Catushpathakalpana, Catuṣpathakalpana, Catur-pathakalpana: 1 definition


Catushpathakalpana 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.

The Sanskrit term Catuṣpathakalpana can be transliterated into English as Catuspathakalpana or Catushpathakalpana, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

Alternative spellings of this word include Chatushpathakalpana.

In Hinduism

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Source: Sardhatrisatikalottaragama

Catuṣpathakalpana (चतुष्पथकल्पन) or simply Catuṣpatha refers to “forming the four directions by crossing twigs [?]”, which is prescribed as one of the operations/ preliminary ceremonies related to the kuṇḍa (“fire-pit”), according to the various Āgamas and related literature. Catuṣpathakalpana is mentioned in the Mataṅgapārameśvara (Kriyā-pāda, chap 4). The Mṛgendra-āgama (Kriyā-pāda, chapter 6) mentions Catuṣpatha, while the Kiraṇa-āgama (kriyā-pāda, chpater 4), Ajita-āgama (Kriyā-pāda, chapter 21) and the Svāyambhuva-āgama (chapter 17) mentions Catuṣpathanyāsa.

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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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