Duticakra, Dūtīcakra, Duti-cakra: 1 definition

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Duticakra 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Dutichakra.

In Hinduism

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Kubjikāmata-tantra

Dūtīcakra (दूतीचक्र):—One of the five internal mystic centres (pañcacakra), according to the kubjikāmata-tantra (or, kādiprakaraṇa). These five cakras follow the general principle of a cakra (inward representation of a maṇḍala, the representation of cosmic creation). The Dūtīcakra is associated with the gross element Water (apas). It is composed of goddesses who are called Dūtīs (‘female messengers’). It is localized in the body (at some distance above the Devīcakra): in the region of the navel and just above.

The components of the Dūtīcakra are described in relation to the process of creation. The central deity divides himself into nine male deities who, likewise, become ninefold which results in the creation of eighty-one female deities, the so-called Dūtīs. They symbolize another component of the sixfold path, namely the padādhvan which consists in this case of eighty-one padas derived from the Navātman. In addition to this main aspect of their symbolic meaning, each group of nine Dūtīs is also associated with a special ‘field of authority or competence’ (adhikārapada).

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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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