Raktastha, Raktasthā, Rakta-stha: 1 definition


Raktastha 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

Raktasthā (रक्तस्था) refers to one “immersed in blood” and is used to describe Goddess Raktā, according to Tantric texts such as the Kubjikāmata-tantra, the earliest popular and most authoritative Tantra of the Kubjikā cult.—Accoridngly, “[The Goddess] went a great distance to the western Himagahvara where there is a village in the forest (vanapallikā) called Olambikā. (The goddess there is) Raktā who wears red clothes and, immersed in blood (raktasthā), craves sex (ratilālasā). She resides there in a canyon within a deep cave. Everything was made of (her) yoga2 as long as she stayed (there)”.

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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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