Ketumalakhanda, Ketumālakhaṇḍa, Ketumala-khanda: 1 definition

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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Śaivism

Ketumālakhaṇḍa (केतुमालखण्ड) refers to one of the seven regions (navakhaṇḍa) situated within Jambūdvīpa, according to Parākhyatantra 5.61. It is also known as plainly Ketumāla. Jambūdvīpa is one of the seven continents situated within the world of the earth (pṛthivī). These continents are located above the seven pātālas and may contain even more sub-continents within them, are round in shape, and are encircled within seven concentric oceans.

According to the Parākhyatantra, “when the fierce onset of a battle between the gods and asuras began, there appeared there suddenly from nowhere garlands (mālā) of comets (ketu); seeing these the gods were frightened: that is why it is known as Ketumāla”.

In the middle of these nine regions (eg., Ketumālakhaṇḍa) is situated the golden mountain named Meru which rises above the surface of the earth by 84,000 yojanas while it penetrates the circle of the earth to a depth of sixteen yojanas.

The Parākhyatantra is an old Śaiva-siddhānta tantra dating from before the 10th century.

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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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