Shadadhara, Ṣaḍādhāra, Shash-adhara: 5 definitions


Shadadhara 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 Ṣaḍādhāra can be transliterated into English as Sadadhara or Shadadhara, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Yoga (school of philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Shadadhara in Yoga glossary
Source: ORA: Amanaska (king of all yogas): A Critical Edition and Annotated Translation by Jason Birch

Ṣaḍādhāra (षडाधार) refers to the “six Cakras”, according to the Amanaska Yoga treatise dealing with meditation, absorption, yogic powers and liberation.—Accordingly, as Īśvara says to Vāmadeva: “[...] By astonishing, [magical] feats such as [creating] enmity [among friends], driving off and killing [adversaries] and by [tantric] mantras [of all kinds], [deluded] multiplicity multiplies. By all [yogic] practices, the various Bandhas and Mudrās, nothing but union with ignorance [is achieved]. Meditation on points in the body, the channels [of vitality] and the six Cakras (ṣaḍādhāra) is an error of mind. Therefore, having abandoned all that, [because it has been] constructed by the mind, resort to the no-mind [state]. [...]”.

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Yoga is originally considered a branch of Hindu philosophy (astika), but both ancient and modern Yoga combine the physical, mental and spiritual. Yoga teaches various physical techniques also known as āsanas (postures), used for various purposes (eg., meditation, contemplation, relaxation).

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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Shadadhara in Shaktism glossary
Source: Manblunder: Śrī Cakra Navāvaraṇa Pūjā

Ṣaḍādhāra (षडाधार) means “six psychic chakras of human body”, beginning from mūlādhāra to ājñā-cakras. Each of these Chakras are presided over by six Yoginīs.

These six Yoginīs are compared as follows.

  1. mūlādhāra-cakra — Gaṇeśa — Sākini;
  2. svādhiṣṭhāna-cakra — Brahmā (God of creation) — Kākini;
  3. maṇipūraka-cakra — Viṣṇu (God of sustenance) — Lākini;
  4. anāhata-cakra — Rudra (God of destruction) or Sadāśiva (for absorption) — Rākini;
  5. viśuddhi-cakra — Jīvātman (individual soul) — Ḍākini;
  6. ājñā-cakra — Paramātman (Brahman) — Hākini;
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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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Vastushastra (architecture)

Source: Google Books: Temple Consecration Rituals in Ancient India

Ṣaḍādhāra (षडाधार) refers to a certain “construction ritual” described in the Sanskrit architectural and ritual treatises such as the Tantrasamuccaya and the Śilparatna.—The Ṣaḍādhāra rituals represents “the placing of the deposit consisting of six objects in the centre of the foundation”.—There are a few later construction rituals, in which the similarities with the Vedic ritual tradition can be observed. One of the best examples is the ṣaḍādhāra , a ritual described in the Tantrasamuccaya (1.74ff) and the Śilparatna (10.6ff). During this ritual three tortoises made of various metals and accompanied by a number of other items are superimposed in the centre of the foundation pit. This, of course, brings in mind the placing of a living tortoise in the first layer of bricks of a Vedic fire altar as described in Śatapatha Brāhmaṇa (VII, 5, 1, 1ff.; VII, 4, 1, 15ff), etc. But again, the interpretation of the meaning of the ritual described in the Tantrasamuccaya and the Śilparatna is far from being easy.

Source: Google Books: Consecration Rituals In South Asia

Ṣaḍādhāra (षडाधार) is the name of a consecration rituals where certain items (such as precious stones) are placed in different parts of the temple under construction, according to the Tantrasamuccaya (a text from Kerala) and the Śilparatna.—Ṣaḍādhāra deals with depositing six objects, one upon the other, in the middle of the foundation pit. Further, small deposits, consisting only of gold or a few precious stones, may be placed beneath the threshold, inside or below the ‘jar’.

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Vastushastra (वास्तुशास्त्र, vāstuśāstra) refers to the ancient Indian science (shastra) of architecture (vastu), dealing with topics such architecture, sculpture, town-building, fort building and various other constructions. Vastu also deals with the philosophy of the architectural relation with the cosmic universe.

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Languages of India and abroad

Kannada-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Shadadhara in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Ṣaḍādhāra (ಷಡಾಧಾರ):—

1) [noun] = ಷಟ್ಚಕ್ರ [shatcakra].

2) [noun] the respective places of these mystic circles.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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