Pancashuddhi, Pañcaśuddhi, Pancan-shuddhi: 1 definition


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The Sanskrit term Pañcaśuddhi can be transliterated into English as Pancasuddhi or Pancashuddhi, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

Alternative spellings of this word include Panchashuddhi.

In Hinduism

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Source: Shodhganga: Temple management in the Āgamas

Pañcaśuddhi (पञ्चशुद्धि) refers to “five internal purification process”, to be performed during pūjā (ritualistic worship), according to the Arcanāvidhipaṭala of Kāmikāgama.—During the pūjā, the Ācārya performs several processes that are external and several that are internal, that prepare his body and soul for the pūjā. Śuddhi is such a powerful, internal process. Śuddhi means cleansing and also energizing. Just as a surgeon would clean himself and wear surgical attire before entering the operating theatre, the Ācārya, even though cleansed and purified by the ritual bath and daily sandhyāvandana, once again purifies himself just before commencing the pūjā. This is not an ordinary cleansing, but one that energizes him to a higher plane...

There are five śuddhis [Pañcaśuddhi] specified (in order)–

  1. ātmaśuddhi,
  2. sthānaśuddhi,
  3. dravyaśuddhi,
  4. mantraśuddhi,
  5. liṅgaśuddhi.

The Āgama declares that there is no exception allowed for not performing the pañcaśuddhi during śivapūjā. After pañcaśuddhi, the Ācārya begins the pūjā proper. He first worships Gaṇeśa in the liṅgapīṭha in the direction of Vāyu (North West), with sandal paste and flowers. [...]

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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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