Mahavishta, Maha-vishta, Mahāviṣṭa, Mahāviṣṭā, Maha-avishta: 1 definition


Mahavishta 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.

The Sanskrit terms Mahāviṣṭa and Mahāviṣṭā can be transliterated into English as Mahavista or Mahavishta, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

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

Mahāviṣṭā (महाविष्टा) refers to a “powerful penetration”, according to the Kularatnoddyota, one of the earliest Kubjikā Tantras.—Accordingly, “That, O goddess, is said to be the subtle (form), now listen to the gross one. [...] She makes the Great Sound (of mantra) and, very powerful, she makes (the worlds) tremble. She is powerfully penetrated [i.e., ājñānanda-mahāviṣṭā] by the bliss of the Command and, wearing a human skin as a shawl and (human) skin (as clothing), she resides in the sequence of the eighty-one (syllable mantra). O fair one, such is the visualized form (dhyāna) there will be in the aged state. The Vidyā here is Mahāmāyā whose form is sixteen syllables”.

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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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