Paramasamhita, aka: Paramasaṃhitā, Parama-samhita; 1 Definition(s)

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Pancaratra (worship of Nārāyaṇa)

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Paramasaṃhitā (परमसंहिता) is a general handbook on the principles of the Pāñcarātra. The context as well as the import of the quotations made by Rāmānuja seem to imply that the Paramasaṃhitā is really a general work on the Pāñcarātra principles. We may therefore have to refer it to comparatively early times. Early in the 7th century, Bāṇa had knowledge of a large number of sects of forest livers. Among them two important groups clearly distinguishable, namely, the Bhāgavatas and the Pāñcarātrikas, both worshippers of Viṣṇu were among the innumerable groups of forest-livers in the glades of the Vindhyan forests, each following its own teaching and adopting, all of them, a comparatively similar mode of life. Very many of the Pāñcarātra handbooks, or Saṃhitās, that we know of, may have come into existence, and might have had considerable vogue at this time, though some of the larger treatises may have been written later. While therefore we are not in a position definitely to ascribe a precise date to the Paramasaṃhitā, it is fairly clear that it is a very early handbook of a general character, and therefore of high authority to be quoted in discussions on the general character of the teaching of Pāñcarātra.

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Pancaratra (पाञ्चरात्र, pāñcarātra) represents a tradition of Hinduism where Narayana is revered and worshipped. Closeley related to Vaishnavism, the Pancaratra literature includes various Agamas and tantras incorporating many Vaishnava philosophies.

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