Pancapreta, Panca-preta, Pañcapreta: 1 definition

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Pancapreta 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Panchapreta.

In Hinduism

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

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

Pañcapreta (पञ्चप्रेत) refers to “five ghosts”, according to the second recension of the Yogakhaṇḍa of the Manthānabhairavatantra, a vast sprawling work that belongs to a corpus of Tantric texts concerned with the worship of the goddess Kubjikā.—Accordingly, “In the meantime, once the goddess had crossed over the most excellent Yoga and once the fifth night had passed, she emerged from the middle of the Liṅga. [...] She (also has other forms with) two or six arms and, beautiful, sits on five ghosts [i.e., pañcapreta-upari]. In the left hand (she holds) a skull and (in her other) upraised hands (she holds a) noose and spear. Crooked, her body grey, she is Cāmuṇḍā, the accomplished Yoginī. This Vidyā, of many forms, is the woman who resides within the Triangle. Such is the visualized form of the goddess, the deity called Khageśī”.

Note: These [pañcapreta] are the Five Instruments (pañcakaraṇa), also called the Five Brahmās, they are the gods, Brahmā, Viṣṇu, Rudra, Īśvara and Sadāśiva.

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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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