Paddhati, aka: Paddhatī; 6 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Paddhati (पद्धति, “digests”).—Śaivāgama digests are generally called as paddhatis. In other words they are the manual(s) that are compiled by the teachers of this school. They have condensed and culled out the subject matter from the Mūlāgamas, which are in Śloka form and presented them in the form of Prayoga. The paddhati writers mainly deal with the Kriyā and Caryā sections of Mūlāgamas.

There is also another theory that the sacred knowledge emanated from Śiva is said to have taught by Nandin to Sanaka, Sanātana, Sanandana and Sanatkumāra. They have established four mutts called Āmardaka, Raṇabhadra, Kolagiri and Puṣpagiri on the slopes of Himalayas. Out of these four mutts other eighteen mutts are established by different Āgamic seers and later they authored the manuals which are named after their respective founders.

Totally there are eighteen paddhatis and their authors are as follows:

  1. Durvāsa,
  2. Piṅgala,
  3. Ugrajyoti,
  4. Śrīkaṇṭha,
  5. Viṣṇukaṇṭha,
  6. Subodha,
  7. Vidyākaṇṭha,
  8. Rāmakaṇṭha,
  9. Jñānakaṇṭha,
  10. Jñānaśaṅkara,
  11. Somaśambhu,
  12. Brahmaśambhu,
  13. Trilocanaśiva,
  14. Aghoraśiva,
  15. Varuṇaśiva,
  16. Prasādaśiva,
  17. Rāmakaṇṭhaśiva
  18. Īśānaśiva.

Among the above mentioned authors, the work of Aghoraśiva has gained popularity in this school owing to its style. It is considered as a ready reckoner in ritualistic part. The paddhati of Somaśambhu, Īśānaśiva and Varuṇaśiva are published in the latter half of twentieth century A.D.

Source: Shodhganga: Iconographical representations of Śiva
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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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General definition (in Hinduism)

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Paddhati (पद्धति):—These scriptures ultimately guide all religious ceremonies within Brahmanism, a religion that, from its mostarchaic manifestation in the Vedas, has privileged sacred text in sanctioning all matters ofdoctrine and practice. According to the learned medieval exegete Bhaṭṭa Rāmakaṇṭha: For any scripture a Paddhati is a text which enables the performance of the rituals of that scripture along with the Mantras that accompany them by succinctly arranging in the order of performance (i) the instructions explicitly stated in that scripture but dispersed in various places throughout its length, and (ii) whatever else those explicit statements imply. An example is the Yajñasūtra in the case of the [Kāṭhaka] Yajurveda.

Source: The Rite of Durgā in Medieval Bengal

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Marathi-English dictionary

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paddhati (पद्धति).—f (S) pop. paddhata f Way, mode, the usual or the proper manner, a course of practice. 2 A work prescribing rites and ceremonies; a ritual, a manual, a formulary. 3 A line, a row or range.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

paddhati (पद्धति).—f paddhata f Way, mode. A Ritual. A line, a row.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Paddhati (पद्धति) or Paddhatī (पद्धती).—f. (

Derivable forms: paddhatiḥ (पद्धतिः).

Paddhati is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms pad and hati (हति).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Paddhati (पद्धति).—f. (-tiḥ-tī) 1. A road. 2. A line, a row or range. 3. A ritual, a manual, a work upon any act or ceremony, detailing the mode of its performance, and collecting the texts connected with it. 4. A family name, a surname or title. E. pad a foot, han to strike, aff. ktin .

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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