Shaktinyasa, Śaktinyāsa: 4 definitions


Shaktinyasa 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 Śaktinyāsa can be transliterated into English as Saktinyasa or Shaktinyasa, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Shaktinyasa in Shaivism glossary
Source: SOAS University of London: Protective Rites in the Netra Tantra

Śaktinyāsa (शक्तिन्यास)refers to the “installation of the śakti”, according to the Netratantroddyota commentary on the Netratantra of Kṣemarāja: a Śaiva text from the 9th century in which Śiva (Bhairava) teaches Pārvatī topics such as metaphysics, cosmology, and soteriology.—Accordingly, [verse 4.4.5ab]—“[First of all, [the Mantrin] attaches the threads of the bonds to the disciple’s body, then infuses the parts [of the body into that thread]. Then [the Mantrin] respectfully approaches the path, and [performs] worship and homa to the [six] adhvans. Then, [he] visualizes the three bonds [inside the adhvans]. Then [the Mantrin performs] such rituals as the installation [of] the śakti, which is the support (ādhāra-śaktinyāsa) of everything else”.

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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.

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Pancaratra (worship of Nārāyaṇa)

[«previous next»] — Shaktinyasa in Pancaratra glossary
Source: Catalogue of Pancaratra Agama Texts

Śaktinyāsa (शक्तिन्यास) refers to “investing the temple-parts with power”, as discussed in chapter 30 (Kriyāpāda) of the Padmasaṃhitā: the most widely followed of Saṃhitā covering the entire range of concerns of Pāñcarātra doctrine and practice (i.e., the four-fold formulation of subject matter—jñāna, yoga, kriyā and caryā) consisting of roughly 9000 verses.—Description of the chapter [lakṣmyādipāṇigrahaṇa-vimānādipratiṣṭhā]: [...] Just as the temple compound is the structural analogy to the human body, so the Yajamāna should meditate on these parts of his own body during the various pratiṣṭhā ceremonies. [...] Each and every part of the temple should be invested with power [śaktinyāsa] in the form of a god petitioned to reside there (54-61). Then 1000 Brahmins should be fed to celebrate this part of the ceremonies’ conclusion. Then, after kautukabandha has been done to the kalaśa-pot (on top of the vimāna), waters are poured over the vimāna and this ends the sanctification of the vimāna (62-75). [...]

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Pancaratra (पाञ्चरात्र, pāñcarātra) represents a tradition of Hinduism where Narayana is revered and worshipped. Closeley related to Vaishnavism, the Pancaratra literature includes various Agamas and tantras incorporating many Vaishnava philosophies.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Shaktinyasa in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

1) Śaktinyāsa (शक्तिन्यास) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—[tantric] H. 363. Oppert. Ii, 8957 (printed Śaktiniryāsa).

2) Śaktinyāsa (शक्तिन्यास):—[tantric] Il.

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

Śaktinyāsa (शक्तिन्यास):—[=śakti-nyāsa] [from śakti > śak] m. Name of a Tāntric [work]

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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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