Kalatma, Kālātmā: 2 definitions


Kalatma 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

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Kālātmā (कालात्मा).—(Yugābhimāni); Rudra.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 31. 55; 66. 125.
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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Source: JSTOR: Tāntric Dīkṣā by Surya Kanta

Kalātma (कलात्म) or Kalāvatī refers to the third of the four types of Dīkṣā: an important Śākta ritual described Śāradātilaka-tantra, chapters III-V.—As the five kalās, beginning with Nivṛtti (nivṛtti, pratiṣṭhā, vidyā, śānti, and śāntyatītā) are the powers of Bhūtas, these are penetrated into the body of the disciple. Nivṛtti prevails in the portion of the body from the sole of the foot to knee, pratiṣṭhā from the knee to the navel, vidyā from the navel to the throat, śānti from the throat to the forehead and śāntyatītā from the forehead to the knot of hair on top of head. The guru unites these five kalās with proper parts of the disciple’s body. This is known as Kalāvatī-dīkṣā.

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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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