Initiatory rite: 1 definition


Initiatory rite 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.

In Hinduism

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Source: SOAS University of London: Protective Rites in the Netra Tantra

During Initiatory rites (in Sanskrit: Dīkṣā), Ācaryas place mantras on both maṇḍalas and the bodies of initiands. This empowers and Tantricizes the place on which the ācaryas position the mantras, demarcating the Tantric ritual space. Religious marking of bodies occurs in various forms across world religions. In Hinduism, we often find such markings on the forehead. This indicates one's alliance to Śaiva or Vaiṣṇava religious orders

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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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