Jalacakra, Jala-cakra: 2 definitions



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Alternative spellings of this word include Jalachakra.

In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: academia.edu: The Structure and Meanings of the Heruka Maṇḍala

Jalacakra (जलचक्र) or Udakacakra refers to the “water circle” positioned in the saṃbhoga-puṭa or ‘enjoyment layer’ of the Herukamaṇḍala: a large-scale and elaborate maṇḍala of Heruka, consisting of 986 deities, as found in the Ḍākārṇava chapter 15.—The Herukamaṇḍala consists of four layers (puṭa) consisting of concentric circles (cakra, totally one lotus at the center and 12 concentric circles, that is, 13 circles in total).

The jalacakra contains 36 pairs of Ḍākinī and Hero, collectively called water Heruka (dravaheruka):

  1. Makarī & Makara,
  2. Kūrmī & Kūrma,
  3. Macchā & Maccha,
  4. Viṅgī & Viṅgi,
  5. Kacchapī & Kacchapa,
  6. Oḍḍikā & Oḍḍika,
  7. Sūcī & Sūci,
  8. Gaggarī & Gaggari,
  9. Mīlī & Mīli,
  10. Jalaguhī & Jalaguha,
  11. Kīṭīmukhā & Kīṭīmukha,
  12. Phaṭiṅgī & Phaṭiṅga,
  13. Karkaṭī & Karkaṭa,
  14. Mūyī & Mūyi,
  15. Maṣikā & Maṣika,
  16. Pippaṭīmukhā & Pippaṭīmukha,
  17. Jalanārī & Jalanāra,
  18. Vaṭavī & Vaṭava,
  19. Dantinī & Dantin,
  20. Vyāghrī & Vyāghra,
  21. Jambukī & Jambuka,
  22. Jalāhī & Jalāhi,
  23. Śaṅkhā & Śaṅkha,
  24. Kapardī & Kaparda,
  25. Muktikī & Mukti,
  26. Maṇī & Maṇi,
  27. Jiṅgurī & Jiṅguri,
  28. Līsī & Līsi,
  29. Durdurī & Durduri,
  30. Karṇāṭī & Karṇāṭti,
  31. Phāṭakī & Phāṭaka,
  32. Dāvakī & Dāvaka,
  33. Kṛmī & Kṛmi,
  34. Juṣujuṣī & Juṣujuṣi,
  35. Daṃśakī & Daṃśaka,
  36. Kalā & Kala,

They are white in color; the shapes of their faces are in accordance with their names; they have four arms; they hold a skull bowl, a skull staff, a small drum, and a knife..

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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Jalacakra in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Jalacakra (जलचक्र):—[=jala-cakra] [from jala] n. Name of a mythic region, [Vīracarita xxiv.]

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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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