Pithayatra, Pīṭhayātrā, Pitha-yatra: 1 definition


Pithayatra 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.

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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

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Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Pīṭhayātrā (पीठयात्रा) refers to “pilgrimage to the sacred seat”, according to the Kālikāpurāṇa chapter 76.—Accordingly, Śiva, the Lord (Bhagavat), has instructed Bhairava and Vetāla in the use of certain mantras.—“[...] (They) worshipped Kāmākhyā, Tripurā and other (Goddesses). Then they went once on pilgrimage to the sacred seat (pīṭhayātrā) in the prescribed manner. When the two sons of Hara had thus donned the Armour (of mantra) and had deposited (mantras on their bodies), Mahāmāyā was very pleased and graced them. Then whilst the two were immersed in meditation, engaged in repeating mantra and worshipping (the goddess) who is the universe, bursting apart the Liṅga, she then became visible. [...]”.

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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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