Shaktidhara, Śaktidhara, Shakti-dhara: 9 definitions



Shaktidhara 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 Śaktidhara can be transliterated into English as Saktidhara or Shaktidhara, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Shilpashastra (iconography)

Source: Wisdom Library: Elements of Hindu Iconograpy

Śaktidhara: Aspect of Subrahmaṇya, according to the Kumāra-tantra. He should have a single face and only two arms. The left hand should bear a vajra and the right one the śakti; the latter weapon is said to represent the ichchhā, jñāna and kṛyā śaktis.

The following description of Jñānaśakti-Subrahmaṇya is found in the Śrītatvanidhi: this form of the deity should have only one face and four arms and his head adorned with a jaṭāmakuṭa ornamented with rubics, he should wear a garland of cactus flowers, and his body should be smeared with a paste of sandal and there must be on his chest a white yajñopavīta. In three out of the four hands there should be the śakti, kukkuṭa and vajra and and the fourth hand should be held in the abhaya pose. It is therein stated that this aspect of Subrahmaṇya is the embodiment of jñāna-śakti.

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Shilpashastra (शिल्पशास्त्र, śilpaśāstra) represents the ancient Indian science (shastra) of creative arts (shilpa) such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vastushastra (architecture), they often share the same literature.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Shaktidhara in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Śaktidhara (शक्तिधर).—a. strong, powerful.

Śaktidhara is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms śakti and dhara (धर).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Śaktidhara (शक्तिधर).—m.

(-raḥ) 1. A name of Kartikeya. 2. A spearman, a lancer. Adj. Developed, powerful E. śakti a spear, dhara the holder.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Śaktidhara (शक्तिधर).—[śakti-dhara], m. A name of Skanda, the god of war.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Śaktidhara (शक्तिधर).—[adjective] carrying a spear, [Epithet] of Skanda.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

Śaktidhara (शक्तिधर) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—a tāntric teacher. Mentioned in Śaktiratnākara Oxf. 101^b.

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

1) Śaktidhara (शक्तिधर):—[=śakti-dhara] [from śakti > śak] mfn. bearing or holding a spear, [Varāha-mihira’s Bṛhat-saṃhitā]

2) [v.s. ...] m. ‘spearman’, Name of a warrior, [Hitopadeśa] ([varia lectio] śaktivara)

3) [v.s. ...] of Skanda, [Harivaṃśa; Bhāgavata-purāṇa] (cf. kanaka-śakti)

4) [v.s. ...] of an author of Mantras, [Catalogue(s)]

5) [v.s. ...] of a Tāntric teacher, [ib.]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Śaktidhara (शक्तिधर):—[śakti-dhara] (raḥ) 1. m. A lancer; a name of Kārtikeya.

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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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