Icchashakti, Icchāśakti, Iccha-shakti: 2 definitions



Icchashakti 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 Icchāśakti can be transliterated into English as Icchasakti or Icchashakti, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

Alternative spellings of this word include Ichchhashakti.

In Hinduism

Shilpashastra (iconography)

Source: Wisdom Library: Elements of Hindu Iconograpy

Icchāśakti (इच्छाशक्ति):—Third of the five Śakti to evolve, at saṃhāra (the end of an aeonic destruction). It is also known as Vidyāśakti, because it understand māyā, the objects ushered into existence by the māyā and the distinction of the soul from the above two. It evolved out of a thousandth part of the Ādiśakti. The next Śakti to evolve, out of a thousandth part of this Ādiśakti, is called the Jñānaśakti.

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Shilpashastra (शिल्पशास्त्र, śilpaśāstra) represents the ancient Indian science (shastra) of creative arts (shilpa) such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vastushastra (architecture), they often share the same literature.

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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Icchashakti in Shaivism glossary
Source: Shodhganga: Iconographical representations of Śiva

Icchāśakti (इच्छाशक्ति) refers to one of the Śaktis emanting from a thousandth part of Ādiśakti.—For the benefit of the world Śiva conceives a spontaneous idea, which results in the manifestation of śakti from his one-thousandth part. Then comes Parā-śakti, Ādi-śakti, Icchā-śakti and Kriyā-śakti, each succeeding from the 1/1000 part of the preceeding one. Vidyā is the another name of Icchāśakti. whose 1/1000 part is Mūrtasādākhya, in the form of light. On account of nature of the Icchāśakti, it is so called. Mūrta means having Kalā, i.e. form. It is called Divyaliṅga resembles burning fire. On the upper surface of it there is a beautiful face with three eyes etc .

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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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Vaishnavism (Vaishava dharma)

[«previous next»] — Icchashakti in Vaishnavism glossary
Source: Pure Bhakti: Brhad Bhagavatamrtam

Icchāśakti (इच्छाशक्ति) refers to:—Desire potency of the Lord. (cf. Glossary page from Śrī Bṛhad-bhāgavatāmṛta).

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Vaishnava (वैष्णव, vaiṣṇava) or vaishnavism (vaiṣṇavism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshipping Vishnu as the supreme Lord. Similar to the Shaktism and Shaivism traditions, Vaishnavism also developed as an individual movement, famous for its exposition of the dashavatara (‘ten avatars of Vishnu’).

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