Khatvangadharin, Khaṭvāṅgadhārin, Khatvanga-dharin, Khaṭvāṅgadhārī, Khatvanga-dhari, Khatvangadhari: 2 definitions


Khatvangadharin means something in Buddhism, Pali, 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

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

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

Khaṭvāṅgadhārin (खट्वाङ्गधारिन्) (Cf. Khaṭvāṅgadhāriṇī) refers to “one who holds an ascetic’s staff ” and is used to describe Bhadrakālī, according to the Manthānabhairavatantra, a vast sprawling work that belongs to a corpus of Tantric texts concerned with the worship of the goddess Kubjikā.—Accordingly, “(Bhadrakālī) has one face, three eyes, and two arms in which she holds an ascetic’s staff [i.e., khaṭvāṅgadhāriṇī] and severed head. She sits on a crow and bestows boons in the south-east. She is Maṅgalā who is in the triple sacred seat and is worshipped by the lords of the gods. (Through her) one attains the tranquil plane that bestows liberation and worldly benefits”.

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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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In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Khatvangadharin in Tibetan Buddhism glossary
Source: OSU Press: Cakrasamvara Samadhi

Khaṭvāṅgadhārin (खट्वाङ्गधारिन्) (Cf. Khaṭvāṅgadhāriṇī) refers to the “bearer of the staff” [i.e., oṃ namo paraśupāśatriśūlakhaṭvāṅgadhāriṇe hūṃ phaṭ], according to the Cakrasaṃvara Samādhi [i.e., Cakrasamvara Meditation] ritual often performed in combination with the Cakrasaṃvara Samādhi, which refers to the primary pūjā and sādhanā practice of Newah Mahāyāna-Vajrayāna Buddhists in Nepal.

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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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