Ratnadakini, Ratnaḍākinī, Ratna-dakini: 2 definitions


Ratnadakini means something in Buddhism, Pali, 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.

In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: archive.org: The Indian Buddhist Iconography

Ratnaḍākinī (रत्नडाकिनी) refers to one of the four deities situated in the four petals in the four cardinal directions of the mahāmāyāmaṇḍala, according to in the 5th-century Sādhanamālā (a collection of sādhana texts that contain detailed instructions for rituals).—Ratnaḍākinī is described in the mahāmāyāmaṇḍala as follows: “[...] the four petals in the four cardinal directions of the lotus seat are occupied by the following goddesses:—(2) Ratnaḍākinī of yellow colour is in the south, with four faces of yellow, blue, red and green colour. She carries the flag and the jackal in her two left hands and the triśūla and the jewel in her two right. [...] These four deities [viz., Ratnaḍākinī] exhibit wrath, have their heads decorated with a number of skulls, have garlands of heads still wet with blood, three eyes and portruding teeth. Their brown hair stream upwards in the shape of a flame, and flames of fire radiate from their persons”.

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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Ratnaḍākinī (रत्नडाकिनी).—name of a yoginī: Sādhanamālā 460.2.

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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