Piṅganātha in the Ṣaṭsāhasrasaṃhitā. She is the goddess of the pītha named Pūrṇagiri.

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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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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

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

Caṇḍākṣī (चण्डाक्षी) (Caṇḍākṣi) is the name of a deity, according to Tantric texts such as the Kubjikāmata-tantra, the earliest popular and most authoritative Tantra of the Kubjikā cult.—Accordingly, “As long as (the goddess) was there, Caṇḍākṣī (offered her) fervent (balavat) worship of many kinds by many means and ways and she produced many beautiful creations by various means. And they shine with the lights of (her) energy filled with the (divine) qualities of Caṇḍākṣī. [...]”.

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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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In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: Wisdomlib Libary: Vajrayogini

Caṇḍākṣī (चण्डाक्षी) is the goddess presiding over one of the six petals of the eastern lotus of the vārāhyabhyudaya-maṇḍala, according to the Vārāhyabhyudayatantra (largerly extracted from the 10th century Abhidhānottaratantra). These six petals are presided over by a kuleśvarī (presiding lady) named Māmakī. The central deity of the vārāhyabhyudaya-maṇḍala is the twelve-armed Vajravarāhī.

Caṇḍākṣī is associated with the sacred site (pīṭha) named Jālandhara. All the goddess of the eastern lotus petals are to be visualised as dancing naked and being half-male / half-female (ardhanarīśvarī) with their two sides being white and green. In their four arms they brandish a bowl and staff, with a ḍamaru and their familial attribute.

Source: academia.edu: A Critical Study of the Vajraḍākamahātantrarāja (II)

Caṇḍākṣī (चण्डाक्षी) is the name of a Ḍākinī (‘sacred girl’) presiding over Jālandhara: one of the four Pīṭhas (‘sacred spot’) present within the Cittacakra (‘circle of mid’), according to the 9th-centruy Vajraḍākatantra. The Cittacakra is one of three Cakras within the Tricakra system which embodies twenty-four sacred spots or districts resided over by twenty-four Ḍākinīs (viz., Caṇḍākṣī) whose husbands abide in one’s body in the form of twenty-four ingredients (dhātu) of one’s body.

Caṇḍākṣī has for her husband the hero (vīra) named Mahākaṅkāla. She is the presiding deity of Jālandhara and the associated internal location is ‘top of the head’ and the bodily ingredients (dhātu) are ‘hair on head’ and ‘body’.

Source: academia.edu: The Structure and Meanings of the Heruka Maṇḍala

Caṇḍākṣī (चण्डाक्षी) is the name of a Ḍākinī who, together with the Vīra (hero) named Mahākaṅkāla forms one of the 36 pairs situated in the Vajracakra, according to the 10th century Ḍākārṇava chapter 15. Accordingly, the vajracakra refers to one of the four divisions of the sahaja-puṭa (‘innate layer’), situated within the padma (lotus) in the middle of the Herukamaṇḍala. The 36 pairs of Ḍākinīs [viz., Caṇḍākṣī] and Vīras each have one face and four arms; they hold a skull bowl, a skull staff, a small drum and a knife; they are dark-bluish-black in color.

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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Candakshi in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Caṇḍākṣī (चण्डाक्षी).—name of a yoginī: Sādhanamālā 427.3.

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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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