Icchananda, Iccha-ananda, Icchānanda: 1 definition


Icchananda 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 Ichchhananda.

In Hinduism

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

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

Icchānanda (इच्छानन्द) refers to the “bliss of (the deity’s) will”, according to the Ṣaṭsāhasrasaṃhitā, an expansion of the Kubjikāmatatantra: the earliest popular and most authoritative Tantra of the Kubjikā cult.—Accordingly, “In this way, the energy of Māyā is above (the sixteen Knots) flooded with the nectar of the bliss of (the deity’s) will [i.e., icchānanda-amṛtapluta]. The goddess who has sixteen limbs is the Skyfarer, (indeed she is) the goddess of the Skyfarers. She resides in (each of the syllabic) parts and in the middle of (each) part. She (both) resides in the breath (haṃsa) and transports the breath. The goddess is both with parts (sakalā) and without parts (niṣkalā). [...]”

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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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