Shaktipancaka, Śaktipañcaka, Shakti-pancaka: 2 definitions



Shaktipancaka 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 Śaktipañcaka can be transliterated into English as Saktipancaka or Shaktipancaka, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

Alternative spellings of this word include Shaktipanchaka.

In Hinduism

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Source: Shodhganga: Cidgagana candrika a study

Śaktipañcaka (शक्तिपञ्चक) or Pañcaśakti refers to the five feminine aspects, according to the Cidgaganacandrika verse 47 (cf. Kramaprakāśikā, Yoginīhṛdaya, Lalitāsahasranāma).—The five functions Pramāṇa etc., illumine the insentient pañcamahābhūtas with their respective characteristics: Śabda, Sparśa, Rūpa, Rasa, Gandha. Akula Śiva is not tainted with any activity. All [the following five functions in the manifestation of universe, pertain only to Śakti]:—Sṛṣṭi, Sthiti, Saṃhāra, Tirodhāna and Anugraha. The [following male aspects (as per Agamas) form the Siddha-pañcakas]: Brahma, Viṣṇu, Rudra, Īśvara and Sadāśiva.

The feminine aspects are called Śaktipañcaka viz.

  1. Bhārati,
  2. Viśvambārā [Viśvāmbarā?],
  3. Raudri,
  4. Īśvari and
  5. Sadāśivā.

These five Śaktis through their five Siddha forms, execute the aforesaid five functions.

Source: Sanskrit & Trika Shaivism: Trika Glossary - Non-dual Shaivism of Kashmir

Śaktipañcaka (शक्तिपञ्चक) or Pañcaśakti refers to the five main powers of Śiva:

  1. Cit (Consciousness),
  2. Ānanda (Bliss),
  3. Icchā (Will),
  4. Jñāna (Knowledge) and
  5. Kriyā (Action).

The word “śakti” or “power” may also be added to those five terms to bring about five new ones:

  1. Cicchakti (Power of Consciousness),
  2. Ānandaśakti (Power of Bliss),
  3. Icchāśakti (Power of Will),
  4. Jñānaśakti (Power of Knowledge) and
  5. Kriyāśakti (Power of Action).
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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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