Sankarshani, Saṅkarṣaṇī, Saṃkarṣaṇī, Samkarshani: 2 definitions


Sankarshani 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 terms Saṅkarṣaṇī and Saṃkarṣaṇī can be transliterated into English as Sankarsani or Sankarshani or Samkarsani or Samkarshani, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Sankarshani in Purana glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Saṅkarṣaṇī (सङ्कर्षणी).—A follower of Māyā.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 179. 69.
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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

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

1) Saṃkarṣaṇī (संकर्षणी) refers to “the one who drags”, according to the Jayadrathayāmala: one of the earliest and most extensive Tantric sources of the Kālīkrama system.—Accordingly, as Bhairava teaches the Goddess about his inner state: “[...] (She is) Kālī who generates (kalanī) time, who causes (all the states of consciousness) from the Fourth onwards to unfold. As she drags (all time) properly (into her own Voidness), she is said to be the One Who Drags—Saṃkarṣaṇī. As she drags (out) the supreme place (sthāna) in the Void from (her own) body and if one stimulates (consciousness) (pīḍayet) (she) awakens, so she is said to be the One Who Drags—Saṃkarṣaṇī. [...]”.—(cf. Kandacakra, Kālabhakṣaṇī)

2) Saṃkarṣaṇī (संकर्षणी) refers to one of the eight Kaula consorts (dūtī-aṣṭaka) associated with Jālandhara (which is in the southern quarter), according to the Manthānabhairavatantra, a vast sprawling work that belongs to a corpus of Tantric texts concerned with the worship of the goddess Kubjikā.—[...] The eight Kaula consorts: Jambhanī, Stambhanī, Kṣobhanī, Mohanī, Saṃkarṣaṇī, Bhrāmaṇī, Drāvaṇī, Bhīmā.

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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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