Pitheshvari, Pīṭheśvarī, Pitha-ishvari: 1 definition


Pitheshvari 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.

The Sanskrit term Pīṭheśvarī can be transliterated into English as Pithesvari or Pitheshvari, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

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

1) Pīṭheśvarī (पीठेश्वरी) refers to the “mistress of the sacred seats”, 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, “[...] She who offers Śaṃkara a boon, the faultless energy of Viṣṇu, worshipped by (this) hymn, spoke (the following) words free of fear. The mistress of the sacred seats [i.e., pīṭheśvarī] said: ‘O Rudra, born from nectar! Fire born from the Middle Country! Vyāsa! Śaṃkara! Śrīkaṇṭha! Why do you contemplate me? Why am I praised (in this way)? Tell me the cause (of this) as it really is!’”.

2) Pīṭheśvarī (पीठेश्वरी) refers to the “mistresses of the sacred seat”, according to the Devīpañcaśatikā verse 1.3.—Accordingly, “The cremation ground of the venerable Northern Seat is Karavīraka which is worshipped by Śiva, the Supreme Self. [...] The terrible Bhairavī, present in the gross and the subtle, resides there accompanied by the mistresses of the sacred seat [i.e., pīṭheśvarī] and surrounded by the Siddhas”.

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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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