Nigrahashatka, Nigrahaṣaṭka, Nigraha-shatka: 1 definition


Nigrahashatka 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 term Nigrahaṣaṭka can be transliterated into English as Nigrahasatka or Nigrahashatka, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

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

Nigrahaṣaṭk (निग्रहषट्क्) (or Ṣaḍnigraha) refers to the “sextet of restraint”—(Cf. Ṣaṭprakārā, Ṣaṭka), according to the Manthānabhairavatantra, a vast sprawling work that belongs to a corpus of Tantric texts concerned with the worship of the goddess Kubjikā.—[...] The texts describe many forms and variants of the Krama; even so the main part of it invariably consists of six groups of mantras that represent as many entities. Sometimes the Krama is represented in the hexagon collectively. In one set-up an aspect of Kubjikā called Vajrakubjeśvarī is worshipped in the middle of the hexagon surrounded by the six groups of the Krama. Alternatively, she may be worshipped in conjunction with the six Yoginīs who constitute the so-called sextet of restraint (nigrahaṣaṭka).

According to the Ṣaṭsāhasrasaṃhitā: He should worship Vajrakubjeśvarī who resides in the Sequence of Twenty-eight within the group of six in the middle conjoined with ḌĀ (Ḍākinī), RĀ (Rākinī), LĀ (Lākinī), KĀ (Kākinī), SĀ (Śākinī), and HĀ (Hākinī) (This is group of the six restraints—nigrahaṣaṭka). He should worship (this) with the Kula Peak and the aforementioned seed-syllable of each one.

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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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