Catuhshashtikala, Catuḥṣaṣṭikalā, Catuḥṣaṣṭikala, Catuhshashti-kala: 3 definitions


Catuhshashtikala means something in Buddhism, Pali, 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 terms Catuḥṣaṣṭikalā and Catuḥṣaṣṭikala can be transliterated into English as Catuhsastikala or Catuhshashtikala, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

Alternative spellings of this word include Chatuhshashtikala.

In Hinduism

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

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

Catuḥṣaṣṭikala (चतुःषष्टिकल) refers to “sixty-four energies” and is used to visualize Bhairava, 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, “[...] His body is adorned on the left (by his consort) and he is adorned with a garland of wild flowers. He wears earrings made of snakes and his sacred thread is Vāsuki. The Lord is adorned with tinkling anklets and sits on a ghost in the lotus posture. He is adorned with the five insignia and a garland of severed heads that hangs from his neck up to his feet. He dances with the bliss of wine and is accompanied by heroes and Bhairavas. Sixty-four Yoginīs and great mothers encompass him. He is endowed with sixty-four energies [i.e., catuḥṣaṣṭikala] and adorned with ghosts and demons. O Śambhu, Bhairava is said to have as his seat (āsana) the Supreme Goddess”.

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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)

[«previous next»] — Catuhshashtikala in Tibetan Buddhism glossary
Source: 84000: The Transcendent Perfection of Wisdom in Ten Thousand Lines

Catuḥṣaṣṭikalā (चतुःषष्टिकला) refers to the “sixty-four crafts”, according to the Daśasāhasrikā Prajñāpāramitā.—[In Tibetan sgyu rtsal drug cu rtsa bzhi, སྒྱུ་རྩལ་དྲུག་ཅུ་རྩ་བཞི།].—The sixty-four crafts, as enumerated in the Mahāvyutpatti, comprise the thirty designated arts, the eighteen requisites of musical performance, the seven harmonious tones of the musical scale, and the nine dramatic moods.

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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

Marathi-English dictionary

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

catuḥṣaṣṭikalā (चतुःषष्टिकला).—f pl S See causaṣṭakaḷā.

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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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