Garudatantra, aka: Gāruḍatantra, Garuda-tantra; 2 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

[Garudatantra in Shaktism glossaries]

Gāruḍatantra (गारुडतन्त्र) refers to one of the four classifications of Tantras belonging to the Śāktāgama or Śāktatantra tradition, according to the Pratiṣṭhālakṣaṇasamuccaya of Vairocana. Śāktāgama represents one of the three classes of āgamas (traditionally communicated wisdom) and holds the idea that the worship of Śakti is the means to attain liberation.

The Gāruḍa class of Śāktatantras are:

  1. Haratantra,
  2. Hūṅkāratantra,
  3. Bindusāratantra,
  4. Kālāmṛtatantra,
  5. Devatrāsatantra,
  6. Sutrāsatantra,
  7. Śābaratantra,
  8. Kālaśābaratantra,
  9. Pakṣirājatantra,
  10. Śikhāyogatantra,
  11. Śikhāsāratantra,
  12. Śikhāmṛtatantra,
  13. Pañcabhūtatantra,
  14. Vibhāgatantra,
  15. Sūlyabhedavinirṇayatantra,
  16. Kālakāṣṭhatantra,
  17. Kālāṅgatantra,
  18. Kālakūṭatantra,
  19. Paṭadrumatantra,
  20. Kāmbojatantra,
  21. Kambalatantra,
  22. Kuṃkumatantra,
  23. Kālakuṇḍatantra,
  24. Kaṭahakatantra,
  25. Suvarṇarekhatantra,
  26. Sugrīvatantra,
  27. Totalātantra,
  28. Totalottarātantra.
(Source): Shodhganga: Iconographical representations of Śiva (shaktism)
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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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General definition (in Hinduism)

[Garudatantra in Hinduism glossaries]

Gāruḍatantra (गारुडतन्त्र).—Works associated with the deity Garuḍa (the Lord of Birds and natural enemy of snakes and poison) that are primarily concerned with the cure of snakebite and poisoning through the use of mantras and herbal or mineral remedies, but that also touch on broader medical and religious matters.

(Source): ZORA: Gāruḍa Medicine: A History of Snakebite and Religious Healing in South Asia

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