Shatcakra, Ṣaṭcakra, Shash-cakra: 5 definitions



Shatcakra 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 Ṣaṭcakra can be transliterated into English as Satcakra or Shatcakra, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

Alternative spellings of this word include Shatchakra.

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In Hinduism

Shilpashastra (iconography)

Source: DSpace at Pondicherry: Siddha Cult in Tamilnadu (sculpture)

Ṣaṭcakra (षट्चक्र).—In the ceiling beam of the Puthumaṇḍapa of Tiruvotriyūr Śiva temple, the body of a standing human Figure the ṣaṭ-cakras are depicted in the respective places of his body starting from mūlādhāra to sahasrāra. To his left (iḍa) moon is depicted and to his right (piṅgala) Sun is depicted. Though it seems to be of a later period, this kind of sculpture is not found in any other temple.

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

Ṣaṭcakra (षट्चक्र).—n.

(-kraṃ) The six mystical circles of the body, (in Tantra.)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

Ṣaṭcakra (षट्चक्र) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—on the six mystic centres or circles connected with particular parts of the body. The meditation on these procures transcendant power. These circles often represented as lotuses are called mūlādhāra, svādhiṣṭhāna, maṇipūra, anāhata, viśuddha, ājñā. Sometimes a seventh named sahasradala is added. B. 4, 6. Proceed. Asb. 1871, 282 (and—[commentary]).

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

1) Ṣaṭcakra (षट्चक्र):—[=ṣaṭ-cakra] [from ṣaṭ > ṣaṣ] n. sg. the six mystical circles of the body (mūlādhāra, svādhiṣṭhāna, maṇipūra, an-āhata, viśuddha, ājñākhya), [Pañcarātra]

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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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