Shaktapitha, Śāktapīṭha, Shakta-pitha: 2 definitions

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Shaktapitha 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 Śāktapīṭha can be transliterated into English as Saktapitha or Shaktapitha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Śāktism

Śāktapīṭha (शाक्तपीठ) refers to a “sacred seat” of the goddess for devotees. The Kāmākhyā pilgrimage site is the most important and sacred for Śāktas.

Source: Google Books: Survey of Hinduism (shaktism)

Śāktapīṭha (शाक्तपीठ) refers to a sanctuary of Devī on earth.—Satī, without having been invited, attends Dakṣa’s (her father’s) sacrifice. She is hurt by Dakṣa’s insult of her husband Śiva, and she voluntarily gives up her life. Śiva then takes Satī’s body on his shoulders. Brahmā, Viṣṇu, and Śanaiścara enter into it, cut it into pieces and let these fall to earth. Wherever one of the fifty-one parts of her body touched the earth a sanctuary of Devī would be founded, called Śākta-Pīṭha, named after the particular limb of her body.

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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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