Garudatantra, Gāruḍatantra, Garuda-tantra: 4 definitions


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In Hinduism

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

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Source: Shodhganga: Iconographical representations of Śiva (shaktism)

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: Brill: Śaivism and the Tantric Traditions (shaktism)

Gāruḍatantra (गारुडतन्त्र) refers to a group of Tantra texts detailing the method of worshiping the Mothers, according to the Devīpurāṇa verse 88.1-3.—Accordingly, “People desiring liberation worship the Mothers by way of the Vedas and the Śaiva Tantric revelation. They are also worshipped in accordance with the Gāruḍatantras, Bhūtatantras, and Bālatantras. Beneficent, they bring all endeavors to fruition, and are like wish-fulfilling jewels. Heretics of the future—[viz.] the Buddhist proponents of Gāruḍa Tantra—will worship them according to their own methods, devoted to their own ways, dear child. They give rewards that accord with any disposition wise people worship them with, whether they be Brahmins or even lowborn outcastes”.

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context information

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)

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Source: escholarship: Gāruḍa Medicine: A History of Snakebite and Religious Healing in South Asia

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.

Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

1) Gāruḍatantra (गारुडतन्त्र) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—Quoted by Narapati Cambr. 69, in Tantrasāra Oxf. 95^a.

2) Gāruḍatantra (गारुडतन्त्र):—(Vāsudevamūrtayaḥ). Cr.

context information

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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