Shakta, aka: Śakta, Śākta; 5 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit terms Śakta and Śākta can be transliterated into English as Sakta or Shakta, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism


1) Śakta (शक्त).—A devagaṇa, mind-born sons of Brahmā, in the Svāyambhuva epoch.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 13. 90.

2a) Śākta (शाक्त).—One of the six darśanas.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 104. 16.

2b) The tip of the tongue of the personified Veda.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 104. 82.
(Source): Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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The Purāṇas (पुराण, purana) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahāpurāṇas total over 400,000 ślokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Śākta (शाक्त) refers to a category of dhāraṇās according to the Śaivāgamas. The term dhāraṇā refers to a particular way “concentrating the mind”, and can be seen as a means of attaining the ultimate truth.

(Source): Vijnana Bhairava or Divine Consciousness
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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

Vyākaraṇa (Sanskrit grammar)

Śakta (शक्त).—Endowed with शक्ति (śakti) i. e. the potentiality to express the sense; potent to show the particular Sense.

(Source): Wikisource: A dictionary of Sanskrit grammar
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Vyākaraṇa (व्याकरण, vyakarana) refers to Sanskrit grammar and represents one of the six additional sciences (vedāṅga) to be studied along with the Vedas. Vyākaraṇa concerns itself with the rules of Sanskrit grammar and linguistic analysis in order to establish the correct context of words and sentences.

Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

śakta (शक्त).—p (S) Able, capable, competent. 2 S Powerful, mighty, strong. 3 In grammar. Significant, expressive, conveying or involving any particular import--a word or phrase.

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śakta (शक्त).—f (Popular for śakti) Power, strength, ability.

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śākta (शाक्त).—m S A worshiper of a divine energy under its feminine personification. See śakti. 2 also as a Relating to the Shakti or personified divine energy;--as worship, a rite &c.

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sakta (सक्त).—p S Attached or joined; placed in contact with; cohering unto. 2 fig. p a Intent upon; bent or set upon; earnestly or attentively applying one's self unto.

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sakta (सक्त).—a ( A) Hard, firm, solid; and, figuratively, harsh, stern, austere, severe, cruel; oppressive, rigorous, grievous &c. Used freely.

(Source): DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

śakta (शक्त).—p Able; strong. f Ability, strength.

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sakta (सक्त).—p Attached or joined, placed in contact with. p a Intent upon, ear- nestly applying one's self to. a Hard, firm, solid. Fig. Harsh, stern, severe, oppressive, rigorous.

(Source): DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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