Shaundini, aka: Śauṇḍinī; 4 Definition(s)
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The Sanskrit term Śauṇḍinī can be transliterated into English as Saundini or Shaundini, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).
Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)
Śauṇḍinī (शौण्डिनी) is the goddess presiding over one of the six petals of the southern lotus of the vārāhyabhyudaya-maṇḍala, according to the Vārāhyabhyudayatantra (largerly extracted from the 10th century Abhidhānottaratantra). These six petals are presided over by a kuleśvarī (presiding lady) named Pāṇḍaravāsinī. The central deity of the vārāhyabhyudaya-maṇḍala is the twelve-armed Vajravarāhī.
Śauṇḍinī is associated with the sacred site (pīṭha) named Saurāṣṭra. All the goddess of the southern lotus petals are to be visualised as dancing naked and being half-male / half-female (ardhanarīśvarī) with their two sides being yellow and red. In their four arms they brandish a bowl and staff, with a ḍamaru and their familial attribute.Source: Wisdomlib Libary: Vajrayogini
Śauṇḍinī (शौण्डिनी) is the name of a Ḍākinī (‘sacred girl’) presiding over Saurāṣṭra: one of the four Upamelāpaka (‘sacred spot’) present within the Kāyacakra (‘circle of body’) , according to the 9th-centruy Vajraḍākatantra. The Kāyacakra is one of three Cakras within the Tricakra system which embodies twenty-four sacred spots or districts resided over by twenty-four Ḍākinīs (viz., Khaṇḍarohā) whose husbands abide in one’s body in the form of twenty-four ingredients (dhātu) of one’s body.
Śauṇḍinī has for her husband the hero (vīra) named Hayagrīva. She is the presiding deity of Saurāṣṭra and the associated internal location are the ‘anus’ and the bodily ingredient (dhātu) is the ‘pus’.Source: academia.edu: A Critical Study of the Vajraḍākamahātantrarāja (II)
Śauṇḍinī (शौण्डिनी) is the name of a Ḍākinī who, together with the Vīra (hero) named Hayagrīva forms one of the 36 pairs situated in the Vajracakra, according to the 10th century Ḍākārṇava chapter 15. Accordingly, the vajracakra refers to one of the four divisions of the sahaja-puṭa (‘innate layer’), situated within the padma (lotus) in the middle of the Herukamaṇḍala. The 36 pairs of Ḍākinīs [viz., Śauṇḍinī] and Vīras each have one face and four arms; they hold a skull bowl, a skull staff, a small drum and a knife; they are dark-bluish-black in color.Source: academia.edu: The Structure and Meanings of the Heruka Maṇḍala
Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.
Languages of India and abroad
Śauṇḍinī (शौण्डिनी).—n. of a yoginī: Sādh 427.7.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary
Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. 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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