Sarvasamhara, Sarvasaṃhāra: 4 definitions


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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

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

Sarvasaṃhāra (सर्वसंहार) refers to the “destruction of all things”, and is used describe the face of Kālikā (the fourth face of Goddess Kubjikā), according to the Manthānabhairavatantra, a vast sprawling work that belongs to a corpus of Tantric texts concerned with the worship of the goddess Kubjikā.—Accordingly, “(Kubjikā’s) iconic form is threefold (according to whether it is) in (the transmission) of the Child, Middle One or the Aged. [...] The fourth one is Kālikā’s face. It is black and frightening. It is called Mahākālī and brings about the destruction of all things [i.e., sarvasaṃhāra-kāraka]. The fifth is the northern face. It is (red) like a pomegranate flower and is endowed with Mahālakṣmī. The sixth is said to be the western face. It is Umābhagavatī. One should think (her) face to be light blue. Raudrī has a divine (beautiful) form and wears a divine earring. Brahmā is at her two feet and Viṣṇu is said to be on her shanks. Rudra lives in her heart, Īśvara in the circle of (her) throat”.

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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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[«previous next»] — Sarvasamhara in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Sarvasaṃhāra (सर्वसंहार).—[adjective] all-destroying.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Sarvasaṃhāra (सर्वसंहार):—[=sarva-saṃhāra] [from sarva] mfn. all-destroying

2) [v.s. ...] m. time, [Rāmāyaṇa]

3) [v.s. ...] universal destruction, [Nṛsiṃha-tāpanīya-upaniṣad; Harivaṃśa]

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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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