Kapalakundala, Kapālakuṇḍalā: 2 definitions


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In Hinduism

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Kapalakundala in Shaktism glossary
Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Kapālakuṇḍalā (कपालकुण्डला) is the female disciple of Aghoraghaṇṭa, according to the Mālatīmādhava written by Bhavabhūti (born about 680 CE).—Bhavabhūti’s Mālatīmādhava speaks of a woman styled Yoginī, who performed the Kāpālikavrata at the Śrīparvata and illustrates the vrata by the horrible activities of Aghoraghaṇṭa and his female disciple Kapālakuṇḍalā, who are represented as coming from the Śrīparvata and staying near the mahāśmaśāna (at Padmāvatī in the Gwalior State) containing a temple of Cāmuṇḍā to whom they were going to offer the girl Mālatī in sacrifice.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Kapalakundala in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Kapālakuṇḍalā (कपालकुण्डला).—[feminine] [Name] of a sorceress.

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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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