Mangalavva, Maṅgalāvvā, Mangala-avva: 1 definition


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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

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

1) Maṅgalāvvā (मङ्गलाव्वा) or simply Maṅgalā is the Goddess associated with Kāmarūpa, one of the sacred seats (pīṭha), according to the Manthānabhairavatantra, a vast sprawling work that belongs to a corpus of Tantric texts concerned with the worship of the goddess Kubjikā.—Note: We observe that the Goddess in each seat is a Śavarī and the god a Śavara. The Śavaras are one of a number of tribes who are commonly associated with the deities, major and minor, in many Tantric traditions of this sort, both Śaiva and Buddhist. Implicit in these associations is that these deities [i.e., Maṅgalāvvā], in this case those of the sacred seats, are related to tribal ones.

2) Maṅgalāvvā (मङ्गलाव्वा) is the consort of Kūrmanātha, one of the Yuganāthas (Lords of the ages), according to the Kularatnoddyota, one of the earliest Kubjikā Tantras.—The teachers [e.g., Kūrmanātha] and their consorts [e.g., Maṅgalāvvā] who brought the Kulāgama into the world in the four Ages [e.g., Treta] are related to the four sacred seats [e.g., Pūrṇagiri] in each of which grows a sacred tree [e.g., Bilva]. The text also lists the first disciples [e.g., Acintyavidhānanda (son)] of these teachers who then go on to have many more.

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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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