Shastravatara, Śāstrāvatāra, Shastra-avatara: 1 definition


Shastravatara 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 Śāstrāvatāra can be transliterated into English as Sastravatara or Shastravatara, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Pancaratra (worship of Nārāyaṇa)

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Source: eScholarship: Chapters 1-14 of the Hayasirsa Pancaratra

Śāstrāvatāra (शास्त्रावतार) translates to “the descent of the śāstra (scripture or text)” and refers to the portion of the 9th century Hayaśīrṣa-pañcarātra (Ādikāṇḍa verse 1.1).—“Homage to Vighneśvāra. Mārkaṇḍeya said: For what reason did the mighty Viṣṇu previously become manifest as Hayaśīrāḥ and what was the reason that the Lord of the Gods assumed a radiant body? [...]”.

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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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