Japanga, Japāṅga, Japa-anga: 1 definition



Japanga 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

Vaishnavism (Vaishava dharma)

Source: Pure Bhakti: Arcana-dipika - 3rd Edition

Japāṅga (जपाङ्ग) refers to one of the two types of Arcana (“deity worship”) according to the Arcana-dīpikā (manual on deity worship).—Arcana performed with the purpose of attaining perfection in the chanting of mantras is called japāṅga-arcana. This japāṅga-arcana is included within the category of karma, or fruitive activity. The arcana performed by the mundane ritualistic followers of the Vedas (smārtas), who desire to enjoy the fruits of their activities, is japāṅga-arcana and is not a limb of bhakti.

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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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